Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Love in Sink

The kitchen facelift project is continuing
with the addition of something I've been dreaming about for some time.

The stainless steel sink that was here
was builder grade, nothing special.
We ended up selling it on Craig's List for $20.

Before the company installing our new countertops would even come out to measure,
Big K had to put the new sink in place.
We were told that apron sinks complicate things just a  bit,
so he put on his handyman suit and went to work.

The plumbing had to be reworked to fit the new sink,
and let's just say, 
things didn't exactly go as planned.
All hands were on deck to handle the emergency.
I think we used every rag we had.

Fortunately, we got the water shut off
before too much damage was done.
At least our beautiful wood floors got a good cleaning.
Once the mess was sopped up,
our resident handyman carried on to get the plumbing straightened out.

Since the apron sink spills over the front of the cabinets,
these top two panels needed to be removed.
We weren't sure at this point if the doors would be able to be used.
One option we considered was a cute, lil' vintage curtain
to cover up the contents of the storage area below the sink.

With a little figuring, 
Big K cut the size hole we needed for the sink to rest on.
Some folks reinforce the sides of the cabinets
since the sink is pretty heavy,
but we decided not to do that,
as it would take up some of the space we have for storing needed items.
The cabinets alone should be sturdy enough
to hold the weight of the sink.

This is the new sink and faucet 
with the old nasty, dingy countertops. 
Can I just tell you how much I love this sink?
We looked around for a long time to find one we could afford.
I was first thinking that I wanted a double sink,
since that's all I've ever had,
but they were more expensive.
It turns out, the larger basin is absolutely perfect.
It easily fits a sheet pan and several pots and pans for cleaning.
This sink's so big, you could wash 3 or 4 puppies in it!

And the pull-down spray nozzle?
Let me tell you, it's my new toy. 
The old sink didn't have a sprayer because the previous owners
had installed a water filtration system on one side,
and had their soap dispenser on the other.
This spray nozzle gets used every single day
and is SO appreciated.

What an amazing change just this one project has made.
As you can see, the doors did fit perfectly after the sink install.
The kitchen looks updated, fresh and streamlined.
It feels like us.
We were into the farm look well before all of the
renovation shows were on the air,
so it's wonderful to have our home more of a reflection of our taste.
It really helps that Big K and I pretty much like the same type of decor.

I feel so blessed to be able to surround myself 
with what I truly love in our home.
What feels right.
For a homebody like me,
it's a wonderful opportunity to continue feathering our nest.


  1. Hooray for you!!! I absolutely adore apron sinks! We tried to get one to work in our kitchen when we remodeled but our sink area was a tad too small to fit it in. And your new faucet looks fantastic! Congrats to you!!!

  2. I love apron sinks too, and had hoped to have one when building this house. I'd already bought cabinets before hubby came into my life, and he said it wouldn't work with an apron sink. Seeing how yours was done, I'm thinking we could have made it work. He may just not have wanted another project added to his list, in helping me finish the house, which is understandable :o). Enjoy yours and the sprayer too!

    1. Thank you.

      Hmmm, where there's a will...;0D

  3. I've been super happy with my wide single basin kitchen sink. I'm not really sure why anyone would want a double sink unless they wash dishes with two basins of water. Your new setup is great. I know you'll enjoy it.

    1. I think some folks wash on one side and rinse on the other, but this has worked out great.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I know you will just love having the big single sink. I have always had one--until we moved to this house and I hate the double sink---no room for my BIG pans.
    Yours is gorgeous and I know it will serve you well. Enjoy!


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