New Kitchen Sink

Hey there! I hope that last week was a good one for you. We are back from our busy but fun-filled 7 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean and I’m slowly getting back in the swing of things. Unfortunately, no little elves came to my house to finish our kitchen reno or to clean up the construction mess (that we’ve been living in for 9 months), so reality hit us hard as soon as we walked in the house. The good thing though, is that the week away gave us a chance to recharge, and now we are ready to move on to the last phase of this kitchen reno.

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In my last post, I shared our new granite countertops and the process we went through to install them in ourselves. This week is all about our new kitchen sink. We had a two bowl, shallow, stainless steel sink that I despised, so I was thrilled that we were able to replace it. I know that stainless is all the rage, but it’s never been my first choice for a sink or appliances.

Kitchen Reno: New Kitchen Sink | chatfieldcourt.comUnfortunately, a brand new stove and dishwasher were already installed when we bought the house, so we had to stick with the stainless appliances, but I bucked the trend when it came time to get a new sink and went with a white farmhouse beauty from IKEA.

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The reasons why we went with this sink? Cost and size. This whole kitchen reno is about staying as low-budget as possible and this sink hit the mark at $185, if you’ve ever priced out sinks you know they can be expensive. The second reason why we chose this sink was because it was the perfect size to fit in a small and tight space.

Kitchen Reno: New Kitchen Sink | chatfieldcourt.com Since we cut and installed our granite countertops ourselves, we needed a sink that fit all the way to the wall so we didn’t have to make any fancy cuts (that could possibly ruin the granite), just a straight cut on one side of each granite piece so that they fit in snug against the sink (I really, really wanted an undermount sink, so it took me a while to warm up to the idea of this one). We still need to caulk the space between the sink and the granite, to keep water from seeping down the edge of the granite, but you can see how well it fits next to the sink.

Kitchen Reno: New Kitchen Sink | chatfieldcourt.com

The install of the sink was actually pretty easy. We did have to buy a drain, because it didn’t come with one, but, with a little bit of plumber’s putty, it was in and ready to be hooked up.

Kitchen Reno: New Kitchen Sink | chatfieldcourt.comInstead of buying new, we installed the old faucet from the stainless steel sink. I’m not sure I like how it works with this sink so we may end up replacing it, but it’s ok for the time being.

Kitchen Reno: New Kitchen Sink | chatfieldcourt.comI love my new single bowl, white (non stainless steel) sink. I’m able to fill my tall vases and large pots with ease, and there are no more ugly water spots to wipe up. For us, this was a perfect, and inexpensive choice.

How do you feel about stainless steel sinks and appliances? Would you trade them in if you could or do you love everything about them?

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  1. Monday,September 28, 2015 / 6:50 am

    Hmm. I don’t know which picture is prettier, the fabulous blue ocean or that glorious new sink. Now that’s the mark of a true decor junkie, huh?

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 28, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      That’s ok, I love decor too but the prettiest room will never rival Mother Nature, especially when it involves the blue turquoise waters of the Caribbean. 🙂

  2. Phyllis Cookt
    Monday,September 28, 2015 / 7:02 am

    I love the sink and the whole kitchen. Beautiful reno

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 28, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks so much Phyllis! I’ll be happy when I can share the whole kitchen completely finished, and minus the construction mess.

      I appreciate you stopping in! 🙂

  3. Jessica [Havok]
    Monday,September 28, 2015 / 10:42 am

    I have no idea why stainless appliances and fixtures are so popular, they aren’t ever attractive! Adore your sink, so big and bright! I’ve always had a thing for the farmhouse style sinks, they are so much more pleasant to look at (and considering how un-pleasant doing the dishes is, anything to make that chore less obnoxious is most welcome!) 😀

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 28, 2015 / 5:09 pm

      I don’t know why ss is so popular either, it’s never been a top choice for me. I’m just glad to be rid of that nasty sink. BTW, it does make doing dishes a little more pleasant, for now anyway. I’m sure the honeymoon phase won’t last. 😉

      Thanks so much for visiting Jessica and I hope you have a great week!

    • Friday,October 2, 2015 / 3:28 am

      I agree totally concerning the stainless steel appliances and sinks, they look so industrial and never clean, I have all black appliances and love them.

      • Kristi
        Friday,October 2, 2015 / 4:09 am

        Oh my goodness Ellen, I just can’t keep my stainless clean, and it’s only the two of us. I can’t even imagine what they would look like if we had kids at home. I’ve never had black appliances but they sound sleek and sophisticated. I bet they look awesome.

        Thanks so much for stopping in Ellen. Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. MaryJean
    Monday,September 28, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I have a stainless steel sink and yes, I hate the water spots, but I hate the chips that the porcelain sinks can get even more. When I clean and shine my sink up I love it! And I am very diligent about keeping it clean and shiny . . . when I’m home, unfortunately I work full-time and I don’t know what goes on in my house when I’m not there! Oh well, you have to get what you like, not what the trend is or what everyone else is doing, so if you love it that’s all that matters. So far of what I’ve seen it looks great, Kristy! Looking forward to that final unveil!

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 28, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Water spots in a ss sink are the worst but they do look great when they are kept clean and shiny. Unfortunately, that was never possible in my house, with my messy husband and my lack of attention toward it. I do admit that when you have all ss appliances, a ss sink is definitely the best match, but, this time, I went with what I wanted and not what would look best. Hey, we all have different tastes and that’s why we have so many choices, right?

      I am so ready to be done so I can share a complete reveal with no patched walls and unpainted wood. I’m grateful that you have stuck with me during this very long process and I thank you for always coming back and commenting. Your support has meant so much to me. Hope you have a great week my friend.

  5. Monday,September 28, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    I agree with you Kristi, no stainless steel. I have stuck with white sink and appliances throughout all my homes. I now have a stainless sink because it was already here. I hope to remodel the kitchen in a few years when I will swap it out with a farm sink. I wipe my sink out after each use but they do not stay shiny like new because of scratches. Besides they always look industrial and porcelain looks homey. Can’t wait for the full reveal. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 29, 2015 / 3:31 am

      I’m so ready to share the full reveal Debbie. We are getting there, slowly but surely. 😉 Thanks for always stopping in and cheering me on through this long process. Hope you have a great week!

  6. Monday,September 28, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    I’ve had stainless steel, because my ex-husband loved it, but after living with it for 3 years, I said never again. All I had to say was, if you like it so much then you clean it LOL

    Your new sink and counters look great, Kristi. I know you’re going to be thrilled when you’re done.

    Happy Anniversary!

    xo,
    rue

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 29, 2015 / 3:35 am

      Ha, I don’t blame you one bit Rue. I don’t usually mind cleaning but I hated keeping that sink clean.

      I will be so happy when this is over. I enjoy the projects but the construction mess is tough to handle. Soon, very soon.

      Thanks for stopping in and for the anniversary wishes. We had a good one. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 30, 2015 / 3:03 am

      Thanks Deb, I love that it’s so big and roomy (and not stainless steel). 😉

  7. Nancy
    Tuesday,September 29, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Kristi, you’re going to love your Ikea sink! I have the double bowl and I am super happy with it. I almost went with the single bowl, but we don’t have a dishwasher (by choice) and so I really needed the second bowl. I’ve never liked ss appliances. In the rented apartment we lived in while building our cottage the kitchen had stainless appliances and they were a pain to keep clean and dominated the space. I like my white appliances, and they look great with my sink. Your vacay photo is fabulous. So glad you were able to retreat and refresh. Hugs, Nancy

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 30, 2015 / 3:11 am

      So good to hear from someone who has one, thanks Nancy! I really liked the 2 bowl sink but we needed a very specific size and it was just too large. I feel like mine is huge so I can’t image how your’s must feel. I bet it’s nice washing dishes in your sink and looking at your beautiful garden window. 🙂 I had white appliances in our home in Florida and loved them. It would be great to have them again. Maybe one day.

  8. Wednesday,September 30, 2015 / 11:02 am

    Great choice!!!!! Love the change in this area already!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 30, 2015 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks Vel! We’re getting there…slowly but surely.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 7, 2015 / 1:26 am

      Thank you Pamela, I appreciate you checking out my updates! 🙂

  9. Caitlin @ The Delighted Dwelling
    Monday,April 4, 2016 / 10:43 am

    How did you retrofit the cabinets to get the sink to fit?

    • Kristi
      Monday,April 4, 2016 / 10:52 am

      Hi Caitlin. We only had a small space to fit a sink, and didn’t want to cut down any cabinets, so it had to be a specific size. The IKEA sink was the only one that fit. To get it in, we took the apron off and, once the sink was in, cut a piece of wood to fit where the original apron was. We couldn’t use the original apron because it was too thick. Hope that helped.

      • Elisabeth
        Sunday,May 8, 2016 / 3:14 am

        Hi Kristi,
        Not sure if you’ll see this after all this time, but anyway….

        I’ll be installing one of these sinks some time this year, so how you retrofitted it is very relevant to me. In the photos above, you have the ply base, plus the strips of timber under the side edges of the sink. Am I right assuming they are temporary, just occupying the thickness you’d require for the granite top? When you installed the granite, you removed those strips of wood? Otherwise, please can you tell me what purpose they have, and how you managed to get the granite to fit under the side edges? I’m sure it’s one of those things which is easier to do once you’re actually doing it. I won’t be installing my own (stone) bench tops, so need to understand how to co-ordinate the various installers, etc.

        I just love your kitchen to bits. Every time I see it I really get such a great feeling from it. I hope I can transform my kitchen as well as you’ve done yours.

        Thanks so much for your help.
        Cheers, Liz (Australia)

        • Kristi
          Monday,May 9, 2016 / 2:22 am

          Hi Liz. Thanks so much for your comment. I have to explain a few details so I will send you an email. 🙂

          • Elisabeth
            Wednesday,May 11, 2016 / 8:27 pm

            Thanks Kristi. Happy and thankful for any help.

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