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.
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.
Unfortunately, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead 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.
I 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?