Kitchen Progress: Installing the Farmhouse Sink
Well it finally happened. After weeks of gearing up for it, we finally made progress in our kitchen and installed our farmhouse sink this weekend. And as you might have imagined, I’m absolutely giddy about it. It was actually easier than we thought it would be and today I’m soooooo excited to share it with you guys. It’s not completely done yet, we still need to install the correct faucet as well as two filler pieces by the cabinet, but I’d say we are about 90% there at this point. And the really exciting part is now that the sink is almost done we can move forward with new countertops, which is our next step. I can’t even explain to you guys how thrilled I am to be making progress on this second phase of our kitchen remodel. You might remember that our first phase was taking down the wall of doom and creating a passthrough to the living room, which you can see in this post. That was a doozy of a project and after that wall was completed we kind of took a break from the kitchen for a while. But now things are rolling again and installing this farmhouse sink was a HUGE step in the right direction. Ok, let’s get into it so I can show you guys how we installed it. Here’s how the sink looked when we got started:
Just your average sink here. There’s nothing wrong with it at all, I mean it definitely got the job done, but it was time for this sucker to hit the road.
We chose the Bradstreet design farmhouse sink from Sinkology. And since it’s an undermount sink, the first step was removing the backside of the countertops and then taking out the old sink and the doors on the cabinet below the sink. We also disconnected the plumbing and drain lines, as you can see here. And since our dishwasher was right next to this cabinet, we also had to take that out in order to install the supports–which was the next step.
Since the sink is crazy heavy, we had to build these 2×4 supports in order to hold it up. This part was pretty straightforward, we just had to make sure the supports were level and at the correct height for the sink to sit right below the countertop since it is an undermount sink. Each support is screwed directly into the cabinet.
Once we had the supports in place on both sides of the cabinet it was time to set the sink in the opening. It sits directly on top of the 2×4 supports like you see here. Then the plumbing was re-installed and the sink was good to go. Really, the installation was easer than we anticipated it would be. But the tricky part was resizing the cabinet front and the cabinet doors to fit below the sink. My husband had to dissemble the doors, cut them down to size, then put them back together. It was a little challenging, but he pulled it off and here’s the finished look:
Obviously we had to get creative with the faucet situation until our new countertops are installed soon. Since this is an undermount sink the faucet will actually run through the countertops, so my husband put a 1×4 back there behind the sink and ran the faucet through there for now. Obviously it looks a bit ridiculous, but it works for the time being. Soon enough we will have new countertops and we’ll be able to install our new faucet, which is also from Sinkology.
We obviously still have a ways to go here, but getting this installed was a huge step in the right direction. We still need to put fillers pieces in between the cabinet and the sink and get the new faucet installed once the countertops come, but those things aren’t too far off. I’m hoping we have everything done in just a few weeks. And I thought about waiting to share this with you guys until things looked polished and completely finished, but the reality of living in a fixer upper is that you’re often doing big projects like this in phases. It slowly comes together over a period of time and I like sharing that process with you. I hope you like seeing it too. And even though our kitchen is far from finished, just having this farmhouse sink in place gives this room a whole new feel. I love it and I can’t wait to get everything finished soooooon!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope the week ahead brings lots of wonderful things your way!
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