I knew I wanted to install a new sink when we were putting in new counters. The sink we had was an enamel-coated cast iron sink that was full of scratches and chips and water was always hanging around the lip. So, when I was looking for a new sink, I considered a farmhouse-style sink, but I already hated having a white sink (think coffee settling into all of the fine scratches and looking grungy all the time) and I thought it would be a real pain to retrofit the cabinets to accommodate one. I also didn’t think that style of sink would suit this house. With that fleeting thought shot down, I immediately went to an undermount sink.
I looked for one that was a similar size to the current sink we had, so the plumbing would line up. I also knew I wanted stainless steel. We had a 20+ year old stainless steel sink in our townhouse and I could still get that thing to shine up beautifully and I wanted that kind of longevity. The last thing I looked for was a deep, double bowl sink. Depth, to hide the dishes waiting to be washed and a double bowl, so one side could be for washing and the other for a dish drainer. I ended up going with THIS Lancelot Sink from Moen.
It came with a template we used to cut out the sink hole. Actually, we used their template to make a negative template that could be used as a guide for our router. Cutting the hole was definitely the hardest part. Since it’s very visible, it had to be perfect and smooth. I include all of the details of cutting the sink hole in the tutorial that will be available on HGTV.com in a few weeks/months. (I will link to it when it’s live.)
Once the counter was finished, which took 11 days for application and cure time, we carried it up to get it ready to install. Since the sink is undermount, it had to be affixed to the counter before we could put the counter in place. We turned the counter upside-down on the cabinets (with some blankets and towels protecting the finish) and positioned the sink over the cut hole.
We marked the position of the sink corners with a pencil.
…and made a plan for where the brackets would be positioned to support the sink.
With everything set, I applied a bead of silicone to create a waterproof seal between the sink and counter.
We pressed the sink firmly into the silicone, making sure the edges lined up with the pencil marks. The brackets were then screwed down with washers and wood screws. Any silicone squeeze out was wiped away with mineral spirits.
I’m not even going to begin to explain how my husband did the plumbing…not my thing. He did a great job, though, and I was thoroughly impressed with his DIY skills.
A few things I learned while working on this project…
- Make sure you think through the positioning of the sink, how it relates to the faucet and cabinets. We measured and sketched and gave it a lot of thought, but we missed the fact that the brackets would stick out to where the counters made contact with the cabinets. Our cabinets happened to be bowed at the sink, so it ended up working out, but it could have been an issue.
- Seal the underside of the wood counters around the sink for protection against moisture.
- Take it one step at a time. The sink was the most intimidating part of the counter project and it also took the most time by far. We just worked on it in steps and agreed we would call in a professional if we hit a snag. We never had to make that call. Woo hoo!
I will let you know in time how the wood holds up around the edge of the sink, but so far so good. I just wipe the counters with a towel after doing the dishes, so water isn’t sitting or pooling on the finish for extended periods.
I absolutely love the sink, though.
You can see the full kitchen makeover (along with resources and cost breakdown) HERE.
I spent most of yesterday in bed, but I felt much better today. I sound a bit worse, though, but that seems to be how these things go. I did manage to do kick boxing today and it felt awesome. I got a little tired towards the end, but the endorphins carried me through.
Tomorrow I’m heading out to some antique shops to start looking for pieces to take to Lucketts. I already have a pretty good head start, but I really need to get moving and build up my inventory. Lots of furniture painting is in my future! May will be here before I know it.
Disclosure: Moen gave me the sink in exchange for advertising on my blog. I am very impressed with the quality of their products and it’s an honor to promote their brand. All opinions are my own.