A farmhouse sink installation project has been on the top of my to-do list for quite a while. We wanted the wow factor in our kitchen, but the budget issue didn’t include a new countertop. That’s when we discovered this top mount farmhouse sink with an apron—what a HUGE difference it made in the appearance and functionality of our small kitchen.
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Welcome To Our Small (Quaint) Kitchen
Welcome to our small but happy kitchen! It’s the place we spend a lot, so I don’t understand why it’s one of the last updates in our home. It’s the center, the hub, where it all happens. I love to cook, so you know we do a lot of dishes.
Well, I cook, and HE does the dishes. That was the agreement for as long as I remember, and it still stands to be true today.
The 15-year-old stainless steel sink needed an update. Actually, WE need a larger kitchen, but that’s down the road at some point. Until then, a farmhouse sink installation will have to do.
- SINKOLOGY Josephine Apron Front Farmhouse Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
- Black Matte Faucet With Pull Down Sprayer
- Variable Speed Dremel Tool (to cut away cabinets and counter top)
- Silicone (to secure the sink to the countertop)
Top Mount – Farmhouse Kitchen Sink Installation
This is the future home of an amazing top mount farmhouse sink… just saying.
Our kitchen sink is in a weird position, if you ask me. So it was a bit of a challenge to make sure this sink would fit and not look misplaced. Much thought and planning went into our kitchen update, and I’ll be sharing more about those in future posts, like the need for a proper backsplash.
The obvious place to start in this kitchen sink update is the demo. We began by removing the stainless steel sink to see where we stood on the structure.
That resulted in finding that we had a slow water leak that had rotted some spots on the bottom flooring of the cabinet. UGH! That set us back a few hours as we had to replace that before moving forward.
* Sorry, no pictures to show you the nasty mess under my sink. It was the typical disgusting thing you find after water damage. MOLD!
But before we dived into the farmhouse sink installation, I did a test drive for durability. This sink is HUGE—all 34 inches of wonderful. LOL, My hubby thinks I’m a nut, and I am. I own it!
In full disclosure, I may or may not have had issues getting out of the sink.
Use The Pattern – Farmhouse Sink Installation
This farmhouse kitchen sink comes with a pattern so you can be assured that the area you mark to be removed from your countertop is correct. Cutting into your countertop is a big deal, and you want it right the first. If you cut the opening too big, well, I’ll just say don’t do that.
After laying out the pattern and marking the area on the countertop to be cut and removed, we did a dry fit to see where it lined up.
The countertop front and the drawer opening were cut away with a Dremel tool. This tool made the cuts in those tight areas easy without damaging the existing structure. It was one big empty hole after the removal.
Trust me; we researched a lot before installing this farmhouse sink. After numerous Youtube videos, we felt okay about this type of installation.
After the installation, the only thing that held our farmhouse sink up was the countertop’s two sides and the back portion. No additional supporting structures were needed, but research before installing a new sink. Every installation is different but not so complicated that you can’t DIY.
I think it all depends on the structure of the existing cabinets and the strength of your countertop. This sink is HEAVY duty. Adding additional reinforcement under the sink for support may be needed.
To secure the farmhouse sink to the countertop, we added a bead of silicone caulk under the edges. I used white caulk around the sink’s base. We reattached the plumbing, and it was good to go.
As DIY projects go, somewhere between the farmhouse sink installation, I (we) decided that I needed a new backsplash. So, we ripped out the back part of the countertop during this whole process.
I was thinking about a shiplap backsplash painted white to match my new farmhouse apron sink, and guess what? I did it! CLICK HERE to learn how we installed it.
The Completed Installation Of Our Farmhouse Apron Sink
After the installation, my hubby found this sink protector. It’s a total game-changer. It’s so easy to keep the sink look clean and new-looking. CLICK HERE to learn more about this addition to your farmhouse sink.
Of course, I had to have a new kitchen faucet with a sprayer. I like the clean look of the back matte against the white sink.
Next came the updated cabinet hardware to match. CLICK HERE to see how I updated the hardware for less than $60.
We couldn’t be happier with how this farmhouse sink installation turned out. The bright white sink brought that much-needed light to this small kitchen.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you have enjoyed our DIY kitchen sink update. We have a few more things we want to accomplish in our home, but we are so close to being done. I say that… then you know what happens? Another thing gets added to the list. Does it ever end? I certainly hope not!
Don’t forget to PIN this DIY project for future reference, and let me know what you think about it; feel free to ask questions about anything I may not have covered in this tutorial.
Until the next project… xo, Do