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I found out last week that there’s such a thing as a kitchen genie.
Because when I got home from a girls’ weekend, he granted me my kitchen wish…
You can bet your bottom dollar I did cartwheels all over our house at the sight of our new farmhouse sink. (And I gave my kitchen genie a big ol’ smooch because hello… how did I deserve this awesome hubby of mine?!)
Granted, when I first walked in the door last Sunday and dropped my luggage, I walked into a storm of jigsaws and plumbing parts and a few four letter words here and there as Robert and his dad did the last finishing touches of the installation. Just so you don’t actually get the idea that this was a happy wave of the magic wand.
They worked so hard on this massive sink.
In case you need a reminder, here’s what we had before:
The old one was a big ol’ pain to keep clean and it was always a challenge trying to wash big pots and platters under that squatty little faucet in a shallow basin.
Because I wasn’t here to take photos of the whole process, I will tell y’all it is possible to install an Ikea DOMSJÖ sink into an existing formica countertop! I have a couple of you guys to thank for directing me to these sources actually. (Woot woot for teamwork!)
So now we have officially kicked off the kitchen makeover! You can read all about it in this post in case you missed it before.
I’m so glad I didn’t stick with my original plan to chicken out with a drop in cast iron sink. The idea of cutting into our countertops really scared me. More than any project we’ve ever done (which is probably crazy since we’ve done some daring things around here).
But this sink only cost us about $60 more than the drop in kind, and a lot of you gave me the courage I needed to make this happen… or convince Robert, whatever. Turns out, he had more faith in this than I did.
I did a lot of research on the faucet too and decided on the most inexpensive bronze single mount one I could find that had the highest ratings- the Pfister Wheaton Single Handle Faucet. (I found it the cheapest on Amazon as compared to home improvement stores.)
So far, we’re lovin’ it! Except… now I really don’t want to wash my dirty pots and pans in our pretty white sink.
Basically, every time Robert or I walk into the kitchen now, we just find ourselves staring at it or petting it or saying to each other, “Man, this thing rocks!” Olivia wants to take a bath in it because she thinks it’s a 3 year-old’s perfectly sized bath tub apparently.
Now that we can check this off of the to-do list (that first check mark always feels good), concrete countertops and backsplash are next. I’m saving painting the cabinets until all of the messy work is done to hopefully spare myself from any touch-ups, but that’s the part I’m most excited about.
So you think this one was worth the risk? Aren’t you glad we didn’t chicken out?
P.S. In case you’ve noticed I’ve been a little quieter around here on the blog and on social media for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on something super exciting for you guys. I’ve run into a few technical glitches, but I can’t wait to tell you about it very soon! Eep!