Are you a big fan of rustic, country decor? If so, a farmhouse sink is probably one of the top must-have items for your home. These sinks, sometimes called apron-front sinks, feature a front face that can be displayed by creating a gap in your countertops. It’s a beautiful focal point in any kitchen and stays right in line with your rustic tastes. However, farmhouse sinks can be quite heavy, and yours may not fit into the pre-existing gap in your countertops, so be sure to use this guide for a successful DIY installation.
Step 1: Create a Countertop Opening
If you’re not installing new countertops that have been pre-cut to fit your farmhouse sink, you’ll need to cut your existing countertops to accommodate this new feature. To do this, take measurements from the top of your new sink and trace them onto your existing countertops. Then, use a blade to create new edges; in most cases, a panel saw will work, but make sure you use the appropriate cutting tool for your countertop material. You may need to use masking tape along the cutting line to prevent splintering.
Step 2: Create a Cabinet Opening
Your cabinet will need to be cut in order to accommodate the apron face of your farmhouse sink. This can usually be done using a template that comes with the sink when you purchase it. If you have re-purposed a vintage sink or your sink did not come with a template, make one yourself by tracing a piece of cardboard to match the front face of the sink.
Once you have your template ready to go, place it on the cabinet face. Mark the template edges and then use a jigsaw to cut around the outline you’ve made. If your sink is the same width as the cabinet, you will also need to repeat the step with the template for each side of the sink, cutting additional openings on each side of your cabinet.
Step 3: Install Sink Supports
As mentioned above, farmhouse sinks are quite heavy. Most are made of porcelain and have a large basin that can hold quite a bit of water, which also adds to the overall weight. To make sure your sink stays safely in place, you’ll need to add supports underneath. Measure how far below the counter surface your sink will sit, then mark the interior of the cabinets below.
Install 2×4 beams along the cabinet walls so that the bottom of the sink rests on the supports. Use construction adhesive to get the boards set in place. Use a level to check that they are placed properly before screwing them into the sides of the cabinet.
Step 4: Mount Your Sink
Now that the cabinet is prepped, you can install your new farmhouse sink. Carefully lower the sink into place and make sure that the full weight of the sink is supported by the beams you installed in the previous step. Then, make sure the sink it level from front to back and from side to side; this is essential for proper drainage in the sink. If necessary, you can use tapered wood shims to adjust the sink until it is perfectly level.
Once the sink is level, you can use silicone caulk to fill in any gaps between the sink and the countertop. Apply the silicone caulk in gaps below the front of the sink as well to get it firmly into place.
Step 5: Install Your Fixtures
Now that the farmhouse sink is installed, you can add in your faucet fixtures to finish off the job. Make sure the water valves under the sink are turned off before feeding the faucet lines into the holes of your farmhouse sink. Attach the water supply lines and then check for leaks and let the water run out of your new faucet for a few minutes before using.
If you want to stick with the rustic theme of your farmhouse sink, it’s worth consider a few decor updates to your kitchen. This will help to create a cohesive look and further enhance the appeal of your new sink. Here are some rustic design ideas to get you started:
- Vintage pendant lights: Some stylish pendant lights can really make a splash in your kitchen. Consider hanging some vintage-inspired pendants over your sink to really highlight this kitchen feature. You can look for lamps with exposed bulbs or iron accents to match your country aesthetic.
- Slat walls: Put your kitchen essentials on display with a wooden slat wall display. These boards add texture and dimension to your kitchen while also providing a convenient place to hang pots, pans, cooking utensils and other odds and ends.
- Open shelving: Open shelves and glass-front cabinets are a staple in many country- and cottage-inspired kitchens. Display some vintage-looking pieces on these shelves to enhance the rustic vibe.
- Decorative storage: If you’re looking for convenient storage hacks for your shelves, cabinets or pantry, pick up a variety of rustic-inspired items. Galvanized tin buckets, wicker baskets and Mason jars are three excellent options in this category.
- Bench seating: If you have a dining table in or next to your kitchen, you can keep the country look going by using benches for seating along each of the longer sides of the table. This adds a warm, inviting, laid-back vibe to your space that’s right in line with the rest of your rustic kitchen decor.
- Ceiling beams: Another fun way to bring country charm to your kitchen is to add wooden beams to the ceiling. This also creates a dynamic look with lots of texture and dimension, plus it adds a vintage aesthetic to the space.
- Barn doors: Sliding barn doors are one of the hottest trends in country-inspired kitchens. They’re fairly easy to install, too. You’ll just add a track above the entryway and then attach a barn door that can slide along the track. This one small change will have a big impact in your space.
With your new farmhouse sink installed and a few rustic touches, you’ll have the country kitchen of your dreams without a huge renovation or investment.