Last year I partnered with Elkay, installing their quartz classic single bowl drop-in sink into my kitchen and I’m obsessed! Well, because I had such a great experience with Elkay, I partnered with them again for this blog post on my sister’s farmhouse sink! Note that all opinions are my own.
As some background, one of the first things we knew when designing my sister’s kitchen is that she wanted a farmhouse sink with an apron front. Why? It’s such a gorgeous look and having a big deep sink is a huge luxury!
My sister is doing an IKEA kitchen, so to start, we began by designing the kitchen with a 30″ IKEA base cabinet to hold the sink. Next, I searched Elkay’s site and found the perfect white 30″ wide fireclay single bowl farmhouse sink. If you want an amazing farmhouse sink that works with IKEA cabinets – this is it! Here is how to install a farmhouse sink with IKEA cabinets.
How to Install a Farmhouse Sink
Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview of what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
Start by building the IKEA 30″ base cabinet. Then take careful measurements of the sink and cut out the sides of the cabinet with a jigsaw. Our cuts measured at 19 3/4″ wide and 10 1/16″ high on each side. This part is a little scary and you’ll definitely want to measure twice before cutting to ensure that you have the correct measurements.
Next, it’s time to build a support frame for the sink. This Elkay fireclay single bowl farmhouse sink is a durable and high quality sink. It is also a 91-pound sink so it definitely needs some support! To do this, build a frame out of 2x4s to support the weight. Next, secure the 2×4’s into the base cabinet with screws.
And now it’s time to install the farmhouse sink. Since the frame is complete, you need to install the cabinet and then slide the sink right in. Make sure the sink is level so that it will drain properly.
For the installation to be complete, countertops need to be put in. The installers who put in the countertops used silicone to seal the seam between the sink and the countertops. This helps hold the sink in place.
Finally, it’s time to cover the bottom portion of the sink. We accidentally ordered the incorrect height of cabinet doors for below the farmhouse sink, so we needed to either cut them down or put up skirting. If you read this before ordering your kitchen sink, make sure to get shorter doors! If not, measure the new opening for your doors and decide what height you want your doors to be.
To keep the shaker frame around the door, cut a piece out of the middle. You can use a table saw to cut the top of the cabinet off and then cut the length off that is needed for the door to properly fit. Again, this is a nail biter of a cut! Be precise and work slow to get a clean cut. To put the frame back on the door, use wood glue to secure it. Clamp the door together while the glue dries. Once it’s dried, install the door.
What we ended up doing is buying neutral fabric, hemming the bottom and adding a larger hem at the top (so a rod can go through it). Then I simply put in a tension rod and added on the fabric.
For me, the sink is the heart of the kitchen. I just can’t get over how gorgeous the Elkay fireclay single bowl farmhouse sink looks in here!
Personally, I love having a deep sink because you can wash anything from a big cookie sheet to a crock pot in it. Plus, if you have a few dishes in the sink and unexpected guests drop by, the sink is so deep they’re nicely out of sight ;).
An important quality of this sink is that it’s durable. It is fired at a high temperature which makes the finish long-lasting. The surface is scratch and stain resistant.
Another great bonus of this sink is that it is sound-deadening. It minimizes sound so washing dishes is quieter.
A lot of people might worry about having a white sink. The beauty of fireclay sinks is that they are nonporous so they won’t discolor over time and thus remain bright white. Yes, white shows dirt sooner, but that also means that you can spot grime quicker and clean it right up.
To clean a fireclay sink, Elkay has provided a care and cleaning guide here. For daily cleaning, use an ordinary mild detergent and soft cloth to rinse and dry the sink.
I am so, so happy with how this sink looks! The apron front is such a gorgeous design feature! It looks like the jewelry for the room. I love it!
What do you think? If you have any questions I’m happy to answer them in the comments!
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Jennifer Harrup says
The farmhouse sink is great, but that faucet is the real star!!
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Isn’t she the prettiest? Thank you, Jennifer!
ASH Green says
Thank you so much for such an informative piece of information 🙂
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Thank you Ash!