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A Farmhouse Sink or apron-front sink is a great addition to give your kitchen an elegant and stylish look. Though these sinks are traditionally designed, they still work best with modern kitchens. Installing a farmhouse sink isn’t a challenging task but varies depending on the type of sink, such as top mount, undermount, and flush mount.
The installation method of top mount sinks is similar to the standard sinks, and you can install them on any countertop. However, a flush-mount farmhouse sink will need the same level of countertop. For an undermount sink, you must install new countertops with the correct dimensions.
In this guide, we have shared a step-by-step procedure to install a farmhouse sink and answered the most relevant queries to help you finish this task without trouble. Read out to learn more.
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How To Install A Farmhouse Sink? Step-By-Step
Most farmhouse sinks are easy to install by replacing previous sinks of similar size and other measurements. If you have closed counter cabinets, the installation will require extra effort.
Before starting, you must get the right-sized sink and keep it safe from damage during transport.
The following tools you will need to install a farmhouse sink:
- Tape measure
- Framing square
- Support frames
- Wood braces
- Safety gear
- Silicone sealant
Step 1: Prepare The Kitchen Cabinet Area
- Shut off the water supply from the base cabinet located under the sink.
- Remove water lines by disconnecting fittings.
- Detach the drain pipe from the sink and remove water from P-trap.
- Check all the plumbing codes to do everything safely.
Step 2: Remove Old Sink & Countertops
- Once all the sink fasteners are removed and the silicone bead around the sink is also detached using putty or a utility knife, you can lift it from the countertop.
- If the sink is hard to detach, use a flat pry bar to loosen it.
- Empty the cabinet by removing doors and drawers.
- Unscrew base cabinets holding countertops and lift them by removing silicone beads with a putty knife.
Lifting countertops can be difficult due to their heavy weight, and you may need the help of one or two people.
Step 3: Build Support Structure For Farmhouse Sink
It will be too heavy if your farmhouse sink is made of stone, fireclay, or concrete. To keep them firmly in place, you will need support frames.
- If your sink weighs 100 lbs, the support frame will be 2×4s that you can mark by pencil inside the cabinet walls.
- To add extra support, you can build four vertical 2×4 frames for installation.
- You can also screw 2×4 frames to the side of the cabinet to save some space.
- Sinks must sit under the countertop for an undermount sink under 100 lbs.
- Keep the measurements in check from the top of the cabinet and the bottom of the sink.
- Once measured and marked, cut the drain outlet clearance hole inside the support frame.
Step 4: Measure The Area & Cut Cabinet To The Right Size
- Now start working on the front of the cabinet by measuring and marking it to make the final cut.
- Use heavy paper to make a template to cut the front of the cabinet at an angle similar to the sink.
- The opening of the cabinet must be equal to the dimensions of the sink to keep the gap minimum between the sink and cabinet.
- Adjust cabinet opening by sanding or introducing wood filler strips.
Step 5: Install New Farmhouse Sink
- Place the sink inside the support frame by keeping it centered on the cabinet.
- Ensure the sink is straight and even on all sides to allow water drainage properly.
- You can also use shims for leveling the sink.
- Add the plumber’s putty to attach the basket strainer.
- Add silicone sealant between the sink and cabinet.
- Install garbage disposal and plumbing fixtures and attach drain pipes.
Step 6: Build New Countertop
Once the sink has been installed, you must install new countertops. You can install your previous countertop or get a new one to adjust the sink with a professional’s help.
- Trace the cutout size using the sink upside down and measure the counter.
- Add silicone caulk to seal the edges.
- Ensure the countertop is appropriately sealed to prevent leaks.
Step 7: Attach Cabinet Frame & Build New Doors
The cabinet opening under the sink can vary from the original one. You can use the previous one as a sample of measurement.
- Use a circular saw to cut the door to the correct size.
- Unscrew hinges, pull, and other hardware parts.
- After cutting the doors, attach them to the front cabinet.
Once everything is installed, reconnect the plumbing by reconnecting pipes and water lines.
Can You Install A Farmhouse Sink In Existing Countertop?
Yes, it is possible to install a farmhouse sink in an existing countertop, depending on the type of sink. You can use your existing countertops and cabinets without a slight change for a top-mount sink. A flush-mount farmhouse sink will need installation on a custom countertop. But installing an under mount sink is only possible on special countertops that will require enough modifications to the existing countertops.
Do Farmhouse Sinks Leak?
If your farmhouse sink is installed without a countertop between the sink and its edge, it will drip continuously and splash water. The constant leakage will damage the cabinets and floor if you do not resolve this issue.
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What Holds A Farmhouse Sink In Place?
Most farmhouse sinks are held in place with little spring clips. To remove them, you will need to pull them hard. You can place the sink grid beneath your farmhouse sink.
Do Farmhouse Sinks Scratch Easily?
Farmhouse sinks are usually durable but can easily chip, scratch, and get stains without care. Keeping the sink grid can protect the bottom of your farmhouse sink from scratches. When cleaning, avoid using harsh chemicals and abrasive pads to prevent scratches.
Can You Replace A Normal Sink With A Farmhouse Sink?
Due to their wider size and deeper structure, you will need to change the countertop for some types of farmhouse sinks. However, if the assembly and measurements are compatible, you can replace a standard sink with a farmhouse sink.
Though the task is lengthy and a bit complicated, you can install a farmhouse sink by yourself using the right tools and following proper guidelines. Your whole area will brighten up with this new renovation.
We hope the guidelines will help you install your new farmhouse sink properly and safely.