Kitchen sinks... what kind do you have?

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  1. carolyn

    carolyn Strong Ash

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    I need to start thinking of the sink... before I know it it will be time to get moving on the counter top but I need to decide what to do with the sink... keep it or recycle it and get a new one... what kind do you have? I am thinking about a farmhouse style sink but I have never used one or actually seen one in someones house. my thought is that I need a sink wider than what I have because knives sit on the bottom of my sink and especially the big butcher knife, spins and ends blade side up if it is left in there creating a hazard for an unsuspecting victim(me) picking up dishes to load the dishwasher or fishing out the dishrag. Any thoughts or advice?

    PS.... obviously my remodeling project is started...
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I would love to have a farmhouse style sink. When we replaced our very old cast iron enamel coated double sink, we got a stainless steel large, extra deep single sink. No divider in the middle so there is a lot more room for big things. We already have a high rise faucet, which I will never be without again, which makes washing the crock during the pickle making process so much easier and cleaning tall stock pots too.
     
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    Those are my thoughts, too, Toni. I am going with a high rise and I think a pull out spray/faucet..... that eliminate the separate sprayer from the back of the sink...one more thing to wipe around or keep clean. We have them at church and they are very nice.... I have seen couple need repaired/replaced. I'll have to ask the church plumber his thoughts first though. They are used a lot so I am thinking they are durable... just a bad one every now and then. then on to the countertop.... ugh. another expensive investment... one to last the rest of our lives, now I am already worried about what color to think of. none of which I can visualize before it is in I am thinking. I didn't like the first ones I picked out and have lived with them fr 25 years now....I don't want to spend nother 25 disliking the next one.
     
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    My "dream sink" is a cast iron, white enamel sink with the old-fashioned ridged drainboard attached.[​IMG]
    Forget the hard to clean fancy faucets in the picture, but as Toni said, a high rise is an absolute necessity. If you use big pots, large pans, or have a huge colander for cleaning vegetables, a high rise faucet is needed. The drain board is so handy for laying wet veggies, hand-washed glasses and silverware, etc.
    I currently have a double stainless steel sink--one small for whatever and the bigger one for other stuff. Stainless is not stainless, the double sink is not very convenient (at least for me) and when I hit the lottery, the above sink is for me!
     
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    Nice sink, Jane. I don't think I will go with cast iron... I would probably breakevery glass in the cupboard. I don't think stainless is very stainless either.
     
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    I used to have a really deep Belfast sink that I loved with a smaller sink alongside of it on the right. You could wash almost anything in it from clothes to cutlery and the taps swivelled between the two sinks. I miss it as all I have now is a small stainless steel sink and drainer. When, or if, we replace the kitchen I would love to have a large sink again. The only problem is that new ones are very expensive to buy nowadays. Most of the old ones now get used as planters in gardens.
     
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    Eileen, in the dark of night, go explore gardens :smt074!
     
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    Jane, that sink was what I had in 1964, it was in the metal cabinets in the first rent house my late-ex and I rented when we got married. I loved the drainboard. Everything old is new again.
     
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    Jane I would never sneak into someone's garden and pinch their sink - well at least not without someone else to help me carry it!! :whistling: If I suddenly going missing from here it means I didn't run fast enough so be ready to bake me a cake with a file in it.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Have you thought about painting the old countertop? Rust-Oleum makes a countertop paint that comes in lots of colors. I have the red in our kitchen. If you don't like the color, just repaint it.
     
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    nope! not happening. we need to pull it out to fix/replace the lazy susan anyway. The glue has become unglued and when it is hot the counter top has a bubble in it. there are cuts and nicks and scratches that would still be apparent. the fronts of the counter have a few places that are chipped or broken and reglued.
     
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    Yep, sounds like time for a new one.
     
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    I currently have a stainless steel double sink. While it does the job, it is hard to keep clean. Then again, I think that ANY sink would be hard to keep clean in my kitchen for the amount of use it would get! I would love a big, white, single farmhouse sink. I like the one Marlingardener posted too.
     
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    I have a large almond colored Kohler sink that I inherited when my friend remodeled her kitchen. The right tub is huge and deep, the left is shallow and the disposal is in that drain. My faucet kind of swivels between the two, not perfect but it works. I love the type that Jane posted!! If we ever remodel our kitchen I'd put that one in in a heartbeat! I didn't know how I'd like the one big sink that Tamie gave me but I LOVE IT. I think I'd like a farmhouse sink too but have never seen one in real life, only in magazines. Growing up, Mom always had the double sink and the thought of a single sink used to confuse me o_O but now I am all for it. I agree with everyone too about the stainless steel. Not as stainless as you'd like to think and so so hard to keep looking nice. So, I guess in summation, I'd recommend a single, deep, porcelain sink ;)
     
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    Well, I ordered a countertop with a single ( the largest one they made) sink molded into it as a "one whole unit". They are scheduled for installation on the 28th of Dec.
     
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