Before we even moved into our home I was scheming up inexpensive ways to update our kitchen and changing out the standard, cheap-o looking sink and faucet was for sure on the list. Here is a picture of our original sink and faucet (exactly 2 days after we moved in).
And here is the After
Much better, right!? So here’s the deal. I knew I would be purchasing the above Ikea laminate countertops (reasons and review for the IKEA countertops can be found here) and it is technically possible to use an undermount sink with laminate countertops (when having the laminate custom made and installed with this method). But my Ikea countertops are not custom so an undermount sink was not an option for me.
If you find yourself in my situation where an undermount sink is not an option, the second best thing to do is to get a sink that blends into the color of your countertop. In doing this you are still creating flow between the countertop and sink and it appears seamless to the eye even though it is not.
Since my countertops were an off white I started looking for an off white sink (granite composite, soapstone, cast iron it didn’t matter to me). After researching costs of faucets and sinks at Home Depot and Lowes I decided I needed to start scouring Craigslist!
Interestingly, there were a handful of white sinks to choose from on Craigslist. I chose to go see one that also had a gooseneck faucet included. They were about 15 minutes away and were asking $100 for the sink & faucet combo. I talked them down to $60 because there were a few dirt marks on the bottom of the sink that I wasn’t sure I would be able to get out (I was able to). I am so happy with my sink and faucet! They really assist in giving the kitchen more of custom, expensive feel!
In doing a little research for this post I came across some good prices for gooseneck faucets. I have no affiliation with Amazon, just appreciate their good prices on these faucets. I would say anything around $85 and under is a really good price for a kitchen faucet.
As far as sinks go I think Craigslist is a great place to start looking. For some reason whenever I’ve checked, there seems to be a good selection. I think anything $150 and under is a really good price for a sink.
Has anybody else switched out their faucet and/or sink and seen a dramatic change to the look of their kitchen? Any other sources for good prices on sinks or faucets?
Have a great weekend! I’m hoping to go to an Antique Show Extravangza this weekend. And if I do, you better believe I’ll be taking pictures of the cool stuff I see there and writing about it! Take care!