Change does not always result in good, but there is no doubt that some changes bring wonderful results! Turning your kitchen cabinet into a farmhouse sink holder is a perfect example of that. Introducing your kitchen with a farmhouse sink does not only ensure a huge space for diversified kitchen activities but also turns the overall outlook of the kitchen!
Farm sinks are super aesthetic, ergonomic, comfortable to use, durable, and of course, they are versatile being big! If you’ve decided to install such a magnificent piece of kitchen appliance in your existing setup, we overwhelmingly welcome that. But the entire installation process may make things challenging to you, especially making your current kitchen cabinet ready to hold the big stuff.
How to Install a Farm Sink in Existing Cabinets?
Can you put a farmhouse sink in existing cabinets? Yes, you can get the job done by following a few steps in a sequence. In our ongoing discussion, we would try to explain those steps.
1st Step: Remove the Countertop and Detach the Existing Sink
As you can not install a farm sink in the cabinet unless you remove the sink currently installed there, your first step should be the removal of the existing sink, most probably a standard kitchen sink. The entire disconnection process can be tricky, and you’ve to be very careful. However, start with the removal of the countertop. Make no mistake, because a little mistake may get the entire countertop damaged.
If it is a laminated countertop, you’ll be able to remove the whole unit as intact and keep your kitchen less dirty. Other than that, being so large, the top will challenge you while you’re removing. In most cases, you’ll fail to remove the top without cutting it into pieces. Anyway, you can easily detach the current sink from the cabinet after successful countertop removal.
2nd Step: Cut the Support Frames
Check if the cabinet is strong enough to contain the total weight of the farmhouse sink along with the maximum weight that the sink will carry (including water and dishes). If you’re not satisfied, get some support frames for the strengthening purpose.
Wooden bars will be the most appropriate option as you are a DIY. Cut the bars as you laid out considering the cabinet measurements. Keep marks on the bottom of those made frames using a pencil, which will lead to perfect frame placement in the holes made on the cabinet. Using an oscillating saw is preferable for cutting those holes.
Attach some wooden braces (2”x4” recommended sizing) to those bars so that the bars can support the entire cabinet so solidly. Adding one or more cross pieces of brace will add a little more support to the cabinet and make the whole structure more solid.
3rd Step: Adjust the Cabinet Front
To make the cabinet ready for an apron front sink, you’ll require to make some adjustments, more specifically notching out or cuts, on the front side of the cabinet. Of course, get the accurate measurements before you notch the front out. If there’s confusion about sizing accuracy, follow the templates that have come with your farmhouse sink. It’ll be really helpful to understand the measurements and cut accurately.
Use a handsaw and get your job done. Try to get a smooth and well-finished shape there as much as possible, though it will not be a satin-finish task without using some professional tools. But that would be not a crucial issue, as the cut or adjusted part of cabinet-front will stay under the farm sink. A five to eight inches of the area underneath from the countertop level is enough for adjustments, and 4”x4” posts will be perfect for securing the cut.
4th Step: Check Out the Fitting
If you’ve cut and adjusted the cabinet according to planned sizing, it should be a perfect fit for the new sink. Get it confirmed by putting it in the cut spot. Be cautious while putting it into the cabinet, especially when it is porcelain or fireclay farm sink. A steel made model requires not much delicate dealing. Whatever the material is, as farmhouse sinks are large and heavyweight, you probably won’t lift it without assistance from another person. We suggest you do that with someone else’s aid, not by yourself only, doing that may result in your bodily injury.
If you do not find it rightly-fit, pull the sink out and readjust again according to your findings. It should be okay this time. Now put the unit inside the cut cabinet again.
5th Step: Reset the Countertop
Now is the time to make the final arrangement – resetting the countertop. As long as the top is intact (when you initially removed it without cutting into pieces), you can reset the previous one with some modifications according to the newly-installed farm sink.
Usually, people don’t do that. They install a new one, might be made of granite, decorative laminate, soapstone, wood, etc., keeping a symphony with the sink installed. Wood should not be your preference, as spilled water can damage it, although it is easy to build. This step is neither time-consuming nor complicated increaser – it is just the finishing touch.
It’s how you can install a farmhouse sink in an existing cabinet. The procedure might be slightly different, from case to case, based on cabinet size and current structure. Some people firmly believe that only the experts should be allowed to install or reinstall a farmhouse sink, which is not true at all. You can do it yourself efficiently.
Trust me – nothing in the installation is way too complicated if you know the basics and have enough cautions along with assistance from another person, regardless of the fact it is large or small, single bowl or double bowl sink, or even a workstation farmhouse sink.
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