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Kitchen Sink Upgrade

Monday, October 24, 2016

Anybody out there unlucky enough to have a single basin kitchen sink?

If you do, I am very sorry.

I lived with my shallow, single basin for about a year and it was awful.  I'm not even sure how I managed.  We spent a lot of that time with dishes covering our counters.

Single Basin Kitchen Sink - Before

Single Basin Kitchen Sink - Before


Needless to say I was not sad to see it go.

Aside from being extremely busy, the biggest hold up on getting this sink switched out was the fact that our base cabinet was made for a single basin sink.  So not only was the hole in the counter too small for a double, but technically speaking, the cabinet was not even wide enough to hold a double basin sink.



DIY - upgrade the kitchen sink from single to double basin


Stainless steel sinks, like what I wanted, are very lightweight.  As such, they don't just sit in the counter, they are attached from the bottom side with clips that keep them in place.  Our cabinet wasn't big enough to accommodate a standard double sink and the corresponding clips.  

This left us with a couple of options.  We could completely remodel the kitchen (HA!), we could settle for a cast iron/ceramic double sink (which is heavy enough that it could just be dropped in without clips), or we could get creative and make it work anyway.  Yay for creativity!

DIY - upgrade the kitchen sink from single to double basin in a small base cabinet

DIY - upgrade the kitchen sink from single to double basin in a small base cabinet


Once the old sink was out, Andrew started by measuring and drawing a cut line on the counter.  He used a jigsaw blade meant for cutting laminate.  You can see how close the opening is to the inside edge of the cabinet.

DIY - upgrade the kitchen sink from single to double basin.  Measure, mark and cut the laminate counter top.


Once he verified that the new sink would sit well in the new counter opening, he then notched the inside of the cabinet where necessary to install the clips and hold the sink in place.  He was careful to only notch it in places that will be hidden from sight and did not affect the future integrity of the cabinet.

Carefully notch the base cabinet to allow for larger sink.


The final steps are to caulk all the seals and check for leaks.  Once everything has cured, you can rub off the excess caulking to clean up the edges.  

Caulk around the sink drain to ensure seal.  Once it dries, the excess can be easily rubbed off.

Caulk around the edge of the new sink to seal sink to laminate counter top.  Once the caulking dries, excess can be easily rubbed off to give a clean finish.


The sink we chose has an extra large basin on the left, which allows enough space for our families extreme amount of dishes and even fits my cutting board (which I am stupid happy about).

DIY upgrade from a single basin to a double basin stainless steel sink in a small base cabinet.

DIY upgrade from a single to a double basin stainless steel sink in a small base cabinet.





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