Sprucing up the Sink Wall

I haven’t really addressed the kitchen at Amherst in any kind of formal way. I showed you how we tore out the upper cabinets within a week of moving in, and added cool open shelves, and that’s about it. Last year at Christmastime (2015, not 2016) we found a killer deal on some laminate flooring and ripped out the carpet in the dining area and put a cleanable, washable floor down. But we only did the dining room side, so we still need to do the kitchen side. That will come in time. We’re kind of busy over here raising a bunch of kiddos. :) So, last you knew, this is what the kitchen side looked like.

Well, with shelving on the far wall, but apparently I didn’t take a picture of that. So here’s the shelving to refresh your memory.

So anyways, we’ve slowly been working on the sink wall to freshen it up a bit and make it more functional. We started by taking out the scalloped detail over the sink. But that exposed the fluorescent light that was hiding out underneath there. I am not a fan of fluorescent lighting. Like, at all.

 

 

And then eventually I found a cute little lantern light at Home Depot and replaced the fluorescent one that was there. And I loved it. The light was softer and more flattering, and looked so inviting at night. And then I set my sights on that sink. Stainless sinks are easy to clean and maintain, and I don’t mind the look of them. But I started thinking about more of a farmhouse/country look, which I feel like we have going in here with the brick and the shelves and the herb garden back splash. And I love the look of big white cast iron sinks.

So I watched craigslist until I found one in the right dimensions for the right price ($30). And then I picked out a faucet that I felt like coordinated really well and told Amazon to send it to me pronto.

We set aside a Saturday (and we needed the whole day!) to pull out the old sink, run to Lowe’s a few time for plumbing stuff, and hook up the new sink and faucet. Lover seriously loves me to devote a whole Saturday to house projects, but it’s been so worth it. The old faucet leaked out the back every time you used the water (a million times a day?) and would pool up on the counters and run down onto the floor. We were constantly stepping in little puddles which got old REAL FAST.

Last night after the kids went to bed I spent a little bit of time caulking in the new sink. Now it looks finished and is water tight, and I’m seriously happy. I love simple, functional upgrades that also improve the look of the room!

Isn’t it pretty? I’ve also replaced the outlet covers so they blend in better, and swapped out the cabinet hardware for matte black hardware to tie in with the shelf brackets on the nearby wall.

The faucet has a pull out sprayer (LOVE) and the sink is quite a bit deeper than the previous one. And see those little curves at the back? Besides being pretty, they give me that much more room to finagle large dishes in the sink.

I love the hammered texture on the light, and its size is perfect for over the sink. It’s not too in your face. But it’s enough light to be functional, and provides some soft lighting at night.

Here’s one more pulled back look so you can see how everything is coming together. Next up on the list is repainting the walls and putting in new overhead lighting.

 

I can’t decide whether or not to paint the cabinets. I think looks wise I’d rather refinish them, but ain’t nobody got time for that. :) Painting will be easier and probably cheaper. The counter tops are staying so I need to figure out something that will pull everything together. For now we’ll repaint all the walls in a light cream, which should help brighten up the room a bit and warm things up. Then after that we’ll see! Little by little, right?

 

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