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Retro Farmhouse Sinks Make a Splash

by Gabby Hyman
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Looking for kitchen sink accessories? Eschew the new, and find yourself more up-to-date than ever in replacing your existing kitchen taps and drawers with farmhouse sink hardware. Modern and retro farmhouse sinks are the rage in kitchen remodeling.

The Farmhouse has Everything and the Kitchen Sink

If you're considering a remodeling project that includes the kitchen sink and accessories, it's good to know that many of the trendy farmhouse sinks can be dropped directly into existing countertops or in free-standing bases with attractive drawers and self-contained storage cabinets with shelves. You'll really love the deep basins on farmhouse sinks that are spacious enough for big party pots, baking sheets, and family-sized kettles. But first things first: you need to decide whether you want a new replica or restored original hardware.

Remodeling with the Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

There are plenty of websites and brick and mortar shops selling restored farmhouse kitchen sinks from the 1920s and 1930s. You may save money buying a restored sink, but it can cost you plenty to have it retrofitted to work with modern plumbing.

An alternative is to shop for contemporary versions of farmhouse kitchen sinks and accessories. Manufacturers work from a broad range of new materials and composites that make the modern replica a solid investment. You'll find a sink just right for your kitchen in stainless steel, vitreous china, bronze, copper, or fireclay. Nonetheless, you should know that farmhouse kitchen sinks don't come cheap. Prices can range from $700 upwards to $3,000.

With that kind of investment, you may want to find professional assistance in installing your farmhouse kitchen sink to protect its finish, along with the integrity of the countertops that frame it. After all, if retro is the look, you want to make sure it will last as long as it's in style.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has written for print and online media for more than 20 years. He has created online content for eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Avaya, and Nissan UK. He has also been a web consultant to the Governor of California. As an author of fiction, journalism, and poetry, Gabby is a former English professor for the University of Illinois, University of Alaska, and Old Dominion University. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Alabama.

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