Our DIY Kitchen Remodel that was going so well, took a turn for the worse. That’s okay because setbacks happen when you remodel and especially when you are doing the work yourself. So you know all those things that I said we were going to do this week? It all fell through when we noticed a crack on the farmhouse sink. Here is how it went down.
I ordered the sink from Home Depot 2 weeks ago and it was delivered within a few days. The farmhouse sink I chose weighs 105 pounds, and I have read that some sinks can weigh up to 300 pounds. I opened the sink and it looked fine in the opened box so my husband and I researched how to install the sink. We learned that we were going to have to build a frame under the sink. Also, when we ordered our quartz countertops, we were told that we had to install the farmhouse sink before they come out to make a template. So we made the appointment for the countertop guys to come on Monday because we just knew that we would have the sink installed over the weekend. Wrong!
We removed the granite countertops but we could not carry them out of the kitchen by ourselves so we called the neighbors and recruited my son along with their two teenage boys to save the day. We cut out part of the cabinets for the sink. I will do a detailed post showing every step when we are done. It is very important that the sink is level, and that was a little challenging for us but we figured it out and got the sink level.
We were ready to install the sink when we noticed a small crack in the sink. The small crack is on the upper edge (right under my dog).
It was late at night so we called Home Depot the next morning. They sent someone out to pick the sink up and delivered a new sink two days later, and that is why I love Home Depot! I had been told that these sinks are very durable but you can get one that has a crack from being shipped so you need to examine the sink as soon as you get it (before you do all the work to install it). We had to reschedule the countertop appointment until the next week.
Tip: I purchased a cart with wheels that I use very often. I placed a towel and a rug on top of the cart to protect the sink. This way, we could roll the cart and sink around where needed, and we did not have to lift the sink very far.
Our beautiful hardware from Liberty Hardware came in so we decided to install the upper cabinet doors. We do not want to install the lower cabinet doors until after the countertops go on. We did purchase all new hinges because ours were 25 years old.
All of the cabinet doors and new hinges went on perfectly except for these two doors.
We could not figure out why these two doors would not meet correctly.
We finally decided to spray paint the old two hinges that belonged with these doors and install the doors with the old spray painted hinges. I know that it is not how the professionals would have fixed this problem but it worked, and that’s how we roll.
The countertop guys came and made a template and seemed pleased with the sink.
The plan for this week is to install the two overhead pendant lights that I purchased from the thrift store, and they are awesome. They are brand new and they are exactly what I was wanting. I paid $4.99 a piece for them, and I can’t wait to show you. The quartz goes in next Friday and we will install the backsplash afterward. Hopefully, the remodel will be complete after next weekend. Hopefully!