Finding an Affordable Farmhouse Sink Can Prove Challenging
We all know that these amazing single-basin farmhouse sinks are super popular right now. Chip and Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s hit TV show Fixer Upper, are well known for designing some amazing kitchens with farmhouse sinks that will have you drooling! I get so much inspiration from that show, but on a low budget, I didn’t think I could find an affordable farmhouse sink of my own!
So I started researching. I searched, and I Googled for a few YEARS. Y’all….I will research something TO DEATH! It’s just what I do! It’s part of the free-spirit in my “free-spirited nerd syndrome”.
Most farmhouse sinks cost an arm and a leg. Check out this beauty. This lovely copper single basin sink is priced at $699.99. Ouch! But isn’t she lovely?
I just can’t do $700 for the sink alone. So I kept looking, and I found this farmhouse sink from Wayfair. I think they also have it listed on Ebay and Overstock. I stalked it for awhile, but I REALLY didn’t want stainless steel. This was the most affordable farmhouse sink I’d seen so far.
So we were getting warmer with price, but I really had my heart set on a white farmhouse sink, so I continued my Google search. Here is a very pretty farmhouse sink that I absolutely adored.
These prices just weren’t cutting it. If I was going to find an affordable farmhouse sink, I was going to have to be patient. I just wasn’t willing to pay that much on a tight budget. Then I stumbled upon a builders’ supply website and found this gorgeous beauty!
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
She doesn’t look like much in the photo above, but the reviews were really amazing, and I figured if I absolutely hated it, I could resell the sink for a profit. After all, Lowe’s sells this exact same sink for $100 more than Eagle Supply! I couldn’t find the exact same one online, but it was available in my store.
So I put my husband to work installing it, and it proved to be a bit of a headache. We REALLY need to replace our cabinets and countertops, but for now, I’m dealing with them. I’ve painted my cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get me by until we can renovate after we’ve paid off our debt. The cool thing about this Swan sink is that it is a standard 22″x33″ and available as a drop in or undermount. It’s solid surface and 10″ deep. Perfect for our needs! We just removed our existing sink, cleaned up the existing caulk, and sealed this one. (Disclaimer: It was a bit more work than that. We actually had to hire a plumber to come out and cut our pipes because the previous owners had caulked the pipes together. That was
You’re Still the One
After installing the sink, I used my Kitchenaid mixer to hold down one corner since my crappy, old countertops are a bit uneven. Worked like a charm! Have I ever told you I got my Kitchenaid mixer for $123 from Kohls? I think I’ll have to share that story on a future post 🙂 This sink was everything I wanted it to be and more. It’s perfect!
I know the excitement is just killing you, so here you go! The sink cost us $171. I also bought the oil rubbed bronze strainer from Eagle Supply. That awesome farmhouse faucet came from Wayfair for less than $100! I’d say we did pretty well! We’ve had the sink installed for 2 months now, and it has held up well!
We are very pleased with it! What are you currently working on? Do you have any tips or tricks to save money while renovating? Leave them in the comments below!