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DIY Kitchen Renovation with Concrete Countertops & Brooks ll

Jan 2020

Our friend Bryan over @diydadblog on Instagram and blog recently renovated his kitchen and was kind enough to share about how it went. Not only did he install the Brooks ll, he created some gorgeous concrete countertops.

We’ve had big plans for our kitchen ever since we purchased our home nearly five years ago. Aside from the wall oven that didn’t work, the kitchen was fully functional but very dated. We knew from the start that the dark wood color had to go, along with the old appliances, laminate backsplash and countertops, and old vinyl floors.

One of our biggest dreams was to replace the stainless-steel sink with a large, white apron-front kitchen farmhouse sink. For us, a Sinkology All-In-One kit was the clear choice for our family of six.

Speaking of being a family of six… as you can imagine, trying to use a kitchen for family needs while it’s also being renovated is quite a challenge. From the very beginning, my objective was to remodel the kitchen in phases instead of it being completely torn apart.

It has taken me longer to complete the renovation, but I refaced and painted the cabinets and poured my concrete countertops in sections to minimize the disruption. By far, the biggest challenge to face was the sink renovation.

First, removing a kitchen sink for any amount of time is not exactly a pleasant experience in a large family! For us, no sink also meant no disposal and no dishwasher. Our main bathroom tub became our temporary kitchen sink, and because of this I was extremely pressed to complete the project.

The situation was twice as complicated for me because it wasn’t just a matter of switching out a sink; I also needed to build a whole new sink base cabinet with a platform for our new Brooks II Fireclay kitchen sink to rest on. Add to that the new concrete countertops and terribly out-of-level kitchen and you have a recipe for quite a few sleepless nights.

Thankfully, the sink/countertops renovation phase has come together beautifully. Leveling and measurements for the sink platform, cabinet base, new plumbing, and countertops had to be executed perfectly for everything to work properly. I am sleeping much better now that the calculations and measurements are finally out of my head.

Taking on and conquering these challenges, DIY style, has brought a satisfying sense of accomplishment and has created a more welcoming focal point in our home. And at the center of our shiny new kitchen is our crowned jewel: The Sinkology INSPIRE Collection Brooks II white fireclay farmhouse kitchen sink, paired with the Pfister Zuri faucet. By the way, that faucet was a dream to install! From start to finish, Sinkology and Pfister made this project much easier to handle with clear instructions that made sense and were easy to understand.

We now have the kitchen sink of our dreams that looks beautiful and meets the needs of our large family. As you can imagine, we constantly have large pots and toys to wash, and the dual sink sections are large and deep enough to handle both.

The Sinkology family is proud of the products they make, and our family is proud to have their sink in our home.


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