The Perfect Addition to My Kitchen: Bradstreet II Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

Aug 2019

If you follow me at Food for a Year or have followed along as I’ve shared recipes here at Sinkology, you know I spend most of my time talking about food and recipes and ingredients. But sometimes, I step outside of my “foodie voice” to talk about my bunnies or a recent trip or something happening with my kiddos or some home improvement project.

So, I’m especially excited to step out of ‘recipe talk’ in order to finally share about a project I’ve been working on for over a year! Let me start off by explaining, we started building our house about 8 years ago and included in those plans was an upstairs space that would be used as a game room // movie room // guest room. But, as the process of building went on, costs began to look a little (more like a lot) bigger than I was comfortable with — so we decided to close off that portion of the upstairs and treat it like 800 square feet of attic.

After about five years of living in our home, my boys went from elementary ages to junior high and high school ages and I got the urge to finish out that attic space in hopes of giving them a little space to hangout with friends.

While dreaming and planning where I’d put walls and ceilings and doors, I noticed just how excellent the lighting was up in that closed-off attic space. Sunlight, filtered by the nearby tall trees, streams through the windows on all sides creating a natural glow that perfectly lights that part of the house.

Now, in case you didn’t know, that’s the kind of light that a food blogger’s dreams are made of! Suddenly, I was inspired and decided to include a kitchen work-studio in my upstairs addition. (Notice how I just took possession of this addition!)

Almost immediately, I could see it perfectly in my mind’s eye :: milky whites, hardwood floors, golden ribbons of walnut, clean lines, open shelves, splashes of copper, pops of turquoise, stacks vintage cookbooks, high ceilings, exposed ductwork (okay, that came after talking with the heat & air guys) and a beautiful white single-basin fireclay farmhouse sink from Sinkology.

Oh, and a place for the kids to play games and watch movies … of course!

(ps every detail I'm writing is true - even down to the sink!)

The project took about 14 months to complete and tears were involved. Building and remodels are hard!!! But just when I didn’t think I could handle the eardrum bursting whirrr of one more saw or the head-throbbing whack of more hammer or the layers and layers of fine silty dust that covered EVERYTHING; it was finished!

It was moments like picking tile, selecting a Dutch door and unboxing my gorgeous farmhouse sink that kept me focused!

And so, I’m excited to share with you — my finished project!

In addition to the kitchen workspace and media + game areas, I also added a guest bathroom and bedroom. It was thanks to the guest bathroom that I got the opportunity to highlight another Sinkology sink I’ve had my eyes on – the Edison Nickel Bathroom Sink. Check out how beautiful it is with the angled black matte Price Pfister faucet!

Don’t you think that sparkling Edison nickel sink goes beautifully with that little farmhouse maple dinette table/vanity I reclaimed and painted (for $20!!).

And here is a peek at the rest of the space — including a closet dedicated to my vintage cookbook collection, yippee!!

I am so glad to be on this end of our home improvement project. Everything turned out even better than I had dreamed. And isn’t that the mark of a successful project!? I hope my selections of sinks (The Bradstreet II and Edison) inspire you to imagine just how you could add a little simple beauty to your next project!

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