The kitchen doesn’t have to be strictly utilitarian. In many homes today, the kitchen sink is a stylish centerpiece for the room. If you’re struggling with an old leaky sink and faucet, or just enduring one that doesn’t suit your design, take a day and swap it out for a new one!


Selecting A New Sink and Faucet


The number and size of the basins in your sink are probably the first consideration you’ll have. Dual-basin sinks are the most common, featuring two sides with the faucet in between. Farmhouse sinks, with one large basin, are also a popular choice, especially for country-style homes. Models are also available with basins of different sizes, such as a small one for washing vegetables.


You’ll probably want to get a new faucet while you’re upgrading your sink. The mechanism and sealing in faucets will wear out over time, so it’s a good idea to get a new one every so often. These, too, come in many different styles so you are sure to find one that works for you. If your faucet is relatively new, though, you may be able to remove it from the old sink and add it to the new one.


Disconnecting the Old Sink


The very first step you need to take is to turn off the water for your kitchen. Once you’re sure you won’t unleash a flood, you’ll need to disconnect the old sink from the kitchen plumbing. Get under your sink and familiarize yourself with which pipes go where. You may want to draw a simple outline for reference. Then you will simply need to methodically unhook the waste lines and feed lines from the existing sink. Have a bucket and some towels handy; there will be some drainage.


You’ll need to remove the old sink from the countertop. Sinks are sealed in with silicone caulk, and there may be mounting clips underneath. The clips will probably be easily removed with a screwdriver. You may be able to peel the sink away from the caulk with gentle pressure, but a plastic scraper can speed that process along. If you’re using the same countertop, be extra careful not to damage it as you remove the sink.


Adjusting the Countertop


If you don’t mind the extra work, you can increase (or decrease) the size of the sink in your kitchen. If you have a small kitchen and feel like you need to downsize your large sink, you’ll need to replace some or all of your countertop. On the other hand, if you have a large kitchen, large family, or simply love to cook, your small sink may not be sufficient and an upsize is in order, in which case you’ll need to cut the sink hole larger (which may require special tools).


Installing the Faucet and Drain


You will actually want to install faucet hardware into the sink before you place it into the counter. The faucet should come with instructions for that particular model, and we recommend following the manufacturer’s directions. Test the swing of the faucet now before you tighten the nuts and bolts. This is also when you’ll install the strainer into the drainhole of your new sink, usually with plumber’s putty. Be sure that both of these items are watertight – you don’t want a leak!


Installing and Connecting the Sink


Now it’s time to install the new sink into the counter. With the sink upside-down, gently squeeze a line of silicone caulk around the outer edge. Flip the sink over and carefully place it in position. Measure carefully to make sure that it’s parallel with the front edge of the counter, and adjust if necessary before the caulk sets. If there are any mounting clips or other bracing required for your sink, install them now.


You’re almost done! Get back under the sink and hook up the pipes carefully. If you made a big change in the layout of your sink, you will need to install some new pipes and connectors (and may want a plumber to help with that), but otherwise it should be the reverse process from when you disconnected them earlier. You will want to use PVC cement to seal the joints of the pipes, to prevent leaks.


And that’s all there is to it! Even a beginner, with a little confidence, can accomplish this quick switch in one day or less. Ask a professional for help if you get stuck and need help, but you should be able to accomplish this upgrade with only a few tools and supplies and a bit of elbow grease.

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