September 29, 2023


New Estate

The Basement Countertop, Sink and Faucet Set up! | Thrifty Decor Chick

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Putting in my FIRST counter tops, sink, faucet and disposal!

Our basement kitchenette progress has been chugging proper alongside! I’ve labored on this room nonstop since late final fall, and I am thrilled with the way it has come collectively!

For months I went via all of the countertop choices, and we waffled between laborious floor counters and one thing cheaper like laminate. 

Granite or quartz would have been beautiful, however sheesh…I had forgotten how costly they’re. Plus I used to be feeling impatient, and knew it will take a couple of weeks to make that occur.  

Laminate is available in so many nice shade choices now, however I want to not have the quick, rounded backsplash that almost all of them include. (There are alternatives with out that now although!)

However after I thought in regards to the moody, cozy feeling I wished for this house, I knew my good ole go-to wooden butcher block was what I wished:

birch butcher block wood counters

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Putting in the butcher block counter tops.

We bought these birch butcher block counters and had them delivered to our home. I texted the contractor guys we use for some bigger initiatives to see about assist with the set up, however they had been booked up for weeks. 

I used to be dying to get this little kitchen functioning with a sink, so I made a decision to deal with them alone. I used my round noticed to chop each bit all the way down to measurement, after which we carried them down so I might set them in place.

As soon as I knew the match was proper, I conditioned the wooden with this beneficial pre stain wood conditioner, stained them with my favourite Provincial stain (additionally Minwax) after which utilized one coat of Tung oil. 
I did a light-weight sanding and cleaned that up with a tack fabric earlier than another last coat: 
cleaning sanding with tack cloth

The wooden counters turned out so lovely! We LOVE the heat of the butcher block together with the sunshine grey cupboards:

Provincial stain on counters

Once I was certain they had been prepared and in place, I hooked up the counter tops from beneath with screws. The highest brackets on the cupboards have a gap for the screws, so it makes every little thing tremendous safe. 

Make certain your screws are lengthy sufficient to enter your counter, however not too lengthy they’re going to come via the highest!

I’ve lower down and put in smaller sections of countertop many instances, however by no means this many and at this measurement. This was a HUGE job, however it went faster than I believed it will. 

Putting in the sink and tap.

YAY! The counter tops had been lower, handled and put in. It was lastly time to get the sink and tap in!

But once more, my impatience fuels my willpower. I did a TON of analysis on the best way to lower counters and set up a sink, in addition to putting in a faucet and disposal…none of which I’ve ever tried. 

We have had black quartz kitchen sinks for the almost ten years now, and I completely love them. I really like the contact of black and that they’re really easy to maintain clear. 

black quartz single basin sink

I laid the sink face down on the counters and made certain there was two inches of house throughout the entrance: 

drop in sink spacing

Then traced the sink onto the butcher block. 

However I needed to retrace after I remembered that I wished to make use of painter’s tape to chop down on any splintering as I used to be reducing. 🙂

After laying down the tape, I used a bigger bit on the corners after which my jigsaw to chop the sink form out:

cutting out sink in wood counter

That is vital — be sure to safe a pair scrap items of wooden throughout the half you are eradicating so it would not crash all the way down to the ground as you narrow. It is heavy!:

bracket over sink cut out

After cleansing up, we checked to ensure the sink match, then utilized a bead of silicon across the lip of the sink and dropped it into the countertop. 

If in any respect attainable, lower the outlet to your sink outdoors or in a storage! It is MESSY!

I used to be on a roll! It was time to aim one other first…putting in a faucet from scratch. 

I say from scratch as a result of this spot was solely roughed in once we constructed our house, so the cold and warm shut off valves and plumbing pipes weren’t put in: 

plumbed hot and cold pex pipes

Be sure to flip off the water in your house earlier than reducing the ends off of these tubes or doing any plumbing! 

We wished a rubbish disposal down right here as properly, so went via the identical means of researching the how-to.  

There was lots of pausing and enjoying on these movies as I went via each processes. However they labored and NOTHING leaked! 

Over a pair weeks I put in the counter tops, sink, plumbing, faucet and disposal all on my own! There aren’t many DIY initiatives I have never tried, however the plumbing was intimidating. Now that I’ve executed all of this, altering out a faucet will probably be simple. 🙂 

Lastly, the kitchenette was beginning to come collectively. I have been dreaming of getting this house for years! 

Here is the way it appeared earlier than I began on the backsplash: 

I solely painted the wall all the way down to the place the tile was going. (The colour is Westchester Grey, identical as the remainder of the basement.)

Subsequent up, time to start out the enjoyable stuff! I can not wait to indicate you the way this house appears to be like now.

My purpose is to make the TV mix into the wall somewhat bit. (I would not have picked one in right here, however my household insisted and now I actually do prefer it.) And likewise even out the burden of the room: 

gray basement kitchen cabinets
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