Fireclay Farm Sinks: Is it Smart to Invest in One?

In this new dawn of constant hand washing, I am more grateful than ever for the beautiful kitchen sink I chose for our fixer upper’s kitchen. I would even venture to say it is my favorite element in the whole kitchen design. It works so hard! Five years of abuse continually, and it still greets me with a sparkly smile What a privilege. Here’s my response to Fireclay Farm Sinks: Is it Smart to Invest in One?

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Fireclay Farm Sinks: Is it Smart to Invest in One?

NOT AT ALL INTERESTED IN FARM SINKS at this juncture? That’s cool, Karen. Visit MY ARCHIVES for GOODNESS.

There’s so much to love about this farm sink (Signature Hardware’s 30″ Reinhard). It not only evokes a pleasing nostalgia, it takes many hands to craft each one.

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It takes hours of molding, drying, enameling, and facing a fiery furnace to ultimately become smooth to the touch, a vessel for cleansing and daily nourishment.

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Fireclay Farm Sinks: Is it Smart to Invest in One?

1. How durable are these farm sinks?

In a word, extremely. The whole reason the sink’s durable material is known as fireclay is because of the intense heat involved in production. This type of sink is not carved; rather, the clay is first molded. Then it is covered with enamel before it goes into the fire.

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Feelin’ geeky about the process? Consider these sinks get fired at over 2,000 degrees. That explains the hardened, hard-working surface that becomes so durable for years of use.

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Is it chippy though? Even though you may have porcelain pieces in your home that remind you of a fireclay farm sink’s material, you don’t have to freak about chipping.

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Does it collect lots of scratches? While the sink’s finish may begin to show signs of wear with the years (I’m noticing subtle still-light signs of wear around the drain), it is highy scratch resistant.

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When I consider how much I throw at it, it truly does a remarkable job of resisting scratches.

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2. Is this sink style a passing trend?

I think one of the reasons they are fashionable at the moment is because QUALITY has become fashionable.

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Farm sinks have been around for generations and have a sort of ageless appeal for me. While they are certainly popular for vintage, rustic, country, traditional and farmhouse kitchens at the moment, I attribute such popularity to how practical they are in daily life.

There aren’t many design elements in our home that deliver on function and good looks the way this sink does.

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3. What sort of base cabinet do I need?

This is an important consideration. You can’t throw a farm sink in just any sink base cabinet. If you’re planning a kitchen design with new cabinets, you need to know the type of sink you’ll incorporate.

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Farm sinks are typically undermount models (which is AWESOME since you brush crumbs or whatever right on in there) that require custom or semi-custom bases.

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The base needs to be extra strong. A fireclay sink weighs a ton so it needs proper support. It is also deep so the resulting space inside the cabinet is decreased.

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What if my cabinets are going to be stock cabinets? Even if you’re not remodeling a kitchen with custom or new cabinets, it can be possible to retrofit an existing sink base to accommodate the farm sink. But don’t think about this as a DIY thing. Carpenters and kitchen designers can educate you about the details.

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4. Can I install a farm sink myself, DIY style?

We didn’t, and I don’t advise it. These sinks are handmade, heavy as heck, and a force to be reckoned with. Let an experienced installer do the work so you can prevent a major headache. Our cabinet installer was one of those OCD types who did a phenomenal job. (Highly recommend slightly neurotic with OCD, detail-oriented carpenters!)

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5. Are fireclay farm sinks high maintenance?

I’d rate them higher maintenance than stainless sinks. While our fireclay farm sink is relatively low maintenance, there are good daily habits to keep it beautiful and unstained.

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One, wipe it down after using it. *Duh* You don’t want red wine, marinara, and green smoothie remnants hanging out on its surface.

Secondly, keep it dry to prevent it from developing water stains.

Third, don’t use steel wool or abrasive products since the combination of them and your brute muscle strength could cause scratches.

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Lastly, and this is a biggie: DO NOT LEAVE METAL PANS AND UTENSILS LYING IN THE SINK. The resulting rust is a pain to scrub off. I make the mistake occasionally and say curse words (which incidentally eases stain removal) as I address the rust with a Mr. Clean eraser.

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If you live with kids, train them to always leave such items on the counter or load them in the dishwasher to keep your sink sparkling pretty.

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Let’s Chat in the Kitchen

How are things, friends? After a rough week, I feel like I am maybe turning a corner and finding my center of gravity again. The only way I honestly know how to move through uncertainty, problems, and discomfort is to stay awake, stay vulnerable and lean into daily transformation.

I don’t need to tell you that IT ALWAYS REQUIRES COURAGE because it is messy. Listen to my girl discuss it:

No idea what your own daily transformation entails, but maybe it can be as simple as greeting each new morning as a gift stretched out with no mistakes in it, ready to become a blessing with your consent, your YES, and your whole heart.

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I always love hearing from you (even if life happens to be handing you lemons) to feel a little more connected. xox

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Joanna
    April 18, 2020 / 11:59 am

    I had a ceramic sink in a previous home. I loved it’s lovely whiteness & shine. It received loving care from myself, even putting a dish towel on the bottom before I put pots into it. But…then a house guest offered to do the dishes one night. Yikes! I almost cried when I saw the scratches the next morning. Does a Fireclay sink hold up better than a Ceramic?

    Who is the pretty girl with the amazing muscle power to hold you like a child?

    I’m doing fine in my little corner of the world. Beautiful BC!
    I miss friends and visitors!
    I miss lunches and coffee dates!
    I miss the gym!
    I miss hugs! I’m a hugger.
    But…I’m staying in a positive mindset by keeping busy in the house & garden.
    Enjoying the sunshine.
    Taking long walks.
    Being thankful for my family, my home, my community, my lifestyle.
    Hopeful for the day when I can venture out and feel comfortable being around others.

    • Michele
      Author
      April 18, 2020 / 2:40 pm

      Love this update, Joanna. Huggers are the best. Yes – fireclay is much different than ceramic or porcelain. The finish is super hard and scratch resistant so it’s a dream to live with. That young woman is my niece, and she is strong and athletic. All of MY aunties told me ‘just wait til you leave your 20s and your waist spreads!’ and we’re still waiting for that to happen since my weight remains in the 90s. 🙂

  2. Jane
    April 23, 2020 / 11:43 am

    As a long-time fan of your beautiful and inspiring posts, I’m concerned when I don’t see an update from you. I hope you are well, and are simply taking a break. You are missed!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Jane. I hope you have been seeing my posts – sometimes I give a little update in the middle of them, and I’ll try to devote a post to just personal reflections. The last month was rough, and I’m still very tired and weak. Not sure if I also had the virus with this Crohn’s flare – I did have days of asthma and a profound melancholy which felt different than the usual. I hope to get an antibody test when they are available. Hope you are well, and I am grateful for your loyal readership – peace to you.

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