Our fireclay apron front farm sink was my favorite element in our former fixer upper’s kitchen so I knew I needed one in the new kitchen. Why all the fuss about it? It works so hard! After seven years of daily abuse, it continued to sparkle. So find my personal response to Fireclay Farm Sinks: Is it Smart to Invest in One? and sneak a peek at my new one which we recently installed.
NOT ALL THAT INTERESTED IN FARM SINKS? I hear you. Visit MY ARCHIVES for GOODNESS.
There’s so much to love about a kitchen farm sink (find options here). It not only evokes a pleasing nostalgia, but many hands are required to craft each one.
It requires hours of molding, drying, enameling before the sink bakes in a fiery furnace to become a smooth to the touch vessel ready for daily chores.
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 during production. This type of sink is not carved. The clay is first molded before it is covered with enamel and placed into the fire.
Feelin’ geeky curious about the process? Fireclay sinks get fired at over 2,000 degrees! No wonder the hard-working surface becomes so hardened and durable for years of use.
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Is it chip-resistant? If you live with porcelain at home, it may remind you of a fireclay farm sink’s material, but in the case of fireclay, you don’t have to freak about chipping.
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 light signs of wear around the drain), it is highly scratch resistant.
When I consider how much I throw at it, our sink truly did a remarkable job of resisting scratches.
2. Is this sink style a passing trend?
I think one of the reasons farm sinks are fashionable at the moment is because QUALITY has become fashionable.
Farm sinks have been around for generations and have a sort of timeless appeal for me.
While they are certainly popular for vintage, rustic, country, traditional and modern farmhouse kitchens at the moment, I attribute such popularity to their practicality for modern daily life.
There simply aren’t many design elements in our home that can boast the function and good looks this sink delivers.
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.
Farm sinks are typically undermount models (which is AWESOME since you can brush crumbs and whatnot right on in there) that require custom or semi-custom bases.
I know a little somethin’ somethin’ about retrofitting a new farm sink in an existing sink base since we just tackled this project at the new house:
I partnered with Nantucket Sinks and happily chose their Hyannis 30″ model to replace an old undermount standard stainless sink. We can’t just replace the sink base’s doors since they’re no longer the right height for the apron front. Instead, we’ll install new properly-sized doors or use a flirty skirt!
The base needs to be extra strong. A fireclay sink weighs a ton so it needs proper support. These sinks are also deep so bear in mind the vertical space inside your cabinet will shrink.
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 consider this task as an easy DIY thing. Carpenters and kitchen designers can educate you about the details.
4. Can I install a farm sink myself, DIY style?
At our former home, it was installed professionally, but my husband installed our new one! These sinks are handmade, heavy as heck, and a force to be reckoned with. Let an experienced installer do the work just 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!)
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.
One, wipe it down after using it. *Duh* You don’t want red wine, turmeric, 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.
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 get panicky even as a clean eraser does the work of erasing the rust.
If you live with kids, train them to never leave such items lying in the sink to keep your sink sparkling pretty.
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Let’s Chat in the Kitchen
After a busy week of home improvement, I’m a little weary. DIY is different when you’re no longer 35! World events are also on my mind too often. 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:
Daily transformation 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 our consent, our YES, and our whole heart.
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