Gone are the days when all one could pick is the classic porcelain faucet or steel faucet/sink for one’s kitchen. Today, one has the choice of choosing a non-conventional but high-on-style-factor copper apron sinks. Also known as farm sinks these have the potential to turn a boring kitchen into one with oomph and style. If you want to save money and have these in your kitchen then you might as well go the DIY way. One thing to keep in mind here is that apron sinks aren’t like the standard under-mount or drop-in sink, therefore installing it would require you to take a different approach.
When it comes to copper apron sinks or any other apron sinks for that matter, there are three finishes to choose from: one where the sink is half an inch below the countertop, one where the sink is at the same level as the countertop and finally, one where the sink is higher than the countertop. Depending on your preferences and needs, you can choose any one of these finishes and proceed ahead with installing copper apron sinks in your kitchen. Now, the space available to you for the new sink would depend on the height available in the false drawer section of your cabinetry, either existing one or a new one that is soon to be constructed.
In case you are installing your apron sink on the existing cabinet and you have less than six inch space to work with for your sink then you should opt for the remodeling of the drawer or the cabinetry. The copper apron sink that you choose should be compatible with your counter top so as to make the installation process a snap. The next step that you need to take here would be to cut out a rectangular shape in the counter top. The best part about installing apron sinks is that they can be installed anywhere from flush.
After making the cut, it would be time to place the sink in. While copper apron sinks are generally very strong, if you wish to provide additional support and make it even more sturdy then you can have supports built around the sink on the inside of the cabinet so that the front portion will remain aesthetic. Silicone sealant is your best friend when it comes to sealing overlaps and gaps formed in the installation process. Another advantage of sealing is that it would prevent the formation of mildew or mold inside your cabinetry.
The installation of a copper apron sink is never complete without the installation of drain flanges. Additionally, you might also need to have your pipes modified in order to make the sink more functional. Once everything is done the faucet can be places inside the hole, cut out by lining it with the pre-drilled holes located at the rear portion of the sink.
Dustin Johnson, an expert in DIY believes in not paying through the nose for things that can be easily done by oneself. He is also a go-to expert when it comes to installing copper apron sinks in your kitchen.