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Everything and the Kitchen Sink (And Faucet!) at the Fullmer Kitchen

June 6, 2019  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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This post is sponsored by Elkay

Did you know a sink is one of the first things you have to have solidly picked out when starting a kitchen renovation? Plumbing wants to know where the sink is going to be. For cabinetry, you need to know how wide and what type of sink you’re going to use. When you choose a countertop–they are gonna want to know the dimensions of your sink for fabrication and what faucet you chose–they’ll probably even ask you for the serial number so they can get the measurements exactly! It kind of makes the saying “everything but the kitchen sink” a little ironic, because if you already have everything, chances are the kitchen sink was there first. Haha!

The Fullmers’ kitchen was no exception. We were showing them a bunch of sink options from Elkay long before choosing any of the other finishes. From apron front to under-mount, stainless, to quartz–and every size!!–there are so many really good options to choose from.

In our first home, we went with a deep, one-bowl sink and in our current home we have a double bowl sink. I like both for different reasons, but I think I might prefer the single-bowl better overall! (Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!) I loved being able to lay a whole sheet pan or cutting board in the bottom to soak, wash, or, let’s be honest, hide from site for later.

Ultimately, the Fullmers’ chose something really similar! The Elkay Crosstown 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, 30-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ x 10″ Single Bowl Undermount Sink, with Elkay Crosstown 16 Gauge Stainless Steel, 30-1/2″ x 18-1/2″ x 10″ Single Bowl Undermount Sink to protect the sink bottom, and the Elkay Avado Single Hole Kitchen Faucet with Semi-Professional Spout in Lustrous Steel. 

We captured a short, 1-minute video of the install and after’s so you can see these exquisite workhorses in action.

The sink has been a dream to use and it’s so easy to clean. Also! It’s insulated for less noise which has been nice with a newborn around the house.

The kitchen is all but wrapped up (we have a few finishing touches to tackle!), which is a good thing, because you may have seen on Instagram that the Fullmers’ had their baby a few weeks ago! Kelsi said a working sink would be the best thing to come home to–DONE AND DONE!

What do you think?

  1. Lori says:

    I don’t see the option for a 30” Ikea base sink cabinet — only 36” and 24”. Did you use a standard 30” cabinet? If so, did you have to reinforce it to support the sink?

  2. Liz says:

    I was looking at the installation instructions for this specific sink and it says to use a 36” cabinet. I’m just curious how you pulled it off with a 30” cabinet.

  3. Liz says:

    Did you have to modify the cabinet to get the sink to fit in the 30” base cabinet? Or were there issues attaching the under mount with such a limited amount of space to work underneath?

    • Julia says:

      We didn’t! We just looked for a sink that fit a 30″ cabinet

      • Liz says:

        That’s what we are trying to do to, but all the 30” sinks say to use a 36” cabinet (even the one you all installed here). So I’m just curious how you pulled it off!!

      • Liz says:

        We are looking to do the same thing but all the 30” undermounts (including this one in the post) say to use a 36” cabinet in the installation instructions. Just curious how you pulled it off!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Hi! I’m a new reader and was wondering if you can recommend a good fire clay 30″ apron front sink that is compatible with Ikea cabinets. I’m about to do a kitchen renovation with Ikea cabinets and your semihandmade collaboration fronts! This is something I’m trying to figure out and it has me a bit overwhelmed. I love your work BTW and you’ve got yourself a new devoted follower now!

  5. ASHLEY STRICKLAND says:

    Which size ikea base cabinet did you get for the sink? The 30” width? Thanks!!

  6. Ashley says:

    What type of countertops did you use?

  7. Rebecca Neustel says:

    I’ve always had a two-bowl sink but would love to have a single for a change, but my husband says no way. And he does do the dishes, so….

  8. Emily says:

    Team single sink all the way! In my first house, I hated my double sink for 4.5 years before replacing it – life changer – and then moved a year later. The new house I just bought already had a large single basin, but if not I would have replaced right away. It is so valuable to me to soak a casserole dish or sheet pan without leaving it on the counter.

  9. Teela says:

    We have a single, undermounted sink and love it. We may even have the one you installed.

    Before we completely reno’d our kitchen, we did a “facelift” and installed a similar sink. I LOVED the crisp, 90 degree corners! However, they were such a pain to keep clean! Getting one with a bit of ease in the corner (what you show above) while still giving the “nice corner” look has made it so much easier to clean…no more food gunk getting stuck in the corner, needing a toothbrush to get it out!

  10. Noel says:

    I HATE double sinks! I have a large, 36″ cast iron farmhouse sink by Kohler that I absolutely adore. When I have to use the 24″ sinks at my mom or sister’s house, I find it so annoying, as they feel soooo small. Love being able to lay a large size baking sheet in the sink, and it can even fit all 6 of my heavy stove grates when I want to do some heavy duty cleaning. I don’t think I could ever have a sink smaller than 36″ now :)

  11. Karen says:

    We got a large single bowl sink that came with some inserts – including a drop in half bowl. So we can switch between single and double bowl as needed :-)
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Glacier-Bay-Dual-Mount-Stainless-Steel-33-in-4-Hole-Single-Bowl-Kitchen-Sink-in-Satin-QK053/204340124

  12. Jacqui Bennetts says:

    I lived with a single bowl sink for many years and managed by using a wash bowl that I put in the sink to wash the dishes in most of the time. That allowed me to have a way to rinse anything to one side or to put dregs say from a tea cup that hadn’t been emptied and also you can top up with more hot water by tipping out some of the old.

  13. EmilyH says:

    I’ve had both a double- and single-bowl sink, and I absolutely, hands down prefer double-bowl. We renovated our kitchen a couple years ago, and I bought a huge, deep, 60/40 split and love it. The big side is big enough to fit large baking dishes, but I still have a side free for rinsing when washing dishes. I seriously love my sink so, so much. ????

  14. Ellie Marks says:

    So pretty and functional, were you able to drop this in a 30″ ikea cabinet?

  15. Ashley says:

    It looks amazing!! Because of mopping specifically, I wanted a double bowl but also wanted a big single bowl! So I recently opted for a 60/40 split with a low divide! I think it will end up being the best of both worlds. At least I hope it is! ???????? The Fullmer kitchen seriously looks beautiful!

  16. Kate says:

    I want them all! With all the double fridges, large pantries, double washer/dryers, multiple vacuums, I can’t figure out why we have these tiny sinks! I’ll take a full large basin sink with one (or two!) side sinks over a double oven any day! One to dump the dirty in, one to clean it, and one to dry. Or food prep, etc. I use the dish washer daily, but I also end up handwashing lots of items as well. I cant stand dirty dishes (ie. baby bottles) sitting on the counter – I prefer to “hide” them in a sink until I have time to deal with them. I envy those enormous industrial stainless steel sinks you find in restaurant kitchens. Now THAT is a trend that needs to catch on! ????

  17. Patty LaViolette says:

    We have that sink and love it!! I washed my babies in it till they were 10 months old!

  18. Amy Kopp says:

    quick typo to fix: hide from “site” should be hide from “sight” :)

  19. Chelsea says:

    I like a large, single-bowl sink, because in addition to making large/bulky items easier to clean, they’re great for bathing babies :)

  20. Jackie says:

    What wire rack did you use in the sink? I need that one!

  21. allison says:

    I love our kitchen sink which is a compromise between the two. We have a Kohler sink with a smart divide. So it’s a two bowl sink, but the divider is half the height of a normal divider. I believe multiple companies offer these now.

    • Melanie says:

      Me too! Kohler white smart divide, very deep, I often defrost meats in one side and like having that option but also being able to wash big pans easily. It’s genius and beautiful (helped by protective racks on the bottom). 100% would choose again

    • Renee says:

      I have this sink too and we love it. I have the garbage disposal on the small side and the larger side will hold my big lasagna pan….yes, I took it with me to the store to make sure it would fit! I picked the white finish, I loved the sea salt finish, but it was twice the price. :(

  22. Kori says:

    Our black elkay undermount single bowl sink was one of the first things i picked out in our kitchen renovation. i knew i wanted something a little different and it fit the bill perfectly. Once it arrived it solidified that i wanted a matte black faucet and pulls too. We had a double sink before and i can say that a single bowl is a GAME CHANGER! great for hiding and soaking dishes but even better to bathe the baby! everyone is always surprised to see we have a black sink.

  23. Myriah says:

    The PERFECT set-up is large single bowl and an additional smaller prep sink. We had that 2 houses ago and it was wonderful. We’ve since had 2 double bowl and are replacing the current one with a single.

  24. Jessica says:

    The black windows look so great with all of the white . Do you know the brand of the windows ? Everything is stunning!

  25. Cathy says:

    What a gorgeous kitchen! I love the combination of white and wood tones with stainless steel – it’s so refreshing yet timeless at the same time. We have a double bowl sink and I wished we have a larger (and deeper!) single bowl sink to make the space a lot easier to work in.

    Quick question on the stainless steel rack to “protect the sink bottom”. Is it really necessary? I would think it’s more trouble than its worth as it’s one more piece that you’ll have to clean, in addition to dirty dishes.

    Also, i just noticed from these pictures that they have textured ceiling. Just wondering why this wasn’t included in the renovation? We have floral textured ceiling at our own home and I hate it and vowed to never buy another home with textured ceiling again. Maybe it’s just me, but i think they’re a big eye-sore.

  26. Beautiful sink! I didn’t know what I was missing until we installed our single bowl deep sink!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  27. Grace says:

    Beautiful! We are in our first home and currently have a double basin sink. We haven’t fully renovated but we did put new DIY countertops (courtesy of Manhattan Nest!) and thought about replacing the sink, but ultimately didn’t. I love being able to soak things in one basin and use the other to handwash. Plus, we use a lot of cast iron and it’s nice to keep the soap away! BUT! I bake a ton and am constantly dirtying up baking sheets and always wish for a big single basin when I’m washing them. One day I’ll have two full-size sinks – a double and single!

  28. Sarah says:

    I firmly believe in single bowl sinks! :) I can’t wait for the full reveal, this kitchen looks unreal.

  29. Jen says:

    We have, and prefer, a double bowl sink. We often defrost meats in a sink full of water on one side while doing dishes or throwing food in the garbage disposal on the other side. Or, let’s be honest, hide dirty dishes on one side while still having a sink on the other side to use! They are both pretty big sinks, but, alas, we can’t fit a whole sheet pan on either side. That would be nice! We used to have very square sinks in our old kitchen like the Fulmer’s new sink; we prefer more rounded corners in the bottom of the sink; it can be hard to clean those four deep corners of the sink.

  30. Kiera Chambers says:

    We renovated our kitchen last summer/fall and went with the double sink because we wanted the option of people using both sides. Like if someone is washing something on one and someone else is dumping some liquid down the other side (emptying glasses, draining pasta, rinsing off washed dishes, etc). When we were deciding what we wanted, we covered up one side of the sink for a day to see how often multiple people are using our sink area at the same time. Turns out that it happens a LOT. Everyone we polled and asked for dual/single sink opinions if they said they loved the single sink they had another smaller sink somewhere else in their kitchen layout.

  31. Erin says:

    Team One Bowl!

  32. Lindsey says:

    I think a single bowl makes for easier dish-washing, but we have, and will choose again, the double bowl because we don’t have the daily energy to both wash AND DRY dishes! So we use one half to wash, and the other half stores clean dishes while they dry this is less obtrusive to me than a dish rack or towel on the counter.

    I cannot wait to see the full reveal of this kitchen!

    • Bethany says:

      This is what we have too and I can’t imagine having a single sink for this reason. Does everyone with a single sink immediately dry and put stuff away?! If so they are far more disciplined than we are!

  33. Tarynkay says:

    I prefer a very large (big enough to wash a baby in) double bowl stainless steel sink. The porcelain ones seem to scratch up easily. I like the double bowl bc we use half of it for clean dishes to dry in.

    I actually regret getting undermount sinks! It was supposed to be easier to clean, but I think it’s really harder to get a scrub brush in the seam between the top of the counter and the sink. Do you have trouble with this? I like the idea of the sink being somehow seamless, fully integrated into the countertop material. I guess that would have to be Corian or stainless steel.

  34. Mara SMITH says:

    I prefer a (deep) double sink. When hand washing dishes, I don’t like rinsing off in my hot soapy water. Also, we don’t always put dirty dishes in the dishwasher, so we dedicate one side to them, so that we still have access to a clean side. Which also has the garbage disposal. When cooking, I don’t want to put food shavings or drain hot water into dirty dishes.

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