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Classic Kitchen: Farmhouse Sink

why i love my apron front farmhouse sink

My classic kitchen remodel series continues with all the details about our farmhouse sink – and why I chose it. Our carpenter finally returned today to talk about the dishwasher and refrigerator that have been awaiting panels for months and I couldn’t be more excited to put this renovation behind me, but one thing helps carry me through…

classic apron front sink in porcelain

the love of my farmhouse sink! I mean, even doing dishes is more fun now! It’s the little extra motivation I need because I don’t want anything sitting in that pretty porcelain sink.

farmhouse sink - all the details about an apron front sink

I have long loved a beautiful white farmhouse sink, also known as an apron front sink. We had considered adding one to the kitchen at our previous home when we remodeled, but it would have required too much alteration to the cabinets we were saving {that helped us keep our budget to less than $5,000}.

Then we moved to our new home and my dreams of a farmhouse sink felt like they may never come to fruition as we weren’t sure we would do a full kitchen renovation, updating the 80’s / 90’s kitchen with a little paint and few accents instead. So when we decided to take the leap and do a full kitchen remodel, the farmhouse sink search was on!

apron front farmhouse sink installation pros and cons

There are so many beautiful options including a very budget friendly farmhouse sink from IKEA, which my friend Tori integrated seamlessly into her beautiful new kitchen. An array of modern farmhouse sink options are available with clean lines and of course, options in different materials like copper.

There was one sink I just couldn’t stop thinking about though, and that’s the classic Shaws Original Fireclay Apron Front Sink. It’s heavy {weighing in at over 160 pounds}, thick, making it feel substantial, and has imperfections to perfection. Rather than being 100% smooth, there are beautiful variations. But that little blue “Shaws Original” emblem? Classic.

everything you need to know about an apron front farmhouse sink


One of the main concerns I had read before purchasing our apron front / farmhouse sink were that you need a grate at the bottom to prevent scratches. To be honest, the reviews of apron front sinks tend to be horrible! Having a porcelain fireclay sink at the lake cottage and knowing they are the most classic style sink, I didn’t worry too much. They are loved for a reason! Sure, pots and pans can leave little silver marks in the basin of the sink, but it’s nothing a quick wipe down can’t eliminate. There’s just something about this classic style that makes the kitchen feel a little warmer and lived in. 

Important notes before you purchase a farmhouse sink:

  • most cities have codes how many inches your walkways need to be. Be mindful that a farmhouse sink can easily add 2-3″ outside of the cabinet.
  • it requires a special cutout, which can be challenging depending on which one you choose. It requires a lot of precision.
  • sprayer required. 

I couldn’t do with out sprayer – it’s a lifesaver to encourage bits of food to the drain in this style sink. I had a reader mention she wish she had added one to her prep sink as well. You can read more about our faucet and sprayer here. Until then, let me know – do you love farmhouse sinks or prefer an undermount / drop-in sink?


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13 comments on “Classic Kitchen: Farmhouse Sink”

  1. Our main sink is a fireclay farmhouse sink and I love love love it! I always wanted one too and now that I have it, I can’t imagine having anything else. Barkeeper’s Friend gets any of those little silver scuffs out. It cleans up so much nicer that any stainless sink I’ve ever had.

    Our contractor came yesterday to finish our punch list for our renovation too. That last little bit takes the most time and is the most frustrating. And don’t get me started on appliance panels!!! We had to redo our ice maker panel three times!!! The first one was too small. The second one was dropped and damaged on the corner. Third time’s a charm, I guess. Staring at unfinished appliances for months is such a bummer. Then I think about all the people who don’t even have their homes anymore and it puts it all in perspective! I just don’t function well in chaos so I’m feeling better that everything is almost finished. Hope your reno wraps up soon!

    • So very true! I’ve been feeling more fortunate than ever this fall. It truly does. Our refrigerator panels and dishwasher panel are on round two a hope yours works out this time!
      Barkeeper’s is my friend, never phasedr and you can see when it’s clean. I find it oddly gratifying! Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. I have the same Shaws fire clay sink only a little bigger! It is my favorite thing about our new house! Love, love, love it! So easy to keep clean too. I have the stainless steel grate at the bottom. It’s a lifesaver!

  3. I love, love farmhouse sinks. Anything that brings back tge old or look old, I love it! Yours is gorgeous. I think you made a great choice. Love your kitchen. Adding a sprayer is an excellent choice.

  4. Your kitchen is beautiful Julie! We have been recently affected by hurricane Harvey, and as a result I’m getting a new kitchen, and yours is my inspiration! Your style is so timeless and perfectly arranged. I ordered my farmhouse sink today, but am curious what color of drain did you get? Thank you for all your wonderful posts ❤️

    • I’m so sorry to hear your home was effected, but thankful you’re safe. Really? That made my day! I did the drain in unlacquered brass to match the faucet. Let me know if you need anything!

  5. I have the same Shaw’s sink and love it too. I have the white grate, that my contractor talked me into, and I hate it. Everything gets stuck down there and I, constantly, have to keep taking it out and cleaning below. But one day, while holding it up, it dropped down and put a tiny little nick in my sink. I was heartbroken. Nobody notices but me, though. I thought it would be indestructible, but it isn’t.

  6. Julie you have created a sumptuous space! You seem to be drawn to creams and ivory, as am I.  It appears that you chose the white sink?  instead of the parchment color?  I am contemplating buying one for my kitchen.  I have never seen the parchment color in person.  Just curious if you had seen or considered it.  Or if it fought against the marble or cabinets?

    • I did white for a touch of contrast, but it’s not a bright white. I love the parchment, but it was additional and I wasn’t sure how it would pair with the cream cabinets. Hope that helps! I haven’t seen it in person either.

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