Country Kitchen Sinks
Creating a Country-Inspired Kitchen.
I live in the metropolis in a small condominium at the ninth floor of a 30-foot storey building. Day and night, I see the same view–skyscrapers all over the place. While they look like stationary fireflies at night, especially when only a few lights are turned on, there is no denying that when the sun comes up they are nothing more than cold, tall buildings. So, it is no wonder that I crave the smell of fresh grass in the morning or the vast green that is typical of the countryside. Why do you think I have a small garden in my balcony?
But what I really want to do is bring the look and feel of the country in my home, particularly the kitchen. Fortunately, there are solutions that I can use, which I want to share with you.
Similar to any remodeling project, everything starts with a plan. It is imperative that you know where country kitchen sinks will be placed, what paint color to use, or how much the entire work will cost you.
The first thing that you need to do is decide whether to stick to the same layout or not. There are two things that will limit your option: (1) the plumbing and electrical system and (2) the budget. As you may know, redirecting the water line to another part of the room would mean breaking down walls and moving the pipes. Technical issues aside, this project will take time and money to complete, more so if you live in an apartment. You would also need to get permission from your landlord to make drastic changes. In this case, take the more convenient route and retain the old layout.
Next, come up with a budget. Your estimate should be enough to cover the entire renovation. If it comes up short, you can always set priorities so you can put off other changes for later or when you get more funds. What really matters is that you ensure efficiency in the kitchen. By this, you must maintain the work triangle even if you change the fixtures, appliances, and decorations. You should also consider the materials to use and how they will fit with your financial plans.
Then, it is time to go down to specifics. This is the part where you choose the ideal furniture and fittings in your country-inspired kitchen.
A traditional cooking hub must have shaker-style units. These are ideal for brining in that warm and welcoming feel that is typical in a country setting. Your choice of material should be wood, preferably with aged surfaces. But if you prefer something more affordable, thermofoil can be a great alternative as long as they follow the required style. You can then finish the cabinetry off with round knobs.
When it comes to furniture pieces, chunky is the word that best describes the furnishings in a rustic cooking hub. This means that the dining table and chairs must be larger than usual, though not gigantic. If space is an issue, then opt for furniture items that are made of pine, walnut, oak, or mahogany. All of the pieces must match in style and material.
As for walls, applying a fresh coat of paint is the most inexpensive way to give the cooking area a facelift. For a country look, you can choose among blues, yellows, or whites. Make sure that it has a gloss or semi-gloss finish as it is easier to clean than other kinds. However, if you have more money to spare, you should add a tongue-and-groove paneling painted with a complementary shade.
Once that is done, it is time to install country kitchen sinks. What sets them apart from the traditional type is that these takes up more room and do not require extra space in front. How do you add one, exactly?
- Determine the sink’s measurement. Afterwards, cut away parts of the countertop and cabinets to accommodate the installation. You would need a reciprocal saw to do the work. If you do not have the tool or you do not know how to use it, it is best that you hire a professional to do the work on your behalf.
- Build a support structure where the sink will sit. This can be done using 2 by 4 boards and nails. Make sure that you leave room for the drain and water line. If you are sure that the support will hold, you need to add silicone caulking on the edges of the countertop before you set one of the country kitchen sinks in place.
Aside from the sink, there are more decorating ideas that will further enhance the rustic feel of your kitchen. A staple is the hanging pot rack that can help increase storage space. When deciding where to install it, make sure that it does not block the lights, especially those intended to illuminate the counter and other work surfaces.
You should also consider adding beams to the ceiling. This architectural detailing is common in log cabins and farm houses, making it a great decorating choice. But because solid wood beams are heavy, you need to check if your home would be able to support them. In most cases, you would have to reinforce the existing framework of your kitchen’s ceiling. This would mean more work and added expense. Then again, if you really want to bring the country feel in your property, you will make the impossible possible.
To finish off the entire look, you should add a rooster placed strategically on the floor or the counter, add floral or lace curtains, and plants in ceramic pots. And because a country-inspired cooking hub is nature-oriented, you must not scrimp on the colors and textures. So, go crazy with the curtains and wall hangings. Just make sure that they complement each other to avoid making the kitchen appear crowded and cluttered.
There you have it, great ideas for a food preparation area that will transport you to the countryside. You may not be able to feel the grass under your toes or touch the morning dew, the country kitchen sinks, decorations, and wall colors will make you experience life in a rural setting.Back To Top.