The Basement Countertop, Sink and Faucet Set up! | Thrifty Decor Chick

Putting in my FIRST counter tops, sink, faucet and disposal!

Our basement kitchenette progress has been chugging proper alongside! I’ve labored on this room nonstop since late final fall, and I am thrilled with the way it has come collectively!

For months I went by means of all of the countertop choices, and we waffled between exhausting floor counters and one thing inexpensive like laminate. 

Granite or quartz would have been beautiful, however sheesh…I had forgotten how costly they’re. Plus I used to be feeling impatient, and knew it might take a couple of weeks to make that occur.  

Laminate is available in so many nice colour choices now, however I choose to not have the quick, rounded backsplash that the majority of them include. (There are alternatives with out that now although!)

However once I thought concerning the moody, cozy feeling I needed for this house, I knew my good ole go-to wooden butcher block was what I needed:

birch butcher block wood counters

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Putting in the butcher block counter tops.

We bought these birch butcher block counters and had them delivered to our home. I texted the contractor guys we use for some bigger initiatives to see about assist with the set up, however they had been booked up for weeks. 

I used to be dying to get this little kitchen functioning with a sink, so I made a decision to deal with them by myself. I used my round noticed to chop every bit all the way down to measurement, after which we carried them down so I might set them in place.

As soon as I knew the match was proper, I conditioned the wooden with this useful pre stain wood conditioner, stained them with my favourite Provincial stain (additionally Minwax) after which utilized one coat of Tung oil. 
I did a lightweight sanding and cleaned that up with a tack material earlier than another last coat: 
cleaning sanding with tack cloth

The wooden counters turned out so lovely! We LOVE the heat of the butcher block together with the sunshine grey cupboards:

Provincial stain on counters

Once I was certain they had been prepared and in place, I connected the counter tops from beneath with screws. The highest brackets on the cupboards have a gap for the screws, so it makes all the pieces tremendous safe. 

Be certain your screws are lengthy sufficient to enter your counter, however not too lengthy they’re going to come by means of the highest!

I’ve minimize down and put in smaller sections of countertop many occasions, however by no means this many and at this measurement. This was a HUGE job, however it went faster than I believed it might. 

Putting in the sink and tap.

YAY! The counter tops had been minimize, handled and put in. It was lastly time to get the sink and tap in!

But once more, my impatience fuels my dedication. I did a TON of analysis on the right way to minimize counters and set up a sink, in addition to putting in a faucet and disposal…none of which I’ve ever tried. 

We have had black quartz kitchen sinks for the almost ten years now, and I completely love them. I like the contact of black and that they’re really easy to maintain clear. 

black quartz single basin sink

I laid the sink face down on the counters and made certain there was two inches of house throughout the entrance: 

drop in sink spacing

Then traced the sink onto the butcher block. 

However I needed to retrace once I remembered that I needed to make use of painter’s tape to chop down on any splintering as I used to be slicing. 🙂

After laying down the tape, I used a bigger bit on the corners after which my jigsaw to chop the sink form out:

cutting out sink in wood counter

That is vital — make certain to safe a pair scrap items of wooden throughout the half you are eradicating so it does not crash all the way down to the ground as you chop. It is heavy!:

bracket over sink cut out

After cleansing up, we checked to verify the sink match, then utilized a bead of silicon across the lip of the sink and dropped it into the countertop. 

If in any respect doable, minimize the opening to your sink exterior or in a storage! It is MESSY!

I used to be on a roll! It was time to aim one other first…putting in a faucet from scratch. 

I say from scratch as a result of this spot was solely roughed in after we constructed our dwelling, so the cold and warm shut off valves and plumbing pipes weren’t put in: 

plumbed hot and cold pex pipes

Be sure you flip off the water in your house earlier than slicing the ends off of these tubes or doing any plumbing! 

We needed a rubbish disposal down right here as nicely, so went by means of the identical strategy of researching the how-to.  

There was quite a lot of pausing and enjoying on these movies as I went by means of each processes. However they labored and NOTHING leaked! 

Over a pair weeks I put in the counter tops, sink, plumbing, faucet and disposal all on my own! There aren’t many DIY initiatives I have not tried, however the plumbing was intimidating. Now that I’ve completed all of this, altering out a faucet will probably be straightforward. 🙂 

Lastly, the kitchenette was beginning to come collectively. I have been dreaming of getting this house for years! 

This is the way it seemed earlier than I began on the backsplash: 

I solely painted the wall all the way down to the place the tile was going. (The colour is Westchester Grey, similar as the remainder of the basement.)

Subsequent up, time to begin the enjoyable stuff! I am unable to wait to indicate you the way this house seems now.

My aim is to make the TV mix into the wall a bit bit. (I would not have picked one in right here, however my household insisted and now I actually do prefer it.) And likewise even out the load of the room: 

gray basement kitchen cabinets