Asked on Jan 23, 2016

Drainboard sink vs drop in sink

I'm trying to turn my kitchen into a farmhouse style kitchen. But, before I did any research, I had an impulse buy a metal double drain board sink.
My question is-can I replace my drop in sink with that style (drainboard sink) sink with placing sink trim around it?? Could someone give me an idea on how?? Thanks!
My present sink
My impulse buy
  16 answers
  • Rachel Z Rachel Z on Jan 23, 2016
    A girl after my own heart!!! I would def go with the drainboard! In the house I grew up in, we had a single sink version....but was really old school lol. I loved that thing! I would def have that over the stainless steel sinks anyday!
  • Barb Barb on Jan 24, 2016
    What a find! I wouldn't trim around it but if the ends butt up against the countertop you may want to run a bead of clear silicon between the two to keep water, etc. from getting into the crack.
  • Sheryll S Sheryll S on Jan 24, 2016
    Love the drain board sink. I am curious about an answer to your question myself.
  • Theresa Theresa on Jan 24, 2016
    Can I ask where you found the sink? I say the same as Barb. you will need to take countertop off or cut very carefully and just butt the side up against it. Put Silicone along the side.
  • Jonnie Hammon Jonnie Hammon on Jan 24, 2016
    Go with the drainboard sink.
  • Ede Ede on Jan 24, 2016
    I just did this when we renovated our historic home in Georgetown, SC. The drain board sink is AWESOME. It is not intended to have trim around it. Just drop it in and it's done.
  • Rin Rin on Jan 24, 2016
    Without having measurements to be sure, but both styles sit on the counter, just put a good line of caulk under the edge. As long as the 2 "sinks" fit in current hole I would not do any cutting
  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jan 24, 2016
    We have farmhouse sinks that are original to three 1800's houses. All three are free-standing on legs and have no surround. They were originally skirted with fabric. Your sink is beautiful, and I would do what "Ede" above suggested. You will love it!
  • JoAnn Dibeler JoAnn Dibeler on Jan 24, 2016
    I haven't seen a drainboard sink for sale for years - or any porceline kitchen sinks for that matter. I hate stainless steel and I'm not too thrilled with the plastic dish drains for a few dishes.
  • Margsim4 Margsim4 on Jan 24, 2016
    I would love to have this drainboard sink in my kitchen. However, I haven't seen any for sale.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Jan 24, 2016
    Love the new sink. I'm jealous.
  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on Jan 24, 2016
    If you are replacing the stainless one with the white porcelain one, good move...Casual observance from Texas looks like you are going to have to take off your present counter top so make sure the drain board sink will fit in the existing counter top space....If not you are in for some major modifications.
  • Gail Christiansen Gail Christiansen on Jan 24, 2016
    I had the exact sink, except it was part of an antique cupboard and made of old type porcelain. Cupboard was made of metal. Stained and looked rusty from hard iron in water. Cleaned it all the time. When remodeled, tossed out and purchased a double white sink and had a cabinet made and covered with granite looking Formica.. And now I use all kinds of generic soft scrub to remove iron stains from the sink. This is at my small cabin up north, and with a limited budget, find myself often settling for okay.
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jan 25, 2016
    What a gorgeous sink! Looking at your counter top I would place the sink as far back as possible by cutting out the complete backside of the counter when you cut the hole for sink. When I was looking at older sinks I never found an antique sink that was as deep as a regular counter top so I'm gong to assume this one is not as deep as your counter/lower cabinets. So, you would be cutting the hole for the sink just like you would normally for any other sink except, you would be cutting the back part of the counter top right out so the sink could be against the wall as well as sitting on top of the counter on three sides. You would need to provide support for the back of the sink by adding a piece between it and the cabinet beneath it as it will be sitting on top of the counter top on three sides. Lots and lots of caulk. That's my idea, hope I helped lol.
  • Drd4223999 Drd4223999 on May 30, 2016
    I had an old house in Kansas with an old porcelain cast iron sink. It had the slanted sides with ridges for the dishes to drain on. It was incredibly heavy. It was also in a rusty metal base. I managed to salvage and use them both and loved the look. Fond memories
  • IFortuna IFortuna on Jul 19, 2016
    Nice drainboard sink but you cannot just drop it in. This is a heavy sink. To fit it properly, parts of the counter may have to be cut. Just hire someone to do it professionally. It should just take a few hours at most and will be worth it to get it right.