Do you see the double drain board on each side of this sink? Fabulous. This type of sink was popular in the early 20th Century…and you know me, i love a good antique. The benefits of a cast iron sink are that it is durable, it isn’t going to crack or dent like a solid piece like stainless steel, its easy to clean, and it has an appealing glossy finish. The Con? You’ll have to hunt for this baby, and have someone with the knowledge to install it correctly.
2. Porcelain Farmhouse Sink:
I love this sink and the lovely blue cabinetry that surrounds it. Porcelain ( aka Ceramic) is a material that contains clay, glass, and metal. Porcelain has very low moisture absorbency, which makes it a great candidate to prevent leakage. However, they aren’t super sturdy, and there is always a chance that they will crack…which is not an easy fix…it usually requires an entire replacement of the sink.
3. Large Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink:
Doesn’t this whole kitchen just make you want to cook?! I love how big the basin on this sink is. Cooking for a family of 7, the dishes add up fast. How nice to be able to soak them all at once after entertaining and not dread cleaning off the stuck-on food later that night! Stainless steel is a great choice for a more modern twist on the Farmhouse Sink. It looks great when your other appliances are also stainless steel, and helps achieve clean lines in the kitchen. Steel sinks are very easy to clean, and run about the same price as a porcelain sink. The con is that they can crack or get dents in them.
4. Fireclay Farmhouse Sink:
Y’all, isn’t this space fantastic?! LOVE. It just lends itself to a calm, clean environment. All that natural light pouring in is incredible. I love this sink because it fits so seamlessly into the design of the space. If you like having a divided sink, this one has a larger side for dirty dishes. Fireclay is created when clay and glaze fuse together after being fired at about 1600 degrees. The result is an extremely hard and durable ceramic material that looks incredibly close to enameled cast iron. It is non-porous and nearly scratch resistant. The con to a fireclay sink is that it doesn’t play nice when dishes are dropped in it (which is bound to happen in a kitchen sink). Also, there are limited sizes and colors for fireclay sinks, and is quite expensive.
5. Copper Farmhouse Sink:
I love the warmth that copper offers to a space. It just instantly says, come in, relax. Copper farmhouse sinks come in many different sizes, shapes, patinas, and textures. You can have shiny copper, or a copper finish that looks old and worn. Copper sinks are most popular for their aesthetic beauty. Copper also has many essential antimicrobial properties…which is a huge bonus when you consider that harmful bacteria can survive for weeks in sink made of traditional materials. In copper sinks, bacteria tend to die in just a couple of hours! Copper farmhouse sinks are also pretty forgiving when you drop dishes. For a sink with so many pros, there are also cons. Copper sinks easily stain…the patina can become damaged due to acidic liquids like orange and lemon juice, and even toothpaste. Abrasive cleaners can damage the finish of your lovely copper sink…and y’all should know a hot utensil can damage the finish too! If you are hooked on the beauty that a copper sink offers, you’ll need to be prepared to dry the sink with a towel to prevent water spots from permanently developing after every use…and frequently clean with water and a gentle soap to keep the finish intact. I love the look of a Copper Farmhouse sink, but for a momma of 5, this isn’t my season in life for the upkeep it requires!
6. Soapstone Farmhouse Sink:
Ok y’all, so… i love Soapstone. I dream of soapstone countertops in my kitchen and laundry room. Soapstone (aka steatite) is a stone that is made of chlorite, magnesium, talc, and silicate. It is heat-resistant, so no worries about hot utensils or pots damaging this sink. It also is incredibly stain resistant…whatever acids, ingredients, or food you put in your sink will not change the look of your soapstone sink. Know what else, y’all? It’s impenetrable. You will not have any issues with water damage or leaks with a soapstone farmhouse sink. Soapstone is extremely durable. The cons: you will need to treat your soapstone farmhouse sink with mineral oil about every 4-6 weeks, and give it a good cleaning with a soapy solution and water when cleaning is required. Soapstone is similar to granite (which is an available option for a farmhouse sink, too), in that it can scratch (this isn’t really a con for me, as i love natural stone staying natural). As with all natural stones, it can chip over time. You can take care of chips by sanding the area down a bit and applying mineral oil on it. If you end up having a huge impact on the sink that causes a significant crack, you will need to replace the entire sink, just like granite.
7. Double Fireclay Farmhouse Sink:
I know, i know…We’ve already discussed the Firestone Farmhouse Sink….BUT, i thought the idea of using two deep farmhouse sinks in the kitchen was brilliant, so it made the list. Instead of having a divided double basin, this smart homeowner installed two farmhouse sinks side by side, nestled in a custom furniture-style cabinet setting. Swoon. This is now on my “Dream Home” list!
8. Fluted Apron Farmhouse Sink
If you are in the market for a little “more” from you Farmhouse Sink, there are some really beautiful patterns and fluted apron fronts out there. I love how this one mimics the beadboard insets of the these cabinets. Objects that repeat themselves are a great step to make things feel seamless, and that look is achieved very well here.
9. Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink with Towel Bar:
Sometimes adding the simplest detail makes all the difference. I love that this Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink has a towel bar on it. It is still modern, but marries Farmhouse and Modern so well. Adding a simple Antique Tea Towel to this bar instantly softens the entire look while still keeping a streamlined appearance.
So, those are the 9 Farmhouse Sinks I Love! I hope y’all have found this breakdown informative, and filled with Farmhouse Sink eye candy! I would love to hear which ones are your favorite and why!