In some cases, you may consider the drop in kitchen sinks to be a waste of space, especially if you have a large sink or a double basin. You can regain some of this space by replacing it with a butcher block countertop. This can increase the area available for cutting or preparing food, and is a simple way of enhancing your kitchen tops. Here are the steps for replacing drop in kitchen sinks with butcher block countertops.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Measuring tape
- Mineral oil
Step 1: Removing the Sink
First, you have to remove the sink. Start by closing all the valves and disconnect the water supply tube. Make sure to take out the trap and the disposal. Underneath the sink's outer rim, you should find clips that essentially hold it in place. Loosen them with a suitable wrench or a screwdriver, depending on the type of clips. Once this process is ready you should be able to lift the sink upwards, ending up with a hole in your kitchen countertop.
Step 2: Cleaning
Clean the area of any dirt and other residue that was found along the sink's rim and underneath its fastenings.
Step 3: Measure
Now you will be in a better position to measure the area available for installing the butcher block countertop. Take a note of the dimensions.
Step 4: Buying or Making the Butcher Block Countertop
You can choose to buy the butcher block countertop by ordering it, or if you have some basic carpentry skills you can always try to build it yourself. In either case, it will be best to create a template. The most important aspect is that you try to match the material with your kitchen counters, or else complement them as much as possible.
Step 5: Install the Blocking
Since the sink was removed, you will need to install a blocking to support the butcher block countertop from below. This will need to be sturdy enough to support its weight and any pressure you may apply when using it. Measure the dimensions required and build it from plywood sheets. Install it in place by means of screws.
Step 6: Installing the Butcher Block Countertop
Once the blocking has been fixed into place, drill holes to enable you to fix the countertop onto it. If the countertop is relatively heavy or large, you may also want to apply some sealant along the edges of where there was previously the sink's rim. Now, you can install the butcher block countertop into place by carefully placing it in the designated area.
Step 7: Securing it in place
For additional security, fasten the butcher block countertop from underneath by driving deck screws through the blocking and into the holes you had drilled previously.
Step 8: Finishing up
Clean away any dust particles from the drilling process, and wipe with a damp rag. Then, apply mineral oil to the surface of the butcher block so as to polish it and remove any residues. Wipe away any excess oil. Repeat this process from time to time to maintain it in good condition.