People say the kitchen is the one place you should always choose function over form. Since middle school I’ve been preferring beauty over practicality, but I told myself that I needed to make this kitchen work well too. Some of those decisions have been easy who wouldn’t want more silverware trays? but one area of the kitchen kept my mind uneasy. When I found out the countertop material couldn’t be made into a sink I started looking for an alternative that could still give me a clean look. Somehow I ended up with a stainless steel sink on my Pinterest board.
Stainless is indestructible, and there are other stainless elements in the kitchen. The two bowl, clean lined sink seemed like the practical choice. The faucet is equally as important as the sink. What seems important to most of us in a faucet? A good sprayer and an easy way to turn the water on, right? So I started sourcing single-handled faucets with pull down spouts. The one I was leaning towards even had a touch feature to keep dirty hands off the pretty chrome.
But I just wasn’t that excited about it all. Truth be told I loathe cleaning our current stainless sink, and my heart wasn’t skipping a beat to wash dishes under that faucet. So I started thinking about the sinks and faucets of my past, what I liked and didn’t like. And you know what my favorite sink was to snuggle up to for a good dishwashing session? The one in the cabin where I did A LOT of dishwashing.
Of all the hands washed and veggies cleaned, this sink brought me the most joy. It’s just pretty and enjoyable, and I couldn’t have cared less that it didn’t have a sprayer I rarely use them, a single handle or dual bowls. I had to be more careful with the porcelain, but I loved the feel of it against my fingers and didn’t miss the metal smell you often get with stainless sinks. The joy I got from it far outweighed the lack of modern functionalities.
So I said screw the stainless and started looking at white sinks. And turns out they now make granite composite sinks in white! That are done in really pretty, modern shapes! I went back and forth between two basins or one and ultimately I just love the feel of a big sink. It was back to square one with faucets. Two-handled bridge faucets are definitely my favorite, classic look. I know the kitchen is a bit different, but we have dual handled faucets in every bathroom in this house, and it never bothers me. Again, the joy of the form far outweighs the function. I’m still trying to decide on exactly which one, but was pleasantly surprised at all of the beautiful styles at such varying price points. Which faucet would you choose? Or are you yelling through the computer screen for me to go with function? Ha.
We’ve been working our tails off to get tile and trim up this week. I remember saying and casually pointing…”I’d like to tile all of this” to Micah six months ago. I forgot how long tiling takes, and I remember now why tile labor is so incredibly expensive. Those windows were no cakewalk! We’ll be done lots more tiling this weekend and countertops are scheduled to go in next week. I see the light at the end of this tunnel and it’s a really pretty one…