Black Farmhouse Sink: Review; why to buy one for your new kitchen

The Kohler black farmhouse sink is a beautiful unique addition to a newly renovated kitchen.

I am absolutely in love with my black Kohler Whitehaven Farmhouse kitchen sink and need to tell you why you will want one too! This post has affiliate links.

Last year was the first time I ever attempted any type of home renovation. My outdated kitchen was in dire need of a makeover and I wanted that open kitchen / living area space with an island to optimize the fabulous outdoor water views from my front deck.

Trending colors of black and white are perfect for kitchens and seem to be classic that will not go out of style next year.

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My old kitchen had the beige or “bisque” colored appliances and kitchen sink. The brown tiled floor, Formica countertops and dated beige cabinets that kept falling off the hinges; left much to be desired.

Looking at photos of kitchen makeovers the sturdy farmhouse sink was a classic addition to most remodels. The farmhouse sink is not only durable and resistant to staining, but beautiful in construction.

I chose the Kohler K-6487-7 Whitehaven Farmhouse Self-Trimming Apron Front Single Basin Kitchen Sink with Tall Apron in black.

KOHLER cast iron kitchen sinks are so durable, they are guaranteed not to chip, crack or burn. Not only are they heat resistant, but I have had mine for a year now and I can assure you it is stain resistant and super easy to clean.

When the plumber was installing my sink last year, he shook his head and said I was not going to like a black sink. It would show all the dirt. I think he may have confused the sink for a black car in winter in New York. The shiny smooth, nonporous surface makes this sink exceptionally resistant to food-based stains and easy to clean with just a soft sponge.

Recently I have been trying to make more of an effort to be proactive in helping the environment. My husband is the recycling Nazi and insists if it can be recycled, we will do it. As I clear out stuff I no longer need, I am donating or selling what I can and trying hard not to toss excess into landfills.

Kohler is an American company right here in Wisconsin and believes that making environmentally responsible choices is just as important as inspired design and innovative technology. Their sinks are crafted in Kohler, Wisconsin, using 80% recycled or reclaimed content.

I don’t really have anything negative to report regarding my sink but I should warn you that farmhouse sinks are very heavy. You may need to hire a professional contractor to do the work. The sink will need to be fortified by building supports to the cabinet. The sink when filled with water could weigh up to 300 pounds. In addition, you will need to cut the cabinet to fit the apron of your sink. In my case, definitely better left to the professionals.

I’m so happy with the look of my kitchen with the black Kohler farmhouse sink. I purchased white Thomasville cabinets, a quartz countertop and black matte GE appliances which really helped to showcase the beautiful sink.

It’s been a year of little entertaining due to COVID-19 but the few people who have visited have exclaimed how great the sink looks. Last week we even invited a realtor in to give us an estimate on the possible listing of my house. She loved all the improvements and gushed over the look of the black farmhouse sink.

If you want one, you can order one from AMAZON right below. They come in other colors, but I really love the black one. Happy home renovating!!

The Kohler black farmhouse sink is a beautiful unique addition to a newly renovated kitchen.

How to Update your 2021 Kitchen

Kitchen renovation time – removing a wall, adding an island. Black matte appliances with a black farmhouse sink contrast well with the white cabinets and wood floors.

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The kitchen before – wall blocking kitchen area from dining area
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Kitchen – old tile, cabinets and odd location of attached lower counter/table in middle of room
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View from kitchen to deck, which does have water views. One sliding glass door blocked by wall.
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Kitchen sink and window – looks at nearby neighbor’s house. Dated

Demolition day. Goodbye old kitchen
Behind the wall are wires and more…
View from kitchen through to bathroom space. Not much room for insulation due to cement walls so we had to build space for that.
Uncovering wood damage from under the tub in bathroom which is next to kitchen
newspaper article from 1963 in the walls
Sheetrock is up. New wood floor is added to kitchen. There was some wood floor under the old tiled kitchen
The floor is stained dark to blend with rest of house. Cabinets and appliances arrived.
A new closet replaces the unused bathtub, an Aria vanity is installed along with bead board wainscoting
Countertops are in. Subway tile backsplash in too.
The 6 foot island could fit 3 but 2 is more comfortable with chairs from Pier1 Imports
The renovation extended throughout the house with a dining area.
I love my Louis Poulsen light fixture
The couches finally arrived from Wayfair after a 6 month wait. Table and rug from Wayfair as well. Very happy with the look.

How to Create a Life-Changing Master Bedroom

How to make a life changing master bedroom. Life after loss includes moving forward with home renovations.

When we moved into our home in 2006 I fell in love with the location, but the house itself needed a lot of work.

Ours is one of about 500 small bungalows built in 1928 in a small beach community one hour from New York City.  Over the years many homes have added second floors or extensions and my house has evidence of former bones but I do not have photos to show the original look.

After we moved in we added windows to the Master Bedroom and put new siding on the house. We replaced the fence and decks and painted most of the house ourselves.  At the time that was all we could afford to do.

A few years ago we sanded and stained the wood floors from a white washed 70’s look to an updated dark wood floor.  That was a really nice difference but then future renovation plans went on hold after the sudden death of my husband.


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How Grief is like a Home Renovation

How grief is like a home renovation. Widow rebuilding a life includes making choices about moving or renovating a home.

I’m not one who relishes in change.  When things are going along well, I like to keep it that way.

This is why we never really bit the bullet and made any major changes to the house.  Some new paint color one time made a difference but making big changes seemed too overwhelming to us.

Unlike the loss of my husband, which was sudden, I have contemplated doing a new kitchen for years.  I made sketches and pinned photos to a kitchen and living room board on Pinterest.  I envied the idea of an open concept and imagined what it would look like to remove a wall in my house.  I even met with a professional kitchen service and had them give me ideas  – and an outrageous quote.  I decided to put off any changes a little longer.

Well this year it was time.  I had put aside some money.  Before I encountered any more leaky pipes or broken appliances I had to just jump in and do this.

My first reaction was to be overwhelmed.  Why did I have to pick out the color of the cabinets? Where should the refrigerator go if the wall is removed? What color paint is trendy – or the one that I want? I don’t have any idea.

I wanted someone else to just come in, like they do on TV, and surprise me with a beautiful new home and life.

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