Kitchen remodels are among the most arduous and invasive (not to mention expensive) you can do in your home. While you might have a spare bedroom, a second bathroom, or somewhere else to stash your TV while you renovate, chances are you don’t have a second kitchen to use while yours is out of commission. That’s one very good reason that, short of your kitchen being severely out of date, it’s better to opt for smaller design face lifts than to do a whole scale remodel. Another good reason is that doing something simple – like replacing kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets – costs a whole heck of a lot less than a major remodel. In fact, replacing your existing setup with inexpensive stainless steel sinks and matching kitchen faucets is a great way to give your kitchen a modern update in as little as an afternoon – and on a small budget.
If you’re going for a very modern look, I’d highly recommend opting for a commercial style pull down faucet like this Double Faucet Pull Down from Vigo Industries. These faucets lend not only professional quality functionality, but also a sleek, designer finish with a distinctly culinary air. They work best paired with large, farmhouse style stainless steel sinks like this Double Bowl Sink, which can easily accommodate very large pots and pans and make it easy to wash large amounts of food or dishes. They also have a sleek, stainless steel finish that will look great on its own, and still match as you update your other kitchen appliances. Total cost? Just under a thousand dollars for a professional chef-quality setup.
Even if you’re going to stick with a more conventional double bowl sink, like this Stainless Steel Sink from Ruvati, a commercial style faucet can still be really nice to have. While you might not have the space to blast down a pressure cooker Iron Chef style, commercial style kitchen faucets like this Pullout Spray Faucet is still a dramatic statement piece in a modern kitchen. If your current kitchen faucet is merely ordinary, swapping it with a highly designed faucet like this one can be incredibly eye catching, and change the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Total cost? Just under $350 to dramatically update your space.
Of course, there are more advantages to stainless steel than just looking good, and not all stainless steel fixtures are strictly modern in design. I like stainless steel kitchen sinks because they have a clean, finished look that resists wear and tear incredibly well, and holds up better against rough use than porcelain or fireclay sinks. So if you want the durability of stainless steel sinks in a less-contemporary space, look for something like this stainless steel Farmhouse Sink from Artisan paired with a satin-finished, old fashioned country style faucet like this Vintage Faucet. Total cost? Just over a thousand dollars for a homey look with a very clean, updated finish.
If you aren’t in the market to replace your whole counter top, you’ll need to look for stainless steel sinks and kitchen faucets that accommodate your existing setup. Drop-in sinks like this Double Bowl from AmeriSink are a great way to do that, because even if the hole for your existing sink isn’t exactly the same size or shape as the one you want to replace it with, the edges of the sink that overlap the counter will hide any uneven edges, or any extra faucet holes that might be left over from the swap. Many modern kitchen faucets, like this simple Single Handle Faucet only require a single opening, so you can typically accommodate them in your existing counter without having to do any additional drilling. Total cost? A lean, mean $350 for a simple but stylish setup that won’t set you back.
Another great thing about using stainless steel kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets as a quick way to update your kitchen is that if you know what to look for, you can get high quality, good looking fixtures for next to nothing. While some high end designers will charge an arm and a leg for even a very simple sink and faucet setup, there are plenty of smaller and discount brands out there that will provide the same quality fixtures in similar (sometimes nearly identical) styles at a fraction of the price. Take this LK4b Pull Down faucet and matching Undermount Sink from LessCare – both are made of high quality materials with beautiful finishes, designed to both look good and to last, but only cost about $400.
Really, though, my absolute favorite thing about stainless steel sinks and fixtures is that they’re so incredibly easy to match. While steel sinks may vary somewhat in quality and style, they’re ultimately pretty similar in finish no matter who or where you buy them from. And the same goes for the matching chrome or satin faucets – there’s really no visual penalty for shopping around. So if you love this swan-like Pull Down Faucet and matching Apron Sink from Dawn, but think you might be able to find a better deal on a similar sink elsewhere (like this slightly smaller but similarly styled Farmhouse Sink from Ruvati), you’re totally free to shop around, mix and match, and find not only the look you want, but get it at the price you want to pay, too. Total cost? Just over a thousand if you stick with one brand, about $600 if you swap out the sinks.
So if you want to update the look and feel of your kitchen, but aren’t in the game for a full sized renovation, consider just swapping out your kitchen sink and faucet. Stainless steel sinks go a long way towards modernizing the look of your kitchen, and quality, designer kitchen faucets add both beauty and functionality to your space. And if you shop smart, it won’t even cost you an arm or a leg. What are you looking to do for your next kitchen remodel? And what are you looking for in a new sink or faucet?