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Apr 21, 2019

Modern Kitchen Renovation - ORC Week 3

It is the 3rd week of the One Room Challenge, which means “technically” I am halfway done with my KITCHEN RENOVATION! I don’t know about everyone else participating in the ORC, but it feels like time is flying by very quickly and there are still lots of projects to finish. Visit to see more room transformations in progress.

The Creative Orchard’s ORC KITCHEN RENOVATION progress...

Since last week, after I had already shared my project timeline, nothing has gone as planned. I guess that is why you should probably keep in mind that sometimes things don’t go exactly the way you want and you might have to be a bit flexible. Thankfully there has not been any negative major set backs so far. We just had to rearrange the tasks on our to do list because the appliances and countertops were both ready to be installed earlier than scheduled, which meant we also had to install the sink and faucet ourselves way sooner. Not a big deal, I am just feeling somewhat rushed and I want to make sure everything is done correctly. Surprisingly, figuring out the plumbing was not as difficult as we anticipated it being. The KOHLER sink/faucet from The Home Depot included instructions plus my hubby did some research online. But because of all the changes, that means painting the upper cabinets will have to be pushed back to next week.

APPLIANCE installation... (Except the microwave still needs to be installed later.)

To make installation go more smoothly, I did my best to remove any large furniture or decor that might be in their way, put away all rugs that could be a trip hazard and covered anything that I wanted to protect from getting damaged.


COUNTERTOP installation...

The installers actually requested that the new appliances already be placed in our kitchen so that they could cut the DEKTON countertops on site with a saw. That way everything would fit perfectly. Unfortunately the large island counter piece was not ready yet so they will have to install it next Tuesday.

SINK and FAUCET Installation... 

We did have to change the plumbing from what was previously there because we switched to a single drain instead of two drains. The sink is now a single basin instead of a double. And the new basin is also much deeper than before. We figured out how to utilize all of the old pipes and the only piece we had to go buy was an end cap.

How to INSTALL a drop-mount SINK...
  1. Pros CUT out sink hole from countertop.
  2. Let countertop glue/silicone DRY for 24 hours if needed.
  3. TURN OFF water supply valve. 
  4. INSERT faucet hoses into small sink hole located in back, include rings provided. REMOVE any other holes that you choose to utilize. 
  5. SCREW faucet bolts to sink base from underneath.
  6. Using a caulk gun, SQUEEZE clear waterproof silicone around the perimeter of the sink hole, stay close to inner edge and keep it consistently thin. If applied too thick, it will seep out.
  7. WIPE away any excess silicone that seeped out. Let DRY completely. 
  8. ATTACH faucet hoses. Also ATTACH soap dispenser hose but I chose NOT to install one. 
  9. Using plumber wax, ROLL a skinny long snakelike shape and PLACE around bottom of metal drain ring. 
  10. PRESS metal drain ring into drain hole and PUSH down firmly. Straighten up any wording that may be seen.
  11. PLACE drain clamp rings underneath drain hole and SCREW tightly. You will notice the top metal drain ring will also start to PULL closer and tighter. Just make sure wording is still straight and has not moved. Let wax DRY.
  12. If you are INSTALLING a garbage disposal, do that now and also PLUG it into outlet, otherwise skip this step.
  13. ATTACH plumbing connectors.
  14. SCREW ON end caps to pipes that do NOT need to drain water.
  15. TURN ON water supply valve.
  16. TURN ON faucet water and/or garbage disposal. 
(IMPORTANT: Keep in mind this is how we INSTALLED our sink, we are NOT pros)

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To get SNEAK PEEK pics and work in progress videos, visit @thecreativeorchard on Instagram! The lower half of the kitchen is basically done so now I just have to finish the upper half. There will be lots more to share next week!

(Disclaimer: This blog post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own. I choose my own products and where to buy them.)

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