Preparing a meal is one of life’s simple pleasures, especially if you love to cook. But quality time in the kitchen can also reveal shortcomings, like a sink and faucet that don’t look great or perform, and tired cabinets that need repainting.
The good news: Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be as easy as simply switching out your old sink and faucet for new, more efficient models that fit into your current sink's footprint.
If you are willing and able to do the work yourself, a basic sink and faucet swap-out project should cost from $350 to $799, depending on how much you want to pay for your products. You may need to hire a professional for the plumbing hookup, which should only take about an hour.
Start visualizing the possibilities for your new workspace with our Kitchen Planner. Choose between dozens of sinks and faucets, in a wide range of colors and finishes, and see how they'd look with different countertops, cabinet finishes and wall colors.
Find a look that suits your style, and decide whether you want to keep your existing counters and cabinets or invest in new ones. It could be that all your space needs is a new sink and faucet and a fresh coat of paint.
If you want to make your refresh project as simple as possible, choose a sink that’s easy to install. Two KOHLER apron-front sinks, Vault® in popular stainless steel and Whitehaven® in classic KOHLER enameled cast iron, have a unique design feature that lets you install them in your existing cabinetry and countertop.
You simply remove the false drawer front, make a few simple cuts to the cabinet face, and slide the sink into place. These sinks' innovative design eliminates the need for precision cuts and the chance for unsightly gaps. A project of this type, including a new sink and faucet, would start at around $1,000.
Homeowner Janine Armstrong was happy with her kitchen, but she felt it needed an update. The working mother of a three-year-old daughter, she wasn’t up for a big renovation that would take her busy kitchen out of commission.
When it came to a new sink, Armstrong knew what she wanted. "I fell in love with the Whitehaven apron-front sink.. It was not only the look I liked, but also the single bowl idea." When Armstrong learned she could have the farmhouse look installed in her existing cabinets, she was sold.
Armstrong still marvels at the quick turnaround for the project. It was only a matter of a day for the plumber to remove the old faucet and ready the plumbing for the new sink and faucet, and for the countertop installers to remove the existing pieces and install the Cambria quartz countertop in Windermere. Armstrong chose the Simplice® faucet “for its clean lines and great functionality,” and added the finishing touch herself: a coat of Benjamin Moore® Revere Pewter paint for the wall behind the backsplash.