There were only a few elements of this kitchen that I knew were a must from the get-go…the first were the barstools I purchased long before we started construction. I’ve heard designers say you should take one piece you are really in love with and design your room around it. For me it was a woven dark wicker and wood barstool… which is coming in one of the next posts I promise! My second must was a farmhouse sink. Not only did it completely fit the overall look and style of our design, but I envisioned it being so practical for a number of reasons.
This post is largely about sanitizing our respiratory equipment but I imagine the double basin would be perfect for anyone with baby bottles & paraphernalia or home owners just interested in a smaller side basin option within a beautiful sink.
The first choice I had to make was whether I wanted a traditional double basin, a single large basin or this one that had one large and one small. I felt that having the two sizes would give me options whether I needed to run a small dip of water or scrub something big & bulky. I am admittedly the type who likes to put everything in the dishwasher that will fit so I didn’t feel I really needed the equal sides to wash and rinse.
If you’ve read my other post about sanitizing nebulizer equipment you know that we do this task by a batch system. I love having the small basin on the right side to add hot water and Dawn dish soap and get all the sticky medication residue off. Then I scoop all the pieces into a large collandar and give them a quick rinse on the big side, and off to the boiler they go! This makes me think that I also was convincec that we needed a sprayer head on the faucet/ we definitely did! Due to the width of the basin it’s important to be able to pull it out and spray all the edges to wash all the food scraps down the disposal. The brand of sink we purchased was a Kohler; specifically a fireclay white porcelain finish. It had such a beautiful almost pearlized look in the showroom, there was no saying “no” to it! I’m a little overprotective of the piece, especially since it’s brand-new and I want to make sure that we do not get nicks and scratches in it’s finish to protect that brand-new look as long as we possibly can. I purchased a rubber mat which looks like river pebbles (sort of) to lay in the base of the sink. I sometimes tell myself it’s just one more thing to rinse and clean at the end of the day but if it protects the finish- it will be worth it in the long run.