Searching for a Soapstone Sink

  1. mcf
  2. January 21, 2013 1:42 pm

I’m beginning to think about renovating our kitchen. And I’ve got soapstone on the brain.

Our last kitchen remodel was done on the cheap about ten years ago. A  year or so earlier we had done some not insignificant work to the kitchen structure, which included replacing a sill, exterior wall, and window.

By the time we got around to the interior to replace the Formica counters, stainless sink, and old appliances the budget was nil. Hence, that renovation meant the new counters we installed were also Formica. Existing cabinets were painted. New appliances were inexpensive.

The one feature I really liked was the Kohler porcelain sink. Unfortunately, that sink hasn’t weathered the years well. It’s perpetually discolored and scratched. And, well, I just never loved the Formica counters and those appliances — all of which are prematurely showing their age.

I’d like our next kitchen re-do to be our last. With that in mind, I’m leaning toward soapstone counters and sink. I want a sturdy material that wears well and suits the house. The kitchen is housed in an 1800s addition to the main cape which dates to the early 1700s. Granite would be a bit too refined and grand for our rustic abode. Butcher block would suit the aesthetic of the house, but I’m concerned about durability.

So, I’m sourcing ideas for a soapstone sink.


 One bay or two?

Built-in backsplash?


I like the idea of a built-in drain board. I wonder if it’s tough to clean those narrow grooves?



What type of faucet?


Hold everything… I think I’ve found it! Love everything about this one — including the faucet and built-in drain.

Oh, and love those cabinets, too!

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