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Kent Moore Cabinets delivered our millwork package this week and boy do the cabinets look good. I put a lot of weight on what goes in my projects these days. These cabinets are solid wood construction, full custom sizing meaning there are no filler pieces and the doors are Shaker style with a full overlay (3 still missing in pic).  The drawers are full extension with ball bearing glides and euro hinges for the doors. I chose their color Snow Drift so it comes very close to matching my Sherwin Williams Snowbound trim color. The cabinets are installed in the entire house so everything matches the kitchen including utility room cabinets, bath linen, bath vanities and even a head knocker cabinet above the toilet in the water closet. Like most house flippers I used to go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick out some random bath vanities but this is really the right way to do a remodel. Having all your millworks match and being able to special order bath vanities that are 35 inches high really puts your remodel in another class. These new style bath vanities are kitchen height so you don’t have to bend way over to brush your teeth. The 42″ upper kitchen cabinets also have crown molding as well, it really plays well under the existing crown. After the truck delivers, you get an install crew that handles everything in 1 day, then followed up by a service rep who adjusts all the doors and touches anything up. Additionally, you get a 2 year transferable warranty on all the cabinetry to give to the buyer so this is also a great feature for a rehab. The entire package on this house was $7000. I’m really happy with Kent Moore, I’ll be bummed when I cant use them when we get back to San Diego. If you are in Texas and want to step your game up, call Melvin at KMC and tell him Tom sent you.

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ll be getting Deja Vu right about now. As you know we are big fans of, and love the Ikea Farmhouse Sink called Domsjo. For the price at $299 you cant beat it,  compare elsewhere for $1000. Some people call them apron sinks due to the big white front band that stays visible after install.  Additionally, it really goes well with the Arts and Crafts style homes we’ve been remodeling and it’s so big that if you have small kids it can double as a bathtub. Here in the 7th largest city San Antonio, they don’t have an Ikea so we have to drive up to the hipper Austin to get them. Maybe if it was called El Ikea they would have one down here. Before making the trek, we always check availability online to see if they have stock. I was struck with a mild panic attack when my favorite Swedish item didn’t appear on their website. We called and found out that in fact there were 7 left so I was relieved to say the least. This sink will work with a standard 36″ base cabinet after a little simple modification. Here’s an instructional video on How To Install Ikea Farm House Domsjo Sink in standard non Ikea cabinets.

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  1. 13 Comment(s)

  2. By RJ on Sep 5, 2010 | Reply

    Cant wait to see how you put that sink in. My contractor told me it wasnt possible with standard off the shelf cabinets. thanks for sharing Tom.

  3. By Tom on Jan 2, 2011 | Reply

    RJ, I finally made that instructional video on how to put the farmhouse sink in, check out the link in this post.

  4. By Kim Wheeler on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Tom for the video. I am very interested in purchasing the Ikea Domsjo Farmhouse sink for my renovation project here in central PA. Since it is still not showing up on the Ikea website, I grabbed the specs from a friend’s catalogue. Is it correct that the depth is 27″? That puts the depth of the sink 3″ deeper than standard size 24″ deep cabinets, no? Our cabinets haven’t been built yet, but they are supposed to be 24″ deep. Will this sink work for me – am I missing something?

  5. By Tom on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    Glad you found it helpful Kim. Yes, your 24″ standard depth cabinets will work. The cabinet maker will have to cut the front of your 36″ sink base cabinet down 7.25 inches on the front where the false drawer usually is. The back of the cabinet will also have to be cut so the sink can slide all the way back and touch the wall. Your backsplash will have to be notched over the sink as well. The 27″ measurement might include the aproin thickness that hangs out on the front, maybe that’s throwing you off.

  6. By Jeni on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Tom thanks for the instructions. Do you know if this sink will work with a garbage disposal? Also we are having granite installed. Do you know if the fabricators can do the notches when the template the counters or does it have to be at installation?

    Thanks in advance.

  7. By Tom on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    yes Jeni. no prob for a standard garbage disposal. You dont need to buy anything at Ikea except for the sink. All other conventional materials are used.

    For the notches, No, not cut at fabrication stage. they are real easy to cut on site. No need to polish the cuts because they dont show. You’ll see what needs to be cut as soon as your guys slide the sink back. It wont hit the wall without the front corners of the counters cut off. Let me know if you have any other questions and have fun!

  8. By Jeni on Mar 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks so much for the information Tom. Could you also tell me how far the sink sticks out past the cabinets and the counter tops? I have standard 24″ cabinets and our current counter top measures 25″ deep. Ikea’s specs say that the sink measures 27″

  9. By Diane on Jun 22, 2012 | Reply

    Great video on installing this huge sink!
    Have you used Ikea’s faucets and drain with it and encountered problems? I’ve heard their fittings aren’t good matches for existing plumbing. Thanks.

  10. By Tom on Jun 23, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Diane,

    Glad you found the “How To Install Ikea Farmhouse Sink in non-Ikea cabinets” video useful! You can use standard American fittings ie: drain basket, strainer, garbage disposal ring. And of course any single hole faucet works. We only buy the Domsjo farmhouse sink at Ikea because its a good value at 399 and goes good in bungalow renovations.

  11. By Jeff on Oct 16, 2014 | Reply

    Hope you see this, I know this post is old. We are installing a Domsjo sink and wanted to use oil rubbed brass strainer and disposal collars. was going to get at Home Depot but I have read a lot about aftermarket not fitting. Called Ikea they said only use their strainer. What’s your experience on this?
    If an aftermarket will fit, which size is it? 3.5 or 4.5? And will any brand disposal work?
    Thanks.

  12. By Tom on Apr 1, 2015 | Reply

    Yes, the aftermarket fits fine, find it at Home depot. We never buy the Ikea strainer.

  13. By Chelsea on Sep 10, 2015 | Reply

    I sooo appreciate this thread. We are doing our kitchen and got the DOMSJO. Our cabinet maker isn’t familiar with Ikea sinks and asked that I find him a how to for this sink. I have been looking all over the internet for exact measurements on making a custom cabinet for this sink and I have found your information most helpful. Thanks!

  14. By Tom on Sep 10, 2015 | Reply

    Glad you found it useful!

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