and now, for the kitchen sink

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was nice and relaxing, even somewhat productive. After running errands and doing some light chores today, I decided to tackle yet another to do: the kitchen sink. It’s become quite stained and chipped over the last year from all the entertaining we do for the holidays.

disclaimer: please don't judge me by my stained sink! ;)

disclaimer: this really is “clean”– and disinfected even!

I have a sure-fire strain removal technique I thought I’d share.  I am also going to try to fix the chips in the porcelain for the first time too.

First step is gathering supplies.

Kitchen Sink Supplies

To scrub and deoderize:

Baking soda

Vinegar (not pictured)

An old exfoliating glove, scrub brush, old toothbrush or any scrubbing apparatus you have (I’ve used old shower puffs before too)

Citrus peels

For repairing chips:

Sandpaper

An epoxy solution kit with paint brush

A popsicle stick

An old jar lid

Next, clean the sink with soap and water. Then, sprinkle the baking soda in the sink, creating a paste with the scrubbing device of choice. Let this sit at least five minutes or more while you grab a drink, stretch or whatever it is you do for fun. After the wait, plug the sink and pour enough vinegar in to cover the bottom of the sink and start scrubbing at the stains once the bubbles die down. Drain the sink when you’ve got all the stain out that you can get at this point. Reapply baking soda and scrub at the stubborn spots until your arm feels like it’s going to fall off or the stain is gone, whichever comes first. Rinse the sink, making sure to get all the grit from the baking soda off. Finally, fill the sink with hot water and citrus peels, let sit a few minutes, then drain and run the garbage disposal to eat up all the peels and odors. Your sink should be sparking by now! If not, at least you know it’s a clean “dirty” 😉

Citrus Peels

it doesn’t take many peels to deodorize, this is from one orange

Now on to those chips. Follow the directions on your epoxy repair kit. Mine said to lightly sand the chips to remove any rough edges, then wipe to clean the spot thoroughly. This if course, after drying the sink from our prior cleaning. Once sanded and cleaned again, mix the epoxy and pour half into another container for the freezer in case additional coats are needed once the epoxy dries. This is where the old jar lid comes in. After you have done this, use the paintbrush to apply thin coats of epoxy to the damaged area, letting coats dry for 45 minutes each. The epoxy only stays wet for so long, but I was able to get three coats out of it before it was wasted. Let dry overnight and if more coats are needed, thaw frozen epoxy and apply until the spots are filled. I’ll need to reapply at least another coat with the frozen epoxy tomorrow, but this is how it looks so far.

Epoxy First Coat

before

before

after

after

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About amy

I'm a crafter, a wife, a gardener, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, an entertainer, a reader, a creator. I like to read and paint and cook and relax with friends. Life is a gift, and I live it to the fullest!
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10 Responses to and now, for the kitchen sink

  1. Holly says:

    busy busy you are. 🙂

  2. melissa doggett says:

    Love your blog and all your great ideas and comments!

    Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:31:43 +0000 To: melissadoggett@hotmail.com

  3. looks great! I use the cleaning method but never tried the orange peel! Think this will part of my cleaning process next time 🙂 We have “stainless” steel sink but it gets badly stained from coffee.

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