I wanted to update the countertop and sink of my vintage kitchen but as it is vintage (1970s vintage, approximately), you can’t just remove the countertops to replace them with nice modern features. They are parts of the structure and everything is built-in. So I had to find an option to cover them with something else.
As for the sink, I had a very used stainless steel single-bowl sink with a drainboard that I didn’t like as it was damaged, first and foremost, but also taking a lot of counter space where I needed much more. I wanted a ceramic single bowl sink and the best value around here is the Ikea Domsjö inset sink. However, I wanted an undermount sink for ease of cleaning purpose.
Therefore we decided to remove the old sink and install the new sink on the old counter, after removing some of the tiles to lower its level. We also removed some of the height of the laminate located under the tiles until the upper part of the Domsjö was level with the old tiles from the countertop. And we added a beam on the right side for support.
Then we installed a new countertop on top of it all with a nice amount a caulk to secure the whole project. It is a dark compact laminate counter, about 1 cm high. You really can’t guess there are tiles under.
There you go: undermount Domsjö sink! The contrast between the colors of the sink and the countertop is really nice. After a couple months using it, I am happy to report that it’s perfect. No leak of any sort and it looks great and offers comfortable functionality. An interesting option for those of us who can’t afford a whole kitchen reno but want a nice Ikea sink.