I wanted to write this post as every week I get several emails from people wanting to know how my IKEA DOMSJÖ sink has stood the test of time. I had the Domsjo farmhouse sink installed just over 18 months ago as part of our kitchen renovations. The ceramic apron fronted sink really suited our French kitchen style.
Before I bought a ceramic sink I was very nervous that I would break my crystal champagne and wine glasses in it or chip my dinner set or break the actual sink. None of these things have ever happened. And I figure that if I did actually break the sink then even if I replaced it with another IKEA sink I'd still be ahead financially than if I'd gone with another type of fireclay sink that all cost 3-4 times with price of the IKEA one. Actually I'm pretty impressed with this sink and how it's made -not to mention how good it looks!
Mine is still very white and shiny! One thing I love about it also is that it goes right back to the splashback. It makes it very easy to clean.
The edges of the sink rest on your benchtop. This is then sealed with a silicone sealer and makes it all very neat and tidy and easy to clean.
And there's nothing like a pretty French linen tea towel to make it all the more pretty. This tea towel is a perfect colour match to my cabinetry.
Two nice deep sink bowls
I am by no means gentle with my IKEA sink. At Lilyfield Life we love to cook and we love to bake. I use heavy Scanpan baking dishes and we have the Le Creuset and Le Chasseur heavy casserole dishes that get a good work out. These of course don't go in the dishwasher so I wash them in the sink. I use a plastic sink mat. These are actually quite hard to find in Australia. Howards Storage have these ones for $18 each. When I bought my sink instead of that geometric pattern they had floral ones that I didn't like too much but bought as breaking the sink or my plates would be much more expensive. I have since found the ones in the photo below for $2 each at my local "everything made in china" $2 shop. Your sink mats will eventually discolour - go cloudy - mine last about 10 months each time, so if you find a cheap source buy several.
If you buy the IKEA Domsjo sink (or any fireclay white ceramic sink) you will spend more time cleaning it than your normal sink. Trust me, you will. But you know what, you'll probably enjoy cleaning it. It's not that it gets dirty, but being so pristine white the dirt shows up more and it's so pretty that you'll want to keep it that way. I never used to care about my old stainless steel sink - They scratch so easily but it's all part of the look.
To clean my sink I use Gumption which is a white paste that is not very abrasive. I find that it easily removes marks.
You can see in this close up of the central bar that I do have some very fine marks - the grey marks. These are not really visible - I used a macro lens to take this photo. I think if i scrubbed a bit more with the Gumption or a mix of bicarbonate soda and white vinegar these would come off. I get these marks on my sink because I clean my cast iron stove hob in the sink. The cast iron rests on this central bar. I really should put a tea towel under the cast iron to protect my sink but i get a bit lazy with it all.
If you are having trouble finding details on the IKEA Domsjo sink, see my earlier post with part numbers and installation details. Also here is a great video in how to install an IKEA Domsjo sink into non IKEA cabinetry. Although don't hack out the back of your cabinet like these guys do. You can just make a nice straight line at the required level. You won't be able to see it anyway as it's behind the sink inside the cabinet but it would be much easier than how they cut it out.
I hope that helps if you are contemplating this sink. My advice would be go right ahead. You may get some push back from your cabinet maker (they can often think it's going to be too hard/too heavy etc) but it is doable and i think you'll be happy with your beautiful sink for years to come. I am!)
here are some more posts about my kitchen and other renovations
Is it weird to love your kitchen sink so much?