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Installing a Retro Counter and Sink

During this remodel, a kitchen is updated with a cool retro look. Learn how to update your own kitchen with these easy step-by-step directions.

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  • Price Range

    $2,500 - $5,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Install the Countertop

Set new countertop into place (Image 1).

Note: For this particular project, host Paul Ryan and the homeowners decided to have experts install the countertop.

Cut the sink hole with a standard jigsaw (Image 2). Start from predrilled corner holes, and drive 3" screws into the studs (Image 3) to hold the counter in place. Apply compound called "counter seal" to seal the sink opening.

Step 2: Install the Sink

Install the sink (Image 1). The one concern with this particular model sink was the fact that it had a large gooseneck faucet. Unfortunately, the drain pipe didn't quite align properly with the drain hole (Image 2), which meant that the plumber had to do some adjusting of the sink for it to fit perfectly.

Note: The estimated cost for a plumber on this job would be approximately $500 - $600.

Tip: If you are unsure of how to hook-up your supply lines, drain lines and garbage disposal, call a plumber.

Install the cabinet faces. Finally, install the appliances. Refer to your appliance manuals for instructions.




  • Aluminum moldings (Nostalgic 50's Collection) and cap for counter backsplash from Eagle Mouldings
  • New Classics toaster (model: T75r/color: Diner Red); New Classics Round Belgian Waffle Baker (model: 200/color: Chrome); Retro toaster oven (model: 372/color: Chrome) from Toastmaster Inc.
  • Stainless bar handles (model: O1W83.10) from Lee Valley Tools