Stainless steel sink with white appliances

jamnich314August 5, 2014

We are replacing our old, tile countertop with laminate in the near future and I would like to replace our sink and faucet while we are at it. We currently have a white, porcelain sink that has some nasty stains on it from the previous homeowners. I would like to put in a stainless steel sink but my wife thinks it wouldn't go with our white appliances. What are anybody's thoughts/opinions on a stainless steel sink with white appliances?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancyocean

I think stainless steel sinks go with anything, just like faucets, but I would probably try and get the stains out of the porcelain sink, they are such a classic. Is it a stain or chipped? I never had a stain that couldn't be removed with either comet or some type of rust remover.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jamnich314

I've scrubbed that thing with Comet like my life depended on it and still nothing. It's not horrible I guess. I haven't tried a rust remover or bleach yet. It would save a couple hundred bucks if we kept our current sink.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:27AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Gemcap

jamnich314: maybe this post may be useful ; not sure if you have tried it all already?

How to Clean a Porcelain Sink

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Linelle

I have a stainless sink and faucet. Personally, I think they go with everything. My DW and fridge are stainless but my stove is white.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nosoccermom

Try bleach. You can soak paper towels in bleach and just put them on the sink.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:34PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancyocean

Gemcap great link! Jamnich314 I would read the article if I were you, bar keepers friend works well with rust type stains, and it seems to act more as a polish, I use it on my stainless steel sink. I'm really against scrubbing to vigorously. I would usually just sprinkle a cleanser dampen it and then put a paper towel over it. You can do the same thing with bleach. For black type of marks you need more scrubbing power, I think they are residue from a pan hitting the sink, but again don't over do it, you might make pits that are harder to clean. Bon Ami is also a good general cleaner that will clean without doing damage, although you usually need something stronger for stains, i.e.. red food coloring, but it too will work with the black marks.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 12:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jamnich314

Funny thing: the previous homeowners left a bottle of bar keepers friend under the sink and I never thought to use it. It's still sitting there right now. I'll have to give it a good soap cleaning, then bleach, then finish with bar keepers friend and hopefully I'll have a beautiful sink and save myself a few hundred dollars.

Thanks for all your input everybody!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 2:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
CEFreeman

Has your wife any concept of the kitchens of the last, oh, say 30 years? When white was the default color of appliances? When stainless was the thing to have in a sink?

I have a porcelain sink in my little condominium I rent out. Bleach does the trick. There is even a slice into the porcelain that gets dirty, which bleach cleans. It also removes all those pot marks.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 2:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fori is not pleased

I have an enameled cast iron sink that can be cleaned but still has icky spots where the finish has actually worn down. So it IS possible that the sink can't be saved. But that's unusual.

Stainless steel will look fine, as will a cleaned up sink. Good luck!

(It's a drop-in sink, right? Not mounted under or flush to the tile? If it is, you probably won't be reusing it anyway.)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 4:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tuesday_2008

I have stainless sink with black appliances; my daughter has stainless with white. I truly have never noticed, but everyone in my family has stainless sinks. Just not something I have ever thought about.

If you go with stainless, ake sure you get the best quality/lowest gauge (16 or 18) you can afford. It makes a world of difference.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nancyocean

Fori, he said he was replacing tile, with laminate, so drop down sink would be the only choice.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
eibren

For the icky spots with worn finish, they sell special enamel paint that works well and helps prevent rust.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fori is not pleased

If I replaced my tile with laminate, it still wouldn't make my sink a drop-in. :P

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 10:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snookums2

The reason the finishes get worn down is from using harsh products like Comet, Bar keepers, scrubby pads. I've also read that bleach will open the pores of porcelain enamel. Damaging products make the sink more susceptible to staining. Kohler has a polishing cleaner and a list of recommended products.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 1:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jamnich314

So I used dish soap, then cleaner w/ bleach, then bar keepers friend last night. It definitely made a big difference. There are still black/gray scratch marks in a few places and around the drains there are still yellow/orange marks but I'm not sure if those will ever go away. I still have yet to try straight-up bleach on it to see if that will make a difference.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 7:10AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenhaven

A stainless steel sink will go with anything and will last you many, many years and does not have to cost a lot of money.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:28AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
SuziKD

As a Kitchen Designer, I have a few opinions/suggestions. The first question would be "are you keeping your home?" If so, do any type of sink and countertop you want!

I can tell you that very few people use porcelain sinks any more, the majority being stainless. I would also ask why you're choosing laminate vs granite or quartz. Depending on where you live, and the size of your kitchen, you can do a stone CT.

Stainless sinks go beautifully no matter what color your appliances are. Do a matching faucet as well.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:46AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jamnich314

We moved into the home about a year ago; it's our 'starter home.' We will be selling and moving to a larger home in probably 3-5 years. It's a fairly small kitchen (less than 50 sq ft of counter top) in a fairly small house (~1,100 sq ft, 2 bed, 1 bath). We looked into quartz, granite, solid surface, etc. but the price hike just isn't worth it. Adding something that nice to this house won't raise the value very much. We aren't touching the cabinet, appliances or flooring either. Just replacing counter top and backsplash. The laminate (with a nice edge) and new backsplash should make the kitchen look WAY better.

A picture of the current kitchen is below. You can see the sink in question as well as the counter and backsplash.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 9:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Gemcap

Thinking practically- if you can clean up your porcelain sink and that would make you content in the short term, try all the tricks in the trade to clean it before you spend any money.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 10:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
needinfo1

I like your sink and would keep it if possible.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 4:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cevamal

SS sink with white appliances is no problem whatsoever.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 4:00PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
New build Kitchen – layout for this space?
So, hi! Popping out of lurk mode because I’d really...
am_e
Help! Are rift cut, slab cabinets always veneer?
We got a sample of our door color for our slab, rift...
frogster
Question for those who have Painted Conestoga Cabinets?
Curious if you went with mdf or paint grade center...
aries61
It starts with the sink... Kohler Stages 33 or 45?
Hi all, I'm new to the forum and just starting a kitchen...
ediblekitchen
Countertops for butlers pantry
We have a wall in pantry that will need countertops...
aktillery9
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™