A sink hole…

We’re at that point in the house work where we’re finally seeing progress and remarkable change, but feeling utterly exhausted and in all kinds of pain.

I miss knitting a little in the evenings, but I just can’t do anything remotely detail-oriented or delicate with my hands at the moment.

plaster hand

And despite a daily shower, I still carry with me some of the wall colors.

paint arm

But the painful parts are often unexpected and are the main factor to curtail any leisurely handiwork.

ikea bruise

Our weeks-long back ordered kitchen sink finally arrived and we installed it immediately (and oh so securely) only to find it was defective.  The drain hole was more oval than round.  We called the big blue and yellow Swedish store and complained.  They said they were already made aware that a batch of them were defective and the new ones (also back ordered) likely would be as well.

I’m tired of doing dishes in the bathroom sink.  I got through the first day or two pretending to live in a seedy flophouse full of beat-down musicians and washed-up artists, then felt thanks that my ancestors were the tenement dwellers and not me (not yet).

ikea sink hole

So I tore that Domsjo a new one.

ikea oval sink hole

 After more than an hour of aggressive filing, and several bruises later, the hole became round enough.

(In the end, we still had to call a plumber to hook it up, thanks to the previous owner’s pipe-y hacks.)

I’m thinking how I’d like to put the previous owner and a certain blue and yellow big store in a sink hole right about now…

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4 responses to “A sink hole…

  1. That’s right. You’re the boss of that sink hole. Boo-yah!

  2. tomas

    hi – we’re having the exact same issue with our sink..hole is not big enough for disposal strainer
    what tool did you use to make hole bigger?

    • I used a few metal files – a rough round one to gouge out small chunks and then a curved one – half-moon shape – to smooth and round it out. You run the risk of unintentional chips and flakes though so you want to make sure you still have ample room that the strainer will overlap and hide it.
      Ikea said that they would still replace it even if we ruined it with our modifications since it was defective, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have done this – they also mentioned using a grinder on it…
      Good luck!

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