Laminate countertop with integrated sink

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One of the things I really, really, really wanted in our new kitchen was an undermount sink. I was so tired of crud getting stuck against the ridge of the sink. I longed for the day when I could just wipe crumbs off the counter straight into the sink with no obstructions! (Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but you get the idea).

When we decided to go with laminate countertops for our kitchen, I thought my wish for an undermount sink was impossible. Because the MDF under laminate countertops gets ruined when it gets wet, you can’t install a normal undermount sink. Water gets in there, swells the MDF and warps your countertops.

But I did what I do for every single DIY project, and started combing the internet like an obsessed crazy woman. And that’s how I found out about Karran sinks. They are specially constructed to be undermounted with laminate! Who knew, right?

You can imagine my happy dance. I immediately sent an email to the company to see if they would like to work with me here on the blog, and I’m so happy they said yes!

So first, here’s my beautiful, sparkling new, giant undermount kitchen sink:


This is the Karran E-540 Edge Series Sink. Isn’t it pretty?! Karran sells several different styles and sizes in their Edge Series that are compatible with laminate countertops. You can see all of the choices HERE.


Do you see that full size cookie sheet and full size sautee pan in there with miles of room to spare? This thing is huge and deep and amazing!

We installed the sink ourselves. The process is a bit different than a regular sink installation, so I’ll walk you through the process.

The first thing we did was watch THIS YouTube video about 85 times. If you’re going to DIY a Karran sink, I would definitely watch the video too.

This is what a Karran sink looks like before installation:

See that band of white around the edges of the sink? That’s what makes a Karran sink special. You cut the sink hole so that the white band lays flush with the surrounding wood and the laminate countertops cover that section to give you the seamless, water-tight installation.

The first think you have to do is decide on the placement of your sink. We taped a piece of paper down on the bare MDF countertops and drew the sink on with pencil. We also drew in where the faucet would go. We kept adjusting things until we felt happy that the sink was centered under the window and that it was the right distance from the faucets and the front edge of the counter.

The next step is to cut a hole for the sink. This hole should only be big enough for the bottom part of the sink to fit in. The white band around the top should sit on top of the hole.

First drill a pilot hole, then use a jigsaw to cut the sink hole.


After you’ve cut the hole, you should be able to rest your sink in it so that the white band is sitting on top of the wood.

Trace around the edges of the white band.

Then route out the section of countertop so that the sink will sit flush with its surrounding. It will look like this:


Lower the sink into place and check that the white edge sits flush all the way around. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to adjust things until it is perfect.

Use Bondo to fill in the seams. When it’s dry, sand it down until the sink and countertop are seamless and completely flat and smooth. Warning: Bondo stinks. A lot. But it’s also awesome because it dries so quickly and is really easy to sand.

When you are satisfied that the sink is perfectly even with the surrounding countertop, drill holes for faucet placement.

I lined the top edge of my sink with blue painters tape to protect it during the next few steps.

Now it’s time to glue down the laminate. I explained all about the process of installing DIY laminate countertops HERE. With a Karran sink, you just lay the laminate sheet right over the top of the whole sink, then cut it out later. Contact cement takes 30 minutes to dry, so after the required 30 minutes, mix up a two part epoxy and spread it around the edges of the sink. This stuff has a five minute dry time, so you have to do it at the very last second, then hustle to glue down the laminate.

At this point, your sink will be underneath the laminate.

Drill a pilot hole big enough for the router bit to fit through.

Then carefully route around the edges of the sink. This part was fun because suddenly the sink appeared from under the laminate! First we used a flush cut laminate bit to get a rough opening. Then we switched to an 8 degree chamfer bit for the final precision cut. The manufacturer recommends using a 10 degree bit, but it wasn’t readily available at Home Depot and we couldn’t wait to order it online, so we figured the 8 degree bit was close enough. And it was. Then we carefully sanded the edges with a metal file until everything was smooth and perfect.

Repeat the process in smaller scale for the faucet holes. Drill a pilot hole…

…then route out the circles.

They will look like this:



Our sink came with four plastic guards to protect the laminate around the faucet holes, so we put them down in the holes before installing the faucet.



Do you want to see the finished sink? Of course you do!

Isn’t it great? I got my wish for an undermount sink, even though we chose laminate countertops! I love that I can just wipe crumbs right into the sink and there are no icky ridges where junk gets trapped. I also love the clean, sleek look of it.

I am over-the-moon thrilled my new sink. Thank you Karran, for making such a great, innovative product!

Read all about how we installed laminate countertops ourselves HERE.



Beautiful Laminate Countertop With Undermount Sink

Well, hello, hello! I hope y’all are having a fabulous week! I’m so excited to show you a bit more of our kitchen today. I’ve been holding off on a full kitchen reveal because I have a few extra things that need to be done…and we are buying a new refrigerator soon.

I couldn’t wait any longer to share about our amazingly beautiful laminate countertop and sink. I used to think that laminate countertops were second rate, but I have since learned that laminate has come a long way, baby! 🙂

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For our kitchen remodel, I decided that while I ADORE granite or marble, I didn’t want to invest that kind of money. I began researching laminate at the recommendation of my friend Emily. Like I mentioned, laminate has come so far and looks quite similar to the beautiful natural designs of granite and marble.

I decided on Formica laminate in the “Crema Mascarello” pattern for my countertop. Isn’t it beautiful?!

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I chose the Ogee edge in the Formica’s Ideal Edge series. I love the edge and there are no brown seam lines! Yes!

If you haven’t read how I remodeled the kitchen cabinets and doors, you must read all about that here.

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I am seriously in love with my undermount stainless steel sink. The edge of standard mounted sinks can get icky from food build up and other grime. Having the sink mounted under the countertop is brilliant, clean and neat. Perfection.

I love the process that Karran has developed to enable countertop fabricators to undermount sinks on laminate tops. Amazing!

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I did the countertop installation almost all myself. My husband helped me tighten the joint in the corner. I filled the seam with color matched filler and I caulked the edge between the countertop and the backsplash…er….wall. Yep, I still need to do a backsplash. 🙂

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The countertop really ties the kitchen together. It is a calm and quiet pattern with just enough interesting movement to keep me from getting bored with it. I like that it’s neutral enough to go with any cabinet color…just in case I get a wild hair to change something.

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This is the E-350 stainless steel double bowl sink. The bowls are extra deep and roomy. I found the Delta faucet at Home Depot, but I can’t find that it’s still available. I will keep looking if anyone is interested. 🙂

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The edge is so perfect. It is solid, sealed and gunk-free. 🙂

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I was privileged to work with Karran and Cullman Cabinets {my semi-local countertop fabricator} on the kitchen countertop and sink project. I can’t say enough good things about these companies. I’m very impressed in both the product and the service!

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What kind of countertops do you have? Have you considered a laminate countertop or undermount sink?



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How To Install Integrated Sinks For Laminate Countertops

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Now you can get an integral look with your kitchen sink using plastic laminate countertops. Wilsonart offers a series of integrated sinks in various styles and different sizes. They are available in solid colors of pure white or ivory. Some are designed for kitchen areas and others will work with bathroom vanity laminate countertops.

The product is made out of one hundred percent (100%) acrylic material. The color is solid all the way through the sink. This basically means that the satin finish can be scrubbed with a Scotch Brite pad if a horrible stain accidentally gets in the finish. The installation videos I watched actually show the material being sanded with a vibrating sander.

Wilsonart Plastic Laminate Sink Sizes

Rectangular Models

  • HD 525 -This selection has a small basin on the left and the over all size is 33″ x 21″
  • HD 520-The reverse of the 525 having the small bowl on the right, overall 33″ x 21″
  • HD510-Double bowl 33″ x 21″
  • HD 500-Single 24-1/4″ x 21″
  • HD535-Sinlge 22-1/4″ x 15-3/4″

Oval Shaped For Bathroom Vanity Tops

  • HD 530 Oval shaped 20-1/2″ x 17-1/2″

There are three different installation methods. The first one can be viewed in the video below. To reference the clips on Youtube, the methods are called post-form, spray and the filler method. These are excellent clips for the person making countertops. Once the sinks are installed they are completely seamless.

Tools Required For Installing The Sinks

  1. Drill
  2. Highspeed Routers
  3. Special Router Bits
  4. Templates
  5. Chisels
  6. Various Grits of Sandpaper
  7. Belt Sander
  8. Vibrating Sander

Video For Installing Integrated Sinks With Formica Laminate

The integrated sinks for kitchen or bathroom vanity plastic laminate counter tops from Wilsonart are easy to take care of. They are fabricated out of a 100% acrylic substance that has the color running all the way through the sink.

Integrated Sinks For Laminate Countertops Intergrated Sink Options

It is recommend to clean the sinks with a mild soap and water solution. To remove tough stains a Scotch Brite pad can be used. Any powdered cleanser such as Comet, Ajax or soft scrub will work wonders on dirty areas.

The company has a warranty that can be viewed in this PDF.  Your product is warranted for a ten year period, but you must be the original purchaser to benefit from any warranty claims. There are only a handful of exclusions such as damage due to acts of nature, excessive weight in the sink or failure to care for the sink as recommend by the company.

You will find that the integrated sinks can be used with Formica Brand, Pionite, Nevamar and all brands of high-pressure plastic countertop laminates. The integral sinks for laminate tops come equipped with the proper adhesive that needs to be used during the installation process.

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