Ok… enter all of your funny jokes here about somebody’s crack hanging out of their pants and saying, “crack kills!” But seriously though, these cracks that we were dealing with were no joke. Was somebody about to die? Well, no! But I feel much better about the whole situation now.
Let me back up a little bit. One of my February Hopes was to seal the crack around the kitchen sink. It was where the wood of our butcher block countertops met the new farmhouse sink. Wanna see?
There was a tiny crack there and I was paranoid every time I turned the water on about water getting in there and eventually ruining my lovely countertops. So, I guess we could say that all of that worrying could have lead to a heart attack or something and I could have died. See, cracks really can kill.
This project was SO simple that I don’t know why we didn’t do it
years months weeks ago. Our only supplies were a caulk gun and a tube of silicone. We’re talking less than $10 and 10 minutes people!!
I won’t bore you with the obvious step-by-step details but here are some pics and a few tips to working with silicone. First off make sure that you have the right silicone for the project. Since we didn’t really want it to be visible, I bought clear silicone. Also, it’s very important that it is 100%, mold-free silicone and works well in areas with lots of water, like baths, kitchens, etc.
See how it says lifetime guarantee? I’m not sure I believe that. I won’t be surprised if in ten years we have to scrape this out and redo it again. That’s just seems to be how silicone works.
Anyways, you just cut it open and go to town. If you’ve never worked with caulk or silicone, you need to know that they aren’t the same. You have more time to deal with caulk before it starts to set. With silicone, not so much. You better be prepared to smooth it out, clean it up, and all in a hurry.
Since time was of the essence, I just took this picture for show. Basically we did a little bit at a time. J.C. would inject the silicone and I was the cleanup crew. I followed behind him with wet paper towels and knocked the bead of silicone down and into the cracks.
Since it was clear, it was hard to see whether or not it was all off of my pretty sink. He had the smart idea to shine a flashlight on the sink and that clear silicone lit up like the 4th of July. I could see where it needed to be wiped down some more and went to town. Like I said, this stuff dries pretty fast so don’t get ahead of yourself by squirting too much out before you have time to clean it up.
As soon as we were done filling the cracks, he asked if I wanted to fix these eyesores while we were at it…
Uhm… what kind of question is that? Of course I want to fix those huge cracks on either side of the sink. See, when we had the opening cut to slide the sink in, it needed to be a little bit of wiggle room. Well, that left a crack on each side of the sink between the sink and the cabinets. And lemme tell ya folks… it wasn’t pretty. So, we busted out the white caulk and sealed those cracks as well.
We used white caulk instead of clear silicone because caulk is easier to work with and meant to go on wood and the white because well… the sink is white and the cabinets are white so white just made a whole lotta sense. And did I mention that caulk is so much easier to work with and much more forgiving? Want to see what those cracks look like now?
Yep, those cracks are gone. Sayonara puppies. Now I just need to figure out what to do with those cracks around the dishwasher and also need to paint that little piece of wood running across the top of the dishwasher. How about I’ll put it on my to-do list. It’s only got like a million other things on it so what the heck?!
I’m so glad that we got those two little projects done and off of the list. Now I don’t break out in a sweat every time I turn the water on. Do you have any little projects like this that you should have done years or months or weeks ago because they are so stinking easy that it just ain’t right? Go ahead and just do them. You’ll feel so much better when it’s done. And remember, cracks can kill…