illustration of a couple doing dishes and a man breaking plates and glasses while the woman glares
Illustration: Zohar Lazar
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1. Deep China Sink Breaks Dishes and Glassware

"Our porcelain farmhouse sink hits the right vintage note, and it's deep and wide enough to hide stacks of dirty dishes when we entertain. The problem: Within a week we dropped, and broke, two nice glasses while washing up. And the carnage continues."

How to cope: Cushion falls—and shorten them—with a thick plastic sink mat. And start saving your skin and your cash by donning a pair of nonslip rubber gloves.

Next time: Get farmhouse style without those cold, hard landings: Think about buying a basin in more forgiving Corian, copper, or stainless steel.
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