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Once upon a time I was 24. We bought our first house and within months of owning it we had the kitchen gutted and a wall knocked down (you can see more kitchen before and afters here). Ahh…to be young and dumb. There is something to be said about not knowing what you are getting into.
Of course, shortly after tearing out our kitchen we learned I was pregnant. By the end of the whole ordeal our bank account and energy were zapped and we had a baby to get ready for. We skimped on some of the finishing touches and there were two things that always bugged me. Our faucet and our refrigerator. With the wall gone, our refrigerator quickly became the focal point of our whole house. I dream of a fancy french door stainless steel one.
Lately the faucet was really getting on my nerves, but not nearly as much as my husband’s. Sometimes, you never knew when, the handle would fall off when you turned the faucet on. The majority of the time it wall fall off and down the garbage disposal. Whenever this happened to my husband I would hear a whole lot of muttering followed by, I hate this faucet! So when our new Moen faucet arrived he was so excited he installed it without me even having to ask or nag or anything. You wives know what I am talking about.
Love a happy mail day! This Kiran Spot Resist one-handle pulldown kitchen faucet can be found at Lowes. The first step to installing the faucet is cleaning out under the sink. Yup, bonus to a new faucet is an organized cabinet under the sink.
Half that stuff was empty or didn’t even belong in there.
Next up was getting the faucet out. That took the hubs about an hour and a half and was BY FAR the hardest part of the whole gig. Eleanor napped, Quinn was enthralled with my sister and her husband who were visiting from out of town and I may or may not have fallen asleep waiting on this.
After my hour and half nap we were ready for business.
Actual installation of the new faucet was a little under a half hour. Well we actually installed it twice, because we forgot a washer so we had to undo it and put it back on. So all said and done, the faucet was installed twice in under 30 minutes. They gave us everything we needed, the directions were clear and the only tools needed were a screwdriver and a wrench (tools not included). Because I am in my ninth month of pregnancy, I don’t fit so well under the sink. My big contribution was holding the faucet straight while the hubs tightened it. The hubs said it was by far the easiest faucet he is ever put in. It also happens to be the nicest and sometimes in life–you get what you pay for.
We have been living with this faucet for almost two weeks now. The cons- I want to have my cabinets professionally painted, install new counter tops and put in a backsplash. Yup, a new fancy faucet will give you the itch to do all that. It is the whole, if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie syndrome. You know that children’s book? That will have to be on hold for the time being since baby will be here in less than three weeks and I may or may not have accidentally started a bathroom renovation project. The pros- It looks stunning, stays clean, spot resistant and is easy to use.
Can you tell I love it? And if you are like, dang girl! How did you get that sink so clean? BAKING SODA! Seriously, baking soda is my new best friend.
Did you catch the snazzy soap dispenser too? I think part of what makes this faucet so sleek (aside from the lovely high arch) is this faucet technically only uses two holes: one for the faucet/handle and one for soap. The old faucet had handle, faucet, sprayer, soap dispenser. All four holes filled. We had a four holes and it worked with our sink no problem. You can also skip the metal bottom plate if you have one hole. A very flexible faucet–no doubt!
After a productive afternoon we headed out to celebrate my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. I tried to pull myself together. Not so easy at this point.
The night was so special and full of love and 60 years of memories. All 12 kids spoke and I was deeply touched and proud to be a part of such an amazing family. The kids loved the dance floor and having a day with their Aunt Brianna, who flew in for the special event.
And after a long night it was nice to come home to this.
Oh yeah, DIY proud :). Anyone else itching to replace their kitchen faucet? Next on our list-bathroom faucet. What kind of projects have you been up to?
You can see more of my house (although a lot of it has changed recently) in the house tour and check out lots of inspiration in my project gallery. And don’t forget to check out Moen on Facebook and give them the old thumbs up!
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