The Little Change That Made A Huge Difference

Changing A Kitchen Faucet

 

Since moving into our home in 2009, my husband and I have put a lot of work into little projects that have transformed our house into a home. We completed a small, low-cost kitchen makeover, made changes to the guest bathroom, and most recently got around to decorating the entryway to our home. A few months ago when I turned the kitchen sink on to do dishes I was met with a nasty surprise…a shot of water right in the kisser. And then a leak. A leak that extended into the basement we’re working on. Awesome. Fantastic. (Not awesome or fantastic.)

To put it lightly, my husband and I are more on the creative/nerdy/not handy side of the spectrum so trying to figure out how to fix things is effing horrible a bit of a challenge. We’re learning. In the meantime, we’re so thankful to have some friends who enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together again. Once we figured out that the problem was with the sprayer, a friend of ours was able to help us work on it. We temporarily replaced it (knowing the goal was to eventually find a new faucet for a more permanent fix).

The problem was that I’m cheap and the kind of faucet I wanted wasn’t seeming to fall within the budget I was willing to set aside for the project. I knew I wanted a pull out faucet in brushed nickel with a dual spray/stream option and a soap dispenser (where the old sprayer used to be). I looked at Lowes. I looked at Home Depot. I looked online and I just couldn’t find the one. Replacing the faucet became somewhat of an empty idea in the back of my head. Until last weekend when we were at a birthday party for a friend of ours. I was in the kitchen and mentioned how much I liked their faucet (because, you know, I’m weird) when our friend told me about one he had seen at Costco on sale.

Costco?! Sale?! You can imagine my excitement when I saw my ideal kitchen faucet for only $59.99 (including the $20 instant rebate). SOLD! I couldn’t wait to put it in. We have never replaced a kitchen faucet before but the prospect of completing the project was thrilling. It took us a little over an hour from start to finish (don’t judge me, people who think it only should have taken a half hour) and completely transforms the look of the space. I love it. I looked online to see how much the retail value of the faucet we got was and it sells elsewhere for well over a hundred dollars. Needless to say, I’m feeling really good about the cost of this improvement. Here are some pictures of the process from start to finish:

Kitchen Faucet Before

Kitchen Faucet makeover

Mini kitchen transformation

replacing the kitchen faucet

kitchen faucet transformation

Kitchen Faucet

Mini Kitchen Transformation

Sometimes, it’s the little things that give a room a new look and feel.

 

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Why You Need Professional Carpet Cleaning (before & after pictures)

As you know, we recently got new living room furniture (you can find my post about it here) and so we wanted to do something about the condition of our carpet before the new set arrived. I’m almost embarrassed to post the before pictures of my own house from before we had our carpet professionally cleaned a couple of weeks ago but it happened and I accept that. Friends and family who saw the carpet at its worst: I am sorry. I promise we’re not slobs and we do care about how our house looks. It looks so much better now so please stop by and take a look. 🙂 We went back and forth on the prospect of replacing the carpet with a laminate “hardwood” flooring. Our carpet was in such deplorable condition that I was uncomfortable with the prospect of inviting new people over because I knew it looked bad. I honestly believed that it was past the point of no return but I wanted to give professional carpet cleaning and chance. When we saw a Groupon for three areas of environmentally safe carpet cleaning we knew that we weren’t ready to give up. Replacing the carpet is something that we’d like to do eventually but, for now, it’s not a requirement (which is so nice).

Putting these pictures up is like pulling off a band-aid, it hurts but I’ve got to get it done..so here we go with the before pictures:

Living room

Carpet Before

Hallway

carpet before pictures

Master Bedroom

carpet before pictures

The carpet cleaning only took a little over an hour and a few hours to dry. You can still tell that we had some high traffic in our upstairs living room but the hallway looks significantly better and I’m really happy with the results. Take a look:

Carpet After*you may notice the entry way wall. I’m working on a project…more on that later.

carpet after photos

Carpet After Pictures

Carpet After Pictures

It’s a drastic difference. The guy who came to do our floors talked to me about the importance of getting carpets professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months to make sure they stay nice. That, combined with regular vacuum cleaning should help us to keep our house looking better for a long time to come.