Calling All Faucet Fans

Truth be told my friends, I’ve been holding out on you. We’ve had countertops in our kitchen for about a week now. Which has meant a week with a dishwasher and a sink (!), and blessed counters to put my bagels on as I butter them. Life, is good.

Now, I’m going to hold out on y’all a little bit longer to show some close up shots of our counters (coming Monday!). Today, I’ve got almost as exciting of a reveal though. May I present, our kitchen sink. Drum roll, pa-leassse.

Traditional Kitchen Faucet

It’s awfully purty, isn’t it? Here’s¬†another shot of it, from the back, looking out toward the kitchen.

Traditional Faucet with Sprayer

For those of you that have been along on our renovating journeys since day one, it probably looks a wee bit familiar, no?

Oh, ya know – like this faucet. ūüėČ Yep – it’s totally the same faucet from the last house! No, I didn’t steal it from our Michigan house … I went out and bought a new one. ūüėÄ See we landed up with the same guy due to¬†almost having a faucet emergency. We were told by the counter top company that we needed to have a faucet on the day of installation or they wouldn’t cut the holes for us in the counter top. Problem was, we found this out about 48-hours pre-install. Screeeeech.

CRAP. No faucet was chilling at our house. Enter in Mary running around like a crazy woman to try and secure faucet. ASAP.

So although I had my mind set on a different faucet this time around, truth be told, the fact that this one was in stock at our local Home Depot helped to sway me toward this guy.

We got right to installing it, since we’ve been itching to have a dishwasher and sink!

Installing Faucet

Jay¬†insisted on wearing his mining light.¬†Hi ho, hi ho it’s off to work we go.

After he had all the drain lines connected for the dishwasher, sink and garbage disposal, our area under the sink looked a¬†bit cluttered, but definitely better than our last house, where the sink and garbage disposal came down much further and took up most of the storage space. Over time, I think I’ll ask Jay to secure the drain line for the dishwasher up to the top of the cabinet as well, so it’s not cutting through the middle like it does now.

Storage Under Sink

Thanks to our wall removal efforts, you’ve got a nice view of the dining room and living room from the sink. This room is so much more open concept than when we bought the place and it just feels much more updated now.

Open Concept Kitchen

Here’s a shot of the sink further out, with a full view of our peninsula.

Sink Not Under Window in Kitchen

And another final view, of the handles on the sink. Can you tell I’m smitten?

Vintage Style Faucet Now, if I had a few more weeks to pick out a faucet, there were definitely some other contenders in the running. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite options.

Best Traditional Kitchen Faucets

Danze Cross Handle Faucet // Hampton 2-Handle Faucet // Danze 2-Handle Faucet // Moen Faucet

In Search of the Classic Kitchen

Things are starting to come together with the kitchen, but now it’s gotten to the point where I have to make decisions on some of the detail items, and personally, I think that can be pretty hard. We decided on the kitchen cabinets (and ordered them, eeek!), I’ll do a cost break down on those babies when I can post some before and after pics for ya. My main issue these days is that the cabinet hardware is giving me a run for my money. I’ve found that the hardware that I like the best is of the antique brass variety, but I’m kind of wondering how the brassy hardware will look with all the other colors we have going on in the space, which are mostly grays and whites. Hmmm – thoughts?

I have my eye on this guy for the cabinet pulls. MMMM – yummy. The sad part – this guy is $15. Multiply that by the dozen or so drawers we have and he is looking a bit less appealing.

Antique Brass Hardware
Antique Brass Hardware

If I did splurge and go with the guy above, I’m thinking that this¬†octagonal¬†knob would accompany. But, trouble is they are different¬†manufacturers¬† so there is always a chance that the finishes will not match, which would also be a problem. From the pictures, I think they would be close enough, but it would still be a risk to me.

Antique Brass Hardware
Octagonal Knobs

When we first started the kitchen hunt, I was pretty set on getting our cabinets and hardware from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot. Our cabinets have since deviated to the shaker style cabinet through Diamond (Lowe’s), but I am still strongly considering her line of cabinet hardware to compliment our new kitchen. Once again thought, I totally drawn to the gold finishes.

Martha Stewart Hardware
Martha Hardware

What’s even more frustrating to me though, is that they don’t make the same knobs/pulls in all of the finishes. See the gold bin pull on the left there, love it. But they don’t make the same shape in the nickel finish that we are looking at. Grumble grumble. As far as the details for the hardware, the latch that initially made me fall in love with the idea of the Martha Stewart line for our cabinet hardware was this little guy.

Nickel Cabinet Latch
Martha Cabinet Latch

I think popping some of these beauties on a cabinet just makes it look so old school and lovely. We have one cabinet in particular that will come down all the way onto the counter, and I think this type of hardware gives it more of an authentic built-in look.

Martha Stewart Hardware
Martha Stewart Hardware

If we do go with the nickel finish, I’ll use the bin pull for our drawers and the knob on the middle left section for all the cabinets with doors (other than the built-in, which would get the latches above). Really, the hardest thing so far for me has been matching the sink faucet with the cabinet hardware. I’ve stumbled across kitchens (a la pinterest) that are absolutely stunning with brass hardware, but they usually have a brass faucet as well, to tie things together. All the brass sinks I’ve found are either wayyyy out of our price range (like $900 faucets, whoa), or they are builder grade 1980’s brass, which is quite frankly, not the look we are going for.

American Standard Hampton Nickel
American Standard Hampton Nickel

This faucet, from Home Depot has caught my eye. Well within budget, and pretty dashing. If we went with this faucet, I’m thinking the Martha Stewart line would compliment the sink the best. Thoughts? Any metal mixers out there that have some pics they can direct me to of gold hardware looking classy in a white kitchen?