Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New Bathroom Sink Faucet

So I forgot to tell you in my last post, that we switched out our bathroom sink faucet.
The sink in our main bathroom upstairs, with the bathtub.

I forgot to write about it because I didn’t have to do any of this work. Blake was the force behind this one. He did a great job. And I am in LOVE with the difference it makes in the room.
I knew it would have impact, but I’m surprised at how big it is.

I wanted to show it off. So here’s some before and afters.

To flash back to it’s full transformation so far, here is some Before-Befores of how we bought the house.

Then I got the walls skim coated and painted. And we switched out the light fixture and the hardware on the vanity. And the room was looking MUCH better. 

So here are the just plain-before the new faucet pics.

The faucet is one of those real cheapies (like $18) with no personalities. And it’s faucet is very low, making it hard to fill up water cups for bedtime.

(Yes the outlet cover will be replaced. **Almond….shudder!** But we need to cut the white one to size…olden day outlets seem to always be too close to the countertop to fit a whole cover plate. Why did they always do that? And WHY would you put almond there, next to the white tile? WHAT was that whole almond thing?….I am determined to figure that out someday. The mystery haunts me.)

I bought this faucet at Lowes after much pondering over style. This one won out mostly due to style. I really liked the white handles and the higher arc spout. 
But what was also great was… this baby only runs $49. The other contenders where around $100.

Now I will tell you that for our downstairs bathroom I got a Moen faucet and there is a clear difference in the quality. You can just feel more weight and smoother, more fluid movement when turning on the sink down there vs. this new faucet. So I do suspect that our upstairs bathroom faucet won’t last as well as our downstairs one. But I’m ok with that.

Our downstairs bathroom gets the most use, being on the main floor. And I think that bathroom is gonna stay the way it is for pretty much ever. (I really need to blog that makeover for you!)
     I wonder sometimes if this upstairs bathroom will need a major overhaul down the line, since the tub and tile is so old. I’m not really routing for that. But bathrooms, ya know, sometimes they go south. So that said, I don’t mind that I didn’t quite go with Moen’s tagline “Buy it for looks, buy it for life” for our upstairs bathroom. 

Anyway. Just being my overly honest self. I am still very much in love with the faucet, even with that disclaimer. I’d say it’s very, very worth the $49. I think it’s making the room right now.

It’s got a cool, press-down drain stopper. I didn’t know what I thought about that before it was installed. But since it’s been in I think it’s amazing.

We haven’t told the girls, because I’m nervous the water will wind up outside the sink…but the faucet swivels to either side, so it makes for easy cleaning.

At first I wasn’t totally sure about the chrome finish vs. a satin nickel.  (This faucet only comes in chrome.) But since I was keeping the vintage sink with the silver rim, I thought the chrome went well with that. (Not that satin nickel would clash terribly.) Ultimately I decided the finish wasn’t a big deal to me either way. Both finishes clean up great with a microfiber cloth. And I’ve read that you can use Rain-X on chrome if you have a hard time keeping it shinny.

It updates and upscales the bathroom in such a major way.
And it makes the sink a lot easier to use for cups and water access.

So that’s that.

The future bathroom plans still include:

 Adding a wooden frame around the mirror.

Updating the flooring.

Adding some shelves over the toilet.
(In this nook)

And painting out the vanity. I don’t mind the wood tone. It always photographs nicely. But in person it’s not as high of quality wood as it looks in pictures. It’s a refaced veneer that’s taken some abuse. The side of the vanity is all warped from water damage. So I want to reface that and kinda add some moulding for a more finished look. And then paint it all. I’m leaning towards white. But might go bold? I’ll figure that out later.

But the bathroom has come a LONG, LONG way since it’s yellow days.
I’ve been so pleased to go in there lately.


  1. The new faucet looks a lot more elegant compared to the first one. And more practical too, seeing how the faucet hovers and arcs over the sink and stuff, giving more space for the glass. There's also the fact that you can turn it around more easily as compared to before. I think you did a good job here, Lydia. Cheers!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total PLBG

  2. There is a saying that goes "new is not always better", but that is certainly not the case here! The yellow lighting before the renovation made the bathroom seem a bit older than it really is, it’s good that you had that replaced. And I love the little blue frame that says "Love You More". I bet if makes you feel all giddy inside every time you go inside the bathroom. Thanks for sharing your bathroom renovation. Good day!

    Levi Eslinger @

  3. Wow, what a makeover! It is amazing how much change can be made with just a few simple choices. What you've done to your bathroom makes it look so much cleaner! The color choices that replaced the dreary old depressing ones must truly lift the spirits ecery time you look in the mirror each day. I must keep these ideas in mind fr my own bathroom, for a makeover is definitely in order.

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

  4. The new faucet looks a lot more elegant compared to the first one. Since these faucets have arcs in it there is a space provided between the sinks and the faucets.

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