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Throughout the month of March, Ace Hardware is launching a fun and interactive 31 Days of Color experience, in which a new color will be unveiled every day. (Be sure to check out what the rest of the Ace team will be doing!) We’ve chosen a color that has inspired us, Clark+Kensington’s That’s Hula-rious, and we’ve used it to accent the newest addition to our home – an upgrade to our DIY dog food station, of course!

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After adopting our Chunk last year (can you believe it’s only been that long? It’s like this goofball has always been here), bad dog parents that we are, we had Jack and his sister share their doggie station of yore – which worked, fine, we guess. We put their water bowl on the floor, and they would bump against each other for real estate over their bowls. We had every intention of creating a larger station using the same legs and same concept, but we put it off month after month – until now.

This time around, we put it together using a new batch of old studs (from behind these very walls!), but we reinforced it with threaded rod, washers and lock nuts in the exact same way we constructed our studio shelves. Because the upgraded station would be about a foot longer to accommodate the extra bowl, the threaded rods would keep those salvaged studs from sagging or separating.

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After taking our measurements, we marked on each stud where we’d drill our holes, and using a paddle bit, we made room for the washers on the two end studs, like this:

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From there, we ran our rods through our pre-drilled holes and tightened everything in place with lock nuts. In the end, we evenly spaced out four lengths of rod – one on each end, and one on either side of the middle bowl. Once our 2x4s were nice and tight, Scott used a Dremel to remove any of the threaded rod that extended beyond the surface of the stud.

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To knock off that 100-year-old grime and remove the burrs, I gave everything a light sanding and reattached the legs. (We purchased 9″ hairpins from Cream Street Shop the first time around.) We wanted the bowls to sit in a 6″ diameter opening, and after scouring every vase in our home, we had an exact match! The vase was used to trace our circles, and Scott followed those lines with our jigsaw. Tip: To get started, Scott drilled a hole with a paddle bit for the jigsaw blade to fit through – then round and round he goes!

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And then, color! I highlighted the edges with the Color of the Day, Clark+Kensington’s That’s Hula-rious. I taped off the top and legs with painter’s tape, and once the paint was dry, I sealed everything up – top and sides – with a couple coats of Polycrylic. Those dog dribbles are no joke.

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The middle bowl is still shared water, but they’ve never taken issue with this and still seem to love us all the same – ha! They’ve already chosen sides (as most couples do, am I right?), and the improved upon station is a major upgrade in strength, although we’re not too sure they care that much?

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You can keep track of each color as it’s unveiled during the length of the 31 Days of Color campaign, and you’ll be able to check in on each of the other Ace bloggers, too! Plus, Ace Hardware is hosting a sweepstakes throughout the month, with daily $50 gift card giveaways and one big prize worth $10,000 for a home paint makeover. (Um, yes!) And, the first 1,000 visitors to the site at 12pm EST each day can register to receive a free sample of the Color of the Day. Find all the details and inspiration right here, and good luck!

 

 

We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. Cute puppies are an added bonus.

  • Kate S. - March 3, 2015 - 11:16 AM

    This is really cute!

    I’m kind of new to your blog, so I hadn’t seen the original. I just recently came across this raised feeder on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/219625940/modern-wood-dog-bowl-holder-three-bowl?ref=related-1) and I was thinking about DIY-ing a similar design for our dogs. I think I might like yours better!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 3, 2015 - 11:23 AM

      That Etsy dog bowl holder is awesome though! So many great ideas out there.ReplyCancel

  • ryan - March 3, 2015 - 11:22 AM

    that cc is the CUTEST. she slays me with her chunkiness! the food station is such a great idea. i wish i had space for something similar in my home, but no dice. #smallhouseproblemsReplyCancel

  • Sara - March 3, 2015 - 12:22 PM

    I love the use of the old 2x4s. I am thinking about a bench…

    On a funny note, the water bowl that I have for my two camels is a giant mixing bowl. Think those huge metal ones they use in professional kitchens. It sits in a corner on the pantry floor and I refill it every single day. And no, they do not actually lay down and bathe in it :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 3, 2015 - 12:30 PM

      I had to read “camels” a stupid amount of times before I realized that you meant they drink a lot! Oh, man. Is it Friday yet?ReplyCancel

  • Alexandria - March 3, 2015 - 1:05 PM

    It would be great if I could get my husband to make one of these. My german shepherd is by far the messiest drinker of any dog. She manages to soak everything within a 5 foot radius. Here’s to hoping that a stand that’s closer to her snout will help.ReplyCancel

  • Hollie @ Fancykins - March 3, 2015 - 4:44 PM

    Absolutely love this project AND the color. The things we do for our pets, right? :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - March 3, 2015 - 5:39 PM

    I would love to make something like this for my pup but he is afraid of everything and would probably look at me like WTF is this? He doesn’t even like eating from his food bowl. He takes the food out puts it on the ground and then eats it. Yes, he is strange.ReplyCancel

    • B - March 3, 2015 - 8:07 PM

      Melanie- you should read up on that silly dog behavior. My dog does it too (but actually walks to another room with a mouth full of food at a time to dump on the floor and eat, then trot back, repeat). I thought it was so strange and mentioned it to a friend who is an animal behaviorist and she told me it is pretty common. It’s believed to have something to do with how much access they had to nursing as a puppy, and how they would save food if their litter mates hogged the food bowl. I was pretty fascinated by it!ReplyCancel

    • Carol - March 4, 2015 - 9:23 AM

      I had a kitty that did that too. Even though she was the only pet in the home, she always took a big mouthful of food from the bowl and then took it into the dining room to eat. Either she didn’t get enough to eat as a kitten, or she just felt fancy eating in the dining room!ReplyCancel

      • Kim - March 4, 2015 - 9:56 AM

        So interesting! I’ve never heard of that, but you gotta love those pet quirks.ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - March 3, 2015 - 6:37 PM

    Cute puppies are always an added bonus AND always make for a better blog post. Love how you guys include the pups in your posts as well!

    Best,
    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

  • Marie - March 3, 2015 - 7:52 PM

    Wow that feeder looks amazing!!!And your dogs are so well behaved in front of the food.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - March 4, 2015 - 9:57 AM

      I think they were just so freaked out that they were getting a midday lunch for the sake of photos! Jack says, “don’t move, CC, or we could wake up any minute from this dream…”ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 4, 2015 - 5:40 PM

    First of all, I don’t think my table is that nice! Second, please don’t shoot the messenger, but, raised dog bowls can possibly cause bloat (which is why some dogs remove the food from the bowl and put it on the floor to eat – it’s an uncomfortable and unnatural way to eat). http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2009/july/raised-bowls-and-bloat-ratcheting-controversy-risk-gdv-dogs-6861#ReplyCancel

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Our kitchen island is complete!

First, I’ll admit that I really struggled with taking photos of the island since our kitchen is an oddly shaped box full of challenges (hi, furnace!), so you’ll notice that in most cases, it’s not actually in place. It’s also been an emotional roller coaster of a week with our kitchen in general, as timelines have been extended with the back door, which in turn prevents other things from happening (baseboards!), but has us turning our attention towards under cabinet lighting, tiling and even prepping some of our artwork. We know that these things will make all the difference in the world, but for some reason, this girl is having a hard time seeing the finish line. We’ve been spending a lot of time on those 5% fixes as well, and every decision feels so heavy. Perhaps it’s the middle-of-the-renovation blues? That stretch of sort-of-there but not-really-there-at-all? Or winter? Boo, winter.

In any case, let’s go back to what we did complete recently, and that’s the island! If you take a peek at our pins, you’ll notice that a lot of our favorite kitchens have a contrasting island. We love that look, as it feels so classic and right for this house.

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In person, it feels good and – after struggling with butcher block measurements – appropriately sized considering it’s living in the middle of the room. Being able to walk around it easily from stove to sink and sink to fridge was obviously important, and at its current length (54″), you can access all the appliances with ease. Remember when it looked like this?:

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WHAT WE DID. First, we had to remove the dresser top, which included releasing a row of nails across the back and several screws from the underside.

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Once we were able to lift it free, we realized that there were several trim strips along the underside which acted as a ‘stop’ of sorts; they prevented the top two drawers from sagging when you pull them out. At this point, we set the top to the side, knowing we would re-use those strips on our butcher block.

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The back of the dresser had a thin piece of board, and the surface was pretty rough to the touch:

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We left the backing board in place, but we reinforced it with an additional sheet of 1/8″ project board cut to size at the hardware store. At this time, we also cut down strips of 1″ x 2″ poplar trim for the sides and bottom of the dresser, which would balance the trim already in place on the front of the dresser. We applied heavy duty construction adhesive to keep it in place, and we finished it off with 1″ nails along the perimeter – that board wasn’t going anywhere!

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Once that was complete, the result was strong and durable. I ran a bead of caulk along all the seams, and you can see now that with the addition of the poplar trim, the profile matches up with the front.

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Throughout all this, we had begun the process of filling the knob holes with wood putty (all the dents and scratches, really). This took at least two rounds of putty, sanding between each application and finishing them off with a thin layer of drywall mud. The mud has such a smooth finish, that I found it helpful to make things as perfect as possible.

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I ended up sanding the entire dresser by hand with 150 grit sandpaper, but I didn’t spend too much time doing so – just enough to give the surface a bit of texture for my primer to adhere to. To finish, I washed down every surface with no-rinse TSP, which removes any remaining dirt and grime while de-glossing the surface. You’ll notice that somewhere along the way, we also added these Shepherd casters, which are so, so good! They have a great weight to them, lock solidly into place and roll easily when needed. Plus, brassy.

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After all of that prep work, it was time to paint! I used the same PrimeRx primer that we’ve used on several doors, and it’s proven itself to be a powerhouse against scratches or chips. For the color, we went with our tried and true favorite, Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine by Clark+Kensington and completed the finish with three coats of Polycrylic in satin.

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We allowed everything to dry for several days, and in the meantime, we went shopping for a butcher block top. We considered Ikea, local hardware stores and kitchen outlets, but ultimately, we found a friendly Wisconsin maker, Tony, specializing in maple. Although it wasn’t the least expensive option, his prices were extremely fair, and maple is a durable hard wood when compared to birch, so it’ll last for the long haul. When we gave him a call, it turned out that he was making a trip through Chicago, and would you just like me to drop it off for you? Um, yes!

After carefully measuring and re-installing those ‘stop’ strips from the dresser top onto the new butcher block, we screwed it in place:

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Tony told us that we could either oil it liberally (weekly) for the next month (and then once monthly after that), or we could apply an oil based polyurethane on top and call it a day. Because we have no intention of cutting or prepping food directly on the butcher block, we would have been fine going the poly route, but we personally don’t like how that will allow yellowing over time. Instead, he gave us the okay to use Danish oil, and we also got the green light to to darken it up in a walnut finish.

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Before the butcher block purchase, we debated on its final size endlessly, measuring daily, taping it out and using an old sheet of MDF to see what felt comfortable in the room. In the end, we went for a 10″ overhang, which is the minimum (that is, according to Google!) considered for comfort when using a stool. While this may not be ideal for everyone in every height or size, we’re happy to have been able to accommodate an overhang at all! This house is a challenge, and the kitchen has been our biggest to date.

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All said and done, our island measures 54″ wide x 29″ deep. I already mentioned the struggle to photograph the island as a whole, but I still think it’s necessary to show how it fits in the middle of the room while allowing movement and flow. My wide angle lens shows distortion, but there is 3′ between the island and wet wall, and the island and stove. You can access the sink from the stove without having to dip around the island, and as much as we agonized over a larger vs. smaller overhang (or no overhang at all!), we couldn’t be happier with how it fits in the room:

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Looking at these photos has me itching to add color with art (in the works!) and, man, tile! We’re now back to debating between darker grout or something more soft. Looking at our pins has us realizing that there’s a lot of soft grout in our favorite photos, which surprised us since we were initially leaning so heavily towards a charcoal shade. What would you do?

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To play off of those brassy casters, we chose these 4″ Mission pulls from Rejuvenation. By opting for handles instead of knobs (these were a close second), we think it helps our island step away from its former life as a dresser. They are, hands down, the icing on the cake!

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If all goes well, we’ll be working on our under cabinet and overhead lighting this weekend, as well as some 5%-ers, too. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a moment to step away from the kitchen and do nothing at all? I’d drink to that!

Rejuvenation provided the hardware for our island, and we’re so thrilled they wanted to be a part of our renovation. Also? There’ll be something in it for you – soon!

  • Sara - February 26, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    YOU GUYS! The island is gorgeous! Well done, you :)

    Now for the great grout debate…. For my kitchen walls, I have white subway tile in a non-typical pattern. I used medium grey grout (maybe Delorean Grey?) and I think it was the right choice for me. Darker would be too busy and strongly graphic for my taste. I have a modernish kitchen though. I often see darker grout in more historical sorts of houses (hello, Daniel) and like it very much in that context. Given the rest of the your space as it SO beautifully stands now, I am leaning (with you) towards softer is better.

    One thing I did learn though – those tubes of caulk that they sell you to match your grout and fill in along the counter, side walls, etc.? THEY DON’T MATCH THE &*^% GROUT. It drove me nutty. I had to go over it with watered down white paint to lighten it so that my eye did not go to it every.single.time. I went into my kitchen. Crazy detail freak – ugh.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 7:42 AM

      Oh, wow, good to know about the caulk! We were starting to lean delorean gray a bit too… But, ugh, another reason for lighter grout would be to help conceal any imperfections! There’s not a single sheet of straight drywall in this house, and we wonder if dark grout would emphasize that.

      Would you say delorean is a warmer gray? It looks warm on our color card, which would be helpful with our warm gray counters. Thank you so much for your input!ReplyCancel

      • Sara - February 26, 2015 - 8:22 AM

        The Delorean is definitely a warmer gray. The Lowes subway tile leans just a touch pink so I needed something warm.

        If I remember correctly, the tile you picked has a matte finish. In my inexpert opinion, that is going to greatly help with your uneven walls. It is much easier to spot ins and outs on the plain as the light strikes my shiny tile than it would be if it were matte.

        You are the only ones who are going to notice if your grout lines are off 1/16″ somewhere. Really really :)ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 8:40 AM

          Haha, thank you SO much. Your input is really appreciated! And you’re right – not only did we love the look of matte tiles, but another bonus was not having the shine catch the imperfections!ReplyCancel

  • susan - February 26, 2015 - 7:34 AM

    wow! looks really great, guys.
    i really like the darker butcher block top and yay for no yellowing. it pairs well with your dark paint.

    nice stools, too!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - February 26, 2015 - 7:55 AM

    I love the look of dark grout (and I used it in my bathroom), but I really think you’re right about going softer. It’s those beautiful countertops–it would be a shame to overwhelm them!ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - February 26, 2015 - 8:19 AM

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! I’m having island-envy. I know that dark grout is all the rage, but I don’t think it will work in your kitchen. Everything on the walls look so light and bright, if you add dark grout, then my eye would go directly to the grout and not the beautiful counters. I would try a medium grey to match those counters.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany - February 26, 2015 - 8:21 AM

    Looks fantastico! You cannot see your nail holes at all, and that is tough to accomplish! Love the overhang of the counter top to allow a small bar–that’s a great idea for the blank back. Love the rich color of the butcher block. It really complements your floors and hutch.ReplyCancel

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres - February 26, 2015 - 8:46 AM

    Awesome job. I think you’ll find the island is a game changer. Storage space, counter space, sitting space. I’d never had an island until our current house, and it’s transformed how I think about my kitchen. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - February 26, 2015 - 8:53 AM

    Beautiful! The butcher block (and how you stained it) is a nice echo of the flooring. What will you be storing in the island drawers?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 9:00 AM

      We have so many drawers in this kitchen right now, it’s crazy in the best way! Most of them are empty!

      In the island we have dish towels, saran wrap, aluminum foil, gaggles of clips, and – Jack and CC’s favorite – a whole drawer dedicated to doggie treats / extra Kong balls / puppy medicines.ReplyCancel

      • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 9:01 AM

        Oh! And a whole drawer just for tupperware! We can see it all, and it all matches up. Hallelujah.ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 26, 2015 - 9:01 AM

    Gasp!! This is so gorgeous! I am drooling. Really informative post, too. I would love to see some slightly contrasting grout in here just because there isn’t a lot of contrast between walls, cabinets, appliances, countertops right now. It might help tie into the island. That being said, you have blown me away with each additional finish, I am sure you’ll get this one right, too.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 9:02 AM

      Thanks, Julia! It’s like our own little slice of your future kitchen with the black/gold. :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 26, 2015 - 9:33 AM

    I would go with the darker grout! I think it would tie nicely with the dark island and bring some contrast to the currently very white and bright wall that is your cabinets/island/sink. With white grout, I feel like the tiles would get lost in a sea of white.ReplyCancel

  • jules - February 26, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    The island looks fantastic — great job. But I have tho say you really got me with the fact that you are storing your tupperware in one of the drawers. That sounds like nirvana! Being able to see everything and have all the matches. Small thing but the best feeling ever. Congrats againReplyCancel

  • Sara - February 26, 2015 - 9:39 AM

    The island looks so, so fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - February 26, 2015 - 9:41 AM

    Insane! It is so gorgeous!!!! I would highly recommend a (super-thin) charcoal grout in there, I also debated between light(er) and dark in my kitchen, since we have SO MUCH tile, but I really ended up loving the dark grout. It was not as jarring as I worried it would be on that amount of surface area. Plus, it hides dirt and stains unlike lighter grout, which is especially nice to have around the sink and oven areas! If you hop over to my blog (http://dotluv.blogspot.com/2014/10/kitchen-remodel.html), you can see some pictures of what we did!

    Keep up the great work, and dont stress too much. You guys are gonna love it when it’s done, regardless.
    AllisonReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 9:45 AM

      Yours looks awesome! I wonder if it works so well because your counters are black though? We have a few really dark veins, so darker COULD work, but, ugh, I just don’t know!

      Did you use 1/16″ spacers?ReplyCancel

  • Susan @ Jubilee Furniture - February 26, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    WOW! Love how the island turned out. Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Cully - February 26, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    I love it, even though Hailey and I are rarely fans of painted wood furniture. This is a case where paint and hardware does wonders for the piece. I think our kitchen has similar dimensions and layout to yours, with the stove on one wall and the sink on the other. I was thinking about an island too but I don’t think that we could set it up so that you wouldn’t have to go around the island to get from the stove to the sink.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 10:10 AM

      I still need to see your house in person! The stove on one side and sink on another is definitely a challenge, but it was the only thing that we were able to do without running all new gas lines along the ceiling or ripping up the floor (which causes a whole new slew of issues/problems/$$$). I imagine you guys are in the same boat. Maybe a smaller square shaped island could do the trick? Or even a little rolling cart! Miss you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - February 26, 2015 - 10:26 AM

    LOVE the island! Such a clever idea and so well executed.

    My vote is for light grout where the interest is created by the change of material and texture. Dark grout emphasizes the pattern of the tile placement which can overshadow the beauty of the tile itself.

    That being said, you have fabulous style, and I know whatever you do will be fantastic. I am so looking forward to your future posts.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 10:42 AM

      Great input, Ann, thank you. I like how you said that – definitely something to keep in mind as we make this decision.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - February 26, 2015 - 11:38 AM

    Love love love!
    Are you adding hardware to the cabinets?ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - February 26, 2015 - 11:56 AM

    What a change and what a good one! It looks stunning. I love the navy, and I love using furniture pieces as islands. It makes it look ore collected :) Well done!

    xo Ashley
    pennypickedrevival.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 12:06 PM

      Thank you! The color is more black than navy, but it does look a little blue-green in some lights, which is why we love it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 26, 2015 - 12:36 PM

    It looks beautiful!!!!! Congrats on your hard work! What a great contrasting piece. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - February 26, 2015 - 1:00 PM

    I love that navy blue. I stole it for my own front door and now I’m thinking of using it on a bathroom vanity. Such a great color. You’re kitchen is looking great!.ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - February 26, 2015 - 1:20 PM

    This looks great! (Per usual!) You guys always do such stunning furniture updates.

    I’m sorry you door situation is putting a kink in the overall reno. That has to be supremely frustrating. At least you can still keep checking things off the list while you wait. Before you know it you’ll be basking in the sunlight coming through your new door.

    In the meantime, I second the need for a weekend with nothing to do except decide what to do (like brunch and antique mall browsing) :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna, Sydney - February 26, 2015 - 2:51 PM

    That paint job is perfection! And i love how you wrote S + K with the glue, very cute.ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - February 26, 2015 - 3:35 PM

    It’s looking absolutely fabulous! Well done. I especially love the island transformation. It’s beautiful!

    I wouldn’t be getting too upset about the length of time everything’s taking though. My poor kitchen reno started in May 2014. The kitchen cabinets were removed in July and I was without a working kitchen until November. …and it’s still not completely finished…so take heart
    It’s worth the wait.
    xxReplyCancel

  • Jaime Lopez - February 26, 2015 - 4:47 PM

    I personally would go with a lighter grout. Darker ones tend to look dirty and grimy a bit faster to me… I think about it all the time when I am at restaurants and public bathrooms. Something about lighter grout just gives the feeling of clean which is exactly what you want in a kitchen. just my 2 cents.

    The island looks great… Love the hardware!

    – JaimeReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 26, 2015 - 5:13 PM

    Total perfection! Love the color and wood comboReplyCancel

  • Nina - February 27, 2015 - 1:06 AM

    The “S + K” is too presh! You two are doing an amazing job. Well done on the island.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - February 27, 2015 - 10:32 AM

    The island turned out so awesome!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shoshana - February 27, 2015 - 11:15 AM

    Beautiful! Love it. Are you planning on switching up the barstools in the future? I like those stools (modern and simple), but in the photos, they sort of fade into the island. I bet a fun color would really pop against the dark island.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2015 - 11:30 AM

      Thank you! We considered color, but in the end, we sort of wanted them to blend. Because the island is on wheels, the stools could end up on the other side by the sink as well, and we didn’t want a crazy color to go against our vintage runner that we’ll be laying down.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - February 27, 2015 - 11:43 AM

    It might sound weird but I’d like to say I’m proud of you, guys. I love the way you keep going and I love everything you do because you always have great tastes. Your kitchen is awesome, really. And that island !ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 27, 2015 - 1:41 PM

      Marie, you are the sweetest. THANK YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 27, 2015 - 3:38 PM

    In the middle of deciding on stuff for our kitchen, we just gave up and started picking the first things we saw. It can be hard to wait for the exact right THING. We love everything in our kitchen, so just don’t over think it.

    Looks good so far!ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent - February 27, 2015 - 6:54 PM

    So – first off, I’m beyond excited that I stumbled across your blog today. Secondly, I’m insanely jealous of this husband + wife home reno blogging team, jealous in the best way possible as when I find myself a husband one day I want to do essentially the same thing (HGTV has rubbed off on me, a lot too much.) Last but not least, what a perfect idea for a dresser to become the center island, and love the overhang area for bar stools!

    Best,
    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.comReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 28, 2015 - 2:22 PM

      Thanks for leaving a note, Josh! Love your blog – you have a new follower!ReplyCancel

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This post is in partnership with Kohler.

As we’ve slowly been updating every surface of our kitchen, it’s funny how easily we forget how things were before. Those yellow walls? The floating stove? Washing dishes by hand? Pfft! A distant memory! We’ve been spending an exorbitant amount of time in this room, nit-picking that 5% (of what’s actually done, that is), making lists for the coming weekends and daydreaming about the day we can lay out that runner. As I find myself spiraling when things don’t look great right this second, Scott has me take a step back and remember those yellow walls, that floating stove and dish washing marathons. There’ve been road bumps along the way, timelines delayed and a back door situation that became so mixed up, it was no longer maddening, but comical. (More on that at a later date, we can only hope!)

So for now, let’s focus on all the good that’s happening in this kitchen! At the top of our wish list was a large, single bowl sink and faucet, and we feel incredibly fortunate to have partnered with the team at Kohler for this upgrade. In conjunction with Countertop Day, our Cape Dory sink was installed, and later that night, Scott re-plumbed our touchless(!) Sensate faucet:

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We opted for a classic all chrome finish on the faucet, and when paired with the sink, well, it’s just so good. The day that sink arrived on our front porch was an ecstatic one, filled with numerous texts to Scott and way, way too many of these: !! He wanted more photos from all angles, for which I happily obliged.

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Our old sink and faucet combo did it’s job, but the spray handle didn’t lift correctly, and no matter how many times a day I scrubbed it, it was incapable of looking freshly spruced. It must have had a pretty rough life before us, because it never looked a day cleaner than what you see (below) on the left. This new sink, though? Beautiful. Classic. It’s sort of rocking our world right now:

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While we were at it, Scott replaced the plastic plumbing with chrome plated brass, and I had a field day installing these heavy duty racks. All of our cleaning supplies were finally stripped of their cardboard boxes, and you better believe my heart skipped a beat.

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Once we were good to go, we had a field day testing out the Sensate over and over (and over) again. Because it’s AC powered (we had our electrician run a power supply for this reason), there are no batteries to install, and it just works. I’ll admit to being hesitant with a touchless faucet at first – won’t it be fussy? – but a quick wave with your hand, spoon or pot will turn the water on and off!

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And finally, we have a spray head that works again! It locks into a magnetic docking system in the faucet’s spout, clicking into place when not in use. The spray itself is a wide, thin blade that makes cleaning out the sink easy and fun, and at the risk of sounding like a Sensate spokeswoman (where do I sign up?), we truly love this entire set up. The only downfall is the time we waste playing with the sensor.

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But of course the very best part of this entire collaboration is that they want to team up with one of you, too! Together with Kohler, we’ll be giving away a Sensate touchless faucet in the finish of your choice (a $688 value)! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those located in the United States or Canada and runs through this Friday, February 27st until 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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This post is in partnership with Kohler. We were gifted the Sensate faucet in chrome and the Cape Dory under mount sink in white. Thank you for supporting those that support us!

  • Abby - February 24, 2015 - 6:47 AM

    getting there! I’m enjoying watching your progress and taking notes for my own remodel I hope to start next year!ReplyCancel

  • karen - February 24, 2015 - 6:49 AM

    The favorite part of my kitchen is a large exposed brick wall. We have been thinking about adding lighting to make it more of a feature…especially at night. We have been thinking about replacing our stainless steel sink, and this one looks beautiful in your new kitchen. Do you miss having the double bowl?ReplyCancel

  • Heather - February 24, 2015 - 6:49 AM

    Best thing about my kitchen? The huge island! We just moved in a month ago and I’m still giddy with how large the island is (and the fact that I even have one)!ReplyCancel

  • susan - February 24, 2015 - 6:52 AM

    i love, love, love the clean lines of that faucet. it’s so nice to have it mounted directly to the counter top without that big, blocky base to try and clean around. nice look!

    and thank you for the great give-away!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 7:52 AM

      Definitely our fave part about it! It’s so sleek and simple to wipe down!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyne - February 24, 2015 - 7:01 AM

    Great faucet! The best thing about my current kitchen….the fact that we are moving away from it in May! It is untouched since the 50s except for small updates and new appliances. Can’t wait to get to my new house with brand new everything!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - February 24, 2015 - 7:09 AM

    Wow. It’s beautiful. Love the counters too!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - February 24, 2015 - 7:13 AM

    The best part about our kitchen (in our new house, moving in this week), is a dishwasher!!! No more dishes piling up in the sink, no more hand washing….I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Sajida - February 24, 2015 - 7:24 AM

    I love how everything is coming together. The white sink with those gorgeous counters and Chrome faucet are beautiful. Your blog has inspired me to finish that 5% thathad been driving me crazy for so long now it’s embarassing to mention! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 9:06 AM

      That 5% is EVERYTHING. It will be worth it!ReplyCancel

      • Sajida - February 24, 2015 - 10:18 PM

        I’m looking forward to hearing about how you go about finishing your kitchen to perfection. I’m stuck on how to finish off some of the gaps between the toekicks and hardwood flooring and where our cabinets meet the ceiling.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - February 25, 2015 - 9:10 AM

          You may want to try quarter round by the toe strips and cove molding where your cabinets meet the ceiling. Finish that up with caulk and paint, and you should pretty seamless transitions!ReplyCancel

  • Emily R - February 24, 2015 - 7:37 AM

    Love the new sink and faucet – however NO DISPOSAL? I couldn’t do it. Any reason why not? I mean, I’ll live without a dishwasher, but not a disposal. A reno seems like the perfect time to include one.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 7:50 AM

      Oh, good catch! We actually had electric run for one, and had a switch installed as well (above the counter line, to the right of the sink). So it’s ready to go when we are… We haven’t had a disposal for almost 10 years and haven’t missed it yet, but we made sure to run the proper electrical if we ever change our minds or get the urge to install one.ReplyCancel

      • Emily R - February 25, 2015 - 6:22 AM

        Oh good! It seemed unthinkable with a reno you wouldn’t include one. I know what you mean about not missing something you don’t have though!ReplyCancel

  • Amber R - February 24, 2015 - 7:40 AM

    That looks great!ReplyCancel

  • tracee - February 24, 2015 - 7:40 AM

    the best thing about my kitchen is….umm….its got a great window over the sinkReplyCancel

  • Jess - February 24, 2015 - 7:41 AM

    I’ve wished for a touch less faucet for a long time! It would be so handy and more sanitary when you are preparing raw chicken, etc. looks beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie | The Spiffy Company - February 24, 2015 - 7:47 AM

    Looking good! Things are really starting to come together! We have a kitchen reno in our future but it’ll be a while before I have any favorite parts about ours! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Justynn @ Creative Life Antics - February 24, 2015 - 7:48 AM

    Excited to get my own kitchen reno started!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - February 24, 2015 - 7:58 AM

    In my kitchen, I love that its open and I can see everything.ReplyCancel

  • Liz F - February 24, 2015 - 8:15 AM

    Looks so fresh and clean! I love your choices!ReplyCancel

  • Asheley - February 24, 2015 - 8:18 AM

    love following this process and love the faucet.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - February 24, 2015 - 8:21 AM

    Best thing about my kitchen – it might not look pretty, but it is always full of kids, life and laughter.ReplyCancel

  • Steph M. - February 24, 2015 - 8:21 AM

    The best thing about our kitchen is the large sliding glass doors out to our deck. The door is south facing so it brings lots of natural light and sunshine into our kitchen. It’s not a very big room so all that light helps it feel warm and open and bright. We’re going to be doing some updates in there this year so this faucet would be an amazing addition!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren M - February 24, 2015 - 8:30 AM

    Our current sink is in the same condition as your old sink…it just won’t get clean! Your kitchen is an inspiration! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - February 24, 2015 - 8:33 AM

    Love that faucet! So fancy!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer P - February 24, 2015 - 8:33 AM

    Love that faucet! The best thing about our kitchen is that it is open plan and new-ish. I hate all the finishes, but at least it all works! :)ReplyCancel

  • Adee - February 24, 2015 - 8:35 AM

    Best thing about my kitchen is my espresso machine. I love my morning cappuccino!ReplyCancel

  • Maria S - February 24, 2015 - 8:43 AM

    The kitchen is really coming together, love seeing each piece of the transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Jena - February 24, 2015 - 8:45 AM

    Keep up the great work – love to get ideas for our future home!ReplyCancel

  • Molly W - February 24, 2015 - 8:50 AM

    We’re getting ready to do a kitchen face lift (cabinet painting, new counter tops, installing a dishwasher (!!!!), back splash, etc.). I love all the ideas I’m gleaning from your remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 24, 2015 - 8:55 AM

    There isn’t a whole lot of wonderful about our kitchen at the moment….but it does have a whole lot of potential!!! I’m itching to start finalizing the plans for it’s redesign but attempting to focus on finishing exams first…..it will be my reward. :) Until then – I love all the wonderful kitchen tools our family has gifted us, and the fact that it has a south-facing window!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn (@freshandvintageliving) - February 24, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    Love this faucet!! I could totally use an upgrade from my builder grade faucet!! Love seeing y’all’s kitchen Reno updates! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy N - February 24, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    The best thing in my kitchen is the big bay window. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 24, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    Those countertops are amazing! Perfect choice.ReplyCancel

  • Jessie - February 24, 2015 - 8:57 AM

    It looks incredible and so functional!!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn (@freshandvintageliving) - February 24, 2015 - 8:58 AM

    …oh & the best part of my kitchen is the awesome pantry that looks just like the cabinets & flows right in! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amber - February 24, 2015 - 8:58 AM

    The sink and faucet looks great! Our faucet right now kind of looks like your before photo – a little sketchy! Best part of our kitchen is the counter with stools for quick eat-in meals.ReplyCancel

  • lori - February 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM

    Best thing about my kitchen? Its size — 20×25. The downside of that? The eventual remodel is going to cost a fortune!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 24, 2015 - 9:01 AM

    This post makes me miss my large single bowl sink. We now have a double bowl, and I really don’t see the advantage!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - February 24, 2015 - 9:02 AM

    I don’t have a lot of best things about our kitchen (from the 50’s – never been updated) but the fact that we have one, in our own home (not an apartment!) is still a dream. Doing dishes (no dishwasher here) while looking out over the backyard at our puppy playing in the grass (snow right now) is still a dream.ReplyCancel

  • elizabeth - February 24, 2015 - 9:05 AM

    the best thing about my kitchen… the pending remodel:)ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - February 24, 2015 - 9:06 AM

    Our kitchen sink faucet just broke over the weekend, this would be a perfect replacement. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ashly - February 24, 2015 - 9:09 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is the future! We have a hodgepodge of updates made over the last sixty years and I can’t wait until we can bring the kitchen to a cohesive state!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - February 24, 2015 - 9:10 AM

    Gorgeous kitchen! I love the faucet.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - February 24, 2015 - 9:11 AM

    we just added a subway tile backsplash and I am loving the way it transformed our kitchen!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 9:17 AM

      Oooh, so good to hear! We are dying to install our subway tile, but first we need to install the under cab lights. Did you use a contrasting grout or a similar grout color to the tile?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - February 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that we have so much more counter space than we did in our apartment! We moved in last spring, shortly before our June wedding, and it still feels a little like we’re “playing house” as first time home owners.

    We’ve been saying we’d love a touchless faucet, so this would be wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - February 24, 2015 - 9:13 AM

    The chrome adds just the right finishing touch!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - February 24, 2015 - 9:17 AM

    The thing I love most about our kitchen is the light from the windows in the afternoon. I take so many photos then. Our NYC kitchen might be small and lacking counter space, but those moments make it feel perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla - February 24, 2015 - 9:20 AM

    I want my sink to be spoiled by this faucet!ReplyCancel

  • Phong - February 24, 2015 - 9:29 AM

    I don’t have a favorite thing yet. But the faucet sure is nifty.ReplyCancel

  • Elysa A. - February 24, 2015 - 9:30 AM

    What I like best about my kitchen…..hmmmmm. I guess I would have to say I like the fact that we are almost ready to renovate our 1973 era kitchen. Winning this faucet would make my day!ReplyCancel

  • Thom - February 24, 2015 - 9:31 AM

    Best thing about our kitchen is our island. It’s a bit pieced together (Ikea stainless tabletop, old wooden frame, new laminated project board shelf), but looks sharp, houses our giant dog food bin underneath, and provides a much needed extra surface for food prep.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne tan - February 24, 2015 - 9:34 AM

    Hi, I’m an avid reader of your blog. Your kitchen is beautiful and coming along! Best thing about our kitchen? Err… Nothing? We became a new homeowner not too long ago and are just grateful to have a crappy kitchen of our own :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ chaotic domestic - February 24, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    We just redid our floors through the whole downstairs, including the kitchen… It was a long time coming so they’re my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Anderson - February 24, 2015 - 9:37 AM

    We are currently renovating our kichen. I am just glad we haven’t got to the point of no dishwasher or sink yet :)ReplyCancel

  • Reva - February 24, 2015 - 9:45 AM

    Looks gorgeous AND functional! Love it and love Kohler–what a great Wisconsin company :)ReplyCancel

  • rachael w. - February 24, 2015 - 9:46 AM

    LOVE that sink! And those shiny counters!ReplyCancel

    • rachael w. - February 24, 2015 - 9:48 AM

      The best part about my kitchen is the canopy window that overlooks our kids sandbox. We can leave the window open in the warm weather and never worry about rain blowing in. We can see the whole backyard and its fun to watch the kids play.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - February 24, 2015 - 9:51 AM

    My favorite thing about our kitchen are the huge windows. I love watching the sun rise over the trees in our backyard while I make breakfast! Even if we are still savin for our own remodel, those windows make it worth it.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 9:51 AM

    Talk about fancy pants! Our faucet is so ugly, there isn’t even a “head” on it – just a plastic piece that helps it move from side to side. I’ve been dying to get a new one but it just isn’t a priority when it works just fine.

    This would seriously be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly jones - February 24, 2015 - 9:51 AM

    Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly H. - February 24, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    Love following along with your kitchen reno! Ours was updated a couple of years ago with new cabinets, countertops, and appliances and I love them all. The only things we didn’t replace were the sink and faucet (they were just a year old) and I’ve been thinking that it’s time for new ones. I’m loving the clean lines of this faucet!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa P - February 24, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    There is nothing I like about my kitchen. Hoping to start a reno this year.ReplyCancel

  • Krista - February 24, 2015 - 9:54 AM

    That faucet is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Tony - February 24, 2015 - 9:57 AM

    Everything is coming together, it’s fun to see the progress! Jennie and I have quite a few things under way in our house, but I think we may need to pause them to install some of those sliding under-sink storage options – they look awesome and useful!ReplyCancel

  • Katek - February 24, 2015 - 9:58 AM

    Beautiful sink and faucet! Reno is looking great!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - February 24, 2015 - 9:59 AM

    Fancy faucet there Kim! Nice One! I absolutely love my current kitchen, but I am embarking on a new house renovation journey and a new faucet would be just the ticket!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan - February 24, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    Looking good! I’ve been thinking about switching to one big sink bowl rather than the standard two small ones.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 10:18 AM

      Having always had a double sink, I can say that we are in LOVE with a single bowl! We can lay large pans in there to soak, and it just feels so spacious. Love, love.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - February 24, 2015 - 10:06 AM

    I am getting more and more jealous of this kitchen of yours. Our sink looks much like your old one, no matter what I do, it’s streaky/dirty. And I dream of an undermount sink, someday…ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - February 24, 2015 - 10:09 AM

    The best thing about our kitchen is that it’s a full-sized kitchen. We lived in a 600 sq. ft apartment while saving for our house, but the kitchen was only about 36 sq. ft of that. There are lots of things I’d love the change about our kitchen, but I’m so grateful to have counter space, a dishwasher and room to turn around that I can’t complain ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - February 24, 2015 - 10:12 AM

    Unfortunately I live in a rental, so there’s nothing I Really love about my kitchen. The only thing I really love are the decorations that I’ve added to make me smile when I walk in there. My favorite are the giant marquee letters that I made!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2015 - 10:20 AM

    I just bought a new house.. I’m still in Escrow.. but how exciting would it be to win one of these for my new house?!?!

    The answer is… VERY!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mis - February 24, 2015 - 10:22 AM

    The best part of my kitchen is my pot filler above my stove.
    I love watching your kitchen transformation. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • amalisa - February 24, 2015 - 10:24 AM

    the best part of my kitchen is the view outsideReplyCancel

  • Emily R. - February 24, 2015 - 10:28 AM

    The best part of our kitchen is that it’s pretty large. The space isn’t laid out all that efficiently (something we hope to remedy eventually) but it definitely has the square footage (and cabinets) necessary to be usable and comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Bryan - February 24, 2015 - 10:35 AM

    I hate our current faucet. Also, love the idea of touchless, hate getting contaminants on the handles and having to deal with that.ReplyCancel

  • Yumi - February 24, 2015 - 10:36 AM

    The best part of my kithen is the flow of the workspace. It’s pretty small so it allows me to work quickly and there’s less to clean. Hooray!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C. - February 24, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    The best part about our kitchen is NOT our faucet (so here’s me with all my fingers & toes crossed that I come away a winner!). If I had to choose one thing, it would be our very large kitchen island. It contains a ton of drawer storage, a fabulous stainless steel top, and a ledge on one full side that we’ve tucked barstools under for an eat-in kitchen area.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - February 24, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is the large island that my husband made. We don’t have much storage so adding the island made a huge difference!ReplyCancel

  • Jason - February 24, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    Right now the best thing about our kitchen is the appliances, since they are all new. The rest of it needs a major overhaul, which is in the works for this year.ReplyCancel

  • Houa u - February 24, 2015 - 10:43 AM

    Our best kitchen feature is our island. Love the touchless faucet and its beautiful chrome finish.ReplyCancel

  • Nathan - February 24, 2015 - 10:43 AM

    The best thing about our kitchen is our bar stools. They’re rustic wood with sleek black legs.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 24, 2015 - 10:46 AM

    My favorite part of our kitchen is the time we spend together in it! Everything else, needs a little updating.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 10:53 AM

      Well said, Nicole. Scott and I have been enjoying making dinners together now that we have counters! It’s such a simple life luxury.ReplyCancel

  • Megan CC - February 24, 2015 - 10:47 AM

    The best part of my kitchen is the storage space. That’s about it though. Can’t wait to do a remodel, hopefully next year!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - February 24, 2015 - 10:48 AM

    Love the faucet and everything else you’ve done so far!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - February 24, 2015 - 10:48 AM

    The kitchen is looking good. Can’t wait to see when it’s finally completed.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - February 24, 2015 - 10:50 AM

    Thanks for this cool giveaway! I love the way your finishes are complementing each other (countertop, sink, chrome) – everything looks really classic and modern at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - February 24, 2015 - 10:54 AM

    That’s a tough question since our kitchen is so outdated but… I love the view from the window over the sink. I can see the sun set over the mountains and I absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 24, 2015 - 10:56 AM

    Ahhh this kitchen looks so good! A kitchen refresh in on my to-do list (and our current faucet is seriously falling apart) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!ReplyCancel

  • ryan - February 24, 2015 - 10:59 AM

    it looks so GREAT! i can’t wait to have a kitchen to renovate one day! can’t wait to see the final before and afters!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - February 24, 2015 - 11:00 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is……. it’s not mine. My kitchen is so not my dream style, but there’s nothing I can do about that right now. It’s totally serviceable, though. It works! That’s the best thing about my kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - February 24, 2015 - 11:01 AM

    Last summer I made some custom curtains for my kitchen, and they’re my absolute favorite thing about the space :) It was my first sewing project!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - February 24, 2015 - 11:02 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of chrome, but the sink/faucet combo is looking great.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - February 24, 2015 - 11:05 AM

    I love our tall upper cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling – – lots of storage and no awkward space to collect dust on top! I think one of these beautiful faucets would easily trump those cabinets, though!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - February 24, 2015 - 11:08 AM

    Looking great guys! I love the depth of our sink at the condo but sometimes wish it wasn’t divided … yours seems perfect!

    Also, if you’re to do list isn’t TOO long this weekend, we’ll be around! :)ReplyCancel

  • Skye - February 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM

    I am interested more in the sensor! I tend to get pissed off in a public restroom waving hands around trying to get motion sensor utilities to work. So I immediately equate motion sensor with annoying. It would be interesting to experience otherwise!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 24, 2015 - 11:11 AM

    Is it really not fussy like the sensor faucets in public restrooms, where you almost have to dance a jig to get the thing to work?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 11:20 AM

      To Skye (above) and Crystal – not fussy AT ALL. I was the biggest skeptic, and it is truly spot on! I can’t sing it’s praises enough. I have no idea what kind of sensors public restrooms use, but I will agree with you that they are the absolute worst – by the time I’m done washing my hands, I’m usually too frustrated to even use the “automatic” hand dryer! This Sensate is fancy shmancy, and we are so in love.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Z - February 24, 2015 - 11:16 AM

    What’s the best thing about my kitchen, you ask? Besides the fact that my fiance and I make some KILLER food in there (seriously, despite our best efforts we have turned into really good cooks)I guess the coolest thing about it is the invisible floor vents. Hear me out – our kitchen is not great, but we just bought our first house so it’s OURS which by default makes it special to us – and the previous homeowner was a slob and did absolutely zero upkeep on the house. The one thing he did, though, was put in nice wood floors in the kitchen, and the floor vents are made of the same wood and match it perfectly. You don’t see any metal cover, the grain of the wood all runs in the same direction…it’s like the floor vents are completely invisible. They eye just misses them entirely.

    The fact that the floor vents are “cool” should give you an idea about the state of the kitchen, haha! But it’s neat to me :-) Slowly but surely we’ll get our kitchen as nice as yours!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 24, 2015 - 11:18 AM

    I need this faucet! Love your whole sink set upReplyCancel

  • Kelly C. - February 24, 2015 - 11:21 AM

    I’m curious how you decided on the single bowl sink, instead of the double basin? So far, are you happy with how it is functioning? We currently use one side of our double basin for a drying rack, and I was worried with a single basin we would have to move the drying rack to the counter. Do you place a drying rack on your counter, or are you responsible enough to dry and put away immediately? ;-)

    You’re kitchen is looking amazing! Can’t wait to see the final touches!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 11:28 AM

      We are smitten with the large single bowl – it helps with soaking large items immensely! We got rid of the drying rack we used to have, and now we just rinse things and put them right into the dishwasher. For items that we wash by hand, we’ve been resting them on the counter with a dish towel and put them away when dry. To be honest, we’ve been putting our dishwasher through the ringer though – it’s SO nice to not have to wash everything by hand anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - February 24, 2015 - 11:22 AM

    I love that our kitchen is open to our family room and dining room and that it has a lot of counter space!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - February 24, 2015 - 11:23 AM

    im obsessed with this kitchen remodel. I love the white and I know the finished project will be all over my dream kitchen Pinterest board.ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - February 24, 2015 - 11:28 AM

    Your kitchen is already looking GORGEOUS! I have been hunting for a faucet like this one but haven’t been able to pull the trigger on one yet. Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Johanna - February 24, 2015 - 11:30 AM

    My kitchen will be built this summer and I´m super exited! In the meanwhile, I´m totally in love with your white cabinets and those counter tops. But my favorite thing in your kitchen is that pocket door! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley - February 24, 2015 - 11:39 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen….that we’ll be gutting it completely in the next few months! :) I can’t wait to get started and a new faucet would come in so much handy as we have yet to take the plunge on that!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - February 24, 2015 - 11:46 AM

    I absolutely love the pot rack in my tiny dog-leg shaped kitchen. Moving into a much smaller house had some definite pluses but the teeny weeny little kitchen wasn’t one of them. Installation of that pot rack = sheer genius! It left cupboard space available for other important items. Yay! Now if only I had one of those fancy Kohler sensor kitchen faucets. :)

    P.S. Great job on the kitchen. It’s fabulous and I love the white!ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - February 24, 2015 - 11:46 AM

    Looks so clean and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Reuter - February 24, 2015 - 11:48 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that it is amazingly organized. The woman who lived there before us redid the entire kitchen and used every nook and cranny. I have slide out drawers in the cabinets, slots for baking sheets and cutting boards, built in spice racks, etc. It’s absolutely wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Mike - February 24, 2015 - 11:48 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that it’s about to be destroyed and replaced with a new one.ReplyCancel

  • s. smith - February 24, 2015 - 11:50 AM

    I love this set up! We have great (old house) bones in our kitchen, but I can’t wait to get new countertops and a big white sink. I would love to have a touchless faucet someday! Big envy.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah H - February 24, 2015 - 12:09 PM

    Oh, we could so use this! Beautiful job and thank you for hosting the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - February 24, 2015 - 12:21 PM

    We just moved into a small bungalow built in 1913. Over the years, the previous owners seemed to have done their best to really take all of the life out of it. The best thing about the kitchen would have to be all of the natural light it gets – everything else (vinyl flooring, cheap wood paneling, laminate cabinets and countertops, cheap appliances, terrible work spaces) will eventually have to go!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Harrington - February 24, 2015 - 12:23 PM

    While I love the look of a single basin sink, seriously love it. Will you have some sort of dish drain sit on the counter (for the non dishwasher safe stuff)? Or do you dry dish right away by hand?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 12:32 PM

      We’ve been washing them by hand and laying them on a towel on the counter, then putting everything away pretty quickly. I will admit that we have been giving our dishwasher a workout though – and we don’t have a lot of items that can’t be put in there. We’ve even stashing stemmed wine glasses in the dishwasher, and it’s been great!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - February 24, 2015 - 12:27 PM

    We moved about 8 months ago and although the kitchen is in good shape it’s builder basic and pretty blah. My favorite update is removing some extra cabinet crown molding above the sink, nixing the florescent light attached to it, and installing a pendant light from the ceiling. Now to work on getting rid of the rest of the blah!

    Your kitchen remodel is looking great. Can’t wait to see the finished product!ReplyCancel

  • jen - February 24, 2015 - 12:34 PM

    We recently remodeled our kitchen and I was a little hesitant about our (large) single sink but I love, love, love it!ReplyCancel

  • Arianne - February 24, 2015 - 12:38 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is the white subway tile back splash. My husband and I installed it ourselves, and we took it all the way to the ceiling. It really makes a statement.ReplyCancel

  • Kate S. - February 24, 2015 - 12:44 PM

    This is the first touchless faucet I’ve seen that I actually like. It’s beautiful! We’re about to remodel a kitchen ourselves–here’s hoping I win!ReplyCancel

  • Joe Sawyer - February 24, 2015 - 12:45 PM

    Hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • Allison K - February 24, 2015 - 12:47 PM

    The best thing about our current kitchen is the light. We have big windows, which are wonderful. Everything else needs an upgrade, though!ReplyCancel

  • Tanja - February 24, 2015 - 1:03 PM

    What is good about my kitchen… I have pretty nice appliances but I also have pink counter tops, old cabinets and linoleum floor. I want to renovate it but I need save some pennies first. Maybe early 2016.ReplyCancel

  • Emily G. - February 24, 2015 - 1:03 PM

    best thing about my kitchen is the huge skylight, the natural light in the open space is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - February 24, 2015 - 1:07 PM

    The thing I like most about my kitchen is the original cabinets-I love knowing that those babies have lasted 70+ years.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - February 24, 2015 - 1:21 PM

    Looks amazing! The fav part of our kitchen is the size of it! Lots of cabinets and floor space!ReplyCancel

  • erica - February 24, 2015 - 1:27 PM

    love watching the progress come along! looks so great!ReplyCancel

    • erica - February 24, 2015 - 1:28 PM

      oops, my favorite part about my kitchen is the window above the sink. love that i have a little space to put plants and trinkets, look outside and get nice light.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 24, 2015 - 1:48 PM

    Everything looks so fabulous. I can’t wait to renovate our own kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Erika - February 24, 2015 - 1:48 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that its about to be ripped apart and redone! Love the new kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Jill - February 24, 2015 - 1:49 PM

    Best thing about my kitchen is the layout. It’s a small kitchen but layed out really well for two people to work at once!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 24, 2015 - 2:04 PM

    Your sink looks awesome!! And those countertops are to die for! My favorite thing about my newly renovated kitchen is the faucet too, so I get it. Mine is the Grohe Minta – she stole me heart! I considered the Minta Touch but ultimately decided against it for aesthetic purposes, but now I’m regretting it a little, haha!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - February 24, 2015 - 2:18 PM

    I love touchless faucets… no more spotty chrome!ReplyCancel

  • pallavi - February 24, 2015 - 2:32 PM

    in our current kitchen – I love the size, its bigger than we know what do with! but we’re mid-remodel on our new home and that kitchen is a true eyesore! i cant wait to find out what i will fall in love with!ReplyCancel

  • Stef - February 24, 2015 - 2:33 PM

    My husband tried to convince me we needed one of these! I agreed that they’re great, but not in budget. He’d be crazy thrilled to win one.ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - February 24, 2015 - 2:37 PM

    I’m going to say our color scheme? We updated our kitchen several years ago, but it wasn’t a major reno, just cosmetic. I would LOVE to get a new sink and faucet though.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 24, 2015 - 2:45 PM

    Wow! The kitchen sink is beautiful! I’m seriously jealous.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth M - February 24, 2015 - 2:47 PM

    We just have a builder basic kitchen, but it really like the peninsula we have, there is nothing on it or above it so I can just dump down some flour and start baking away on it. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica C - February 24, 2015 - 2:55 PM

    I appreciate that you asked about the best thing about our kitchens, instead of what we’d like to change. :) That got me thinking beyond my usual complaints. The best thing about my kitchen is that it’s a decent size, especially for a 100-year-old house.ReplyCancel

  • Mel - February 24, 2015 - 3:01 PM

    We are slogging through a kitchen renovation as well, but I am loving my new fridge! We recessed it so it is now flush with the wall!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - February 24, 2015 - 3:07 PM

    Amazing! Would love this in my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren pinson - February 24, 2015 - 3:16 PM

    We soooo need this! We are hopefully about to start a diy kitchen remodel and his would help out so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Abby - February 24, 2015 - 3:29 PM

    I love the look! And the idea of not cleaning my faucet handle after touching chicken and washing my hands. And the under-sink storage. So much good going on.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - February 24, 2015 - 3:36 PM

    It doesn’t look like my earlier comment posted, apologies if this is a duplicate…

    There’s not much positive I can say about my kitchen – we’ve had multiple contractors agree to start work and then bail, and even more show up to give an estimate and then disappear. We’re this close to doing it ourselves even though we have no idea what we’re doing. Though I guess it’s good in that it’s big enough to have an eating area…

    And I’m in love with that faucet, that’s already on the wish list for the new kitchen. :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 3:49 PM

      Whoops, found it in spam.

      Working with contractors can be an extremely difficult thing to deal with. Even once you have one tied down, timelines get blurry REALLY fast – we know that all too well! Sending good vibes your way!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - February 24, 2015 - 3:41 PM

    I love my deep Kohler stainless steel modern farmhouse sink!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - February 24, 2015 - 3:57 PM

    The best thing about our kitchen is the little fruit shelf my husband and I made out of wooden wine boxes. We use it every day and it has great memories. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Traci - February 24, 2015 - 4:05 PM

    Your kitchen is really beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Jon - February 24, 2015 - 4:10 PM

    Oh that minimalist sink area looks amazing. The quartzite will reflect the under cab lights to give your kitchen a really nice glow!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - February 24, 2015 - 4:11 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is how many drawers it has! Seriously, I even have *empty* drawers. I feel a little guilty for this, but I’m not sure what to put in some of them!

    And wow, what a fabulous upgrade. I didn’t realize how *big* the new faucet was until the picture of Scott washing his hands, lol!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 4:30 PM

      We have so many empty drawers too! It’s such a fancy feeling!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - February 24, 2015 - 4:28 PM

    We moved into our house this past May and right now there isn’t much I love about my kitchen at all… But we’re beginning major renovations this spring! Yay!! Your sink and faucet look beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Misty - February 24, 2015 - 4:28 PM

    Wow! It is looking BEAUTIFUL!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 24, 2015 - 4:31 PM

    I really like your blog, your style is fresh and approachable and you live in my favorite city…this Midwestern girl misses home :(

    I really love my newest kitchen feature my 6.5 foot island, I had to add it due to my lack of counter space…now to plan the rest of the kitchen remodel :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2015 - 4:40 PM

    i love the window above my kitchen sink and the bar that my kids can sit at to eat or do homework!ReplyCancel

  • tammigirl - February 24, 2015 - 4:55 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that it is truly MY kitchen. We built this house three years ago and I got to choose the cabinets, the floor, etc. It’s got lots of space.

    There are a few builder grade things about it which I want to upgrade, but I can live with them for now, hopefully until all these kids are through college and married.

    After that, I want a farmhouse sink and a faucet to match the rest of the things in the house. For some reason the builder wouldn’t do certain things so sink, faucet, backsplash, etc. are on hold.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - February 24, 2015 - 5:07 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is when I’m making soup and the whole house smells wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Kaleigh - February 24, 2015 - 5:17 PM

    the best thing about our kitchen?! Is that we are going to rip it out in the very near future and start fresh!! Sound familiar?! The hardest thing for us to agree on so far? A faucet!!! This would be amazing and be the end of many little disagreements! Ha! Thanks for the giveaway! Love love where your kitchen is headed!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2015 - 5:43 PM

    Can’t wait to see the kitchen when it’s all finished! I love the countertops.ReplyCancel

  • jan - February 24, 2015 - 5:44 PM

    I just got a new wood floor in my kitchen and I love it! The worst thing in my kitchen is my faucet… old and dingy.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - February 24, 2015 - 5:45 PM

    It looks great! I love a single big sink in the kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - February 24, 2015 - 6:00 PM

    I love my granite counters!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - February 24, 2015 - 6:06 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is its size. Not too big, but not too small either.ReplyCancel

  • kribss - February 24, 2015 - 6:18 PM

    If you saw how big it is you would die! And its got a Jenn-air stove top/oven. I’m going to miss it when we move but a new faucet for the new house would make it less painful! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 24, 2015 - 6:35 PM

    almost nothing in my 30 year old kitchen is the “best.” Um, my oven works?!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - February 24, 2015 - 6:40 PM

    Truly, that sink is a dream. Another day of my own dreaming and I actually emailed MGSI about a countertop quote! Who knows if I’ll follow through, but you’ve inspired me to revisit it!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 24, 2015 - 7:07 PM

    Love 2 windows that bring a lot of natural lightReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - February 24, 2015 - 7:11 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is lots and lots of cupboards.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy A. - February 24, 2015 - 7:39 PM

    New appliances are definitely the highlight of my kitchen. Thank you so much for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - February 24, 2015 - 7:41 PM

    I thought I hated all things chrome but your faucet is making me re-think my stance. Where did you get that countertop? I’m in lurve!ReplyCancel

  • crash - February 24, 2015 - 7:50 PM

    That faucet is amazing, as most Kohler products are. I’m plotting a trip to their showroom since it’s so close to me. I really have no excuse.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 24, 2015 - 8:53 PM

      It’s so inspiring! Go, go!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - February 24, 2015 - 8:01 PM

    The favorite part of my kitchen would have to be our double bowl apron sink. Absolutely adore it! Now it just needs a sexy faucet and it will be the hottest sink in town! (:ReplyCancel

  • Robyn - February 24, 2015 - 8:16 PM

    My favorite part of my kitchen is my cabinets- least favorite is my faucet. Hate that leaking thing! So even if I don’t win I will probably be buying one soon!ReplyCancel

  • Seth Pinson - February 24, 2015 - 8:29 PM

    The favorite part of my kitchen would have to be our window. Our sad, little windowReplyCancel

  • Mercedes - February 24, 2015 - 8:40 PM

    What do I love about my kitchen? The tasty food we make there.
    I also love our old farmhouse sink with built-in drain boards, but it needs to be refinished and we cannot afford a lovely faucet (wall mount type) as the nice ones are super duper pricey. Ready to call uncle and convert to a standard sink. This faucet would be sink jewelry!ReplyCancel

  • sarah r - February 24, 2015 - 9:04 PM

    our backsplash!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - February 24, 2015 - 11:10 PM

    Your kitchen looks amazing! I love that you are going with white appliances. I did too and I really love them. I have a mid century ranch and just could not see stainless appliances in that kitchen. Can’t wait to see the final product!ReplyCancel

  • nikki - February 25, 2015 - 6:16 AM

    The best part of our kitchen is that it is functional. Ugly, but functional. Since it is functional it is on the bottom of the list to get updated. I’m trying to embrace the ugly green counters.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 25, 2015 - 9:06 AM

      My college roommates and I had ugly green counters, and we weirdly loved them! Oh, memories…ReplyCancel

  • gigi - February 25, 2015 - 6:16 AM

    do you have a garbage disposalReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 25, 2015 - 9:06 AM

      Not yet, but we have the electric run for one when we’re ready! We even installed a switch to the right of the sink for it. We haven’t had a disposal for 10 years, and it was never something we wished for, but if we change our mind, we had all the hookups installed!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 25, 2015 - 6:29 AM

    Besides the faucet being super cool, I have to say that those slide out trays are something I want too.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa B - February 25, 2015 - 7:12 AM

    The best thing in my kitchen is the my stainless steel french door fridge and all of the wonderful goodies it holds within.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - February 25, 2015 - 8:05 AM

    Oh such a big difference having something that works without any hint of a struggle! So excited for you guysReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 25, 2015 - 8:23 AM

    the best thing about my kitchen is that it is brand new, to me. Signing the papers on a house on Friday. I can’t wait to fill ‘er up. So much more space and with a few DIY projects it will be even better.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - February 25, 2015 - 8:30 AM

    I am drooling over that faucet – and I love the pullouts under the sink, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda V. - February 25, 2015 - 8:37 AM

    The faucet looks great, I’d love to have a built-in sprayer!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 25, 2015 - 8:41 AM

    What a great giveaway! We are currently planning a kitchen remodel, so winning the faucet would be fantastic! It’s beautiful (who would have thought I’d describe a faucet as beautiful!).ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Y - February 25, 2015 - 8:45 AM

    That looks so cool! I’d be having way too much fun with that faucet.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - February 25, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    The thing I love most about my kitchen is that my whole family gathers there when I am cooking dinner – other then that it is less then desirable. Love your new kitchen, I can’t wait to see the final product.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - February 25, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    I’m loving watching your kitchen (and the rest of your house) come along. I also happen to be in need of a new kitchen faucet! Great work-ReplyCancel

  • Solducky - February 25, 2015 - 10:02 AM

    It is a cheery yellow and tiffany blue space.ReplyCancel

  • Terra J - February 25, 2015 - 10:04 AM

    The kitchen is my favorite place in my house. It’s bright and open, and most importantly clean. I do love your slide out racks under your sink. I’m definitely going to upgrade this weekendReplyCancel

  • LindsayB - February 25, 2015 - 10:19 AM

    My favorite thing about my kitchen is the layout. It’s an older kitchen and needs updates, but the work triangle is great!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - February 25, 2015 - 10:24 AM

    Yay for recognizing improvements! I love those built-in spray heads–we had an older version in our last rental and I do miss it very much (even if T is the one who does the dishes 99% of the time). Good luck on the rest of the kitchen remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - February 25, 2015 - 10:32 AM

    The best thing about my kitchen right now is that we are getting rid of everything in it! We are starting our very first kitchen reno, and while I’m super nervous, I am even more excited to see the finished product!ReplyCancel

  • elisa @ whatthevita.com - February 25, 2015 - 10:59 AM

    Wow what a faucet! I didn’t know they made touchless faucets for the home. I officially need one for our kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Bee - February 25, 2015 - 11:08 AM

    My favorite thing about our kitchen is the new refrigerator we just bought. It is a four door model from Samsung — french door on top with two separate doors (not drawers!) on the bottom. It’s huge and beautiful… Our kitchen faucet however, is not! This would be such an upgrade!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - February 25, 2015 - 11:28 AM

    I love that our kitchen is big! Needs some updates, but the size is great!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 25, 2015 - 12:43 PM

    I recently moved, renting the second bedroom from a lovely gal in a little duplex. There’s no dishwasher, so it really helps that she put in a deep divided sink and a similar faucet with a nice high arch (although it’s not touchless, sigh). Makes washing big pots and pans so much easier!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - February 25, 2015 - 12:48 PM

    My husband and I just bought our first house, a total fixer upper in the Bay Area. Currently the kitchen faucet is covered in rust and mostly unusable. This beautiful faucet would be a pretty amazing addition to our original 1920’s kitchen!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 25, 2015 - 1:02 PM

    There’s not much to love in our kitchen, but I guess I would have to say I love the coziness of it. It is small so I’m only 2-3 steps from everything I need when cooking.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - February 25, 2015 - 1:25 PM

    Ok, I want that faucet!ReplyCancel

  • Alisha - February 25, 2015 - 1:53 PM

    Love the faucet!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer F. - February 25, 2015 - 2:29 PM

    My favorite part about my kitchen is that it’s mine. I am a new first time homeowner and very proud of my little old house. I love being in it and coming home to it at the end of the day. The kitchen is not my style and I absolutely can’t wait for the day that we can update it, but it is mine.ReplyCancel

  • Emily G - February 25, 2015 - 4:21 PM

    We just bought our first house in October of last year and we have all kinds of kitchen updates planned – a new sink being a very important one of them!

    My favorite thing about our kitchen now is that even with all its quirks (black and white checkered floor that never seems to stay clean, drawers that stick, complete lack of usable counter space) – it’s ours! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 25, 2015 - 6:17 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that is has so much potential. I can’t wait to get started working on it!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - February 25, 2015 - 7:52 PM

    I am seriously in love with how your kitchen is coming together! Love the faucet. Love the sink. Love the finishes and the countertop you chose.

    I also need to get some of those sliding racks ASAP! My cabinets are a mess.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer I. - February 25, 2015 - 9:36 PM

    Gorgeous! Just beautiful. I need a new faucet so please pick me lol!ReplyCancel

  • Kara Bancroft - February 25, 2015 - 11:35 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen… the kitchen remodel that is in process. We’re behind you guys, but so happy to be replacing the 70’s cabinets and 80’s appliances! Beside the sleek new appliances and cabinets my favorite is definitely the built-in we recessed into a wall. Bought a little tv to sink into the wall above some shelves for our cookbooks… a little splurge that makes my tiny kitchen feel a little bigger and a lot more luxurious!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 26, 2015 - 8:37 AM

      That’s always such a nice touch!ReplyCancel

  • sarah - February 26, 2015 - 12:05 AM

    Hoping to start a kitchen Reno soon, a faucet like that would be my favorite part!ReplyCancel

  • Ana AT - February 26, 2015 - 10:00 AM

    I love having a long counter in my galley kitchen – it makes all the difference in a narrow space.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza F - February 26, 2015 - 10:17 AM

    Uh, what’s the best thing about my kitchen? Not much in our rental. I mean, the cabinets are level when compared to my previous rental but the kitchen as a whole was put together as cheaply as possible. So the best thing is the huge movie poster for UP that we added. Next on the DIY least is a painted backsplash and I really look forward to what that’ll add to our kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - February 26, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    I would love one of these faucets, it’s beautiful and super functional! Your kitchen is looking great so far!ReplyCancel

  • Trinitee - February 26, 2015 - 10:39 AM

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D - February 26, 2015 - 11:36 AM

    The cabinet space is the best part about my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Nora - February 26, 2015 - 12:01 PM

    There is literally nothing good about my kitchen right now. It basically looks the same as your old one and every other neglected Chicago condo kitchen. But the best part about THAT scenario is the potential. There is a lot of square footage (though awkwardly laid out) and one day we’re going to do amazing things with it :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlin - February 26, 2015 - 12:27 PM

    I love the clean lines of your new faucet! Looks great.

    The best thing about my kitchen would be our solid-surface counters. It’s the first time I’ve ever had them, and they make clean-up such a dream.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy G - February 26, 2015 - 1:10 PM

    That faucet is pretty! Nice clean lines, easy to maintain. Mine has the pull down spray feature, it’s a great feature, I agree.ReplyCancel

  • susan - February 26, 2015 - 2:13 PM

    What I love most about my kitchen is cooking in it with my husband. :) With that being said, it has so much potential (and needs some love). We desperately need a new faucet, so I really hope we win this one!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - February 26, 2015 - 5:14 PM

    I love this faucet!!!! I’ve never been the biggest fan of chrome, but it works so well here and it’s making me rethink my feelings about it in a big way. Possibly for our own kitchen remodel coming down the line…ReplyCancel

  • Christine - February 26, 2015 - 7:07 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen…is the view outside. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 26, 2015 - 8:58 PM

    Love how the kitchen reno is coming along!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - February 26, 2015 - 9:47 PM

    I love the wall color in my ktichen :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)comReplyCancel

  • Samantha - February 27, 2015 - 4:08 AM

    The best thing in my kitchen is that I renovated it myself, I refaced my cabinets and faux painted the laminate countertop to look like granite and then painted my pantry door a beautiful teal color.ReplyCancel

  • melinda - February 27, 2015 - 12:32 PM

    Our oven is the best thing ever, so fancy and so big!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula Ellis - February 27, 2015 - 2:35 PM

    Your kitchen looks fantastic! I understand those 5% headaches as we redid ours some years ago. It was totally designed by me and my husband and totally built by him. Even today, I walk through the door and think “What an amazing kitchen.” But it sure would be great to get some water out of the faucet without getting some kind of cooking gunk all over it. Thanks for the opportunity.
    UrsulaReplyCancel

  • Michelle - February 27, 2015 - 2:46 PM

    The best thing about my kitchen is that it’s getting demoed on March 30th! Can’t wait for our own kitchen remodel!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - February 27, 2015 - 3:21 PM

    my favorite thing is my beautiful tea kettle.. our kitchen needs a lot of work!ReplyCancel

  • Alida - February 27, 2015 - 4:57 PM

    Just found your site while searching for kitchen ideas and fell in love with your dresser to island makeover. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

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