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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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That’s what Scott and I said to each other this week, because you guys, we have counters! I was hoping to get this update out sooner, but if this kitchen re-do has proven anything, it’s that things don’t always work on our ideal timeline, and every step takes ten times longer than anticipated. In regards to counter and cabinets, there are still things that aren’t complete – trim is needed under the counters to hide leveling shims, we’re continuing to tweak the cabinets to align just so, and we need to touch up paint where we caulked the tiniest of gaps along these old uneven walls. Scott calls this the remaining 5%, but it’s that 5% that we think escalates any project from pretty good to impeccable. The cabinets are in? The counters are installed? Great! Those checklist items are 95% there. It’s that 5% that drives me absolutely batty, but it’s worth it. That 5% makes a room.

But rather than hold out until we’ve nitpicked our way through that remaining percent of cabinet and counter install, let’s just celebrate how far we’ve come since our last update!

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We’ve also installed a large single bowl sink and touchless faucet, both of which have changed our entire workflow in the best possible way. We’ll share more details on that in a separate post, but these counters! We had no idea that there would be such a heated debate on black vs. white countertops, and you all raised some great points on the pros and cons of each. In the end, we switched gears entirely and chose white macauba quartzite (be still my heart) from MGSI and had them installed by local fabricators. Once the hard part of choosing the stone was behind us, working with our fabricators has been, hands down, the smoothest part of our kitchen journey. They not only had me come in to help with layout, but because the veining on our slab ran diagonally, they agreed to make their cuts on a diagonal as well. This resulted in a pattern that ran parallel along our wall, helping to ease our obsessive minds. Bonus: we had enough leftover from our slab to cut a small round tabletop that – eventually – we’ll be using in our living room!

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On a side note, I just realized the above stove photo was taken at 1:37. Who loves Empire Records? And just because.

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Also, that unfortunate refrigerator surround was resolved! A new, wider panel was put in place, and as a result, all those cabinets bumped out. The difference is everything, as is the filled-in gap above our stove with the microwave. On the same day as the fridge tweak, the microwave was installed by our contractors – a necessity for proper ventilation (because in no way did we feel comfortable cutting a hole to the exterior of our house). We’ve since moved all our stuff back into the kitchen and made a big, legitimate grocery run to celebrate! Even after putting everything away, there’s a lot of empty space for room to grow. That felt momentous after months of digging through boxes for plates, forks and coffee.

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The sea of white cabinets will get some contrast once we add dark hardware, and our island (so close) will add oomph! as well. You’ll notice that our drywall isn’t perfect above the counters, but it’ll do for tile installation. Our under cabinet lighting wire is still exposed, but we’re making progress there, too. Our biggest hold up so far is that back wall, as we’re still stunted by the non-existent sidelights and transom, leaving that project at a stand still. (“Back order” is a dirty, dirty word, and to say we’re frustrated doesn’t cover it!) In any case, our weekend to-do lists keep growing instead of shrinking (why! how!), but the dominoes have been tipped, and now we’re full steam ahead.

PS… We’re sharing our best tips with Bali Blinds on what to look for when buying vintage. Take a look!

  • Traci - February 19, 2015 - 7:16 AM

    I LOVE the counters, and everything will look so beautiful with the dark hardware added. I’m currently searching for a place to rent in a new city, and the number one thing I wish I could choose & fix is the kitchen, so I’m especially lusting after yours right now!ReplyCancel

  • jordan - February 19, 2015 - 7:51 AM

    The countertops look great! I personally wouldn’t normally gravitate towards ones that light, but I’m really loving them! Excited to see the dark hardware on the bright white cabinets :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - February 19, 2015 - 8:29 AM

    You do all the things right. I love how you have the time and patience to make it classic and perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey d. - February 19, 2015 - 8:37 AM

    Oh, but that last 5% is the hardest… The kitchen looks amazing and I LOVE the counters!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - February 19, 2015 - 8:43 AM

    Those counters have me drooling!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J - February 19, 2015 - 8:52 AM

    Oh my goodness. I just posted about my new kitchen but now I have kitchen envy! I love all the white, white, and white!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 8:59 AM

      Yes, it IS very white right now! This is basically the first layer (the subway tile too), but then we’ll be bringing in contrast with the island, art and runner! All those pieces will (hopefully!) bring it together in the end.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - February 19, 2015 - 8:55 AM

    I just love your countertops! Seems like a perfect balance of color and texture without being overpowering or impractical.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 9:00 AM

      Thanks, Laura! Yeah, after first wanting white counters, then switching to black and THEN going back to white, we are so in love with these. The base is more of a warm gray, so it doesn’t feel too sterile, and it’s a soft contrast against the cabinets.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Bee - February 19, 2015 - 10:07 AM

    You don’t need to share your specific cost… but was the quartzite significantly more expensive than the similar white granite options?

    I ask because we initially wanted a white quartz but the one we want is about $5,000 compared to about $3,000 in a similar toned granite. I’ve heard quartzite is even more pricey than quartz, but your choice is beautiful and similar to what we are looking for!

    Thanks for your input. We have some pretty lame laminate counters to replace…ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 10:15 AM

      No problem! The thing we learned about stone countertops is that the price REALLY varies by region. The first white granite option in our countertop post was by far the “cheapest” option, but we just couldn’t get past the speckled look that we thought could look dated in a few years. So when we switched gears to Black Orion granite, we really, really struggled with this decision (especially after there was a LARGE outcry from readers that claimed they loathed their black granite!).

      Finally, we found the white macauba (which a reader had actually suggested), and it was a mid-range priced quartzite. There were quartz options that were much higher in cost to the quartzite, but they weren’t even as durable as the quartzite! We even took a bunch of samples home and put them to the test with lime juice and cleaners. And to answer your question, yes, the quartzite was almost double the cost of the granite.

      All that to say, our quartzite was the single biggest splurge in our kitchen, but we knew they would make us happy every time we walked in the room with NO regrets.

      PS… have you chosen a fabricator yet for your countertops? We shopped around, and while some were able to offer a better price, we really wanted to work with someone in our ‘hood to support local business. We straight up told the local biz the better price that another fabricator gave us, and without hesitation, they went LOWER than their competition. We already loved their reviews and customer service, so it was a no brainer!ReplyCancel

      • Ashley Bee - February 19, 2015 - 11:31 AM

        Thanks so much for the detailed reply!

        We are just in the initial planning stages at this point, but we will definitely be shopping around! Thankfully our Indianapolis-area tends to stay pretty budget friendly compared to larger metro areas on the coasts.

        Our big splurge in the new kitchen is the fridge. http://www.samsung.com/us/appliances/refrigerators/RF32FMQDBSR/AA It’s like a French Door and Side-By-Side mated and had a perfect love child. Can. Not. Wait. :DReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 19, 2015 - 10:14 AM

    I LOVE how your kitchen is coming together – that countertop/cabinet combination! We have white cabinets and are getting a white marbled countertop, which had me second-guessing how white the kitchen was going to be, but your pictures are re-boosting my confidence. The finishing touches will most definitely bring everything together :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 10:17 AM

      Yup, this is still the base layer. It’s that last 5% that’ll change everything! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - February 19, 2015 - 2:17 PM

    I think the question is, “who doesn’t love Empire Records?”
    That being said, the countertops are amazing!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 2:25 PM

      Haha, thanks! It’s a passion that runs deep.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - February 19, 2015 - 3:15 PM

    It looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Clever Girl Reviews - February 19, 2015 - 5:27 PM

    I really like the counter material.ReplyCancel

  • Layne - February 19, 2015 - 6:01 PM

    Excellent choice on counters! We have black counters, and I honestly hate them. Every little crumb and speck of dirt shows and makes them look filthy when they’re not. I’m looking to replace them in the near future, and I’m loving yours!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 6:06 PM

      Thanks, Layne! We love the look of black counters, but that was the overwhelming consensus when we shared our options last months (and we weren’t expecting that!). The counters in our condo were ALMOST black (dark, dark brown granite with flecks), and we never had a problem. But even still, this kitchen will have a lot of light coming in once the back wall is complete, and we realized that could enhance any dust/crumbs visually…ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - February 19, 2015 - 9:54 PM

    Love it! I am going for an all white kitchen too (including appliances) which should be getting installed in a few weeks! This makes me feel so much more confident in my choices. We can only afford laminate bench tops though and Im a little worried that white laminate might stain, especially when my boyfriend does the cooking but we’ll see. Can’t wait to see it done with all those finishing touches!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 19, 2015 - 10:07 PM

      Awesome! White appliances aren’t something we would have ever considered until we looked into them a little more. They’ve come a long way! So shiny and glossy and every bit as luxurious as stainless. Good luck during your reno!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - February 22, 2015 - 10:56 AM

    Swoon! It all looks fabulous. While I was always in favor of the whole white thing, it’s turned out better than I imagined. Well done guys!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - February 23, 2015 - 12:46 PM

    ZOMG, it looks SO GOOD!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 24, 2015 - 11:12 AM

    They look amazing! And yeah the fridge bump out definitely makes it look more purposeful and finished. (And hooray for Empire Records!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 25, 2015 - 6:27 AM

    Looks amazing. I adore the countersReplyCancel

  • Terra J - February 25, 2015 - 10:03 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 weekend.ReplyCancel

  • Alexa~FurnishMyWay - February 25, 2015 - 11:57 AM

    Wow! I love that counter top. It’s absolutely stunning and totally swoon-worthy! Everything looks great. And that sink faucet– My word! What a timeless, clean piece! Great pick!ReplyCancel

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This little home update officially kicks off our Ace Hardware partnership this year, and for that, we are so happy and thankful! We’ve always had such a great time working with the team behind that name, and we love that although they provide us with month-to-month post guidelines, they allow us to choose the projects that are relevant to our home and current projects. To start, they’ve asked us to share a seasonal maintenance task around our home, and being that it’s February in Chicago (and because we’re still picking up on this old house’s quirks), we have a quick tip that has made a huge impact in keeping our rooms just that much warmer.

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Having lived in our well insulated condo for 7 years prior to this home, we were absolutely, hands down, spoiled by our low cost gas and electric bills. (Last year, our friends that live in that yellow-brick-building never, ever turned on their heat – at all. Living on the third floor, they reaped the benefits of the rising heat from the units below them!) But since moving into this home, we’ve sprayed foam in every crack and crevice, patched up old cable holes, and as we update every old outlet and switch, we’ve been cushioning them with little coats – at least, that’s what I like to call it!

A house of this age is full of winter weather surprises, and I was surprised by the amount of cold air that was working its way into our rooms. An electrical plate on its own won’t block all that freezing air.

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With our kitchen electrical now complete, we first used these foam outlet seals (aka outlet coats, ha), cut them to fit, and snugged them onto all the exterior wall plugs. The seals come in any shape – rocker panels, single switch, and so on – but we picked up the standard outlet seals to cut down to size for rockers or the circular outlets, the two common sizes in our home.

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With the plate in place, we capped the outlets for extra credit, and my goodness. Drafts? Gone. No more. Coming from a well insulated apartment to a drafty home, I’ve never understood just All the Ways cold air was able to slip through the cracks (literally), but it’s a small cost update that, simply put, works. Side note: These foam seals are not recommended on dimmer switches, but they work like a dream in every other scenario.

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We have a bigger kitchen update to come later this week (so many scraggly ends before we can check another item off the punch list!), but to welcome another year with Ace the right way, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. Giveaway runs through Friday, February 20th at 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. Good luck and happy entering!

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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.

 
 

  • Roxanna - February 17, 2015 - 6:59 AM

    AWESOME giveaway……thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Julia@Cukoo4Design - February 17, 2015 - 7:05 AM

    Ugh the draft from my outlets has been killing me too. But of course our pet doors don’t help either ;)ReplyCancel

  • Meg - February 17, 2015 - 7:27 AM

    This is such a genius idea! My husband and I bought our first home a few months ago and it has been shocking how many ways cold air can get into your house without even realizing it. Our quick tip for winterizing our home has been a simple fix of putting up curtains – it seems like such a basic thing, but it actually works quite well to insulate our super drafty old windows.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - February 17, 2015 - 7:46 AM

    LOVE what y’all are doing in the kitchen and can’t wait to see the next update / finished product. Thanks for this practical and oh so easy top by the way! I live in a renovated 1930s house and while it is well insulated and retains warm / cool air, I think this would make even more of an impact. Good fortunes to you both!ReplyCancel

  • Erin F - February 17, 2015 - 7:48 AM

    wow, didn’t even know these existed!ReplyCancel

  • Harper - February 17, 2015 - 7:49 AM

    What is the reasoning behind not using them on dimmer switches? I’ve never heard that before. Also, I’ve never been able to find them for the decorator outlets like you used above. I know you cut yours to fit but do you happen to know if they make them in this size already? We can’t be the only ones needing them!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:22 AM

      Yup, you can get them in the rocker panel shape! For the dimmer switches, it was a CAUTION on the back label – I would definitely just read the package of whatever you end up purchasing.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - February 17, 2015 - 7:49 AM

    I used those and put foam sleeves on my water pipes in the basement at my old home. I’m about to do the same to the new (very drafty and cold) home we just bought!ReplyCancel

  • Giuliana - February 17, 2015 - 8:04 AM

    Thanks for the giveaway! I can’t wait to see your kitchen!!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - February 17, 2015 - 8:06 AM

    Switching ceiling fan directions, wrapping pipes, and shutting off unused room ventsReplyCancel

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

      YES a thousand times to all of these! Changing the direction of our ceiling fans helps immensely.ReplyCancel

  • Kris - February 17, 2015 - 8:24 AM

    We use those foam outlet covers downstairs. Even though our house is newer, having an exposed lower level seems to let the drafts in or they insulated poorly.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Gatalica - February 17, 2015 - 8:27 AM

    WE actually never realized how drafty a home could be until moving into our rental! We’ve had to add extra insulation underneath the sink to stop our pipes from freezing and are still having difficulty blocking the draft from our mail slot!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - February 17, 2015 - 8:36 AM

    I’ve been meaning to do this and with the NE winter raging on. I’m going to stop procrastinating and get this done tonight! Thanks for the inspiration.

    On the topic of insulation, can you/readers provide recommendation on how to add insulation to the base of the windows? Is it as easy as drilling a small hole and filling it with foam insulation?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:32 AM

      Lucy, we’ve been (slowly) redoing the window frames and ledges around every window in this house, so we started by taking off whatever was there (if anything), and filling the gaps with the foam insulation. I think the trick is to get a nice line all along the bottom and sides if necessary, rather than small areas here and there. HOWEVER, if you don’t want to take apart your window ledges (who would?), then any little bit helps! I will say that seeing the bare window will help you to see where the gaps are and what the best course of action would be.

      Does anyone else have any recommendations?ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - February 17, 2015 - 8:42 AM

    Moving into a new drafty house this week–definitely planning on doing this!ReplyCancel

  • Loryn - February 17, 2015 - 8:47 AM

    I have the foam thingies, but haven’t tried the caps. The air just pours through our uninsulated walls, so I’ll have to get those, too!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - February 17, 2015 - 8:51 AM

    these are great! we just re-caulked around all of our windows. we live in an older home and are working to make it more efficient, so until we can replace the windows we settle for re-caulking and leaving towels on all the windowsills. not super glamorous but it does make a difference! that is until our bloodhound takes the towel to play with.. :/ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - February 17, 2015 - 8:51 AM

    And we have yet to turn our heat on this winter. It’s fantastic, but it’s also making me very leery of that first winter time gas bill once we move out of our cozy condo. When the time does come, we’ll keep this tip in mind … thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:27 AM

      That is incredible. There are definitely times when we miss our condo for these simple little pleasures! Hope to see you SOON (we missed you this past weekend!).ReplyCancel

  • Nicole S. - February 17, 2015 - 8:56 AM

    What a genius idea! We just replaced several outlet covers and never thought of this. Will be sharing this post with my handy hubby!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - February 17, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    That is such a genius idea – I’ve never even heard of something like that before. The extent of my winterizing is shoving a door mat under the drafty front door. I live in an older home, but I rent. We just keep the house fairly cool and wear sweaters, ha. It helps that the winter out here in the West has been ridiculously warm and easy!ReplyCancel

  • MB - February 17, 2015 - 9:12 AM

    I did this in each of my last 2 homes and it may have been the single best comfort improvement I made. Totally eliminated that little winter chill that I’d notice while just sitting and watching TV at night. LOVE this solution!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Traniello - February 17, 2015 - 9:24 AM

    This is SO perfectly timed! We live in the TUNDRA west of Boston and although we have a pretty well insulated house we noticed last weekend that there is a little draft from the light switches next to our front door and the door in our kitchen. The one in the kitchen is 3 switches..1 of which is a dimmer. So these would be a no-go for that switch plate?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:28 AM

      We have a dimmer in our entryway too, and it’s part of a 3 switch panel. We used the “coats” on the two switches that were NOT dimmers, which helped a lot! Just make sure to read the package of whatever outlet seals you buy. Ours had a word of caution against dimmers.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hayes - February 17, 2015 - 9:31 AM

    We are very diligent about winterizing our sprinkler system. We don’t know what we would do if it broke since it is so helpful to have it working when we are trying to grow grass!ReplyCancel

  • Brittney - February 17, 2015 - 9:35 AM

    BRILLIANT!!!!’ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:38 AM

    Boy do I feel you! We moved into a 2,000 sqft home (built in 1911) and it is SO drafty – even with all new windows! I’ve never heard of these before, but I’m definitely going to look into them. Thank you! :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - February 17, 2015 - 9:39 AM

    Ah! This is so helpful! We have just a 500 square foot apartment and our heating bill has been far higher than it should. I’ve been painting every room and as I removed all the plates, I couldn’t believe how much cold air was coming in. I’ll definitely be using this.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 17, 2015 - 9:41 AM

    Until we can replace our gigantic 1950 picture window we are using plastic for an extra layer. During the past few blizzards you can hear and see the plastic bowing inward from the drafts.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - February 17, 2015 - 9:44 AM

    Ooh, what a great tip. We’re about to schedule an energy audit of our (entire) house, and this is a small effort that probably has a good-size impact on energy conservation. Thank you for sharing! (and for the giveaway!)ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - February 17, 2015 - 9:52 AM

    Your tips and tricks never cease to amaze me! And coming from someone who is always cold but hates to see that heating bill climb, this is so great to know!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle V. - February 17, 2015 - 9:53 AM

    Man, I live in an old house, too, and I never would’ve thought of doing this!ReplyCancel

  • Hailey - February 17, 2015 - 9:55 AM

    All I know is we plan to completely renovate our kitchen this year and we could use this gift card!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 9:59 AM

      Oh, how exciting! I better see photos, woman!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 17, 2015 - 10:03 AM

    We just had the power company come out and give us a free audit and some swag to help with winterizing – those power covers were in the kit! We need to get on sealing cracks around the doors and windows!ReplyCancel

  • susan soule - February 17, 2015 - 10:09 AM

    it’s c-c-c-cold in maine as well. i’ve used these little outlet ‘coats’ and they do make a difference!
    thanks for the great give away…ReplyCancel

  • Carley - February 17, 2015 - 10:10 AM

    I used to live in a “sandwiched” apartment and I rarely turned my heat on either. I bought my first house during the summer last year and I’m fortunate that – even thought its an old house – it’s small enough and well insulated enough that my heating bills have been reasonable.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitie - February 17, 2015 - 10:15 AM

    I have an old farm house in WI that my husband and I are renovating need to but coats on my outlets too.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 17, 2015 - 10:15 AM

    Not quick – but we replaced our windows & front door this year and it has made SUCH a difference, and I was so surprised at how affordable it was!!! Especially with the rebates from our local utility company!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LaVonne Sanchez - February 17, 2015 - 10:16 AM

    Since moving into my 1960’s home, I have also learned about the benefits of outlet coats.ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - February 17, 2015 - 10:27 AM

    That’s a great tip! I’m always trying to find all the little ways that air gets in, and I didn’t know that this was one of them!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa S - February 17, 2015 - 10:28 AM

    We’re in Texas so the cold never becomes too much of an issue. I had no idea outlet coats were even a thing!ReplyCancel

  • Alex - February 17, 2015 - 10:31 AM

    What a clever tip! Would never have thought to do that, but it makes sense.ReplyCancel

  • Erica Wolff - February 17, 2015 - 10:38 AM

    This is such a great idea! I am looking to replace our windows on our 110+ year old home. Looking forward to seeing that change.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 17, 2015 - 10:40 AM

    Ah, drafts…our 7 year old windows were falling out of their frames for the past 12 months, and we FINALLY got new windows about three weeks ago. Amazing how much easier it is to get out of bed in the morning when your bedroom isn’t 50 degrees!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Brown - February 17, 2015 - 10:42 AM

    we change the heater filters and run ceiling fans reversedReplyCancel

  • Nathan - February 17, 2015 - 10:50 AM

    I put these throughout our house and they do make a big difference!ReplyCancel

  • erica p - February 17, 2015 - 10:50 AM

    Im very bad in this area. Our home was built in 1923, so we should do something for sure about better insulation. Thanks for the awareness on this.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - February 17, 2015 - 11:03 AM

    We block all the vents in rooms we hardly use to direct the heat to our bedroom and living room. Also a space heater is our best friend! Thanks for the giveaway :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 17, 2015 - 11:10 AM

    What a perfectly timed article! My husband and I just became first-time homeowners and are completely renovating our house that we just bought. We’ve actually JUST started on upgrading the electrical in the kitchen.. I’ll have to suggest these to him as the house is quite drafty!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 11:59 AM

      I’m taking a peek through your blog and can’t wait to follow along on your adventure! That house was BRIGHT. Wow!ReplyCancel

  • Trilby C - February 17, 2015 - 11:41 AM

    We now live in a very nicely built house that’s already heat & energy efficient, thank goodness! But, one trick we do is close the blinds on the windows each night to give ourselves just a wee bit little extra insulation – keeping the warm air in our rooms just a little bit longer!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 11:51 AM

      That’s a good tip too. We keep our blinds closed in all the rooms we’re not using, and we close the others before we go to bed at night. Makes a big difference!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 17, 2015 - 11:50 AM

    We did this when we moved into our new house. Every little bit helps!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 17, 2015 - 12:02 PM

    We called our energy company for an energy audit and they included so many wonderful little things to make our home more efficient, and “outlet coats” were one of them. Seal any cracks, our home is less than 10 years old but they did a poor job on our bonus room above the garage. We sealed a 3 in x 10 ft gaping hole under our heat registers.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget P. - February 17, 2015 - 1:01 PM

    That’s cool. Living in Southern California, I’ve never even thought about this.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - February 17, 2015 - 1:14 PM

    Great tip! I am moving from a one room apartment on the 2nd floor to a 3 bedroom townhouse in a month – winter in Minnesota! So any ideas to save money on utilities are great! The only thing I’ve come up with so far is to wear a hoodie and slippers everywhere!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica E - February 17, 2015 - 1:16 PM

    Since we have a wood burning stove, we don’t use our propane furnace in the winter. I put plastic under all the heating vent covers. Keeps out so much cold air!ReplyCancel

  • Laura C - February 17, 2015 - 1:24 PM

    Those are great – I’ve never seen them before. I’m definitely buying these – we can feel the cold air blowing in around the outlets in our house.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - February 17, 2015 - 1:44 PM

    My husband put these in our house and they definitely help with keeping the air out!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - February 17, 2015 - 2:14 PM

    We lived in an old home for 7 years and it was terribly drafty! It would be interesting to see how big of a difference this would make in that house.ReplyCancel

  • […] This little home update officially kicks off our Ace Hardware partnership this year, and for that, we are so happy and thankful! We’ve always had such a great time working with the team behind that name, and we love that although they provide us with month-to-month post guidelines, they allow us to choose the projects that are relevant to our home and current projects. To start, they’ve asked us to share a seasonal maintenance task around our home, and being that it’s February in Chicago (and because we’re still picking up on this old house’s quirks), we have a quick tip that has made a huge impact in keeping our rooms just that much warmer…Read On » […]ReplyCancel

  • kathyg - February 17, 2015 - 3:11 PM

    Love ACE! I used these years ago in my older home, and totally agree how much difference they made. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - February 17, 2015 - 3:15 PM

    this seems like a fire hazard, but i’ll trust you :) i’m so scared of anything electrical, but i’m gonna go for it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 3:27 PM

      I honestly thought the same thing when Scott first showed them to me. But they are UL listed, so they’re doing something right!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - February 17, 2015 - 3:47 PM

    Is it worth it to do this on interior walls or just for outlets that are on exterior walls?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 3:53 PM

      Just exterior walls. The walls that allow that cold to get in! Interior walls are fine without the little coats :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - February 17, 2015 - 4:03 PM

    We don’t do anything to winterize our home because winter is the nice time of year here, but the summer? Think everything you can possibly do to keep the cool air IN and the hot out (including putting the little outlet coats on.)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - February 17, 2015 - 4:06 PM

    We did this last year in the upstairs of our old house. I really think it helped a lot and plan to finish downstairs soon!ReplyCancel

  • Anna J - February 17, 2015 - 4:23 PM

    Great idea! Our old home has lots of drafts. I need to this to our outlets. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - February 17, 2015 - 4:47 PM

    We use window winterizing kits for our drafty windows.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - February 17, 2015 - 4:49 PM

    Good idea, we’re always looking for ways to keep the chill out.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 17, 2015 - 5:59 PM

    My husband and I just bought our first home a few months ago and since we live in Colorado, winterizing is a pretty big priority! We have two dogs and we used to leave them access to a doggy door all night, but since this winter has been particularly cold we’ve had to switch to getting up to let them out when they ask! More work for us but it has made the house so much warmer.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - February 17, 2015 - 6:43 PM

    My favorite winterizing tip? Live in Texas. It’s discouraging otherwise though…it’s been back and forth between 28 and 80 degrees in the same week so many times already in the last 3 months!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 17, 2015 - 7:04 PM

      That’s what our friends did last year! Chicago lost a lot of good ones after that last one…!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley & Ammo the Dachshund - February 17, 2015 - 7:25 PM

    we always make sure to drain all our outdoor hoses and turn off the water to any outdoor spicketts. I also bring my rain barrel inside. Nothing worse than things freezing and breaking!ReplyCancel

  • Natasha - February 17, 2015 - 8:10 PM

    This is genius! I have seen plates like that but I had no idea what made them different. Glad to know!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - February 17, 2015 - 8:37 PM

    Winterizing in FL isn’t quite as dramatic but we do most of the same things – I put up heavier drapes and close them when the sun goes down to keep the heat in.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 17, 2015 - 9:35 PM

    Seeing as it is 10 days until we close on a house I have little experience. Most of my experience is insulating pipes and letting faucets drip. I am going to be a learning a lot soon, I am sure.ReplyCancel

  • tammigirl - February 17, 2015 - 9:36 PM

    I end up using lots of plastic over windows, for the big one. It really helps a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Kara - February 17, 2015 - 9:53 PM

    Curious about not using the foam in dimmers… is there heat produced from the dimmer switches, is that why?ReplyCancel

    • Kara - February 17, 2015 - 9:54 PM

      Ooops… just saw one of your earlier posts that talked about this. Thanks for the great tip – learn something new every day.ReplyCancel

  • Drasa - February 17, 2015 - 11:56 PM

    I check the caulking and add more as needed around our old windows and also have draft rugs that I add to the bottom of our doors.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - February 18, 2015 - 12:32 AM

    Oooh, I’m in the midst of a home refresh and could use a gift card!ReplyCancel

  • Heather B. - February 18, 2015 - 6:37 AM

    Can’t wait to see the next kitchen update!ReplyCancel

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

    Curtains make such a big difference in keeping the cold out!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - February 18, 2015 - 9:07 AM

    Our house is so drafty! We’ll have to take a day and do this to our exterior outlets.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - February 18, 2015 - 9:19 AM

    What a great idea! We live in an old apt building and this can definitely come in handy. When I lived in an old house a couple of years ago, I sealed the windows with the seran wrap type stuff (I wish I knew the actual name) and it made a huge difference. Also, buying a heater with a remote control was really helpful. I’d turn it on the second I woke up and wait in bed a couple minutes before i got ready for the day.ReplyCancel

  • Terra J - February 18, 2015 - 9:34 AM

    I recently moved from the heat of the desert to the cold north, winterizing a home was never anything I thought about or even knew about. But I am learning, the first thing I did was cover all my windows with insulated window coverings then covered my floors with area rugs. This tip is great, never even thought about my outlets.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 18, 2015 - 10:10 AM

    We have started using the shrinkwrap window treatments for our older windows. Feeling a breeze when the window is closed, is always a bad thing!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine J - February 18, 2015 - 10:25 AM

    We bought a home built on a slab foundation. Boy does the downstairs get freezing! Double honeycomb pleated blinds have helped, although they were a bit pricey. I figure they might take a few seasons to reap the harvest financially, but we will be a lot warmer in the meantime!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica M - February 18, 2015 - 11:05 AM

    We live in the ‘snow jackpot’ zone north of Boston, and we’re currently trying to figure out whether the 8-ft snow banks around our house are helping or hurting in terms of insulation! Our tip for winterizing is to hang heavier drapes. Like others said, they definitely help absorb the chill from drafty window frames.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Tillery - February 18, 2015 - 11:30 AM

    How have I never heard of these before? I think I’ll be counting outlets and switches tonight when I get home. My circa 1954 house is poorly insulated, so my heating bills are high! I hope these make a difference.ReplyCancel

  • Dani Perkins - February 18, 2015 - 11:31 AM

    I just replaced our very old round honeywell thermostats with new programmable ones, and it helps so much that we don’t have to worry about forgetting and leaving it turned up too high during the workday or at night!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Cooley - February 18, 2015 - 1:37 PM

    We were just planning to do this to our outlets. Your blog posts are always so timely. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 18, 2015 - 5:44 PM

    Close the door quickly! An easy one for sure, but somehow the kids like to leave it open for the next person no matter how far behind they are.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - February 18, 2015 - 7:45 PM

    We’re caulking around all the window and door frames to help winterize our home. I think we’re going to try to cap off our outlets too – thanks for the idea!ReplyCancel

  • AshleyM - February 18, 2015 - 9:23 PM

    I was just telling my BFF about these last week! We added them to the exterior wall outlets of our home and they do make a giant difference! So awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Michele P - February 18, 2015 - 9:52 PM

    we seal off rooms we are not using and close the grates (we have forced hot air) to keep the heating costs to a minimum. We also put plastic on the windows that are not energy efficient.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer C - February 18, 2015 - 11:15 PM

    This is a great idea. I’ve gotten replacement windows and did a lot of caulking in the process. And got 2 new storm doors for doors that did not have them. I have a lot left to do unfortunately-the doors drafty-I can see light through the edges and my attic door doesn’t exactly fit in it’s spot.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - February 19, 2015 - 12:46 AM

    Ok, I’ve had the little coats waiting for a couple of years – we live in California, so it’s not a dire situation, but still. You’ve inspired me to get on with them! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Marita - February 19, 2015 - 6:26 AM

    How timely (once again)! I noticed quite the draft coming from an exterior outlet in our living room. Thank you for the reminder to install the outlet coats. It’s been added to the to-do list. Now, as to spraying insulating foam into all the cracks…ReplyCancel

  • Mary - February 19, 2015 - 8:33 AM

    Actually, I think those outlet covers are genius (I did the City of Chicago weatherization program, which included tons of fun stuff like that!). Right now though, the moving mat my husband hung over the doorway to an old porch (with terrible winterization) is making the biggest difference for me!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - February 19, 2015 - 8:58 AM

    Waking up in the south to 10 below zero this morning (with wind chills about 20 below)sure does make one think about keeping the inside of the house toasty warm. One thing I’ve always done in the winter is to keep my blinds and/or curtains drawn over the windows. It’s crazy how much draft you can keep out just by doing it. Kitchen is looking great. Can’t wait to see the finished product!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - February 19, 2015 - 9:25 AM

    Honestly we don’t really do anything to winterize here in southern NM. Lucky us!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - February 19, 2015 - 1:26 PM

    Luckily here in SoCal there’s not much we have to do (although friends in the mountains have to!). But when the Santa Ana winds blow in this time of year, it certainly points out any spots in the window frames that need fresh caulking!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - February 20, 2015 - 5:03 AM

    i never remember to close the flue. If we have a fire in the fireplace, the next morning our room is freezing. I need a sign to remind me.ReplyCancel

  • Erin@Suburban Bitches - February 20, 2015 - 2:49 PM

    Thank you! I’ve had a draft coming from the outlet in my office and I keep meaning to do something about it. Now I know just what to do! BTW- those kitchen countertops are so beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly C. - February 24, 2015 - 11:19 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

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