My Kitchen Remodel, the Best Faucet Ever & a Giveaway!

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Do you guys remember a few months ago when I told you about remodeling my kitchen?
Seems like forever since I whispered that secret to you.
Well, the kitchen has been about 95% finished for a bit of time now, but I have been waiting to share it here with you until every “i” was dotted and “t” crossed. In my world, that could potentially take years, so I decided to share with you the 95%, because that final 5% may or may not ever happen in my lifetime. There’s always something left to do, isn’t there?

 

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Here’s a collage of the “before.” Of course I realized that I forgot to take real “before” pictures until we had already partially torn the kitchen up and unloaded most of the cabinets, so I put together a collage of how it looked at the beginning of the remodel. It isn’t pretty.
I promise I don’t live in squalor.

 

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I’ll start this off by saying that my husband did almost all the work himself, from ripping the old cabinets out, tearing down the wall, reflooring, tiling, and putting up the new cabinets. The only things that we had a little help on were the counter tops and the crown molding. After some research on the subject, it turns out that crown molding is the least favorite thing of all men. Who knew?
Long story short, I love my kitchen.
Here are some more shots:

 

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My husband turned our old enormous pantry into a cute little workspace for me with giant cabinets to store all my props, appliances, etc.

Here’s the before and after:

 

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Don’t mind my desk. I try to keep it neat, but…

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Now I have pantry cabinets, which are SO much better. Pull-out drawers!  So much more organized.

 

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We kept all our old appliances. Not ready to upgrade those yet!

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The counters are granite and the backsplash is a glass and slate tile.
I went from 9 cabinets to 27 cabinets…isn’t that crazy?  I also gained a bunch of counter space and a little bar area for the kids.

 

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The final touch, the thing that made my heart supremely happy, was the addition of our new faucet: my Moen Arbor with MotionSense in Oiled Bronze. Sigh.

 

Yeah, yeah, I know you’re all like, “A faucet?” Yep, a faucet.
Not just any faucet, though. The one that I begged my husband for.
He’s not necessarily a “gadget guy,” so upon me mentioning that I wanted a hands-free faucet, he immediately saw dollar signs and made it clear that it “wasn’t in the budget.”
But apparently the Faucet Gods were eavesdropping on our convo, and the very next day I was given the opportunity to receive a Moen Arbor with MotionSense to try out. It was fate, I tell you.

So. My faucet. MY FAUCET.

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It honestly couldn’t be any more awesome.
Let me explain: It is a hands-free faucet with two strategically placed sensors.

One sensor is located in the front, perfectly ready for washing your hands.Honestly, every kitchen faucet should have this. The “ready sensor” makes the faucet turn on and off when you place and remove your hands from underneath the spout.
Additionally, there is a second “wave” sensor located on top of the faucet; you wave your hand over it to turn the water on, and wave your hand over it again to turn the water off. This hands-free design comes in especially handy when, for example, you want to wash vegetables or dishes. The two sensors are totally smarty-pants and work completely separate from each other.
Honestly, the faucet is so thoughtfully designed, sometimes I feel like it’s smarter than I am!
Of course, you can still use the manual on and off part of the faucet, but why do that when Arbor with MotionSense works by detecting your need based on the motion of your hands. It’s extremely comfortable to use and easily prevents the spread of dirt and germs in my kitchen so there are fewer chances for cross-contamination.
Am I gushing?
MotionSense is powered by battery pack or optional AC power adapter, so it was super easy to install and came in the exact color I wanted to match my new kitchen. And you can easily set the temperature you want the water to be when using your faucet hands-free.

To be honest, now that we have had the faucet for a while, I don’t know how I would ever go back. Having a hands-free sink is much more efficient for someone who loathes water droplets all over the counter as much as germy germs! If you’re intrigued, you can find more product details as well as where to purchase it by clicking here.

Now, whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or doing little home improvement projects here and there, I have a great giveaway for you!
A $100 Visa gift card! Yay!
Just leave me a comment here letting me know how the Arbor with MotionSense would help simplify your life.
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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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This sweepstakes runs from 1/15/13 – 2/15/13

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
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January 15, 2013 7:39 am

OMG I would love to be able to wash my hands after I’ve been dealing with raw chicken, for example, and not have to touch anything with the gross hands!

Elizabeth Ann
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January 15, 2013 7:43 am

Incredible! You wouldn’t have to touch the faucet after touching raw meat or eggs!

Colleen @ What
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Oh wow, that sounds amazing! With all the baking I do, I feel like I always have cookie dough or something on my hands, so it would be so awesome to have a hands-free faucet in those cases!

Kristin
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January 15, 2013 7:50 am

Wow what a difference! Your kitchen is beautiful!! And the faucet is a perfect addition.

Lori Scott
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Lori Scott
January 15, 2013 7:57 am

Since my current faucet is leaking….this would be an incredible improvement!

alyssa - life a la wife
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January 15, 2013 7:58 am

I am loving your kitchen! You’ve got yourself quite the handyman. I’d love to win the $100 visa gift card. Who couldn’t use a little extra money!?

Kasey P.
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Kasey P.
January 15, 2013 8:00 am

By making it where I can wash my hands -after-I finish cleaning my kitchen but inevitably need to get something off my hands and not mess up the faucet handles.

Olivia @ Liv Lives Life
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January 15, 2013 8:02 am

I think it would be perfect to have that faucet right after I’ve dealt with raw meat (especially poultry!) or pastry dough when my hands are all messy! Thanks for the giveaway!

DessertForTwo
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January 15, 2013 8:03 am

Oh, it’s so beautiful! I love your new kitchen! Can I move in? I’ll sleep in the pantry—you’ll hardly see me!

To answer the giveaway question: I wash my hands a million times when cooking with raw meat, and this would be so much easier!

Morgan
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Morgan
January 15, 2013 8:05 am

It would be pretty wonderful for when my hands are covered in who-knows-what from my latest kitchen experiment gone awry.. I hate getting the knobs all gross to turn the water on

Katie L.
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Katie L.
January 15, 2013 8:07 am

Totally would come in handy for having gross raw chicken hands or when I’ve been making something doughy and have sticky bread dough stuck to every crevice of my hands…basically that faucet would be a DREAM!!! So happy you got yours 🙂

Alicia
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Alicia
January 15, 2013 8:09 am

It would simply cut cleaning time in half… no more batter-covered faucet!! Amazing, thank you!

Denise Fedor
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Denise Fedor
January 15, 2013 8:09 am

This would save me from cleaning the handle on my old faucet at least 10 times per meal prep! Hate the cross contamination thing!

Holly T
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Holly T
January 15, 2013 8:16 am

I love this so much!!! Being able to turn on the water hands free would a dream come true. So what if that makes me a nerd?!

danielle
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January 15, 2013 8:16 am

I have wanted one of these forever!

brandi
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January 15, 2013 8:19 am

well, most of my kitchen adventures usually involve dough of some sort – bread, pizza, biscuits, scones – so NOT having to touch the faucet with sticky hands would be awesome!

LOVE the kitchen! especially your little office space

cathy
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cathy
January 15, 2013 8:20 am

it would make my life so much easier i would love to have

Jan
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Jan
January 15, 2013 8:21 am

I do a lot of cooking for big groups. Love Moen products-great quality and a motion detected faucet would be a great replacement for the one I have.

Nicole S.
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Nicole S.
January 15, 2013 8:23 am

I’d love to have a hands-free faucet so I don’t gross up the faucet after handling things like raw chicken. Fewer things to clean!

Amy
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Amy
January 15, 2013 8:24 am

I have been oogling over one of these for awhile. It would be sooo nice to not have to touch anything when you have messy hands, especially after touching raw meat or dirty diapers!!

Peggy
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Peggy
January 15, 2013 8:25 am

Your kitchen is amazing! Ill bet you stop everyonce in awhile and just marvel at it. Moen faucets are wonderful. They came out with the hands free after I put in a new sink and faucet. Would love an upgrade…..

Kimberly M.
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Kimberly M.
January 15, 2013 8:29 am

This would make washing my hands so much easier! I wouldn’t have to worry about having to clean the faucet after having washed my hands because I touched the handles with raw poultry hands. Great Give-a-way!

Teresa
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Teresa
January 15, 2013 8:29 am

Being able to wash hands in the kitchen without touching anything would be super! I am always having to wash up the soap and faucets after washing hands from my dinner preparation, especially after things like mixing meatballs, meatloaf, or cutting up chicken. THanks for sharing!

Diane
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Diane
January 15, 2013 8:30 am

Wow! what an awesome gadget! And I’m a gadget girl in the kitchen! I hate water droplets as well! I think I’m a little on the OCD side when it comes to cleaning them up! this would be a great addition to anyones kitchen!

Karen
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Karen
January 15, 2013 8:32 am

It would free my hands up to wash them whenever needed without touching it with whatever germs and bacteria might be on them.

Cathy
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January 15, 2013 8:32 am

Oh my goodness, just having the ability to not get butter cream and red velvet coloring everywhere! I would LOVE this faucet!!! One could dream!

Cookin Canuck
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January 15, 2013 8:33 am

Wow, your new kitchen is stunning! I love the cabinets, the light is gorgeous, your work space is enviable…just love it all. As for the faucet…I would love to avoid touching the anything when I have raw chicken slime on my hands. That happens a lot – and then I find myself madly scrubbing the faucet that I just contaminated.

Linda
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Linda
January 15, 2013 8:35 am

This faucet is just what I need to compliment my hands free soap dispenser! Then when I’m washing my hands, I can feel confident that I’m not cross contaminating. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Visa card!!!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
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January 15, 2013 8:38 am

OH my your so lucky I would kill for a kitchen like that, and your little work space, how cool!

Terri
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Terri
January 15, 2013 8:39 am

My house was built in 1950. My kitchen was last remolded in 1950. This could jump start a remodel.

Rachel
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Rachel
January 15, 2013 8:39 am

The spot resistant stainless finish is a life changer!

MaryBeth
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MaryBeth
January 15, 2013 8:40 am

Sensors on faucets – genius!! I’m always worried about touching raw meat, especially chicken, and then getting meat/chicken goo on the faucet handle. So this faucet would solve that problem. And my daughters are messy cooks and always leave icing, batter and lots of other stickiness on the faucet, so yeah, would solve that sticky mess too!

Sarah B.
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January 15, 2013 8:41 am

Your kitchen is gorgeous! And I would absolutely love that faucet. No worries about touching the faucet handles when you’ve just touched raw meat or have messy hands!

Laura C.
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Laura C.
January 15, 2013 8:42 am

Honestly, how wouldn’t this simplify my life. I would LOVE one of these! I always want new gadgets in the kitchen and my hubby also says no – budget smudget : )This would help get me closer to convincing him.

michellejg
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michellejg
January 15, 2013 8:43 am

I am always worried about cross contamination when I am cooking because of having to turn on faucets to wash my hands then sanitize the handles and then back to cooking again. Hands free =freedom

Carla
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Carla
January 15, 2013 8:43 am

It would be wonderful when dealing with raw chicken or meat or when I have my hands full of sugar or fondant. Love the kitchen and mostly the pantry and office area!

Courtney F.
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Courtney F.
January 15, 2013 8:44 am

This would be amazing. I’m one of those people who tries to turn the water on and dispense the soap with my elbows when I’m working with meat! 🙂

Deb Young
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Deb Young
January 15, 2013 8:44 am

Would be great when working with raw meat or when kneading bread, etc.

Deb Stoltz
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Deb Stoltz
January 15, 2013 8:44 am

Im thinking about every time i cutting up raw chicken how i have to wash my hands and then go back and clean my faucet to make sure that junk is all off of it… I have seen the commercial for these amazing faucet, and there is something dreamy about them:) Your Kitchen is stunning btw!

Cheryl Newton
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Cheryl Newton
January 15, 2013 8:45 am

Not having to touch the faucet would be awesome. It always ends up funky, and not in a good way. One less thing to clean!

Andrea
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Andrea
January 15, 2013 8:45 am

My husband would LOVE for me to have the faucet, so that I will stop calling him into the kitchen to turn on the water when my hands are all gross!

Also, the baskets with the dish towels, adorable and brilliant!

Danielle
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Danielle
January 15, 2013 8:46 am

Wow, that would be SO helpful to have a hands free faucet! It would be like an extra set of hands! BTW I am totally jealous of your kitchen makeover, my kitchen is super small with not much counter space. Your kitchen looks like a dream!

Nicole A
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Nicole A
January 15, 2013 8:46 am

Oh, I would love to have a faucet that I wouldn’t have to contort my body to avoid a cross contamination nightmare (turning the water on with my elbow so as not to get raw meat all over the place).

stacey
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stacey
January 15, 2013 8:47 am

How awesome is that! The kitchen faucet is the worst to have to clean because everyone is always touching it.

Joyce C.
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Joyce C.
January 15, 2013 8:47 am

Would be great not having to struggle to turn on faucet with messy hands!
Love your kitchen remodel!

Anna
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Anna
January 15, 2013 8:48 am

I am OCD about washing my hands from touching raw meat/chicken. My hubby gets annoyed when I call for him to turn on the water. This would be such a big help and save the hassle of calling on the hubby. A little help goes a long way!!!

Elissa
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Elissa
January 15, 2013 8:49 am

As a germaphobe this faucet would be a life saver to me!
I dread making dinner sometimes because I know how obsessive I am with cleaning/sanitizing after I’ve cooked with raw meat. This faucet seems like a dream come true.

Renee Kern
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Renee Kern
January 15, 2013 8:50 am

Hello!!! Love your kitchen!!! I have a 1960’s kitchen, although we did replace our faucet, but bought one that I thought I would like and hate it. Would love to put the gift card toward the purchase of a no-touch faucet!!! I hate when I have to turn mine on to wash my hands when working with chicken and other meats!!!

Betsy
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Betsy
January 15, 2013 8:51 am

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new kitchen. And how is it I hadn’t heard of the hands free faucet? So awesome! Besides how nice it would be to not junk up the faucet handle with doughy or germy hands, it would make clean up after finger painting and other messy kids project a breeze!

shannon christensen
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shannon christensen
January 15, 2013 8:52 am

We are trying to upgrade the kitchen and i dont like my facuet or my sink – that faucet would be a huge start to upgrading my kitchen. God your kitchen is wonderful – I copied the photo for an idea when I get to do mine

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