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

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?




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.


PicMonkey Collage

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:



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:


PicMonkey Collage2

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



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



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



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.



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.

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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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731 Responses
  1. Carla

    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!

  2. michellejg

    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

  3. Laura C.

    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.

  4. 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!

  5. MaryBeth

    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!

  6. Linda

    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!!!

  7. 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.

  8. Diane

    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!

  9. Teresa

    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!

  10. Kimberly M.

    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!

  11. Peggy

    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…..

  12. Amy

    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!!

  13. Nicole S.

    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!

  14. Jan

    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.

  15. 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

  16. Denise Fedor

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

  17. Katie L.

    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 🙂

  18. Morgan

    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

  19. 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!

  20. Kasey P.

    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.

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