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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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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July 26, 2019 7:19 am

Hi shelly,
Your kitchen looks amazingly beautiful! Though I have a restaurant and love to cook, I am poor at designing. I love you workspace. You are a genius. Congratulations!

March 2, 2019 6:14 am

That faucet should have been part of my kitchen renovation! : ( Washing my Grandchildrens little hands would have been so much easier with the touchless function! You are so blessed!

Winning that facet would make me happy.

June 2, 2017 8:48 am

I wish i would have this kitchen!!! Awesome remodeling.

March 28, 2017 6:59 am

I just loved your kitchen. Its clean and beautiful

January 28, 2015 2:28 am

I think this is what I’ll get for my husband/wife/son/dad/,… a new kitchen! I loved the explanations here and thanks so much for your articles. Now I need to choose one of them. the hardest job still. I’ll see what he likes.

January 9, 2014 6:25 am

I am very impressed by the remodeling of your kitchen. And thanks for sharing your secret of designing your kitchen so beautifully and in an organized manner.

Congratulations on the finished kitchen remodelling. I am envious of your kitchen cabinets. They are so beautiful and sleek.

March 3, 2013 12:12 pm

If you go to a dental supply store you can get a dicount on these faucets

February 16, 2013 3:25 am

My husband is on home dialysis – so washing our hands efficently and in the most sanitizing manner is really important. What a nice feature this would be for us in our kitchen.

heather c
February 15, 2013 7:40 pm
heather c
February 15, 2013 7:38 pm

I know it wouldn’t be true, but I would feel magical daily with the ability to make water flow with a wave of my hand.

Amanda Sakovitz
February 15, 2013 7:04 pm
Amanda Sakovitz
February 15, 2013 7:01 pm

The motion senser would be awesome and make things easier.

Thomas Murphy
February 15, 2013 6:59 pm
Thomas Murphy
February 15, 2013 6:54 pm

The MotionSense would really help when I dont have any free hands.

Shelly 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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