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?

 

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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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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. Michelle

    Oh I would love that!!! NO yucky raw meat germs…I am already a phobic about them, and this would help so much…I ….must…have….one!

  2. Heather Spooner

    My faucet is very small and it makes filling a stockpot difficult. This faucet would help make it easier. Plus the motion sensing is just too cool. Thanks!

  3. Pam Vanoteghem

    After we moved into our new-ish house, I missed my old Moen faucet and sink, I paid a plumber to go back into the old house and switch it out for the ones in the new-ish house before the new people moved in! With a handsfree model, my kitchen would be complete 🙂

  4. Angela Popp

    I would most definitely use the faucet to prevent cross contamination….we cut a lot of chicken, pork and beef in our kitchen and I am forever worried about getting those nasty germs on the sink and leaving them there salmonella grows…I definitely don’t want that:(

  5. Allison R. W.

    Moen’s MotionSense technology would be awesome to have in the kitchen – using the sink hands-free would keep things so much cleaner. I hate constantly polishing the chrome fixtures in the kitchen just to see hand smudges the next moment. This technology eliminates that hassle! Hope I win – love the remodel btw!

    Allison

  6. Jessica S.

    messy kids with sticky fingers….enough said! 🙂

    That faucet is beautiful! And so is your new kitchen!

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  7. Mariah in Louisiana

    Love your new kitchen! The best thing about a sensor faucet would be not having to touch anything after working with raw meat.

  8. sharon k.

    Wow! I didn’t even know there were such options in faucets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed something like this, especially when my hands are covered in something like raw meatloaf. Times like that, I feel like I can’t get my current faucet clean enough afterwards.

  9. Laura Scott

    I always end up at the sink with my hands full or in need of washing. As I get older, multi-tasking gets more difficult. I need help!

  10. Emily

    Apparently I’m incredibly messy in the kitchen so for me the possibilities are endless! It seems I always end up with sticky bread dough or nut and chocolate covered fingers or lets not simply forget plain old flour leaving hand prints all over! I think it’s time I got a motionsense faucet!

  11. Michelle Thayer

    I think you nailed it your comments about it, the Arbor with MotionSense would help simplify my life by helping me to control the spread of germs! It would also be awesome not to have to touch the faucet when I have messy hands (I’m talking raw meat juice here!).

  12. Brittany Bea

    It would be wonderful when making anything! No more flour or grease on the faucet, no more struggling to turn the faucet on when washing the kids hands, and no more car gunk on the faucet when my husband comes into wash his hands after working on his car!

  13. shannon christensen

    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

  14. Betsy

    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!

  15. Renee Kern

    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!!!

  16. Elissa

    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.

  17. Anna

    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!!!

  18. Nicole A

    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).

  19. Danielle

    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!

  20. Andrea

    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!

  21. Cheryl Newton

    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!

  22. Deb Stoltz

    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!

  23. Courtney F.

    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! 🙂

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