DIY Kitchen Faucet Install

 

So you’re tired of your kitchen but you also aren’t kidding yourself, a kitchen remodel can quickly add up to a money pit! Over the years we have done some pretty inexpensive things to take our kitchen up a notch. In our previous house we spent $330 and DIY’d the whole thing ourselves!

Here’s a quick Before and After:

 

 

 

SO! We built a new house in a development where all the lighting and hardware was standard.

Standard can be SO boring. Changing out standard can get SO pricey. So off I went in search of where to find it for less. Mixing metals in the interior design world, is currently all the rage. It actually has been for quite awhile. Here is an amazing mixed metal inspirational photo by Glitter.com. She has copper, brass, and chrome all in the same space. I LOVE it!

 

 

I decided, even tho I completely love the big box stores and they have saved me some pennies more than once, I wanted to find another option besides the big box store. They’re great, BUT they can be so limiting in supplies! I wanted more options, without paying MORE money. Cue in e-facuets.com !   Here’s the misleading thing right off the bat about  they don’t just sell faucets! It’s everything you can think of for your bathroom or kitchen. It’s a one stop shop with thousands of options and over 100 brands to choose from.

I knew I wanted a gold faucet to go with my gorgeous new hardware we recently installed from Hickory Hardware.

I started with browsing thru the website looking at all of their gold hardware options. I narrowed it down to a touch faucet. I have always wanted a touch faucet!! This sounds cheesy, but I saw a Delta commercial when they very first came out with the Delta 2.0 and after that I HAD.TO.HAVE.IT.

What I didn’t know was, E-Faucets had quite a few touch faucets to choose from and I scrolled thru and picked the one that I felt best fit the look of what I wanted in our kitchen. The best thing about e-facuets is there is almost always a sale happening too. I did alot of looking and found a stunning faucet by delta that I ended up choosing.


The list price on the Delta Faucet website for this faucet is $734.30. Yikes! That’s a ton of money for a faucet! I found the same faucet on E-Faucets for 30% off.  Another awesome option on e-facuets was that this faucet also came without a touch option for less. Having options is essential when making sure I’m picking the right thing for our house. When spending a few hundred on something, I don’t want to end up buying something I’ll regret! This is also a purchase I knew we would have for years in our house and I didn’t want pick the wrong faucet and be stuck with something that I can’t afford to replace.

SO let’s install this baby shall we?

I ordered my faucet online and heres what it looked like when it came.I teamed up with my husband on this install because it’s not something you need four hands for the entire time, but a couple times you do so it’s nice to have a helper. First things first, before any job I like to get everything ready I may need while performing the task. In this case I recommend opening your new faucet and reviewing the instructions for what tools may be needed. My instructions called for a 3/32” allen wrench, flashlight, Philips screw driver, adjustable wrench, pencil, drill, bucket and of course safety glasses. I didn’t need the drill for anything and, shhhh don’t tell, but I didn’t wear any safety glasses. I would also suggest having a few dish towels and a straight edge screw driver on hand as well. Since you are working on plumbing, although you shouldn’t need it, be sure you know where the main water shutoff to the house is (just in case).

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Next prepare your work area by getting everything out from underneath your sink, if you’re like me its home to mostly cleaning products. I placed a towel on the bottom of the cabinet to catch and water that may drip while disconnecting the old faucet.
Before disconnecting anything, locate the valves under your sink, one for the hot and one for the cold. The valves turn the flow of water on or off. Valves vary, mine as pictured are connected to PEX and you simply pull on them to stop the flow of water. Yours may turn, remember righty tighty, lefty loosey. I also like to turn the faucet on for both the hot and the cold water to get the lines empty before disconnecting the hoses. Once the water is off, disconnect the hoses at the valve using your adjustable wrench. Have your bucket (or bowl) ready to catch any water left in the line. I collected about 7 tablespoons of water when I disconnected mine. Depending on the faucet you are removing you may have to disconnect the other end of the hose from the faucet. In my case the hoses were part of the faucet and no further disconnection was needed. 
  
Determine how the faucet is attached to the sink and or counter. Between your adjustable wrench, screw drivers, and allen wrench you should be able to remove the old faucet with ease. You may need your flashlight here to get a good look on how to do this.
Remove the old faucet and consult the instructions of your new faucet on how to install.
I already mentioned it once, but this Delta faucet was a breeze to install. First I took the faucet and fed the pre-attached lines through the top of the hole on my counter top. From here on out be sure to follow the instructions on your particular faucet. I elected to enlist the help of my husband to hold the faucet straight and centered while I used the provided mounting bracket and special wrench to tighten the faucet to the counter from underneath the sink.
Once you slide it in this is where the four hands comes in to play because someone needs to be under the sink and someone needs to hold the faucet above the sink so its straight and centered, if not this is what the faucet looks like:
 

Once the faucet is securely installed to the sink/counter you can connect the hoses up to the valves. Make sure you put hot to hot and cold to cold. In my case the hot was red at the end and the cold blue. Under the sink, the hot should be the left valve and cold the right. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the hoses to the valves. I recommend hand tightening and then using your adjustable wrench for one additional turn. After the hoses are connected you are ready to turn the valves back to open. Turn the valves the opposite way from when you turned them off, for me all it took was pushing the valve in. Using your flashlight check for leaks. Once you have ensured there are no leaks, turn the faucet on to make sure it’s working. You should try both the hot and cold water.
    
From start to finish the install took me just under an hour including set up and clean up. I couldn’t be happier with the final look and ease of this project. Lets see the finish product! Here’s one last before:
 
And here’s a few afters! The difference is a huge and I feel like having a gold faucet bring even more attention to the gold hardware. I love how adding two things transformed it into a custom kitchen that doesn’t look like every other kitchen on the block. Click any picture below to head to efaucets and buy your own Champagne Bronze faucet!
 

*This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. What does this mean? If you click the link and buy a faucet- I get some coffee money, (not a pony.) All opinions of the products in this post are my own. I work with companies I love and the compensation is an awesome bonus!

 




DIY Hardware Installation

We recently finished building our home in Fort Worth. I absolutely love our kitchen! Its big with plenty of counter space and cupboards. With plenty of cupboards comes a major need for some amazing hardware. If your looking to update your kitchen but don’t want to invest thousands to do it, hardware is your go to! Its minimal in cost, but can completely change the entire look of your space.

Here are some before pics of how lonely our kitchen looked before we added hardware.

  
  Our kitchen is white and grey, which I felt like was the perfect color for using gold hardware. I found inspiration on the Hickory Hardware website and Instagram page. Here are the two pics I loved of Gold hardware against white that I thought were so pretty! Hickory also has super affordable hardware that are available at The Home Depot and online thru Amazon. What’s so great about Hickory is that there are several different types of gold finish options and they have a “try before you buy” policy that allows you to choose a few different options to see what finish works the best with your cabinets.  

I ordered every finish in gold that Hickory made and decided on the Skylight Collection in Elusive Golden Nickel.

Here’s what the Hardware looked like before I installed it.

 I installed the hardware with my sister as a weekend project. I cannot believe what an easy project this was. My first thought when I was getting ready to install the hardware was that one wrong hole in my cabinet and it’s not fixable! I was a little nervous thinking about that and wanted to have a good game plan on where my hardware was going to go on my cabinets so there were no mistakes. I started with measuring the cabinets to figure out the position of the hardware. I also made a mark on my ruler so I could make sure each time I drilled a new hole it was in the same spot.

  

After I marked and drilled my initial hole I screwed in one side of the handle and then used a level to mark where the second whole should go, rather than measuring again. This was a much easier and more precise way to make sure the hardware didn’t end up crooked

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I took a picture of what my marking looked like before erased them. I drew a square around the end of the handle, lowered the side that wasn’t screwed and drilled my second hole. After screwing the second hole in I held me level up to make sure it was still level. Ta-Dah! This was so easy and efficient it made the hole process of drilling each handle very easy and quick. Here are some after photos of the kitchen. I love what a difference the hardware makes and how adding something as simple as hardware can take your kitchen to another level.

 

 

  

I loved the hickory hardware so much that when I saw they also carried Rose Gold in the studio collection, I had to have it for my daughters bedroom, and I was pretty excited when I saw it on Amazon as an add-on so I snatched up some knobs and her dresser and night stand turn out adorable.

Click here to see how I easily installed our Delta 2.0 brushed gold faucet to match the new hardware.

*This is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. What does this mean? If you click the link and buy some hardware – I get some coffee money, (not a pony.) All opinions of the products in this post are my own. I work with companies I love and the compensation is an awesome bonus!



Finishing Your Build with the Pro’s

I asked 7 woodworking Pro’s how they finish their builds and

here’s what they had to say!

 

Chip Wade ( @chipwade) loves a spray finish with lacquer.

Jen Woodhouse (@jenwoodhouse) has a super cool trick at the end of her coats to get that amazing shine!

 
Clint Harp, @clintharpofficial, loves to keep wood in its raw state.
 

Pete with @furniturebypete has a great tip when you’re using oil based stain.

Adam with @lazyguydiy has an easy and beautiful way to give your pieces the perfect antique look.

Brandt with @camillewoodworking uses General Finishes and a spray gun to get his beautiful finishes.

Try a brush technique that Amanda with @rusticduckfurniture uses for her builds!

 

 

 





DIY Moana Inspired Mickey Ears

 

We have a trip to Aulani coming up in October so some Hawaiian inspired ears seemed fitting for the adventure. Even tho I am usually drilling, cutting, or staining- I decided to try my hand at crafting! I found a tutorial on Disney Style. I ended up paying about $5.00 for each set of Mickey ears. Using this as inspiration I rounded up the following products to make my Moana Ears:

In the Disney Style tutorial, they made their ears from a headband and foam. After pricing out this option I realized making 5 sets of ears can get pricey. I searched on Amazon and found a set of Mickey Ears for $12 and decided I’d rather work with a premade set of ears than have to construct my own AND this was a much cheaper route to go because the foam actually was a little pricey.

I first cut off the bows and started with making the left side of the ear which was the “Moana” side. Using a black marker I traced the shape of the ear and cut out two circles.

 

After glueing the fabric onto the ear, I used some jute rope and glued this using my Surebonder glue gun to create an edge around the ear .

Next using a permanent marker and a pic of Moana’s outfit I googled, I drew characters on the fabric to represent her dress and using the burlap cloth I cut and glued a strip across the ear to look like her skirt:

 

Next I took apart the banana leaves I bought from Michaels and started to glue them to the other ear:

 

 

 

 

I also used a piece of jute and glued this around the ear and glued the Hawaiian flower to the bottom of the ear:

Lastly, I glued on some leaves I found from Walmart in their floral aisle. These leaves were $.97 for a bunch and I didn’t even use all of them for 4 headbands.

Using leftover burlap, jute,  and a marker I made a set of Maui ears for my nephew. Here’s what those looked like- I used an image from the computer and traced it onto the right ear and the rest was free hand from googling maui images.

      

Thanks for checking out our darling headbands and if you want to make your own, here are the links to everything I purchased!

Have Fun!!

 

 

 

 




DIY Two Stepper Stool

Hey there! I wanted to share some awesome plans with you my friend Alex Hicknell created for the cutest step stool ever!! Check it out and happy building!

 

TWO STEPPER STOOL PLANS

The original stool was built out of Pine 2×2’s and soft wormy maple, but we’ll substitute Pine 2×6’s for the top. The pieces I used came from the lumber mill with those sweet saw blade marks already on them, but if you want a similar look just take a reciprocating saw on its side and run it along the top. Safety first, go slow and wear protective gear!
A lot of the 2x2s will be reinforced with screws and if we drill all of them directly in the centre some screws may line up and hit each other. To alleviate this I predrilled all holes slightly down from centre and when it came time for another screw crossing through I would aim a little higher than centre.
Good luck and happy building!

Materials List
-2” Screws
-2.5” Pocket hole screws
-Wood Glue
-Pine 2×2’s – 2 @ 9’
-Pine 2×6’s – 1 @ 5’
-Kreg Jig

Cut List
4 – 2×2 @ 13” (Rear Risers)
4 – 2×2 @ 5” (Front Risers)
2 – 2×2 @ 21” (Base)
4 – 2×2 @ 10.5” (Upper Step supports)
5 – 2×2 @ 11” (Horizontal separators)

4 – 2×6 @ 14 7/8” (Step Tops)

Step By step Guide
Step 1:
Start with one of your base pieces (21”) and attach the front riser (5”) on top but flush to the front by pre-drilling from below then attaching with a 2” screw and wood glue. Repeat this step and start building another identical piece.

Step 2:
Add the second of the front risers (5”). The back of it will sit at 10.5” from the front. Use the same method by pre-drilling from below and screwing together with glue and a 2” screw. Repeat for other side.

Step 3:
Attach the upper step supports (10.5”) to the top of the two front risers in the same manner, for each side.

Step 4:
Attach the front rear riser (13”). I recommend gluing and clamping it to the 5” front riser we just attached in step 2, then pre-drill and screw them from below and also to the upper step support (in step 3) from the back. Repeat for other side.
Step 5:
Add the back rear riser (13”) from below flush to the end of the base. Repeat for other side.
Step 6:
Attach the rear upper step support (10.5”) by pre-drilling and screwing from above. Make sure both the front and back are flush. Repeat for other side
Step 7:
Take your two identical pieces and attach them together with the horizontal separators (11”). If you are planning to paint the base you can attach in the same method by pre-drilling and screwing together. If you would rather stain the base you can hide these screw holes by using pocket holes and screws. For the base separators keep them situated underneath and for the top above (Duh!)
The best way to do this is by attaching all 5 separators (11”) to one of the side pieces (one flush at the front to the base, one flush to the back of the base, one at the front and one at the back of the top step supports and finally one at the front of the lower step support). Then take the other identical piece and attach in the same manner to all 5 points. Glue and clamps help a lot here.

Step 8:
Now would be a good time to paint your structure (if that’s the look you want!) so as to keep the tops pristine! Give it a sand first and fill all screw holes that bug ya. I like to sand down all the edges to give it a rounded look and feel. But that’s up to you.

Step 9:
Take two of your 2×6’s and attach them to each other using pocket holes and glue underneath. Repeat for the other step (both should be identical)

Step 10:
Stain your two steps before attaching. Its less messy than finishing it all as one piece. But give them a sand first and round off the corners and edges (this bad boy is the same height as your shins, trust me when I say rounded is the way to go!)

Step 11:
Once your paint and stain have dried, centre the bottom step. The easiest way to attach is by clamping it to the supports and pre-drilling then screwing with 2” screws from underneath. Its ok if you have to angle them in, you’ll never see them. Do the same for the top step. I recommend having this step flush at the back (same as the bottom one) so it will sit perfectly against a cupboard or shelf. If you are using it agains a wall with a baseboard you can have a slight overhang on the back (I think I’m over explaining this, you’re all big boys and girls, so feel free to make your own decisions!)

Step 12:
Once every thing is attached together give it all a coat or two of polyurethane. I like semi gloss….but again you’re all adults (or semi responsible children) so do what you like! Depending on your floor I would also suggest adding little felt pads to the bottom so you don’t mark up the floor, but be careful because this also makes the stool slide easier!
And that’s it! This was my first set of plans so I hope I covered everything! If any of you build this cutie please tag me in your work, I’d love to see it! #hicknelltwostepperstool

-Alex
@handmadebyhicknell
#handmadebyhicknell