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We Bought a Goose!

Ok. Let me explain. Before you go thinking we have some feathered friends roaming around in our yard we didn’t buy an actual goose.  We did however buy a gooseneck faucet for our kitchen!kithen -03

And we are loving it.  I’m loving it because this was an upgrade that ML insisted on.  The man in him wanted a more powerful sprayer so that he could blast all the food off the plates with hardly any effort.  Let me tell you a little story.  Several years ago our faucet was leaking underneath the counter.  We called our handyman who fixed it for us… but he also took liberty and bought a new faucet and sprayer without consulting us first.  I mean come on!  He didn’t think we would care what it looked like?

counter-above1Yeah, it could have been worse but if we had planned on purchasing a new faucet and sprayer we sure wouldn’t have picked that one.  We lived with it though but never forgot the power behind our first sprayer.  Which lead us to this faucet purchase… our gooseneck faucet.  It completely elevates the level of sophistication for our kitchen.

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We tried to keep it real when we selected this faucet.  We wanted something functional (and powerful) but also something that would aesthetically work with our kitchen plus look like a nice upgrade for future resale purposes  We decided on the mid-priced Delta Savile Stainless 1-Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet available at Lowe’s.  It was just under two hundred books plus we used our Lowe’s credit card and a coupon to bring the price down even more.
kitchen -04 The sprayer is built into the faucet and retracts automatically and locks in place using a magnet.  I love how elegant it looks and how easy it is to use.  There is a button on the back of the pull down part that switches the water between the normal “hose” spray and “shower spray”… and it’s powerful.  ML loves it!

I was a little worried before we brought it home that it would stand too tall.  I didn’t want people to be able to see it from the street.  Even though it is tall it’s not visible from the street  because our house sits so high.  Plus, I kind of like it’s elegant stature now.  Maybe it’s just what our kitchen needed…. something elegant.kitchen -01I have to give Michael Luke the credit he deserves on this kitchen reno upgrade.  He really knew what would be best and i can’t help but think the next home owner will agree. 🙂  And another plus is that we didn’t let this guy sit around forever before installing him. ML worked on it one night the week after we bought it while I was putting the girls to sleep… yeah, that quick!

Ok, girls… what projects have your husbands insisted on that in the end you really loved?  Was it a backyard makeover?  A new paint color?  A change in the furniture configuration?  I want to know.

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Ready. Set. Lights!

Ever since we really started making progress on our kitchen remodel last year my kitchen has become my favorite room in the house.  I love how much larger it feels now that the walls are painted yellow, and the cabinets a soft gray… not too mention my counters that pretty much take my breath away every time I walk in.  Who knew laminate could be so desirable?

Work on the kitchen was pretty much at a stand still for the last part of 2013 until we installed under cabinet lighting.  I don’t have any photos of the process but it was a minimal investment from IKEA that has made cooking even more fun.  I sort of feel like a chef now.  I really should take some pictures of it all lit up for you because telling you about them really won’t do our work any justice.

In the meantime, lets look at some pictures of other small upgrades we have been making in the kitchen.  In case you’ve forgotten or you new here at Color Transformed Family (hi!) Michael Luke and are procrastinators.  Procrastinators to the core… and when you put two procrastinators together you get huge project delays.  Which brings us to our project of installing a new pendant light above the sink.kitchen -04I don’t remember when the light actually came in but I know we have had it since before Christmas!  Procrastinators, I tell you. Earlier this month, ML ran across a little free time that he didn’t know what to do with and decided to finally install our pendant light.

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Ah!!!! It was such an easy install and payed off big time with the end result.  Even he couldn’t believe it and was a little bummed he had waited so long.

For a little refresher here’s our previous pendant light.  Not too shabby but it wasn’t exactly what we were looking for in our kitchen transformation.

 

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The best part was that our new pendant light only set us back $50 (plus shipping).  yhl light-2

So where did I find this pendant?  It was actually featured as part of an install in a magazine clipping that I had. I don’t have the clipping any more but I had it saved to show ML what I was picturing for above the sink.  He usually needs a few more visuals than I do.  Anyway, one day I was looking at my clipping and noticed that the source for it was given.  It was the Young House Love Bubble Glass Pendant from Shades of Light.  Now I love Young House Love and had admired their lighting collection before but had never wanted to purchase a light fixture for the sole reason of being a groupie.  But when I discovered that I liked the light before knowing who had designed it and that I really couldn’t beat the price I shared my finding with ML and the rest is history.

kitchen -04And now for a little picture to brighten your day! 🙂flowers

 

 

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Installing Hardware

Last week I shared updated progress pictures of our kitchen.  One of the updates was new hardware for our cabinets.  Installing the hardware was easy but I thought I would share a few tips that I used to make this easy upgrade super easy.

tips for installing hardwareWe bought these IKEA Tag door handles late last year in anticipation of finally getting this kitchen renovation tackled.
install ikea hardwareSix months later and the handles are finally up.  That’s not too bad, is it?  After opening the packages, I noticed that the dimensions for the spacing for the screws was given in both U.S. and metric measurements.  My first instinct is always to use U.S. measurements because that is what I am most familiar with.  I discovered though that the U.S. measurements didn’t actually line up with the center of the holes on the handles.  Which means had I used the U.S. measurements I would have ended up with a bunch of useless holes in my cabinets!  Womp. Womp. #bloggerfail

IKEA is a Swedish company so I hoped the metric measurements would be more accurate.  They were spot on.  So the lesson of the day is:  When dealing with a European company default to the metric measurements for accuracy.

Now, back to the process of installing the hardware. Placement of your handles is really up to you.  There are variables that can affect your placement… handle size, location of any trim on doors, and personal preference.

So to figure out my preferred location of our handles I held a handle up to decide which location worked best for me.  After deciding on a location I tilted the handle to the side and marked the location for the holes.  Genius, right?
install ikea hardwareApparently I was really cold that dat because I am wearing my Columbia jacket inside!  

Those markings are not what I used to drill the holes though.  First, I measured the distance from the holes to the side and bottom of the door and then adjusted to an easy to replicate measurement… for me 2 1/4″.

Next, I made a template for easy and exact placement of all the holes on all the doors.
install ikea hardwareI aligned the bottom corner of the paper with the corner of the doors and then made small pencil marks through tiny holes that I had previously punched to indicate the location for the screws.

You may have noticed in the picture above that the center of the handle is also marked.   This is important when marking the location on a drawer.  I found it helpful to find the center of the drawers first and then mark the location of the holes.install ikea hardwareThe previous picture also shows the spackling that I used to cover the holes from our previous hardware.  The spacing on the IKEA Tag handles were a little bit wider than our previous handles but were easily hidden with some spackle and and sanding.

Next, ML drilled the holes while I sat in the background nervously hoping that the measurements were right.
install ikea hardwareAfter a few nail biting moments he assured me that the handle was installed without any trouble.  Yay, for taking it slow and trying to get those measurements as accurate as possible.  It truly was a battle against the non-perfectionist in me but it was completely worth it.

Before installing all the handles I sanded and painted the doors and then FINALLY got to enjoy the beauty of my new handles.sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinetsSo, what nail biting tasks have you tackled lately?  Do you struggle with being a perfectionist like me? Or maybe you struggle because you are a perfectionist.  Sometimes ML’s perfectionism really gets on his nerves but it is who he is.

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