Replacing the Kitchen Faucet

Hi friends! Today I’m going to finish up the project I started talking about on Tuesday–removing the reverse osmosis filter and replacing the kitchen faucet. Today is all about the kitchen faucet! Like most things in our kitchen, the old faucet was fine and functional, but not our favorite style.

old kitchen faucet

The lower spout often got in the way when we were trying to wash larger items, like cookie sheets, and it just didn’t have a ton of power.

Choosing your New Kitchen Faucet

We’ve walked down the faucet aisle on most Home Depot trips since we started the kitchen renovation in January, so when we went to buy our faucet we had an idea of what we were both looking for. We wanted a long goose-neck faucet with the integrated sprayer in the brushed nickel to match the rest of our house, and we wanted a soap dispenser.

Number of Holes for Installation

Before you start looking at any faucet, make sure you know exactly what you’re working with in your kitchen–most importantly, the number of holes in your countertop. Countertops typically have between 1-4 holes to install a faucet through and any accessories, so your new faucet needs to be able to match that. A lot of the newer faucets will be able to be install in 1 or 3 holes (install in 1 hole and then put a decorative cover over the base to cover the other 2 holes). The ones that cover 4 holes usually includes a soap/lotion dispenser.

Hands-Free Technology

We were really intrigued by the hands-free technology, where you can tap it on or wave your hand in front of it and turn on. But, they were significantly more expensive ($275-$350 compared to the $190 we spent). I know that’s not a ton of money, but when it was the last purchase on the list for our kitchen, every penny felt like $10. My other concern was the hands-free technology requires a power source, often replaceable batteries, mounted under the sink. If you read my last post (and you’ll read further down), you’ll know how uncomfortable it was to try and angle myself into our corner cabinet and around our garbage disposal to even reach the underneath of the faucet. So, I didn’t want to install something I was going to have to contort myself for every couple of months to replace the batteries.

Handles

This is purely a stylistic choice for you, but will help pare down your faucet choice. Do you want just one handle to control hot and cold water and the strength of the spray, or do you want separate hot and cold water?

Pull Out Sprayer vs. Pull Down Sprayer

Another stylistic choice–do you want the traditional look of a faucet with a separate sprayer (pull out sprayer), or do you want the sprayer integrated into the faucet (pull down sprayer)?

Finish

Most faucets come in brushed nickel and chrome, but some also come in bronze, black, and gold, so you’ll have lots of options.

Accessories

Do you want a soap or lotion dispenser installed in the counter to match your faucet?

Once you have the answers to all these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down the faucet aisle to about 10-20 faucets. And from there, it’s mostly going to be a style choice.

Disclosure: The links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I earn a small commission if you click the link and purchase the item. I’ve only linked items I’ve used in the past and would use again (unless otherwise noted). 

Choosing our Kitchen Faucet

We decided on the Delta Charmaine Faucet at Home Depot. It can be installed in 4 holes, has a pull down sprayer, comes in brushed nickel, and has 1 handle. Style-wise it has a few more details to make it not super modern, but not too traditional either (like everything else on our house–we have to balance Steve’s modern style with my traditional). It came with new water supply lines included. And, it’s got some fancy spray options. You can just spray it regularly. . .

faucet spraying water

You can use the power sprayer . . .

faucet spraying water

Or you can use Delta’s fancy Shield Spray feature, where it sprays in a circle, so it doesn’t splash you while you’re cleaning off a dish.

faucet spraying water

And, if you love the look of this faucet, but want the hands-free technology, they make it here!

Supplies

This faucet came with most everything you need, which was great. We didn’t need any special tools for this. But, make sure you check the box and instructions for your particular faucet before you start, to make sure you don’t get half way in and are missing something.

The only additional thing I needed was some plumbers putty to help the countertop bracket stay in place (the technical name is an escutcheon, who knew?) and help prevent water from collecting underneath the bracket thing (I can’t call it an escutcheon–it’s way too fancy a name).

And, here’s where things take a different turn than usual. . .

In full disclosure I did not install my kitchen faucet. I started to remove my reverse osmosis filter (the first part of this project), I couldn’t reach the under side of the sink where faucet came out under the counter (I have a big corner cabinet and a giant garbage disposal that you have to contort yourself around–not fun). So, I called my handyman to help my finish removing the reverse osmosis filter, and since he was already under the sink, I had him remove my old faucet and replace it with our new one. I just couldn’t stomach the idea of squeezing myself around the garbage disposal again.

I have installed faucets before, so it’s definitely a project you can tackle.

I was going to type up all the steps for you, but I don’t have any helpful pictures for you, so instead, I’m going to send you to my friend Bob at HandymanHowTo.com. He describes in perfect detail with pictures how to install a Delta faucet.

Finished Product: Our New Kitchen Faucet!

Here it is! Our brand new kitchen faucet. Doesn’t it look great?!

new kitchen faucet

As things usually go in our house, the hole we were going to install our soap dispenser in (the old water filter faucet hole) was too small for the mount for the soap dispenser. I was annoyed for a day, but then we put a plate to cover the hole (takes 5 minutes to install), and I’m just going to focus on how amazing the new faucet looks and performs instead 🙂

new kitchen faucet

I hope this helps you decide on your next new faucet (and also remind you that even if you love to DIY like me, it’s sometimes worth it to call in the professionals).

Almost Time for a Drumroll!

Sooooooo, this was the last big kitchen project we had for our kitchen renovation! (I’m counting the bar top as part of the living room, so that won’t be grouped with the kitchen stuff). I can’t believe how different our kitchen looks after just two months of weekend projects. The only thing that’s the same is the inside of our cabinets, the floors, and the countertops–everything else was refinished, repainted, or replaced!

On Sunday, I’ll share with you tips on putting the final touches on a big kitchen renovation and do a big reveal of the finished project! Can’t wait to show you all!

~Lauren

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