My kitchen got a little update. It wasn't something I was planning, but when you open a cabinet to find black soot dripping all over the place it's kinda a "have to" situation.
Yeah, my disposal was leaking all kinds of who knows what and it had to be replaced. But instead of putting a new disposal on my old, cracked sink, we went ahead and got a new one for practical purposes. And why he was at it, we had him install a new dishwasher too. Our previous one only worked on one setting and all my other appliances are stainless so it was time for a change.
You may remember that I spray-painted the faucet oil-rubbed bronze (ORB) for a little update a year or so ago.
*Update: Other than some minor wear and tear, the faucet still looked decent. I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a change on a tight budget.
You may also remember me sharing about the time my finger was punctured by a shard of porcelain that broke off the front of the sink. Not a good day!
I'm a clean freak, but I'm especially particular about my kitchen sink. I like it to be spotlessly clean at all times. I hate dishes being left in the sink or wet dishtowels, etc. This sink has driven me batty from day one because no matter how hard I scrubbed, I could not get rid of those rust/residue stains around the edge. Which led to me hurting my finger so bad--scrubbing like crazy! By the way, I still have little to no feeling in it. It was a doozy!
I love the appearance of a cast iron porcelain sink (like our old one)--it's really nice, but not in our budget.
Fortunately, I've already got a buyer from Craigslist on our old sink!
We went with a stainless steel sink that is a step up (or two) from the basic square tub stainless sinks. I learned that you don't put ORB fixtures directly on a stainless sink unless it's a drop-in. Maybe that's basic knowledge, but it was news to me. I have ORB fixtures/hardware and I assumed I would get an ORB faucet to match. The salesman shot me straight on that and I got a satin nickel one to match the sink. I'm in love with my new faucet. I've never had one with a pull out sprayer--it's great! I like having my little soap dispenser too!
Our other appliances are stainless with black accents so we got a dishwasher in that same family. We didn't get top of the line anything--not in our budget. Even so...all of this: the sink, faucet, disposal, dishwasher, and plumber cost just under 1K. Whew! Fortunately, I did get a big discount on the plumber because the salesman misquoted the install by 200 bucks and I document everything and was able to negotiate. So...that was good.
Merry Christmas to me! I'm happy with my little update!