Shopping & Thrifting

It’s A Wash

Our new kitchen faucet could not have been a better deal. We snagged it on ebay (at our contractor’s suggestion) for an unbelievable $200+ below retail. We’re at the fun stage of the kitchen renovation where we get to choose hardware, fixtures and faucets- but the fun part can add up quickly so we’ll take all the budget saving discounts that we can get.

Check out our brand new $71 (!!!) Price Pfister brushed nickel faucet (which also includes a handy dandy sprayer for Burger baths and a cute undermount soap dispenser). Can’t wait to see how it looks with our granite countertop and undermount sink.

Kitchen faucet



Backsplash Backlash

This morning we excitedly met with our Certified Kitchen Designer to finalize the plans for our cabinets and countertops. We’re super psyched to post pics of all the materials we’ve chosen (KraftMaid cabinets, Stonemark Granite countertops, etc) so stay tuned for that fun stuff. In the meantime, we’re having a moment of indecisiveness about the backsplash.

One easy option is to continue our granite a few inches up the wall to act as a backsplash and then keep the rest of the area under the top cabinets a semi-gloss paint. This option really appeals to us because we would be able to easily change the paint color should our kitchen need a fun update down the road.

Our other option is to nix the few inches of granite on the backsplash and use one material from countertop to the bottom of the cabinets, like white subway tile (our absolute favorite) or some other small tile. The only downside is that this couldn’t be easily changed like paint, and will cost more for installation.

I’m sure we’ll come to a decision at some point (and would totally appreciate your opinions- comment, people, comment!) but until then we’re having lots of fun looking at crazy cool backsplashes in magazines and on the internet. Click here for some fun options like a gorge glass backplash we found on