Since “holes in granite slyly covered by soap & lotion dispenser plus a bottle of Ms. Meyers cleaner” doesn’t really belong on a For Sale listing…
…we finally took the time to solve our hidden hole issue in the kitchen.
These two little buggers are leftover from when we swapped faucet fixtures and no longer needed all four holes (but we actually appreciate that they’re there because they keep things flexible for anyone who might want to switch out the fixture someday and accommodate an in-counter soap dispenser and a separate sprayer again). We’ve mentioned before how we’ve just been covering them with soap bottles and many of you have politely nudged us to seal them up more securely. And let’s just say the prospect of having a home inspector coming ’round was the final push we needed to abandon our current “out of sight, out of mind” approach.
Luckily the solution was a mere $4 thanks to these babies from Lowe’s (yup, they were less than two dollars a pop).
It only took us about 5 minutes to screw these faucet hole covers into place (though it did require two sets of hands).
We especially like that it allows us to declutter the countertop even more whenever folks come over for showings. Sorry Ms. Meyers, but you’re officially banished back to your proper place under the sink. Although any new homeowner who wants to go back to storing their soap on the counter could easily hide the hole covers again if that’s more their style. We actually really like the more open look though.
So yes, we’re kicking butt and taking names around here in the home improvement department. How you like me now?
I’m kidding. This was the easiest project ever, which required no tools. Yawn. Can’t wait to tackle big transformations again in that elusive future house of ours. In the good news department, we think we’re closing in on it. Counting down the minutes. (Note: This isn’t teasing. We can’t announce anything yet because nothing is really for sure. We’re just closing in. We hate that these things take time, but hey, they do).
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~*S*~ @ Seven Sisters says
It’s too bad you can’t just take the faucet with you, i mean…it WAS a gift…. hehe.
We’re happy to leave that behind and dig around places like Ebay, Overstock, and the Habitat For Humanity ReStore for something new. We really want to keep from cloning our current house and it feels nice to leave it as lovely as we remember it, you know so we’re not taking it apart and moving half of it. Of course a lot of our furniture will come with us (while things like the bedroom built-ins and even the bed frame in the master will stay behind along with most of the light fixtures, window treatments, and even the floating shelves in the dining area) but we definitely can’t wait to start over in a new place and hunt down lots of new things!
Yeah! I am one of those who was troubled by the holes, so I am happy to see them filled. I know – I gotta get a life! Fingers crossed you find your new home sweet home soon. You’ll know it’s the one when you feel it. That’s my belief.
Cait @ Hernando House says
I’m liking the more open look, too. :) Plus it shows a buyer they can change the faucet to something 4-holed if they want without making holes in the granite (although I’m sure everyone loves your touch faucet).
Yeah, that’s what we thought too. We’re so happy it was such an easy fix (that still keeps things really flexible).
A possible house found… can’t wait to read more about it :)
Ooooh, did you make an offer! I hate being teased. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve!
When Jim and I start a DIY project many times we end up saying, “It’s never easy.” How nice that you had any easy project for a change! susan
Closing in on it…REALLY?
How. Freaking. Exciting.
Can’t wait to hear the news!
Waiting on pins and needles….patiently, of course! :)
Is you know what items your leaving and taking with you, does that mean you’ve sold the house?? Crossing my fingers for you guys! :)
Nope, we haven’t sold the house yet- but we certainly hope things are headed in that direction!
Deanna Divino says
Hi guys! I wanted to wish you the best on the sale of your home, we just went through the process of selling and buying recently- oy vey!
QUESTION: What is your granite? I’m guessing Bianco Romano or Kashmir White. I can’t find the post where you revealed your kitchen completion and detailed the details. :)
It was called Pashmina through the Home Depot, but we know it goes by many other names (one of which is Kashmir White). Hope it helps!
So…a home inspector eh? I’m thinking your house is on it’s way to being sold! :) Fingers crossed for you guys. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
We certainly hope so! Ack, it’s so nerve-wracking!
Mike @HA says
Possible congratulations on your possible closing! Possibly good luck :) Any offers on your current casa?
We haven’t sold our house yet, but we’re definitely working on it! Oh if only these things happened overnight….
So cool to truly see an “easy” upgrade.
Is it okay to be sad and happy for you all at the same time? I love the home you’ve made, but I’m so excited to see what’s next!
Oooh, cliffhanger!! :-)
If by “closing in on it” you mean “closing on it,” then I’m pretty darn excited. If by “closing in on it” you mean “closing in on it…” well, I’m not going to lie…I’m pretty excited either way :).
I was so excited that I made tons of grammatical errors in my above comment. Sheesh! ;)
HAHAHAHA I’m so slow this morning…Sink Holes…HAHAHAHAHA
Jessica @ How Sweet says
Ahhh I can’t wait to hear!
Just curious- what size is your sink? Did you ever regret not going with a single bowl version?
Nope, we love the double sink because we use one side to dry things like non-dishwashable pots and pans while the other side is still accessible for washing hands and rinsing things off. It’s definitely a subjective thing though, so that’s just one opinion.
Dana @ House*Tweaking says
Oooooh! You’ve got me hangin’ on the edge of my seat over here! Inspector, “closing in” and future “big transformations”? Can’t wait to see what happens.
Oh, and those sink hole covers are pretty cool too. Didn’t even know they made such a thing.
PS…random question for you. The hubs and I have ordered the Pilar faucet for our soon to be ready house (and just now realized that that’s what you guys have…nice!). We keep wondering what temperature the faucet comes on at when you use the touch function to turn it on? Or is it pre-determined by which “on” position you leave the handle in? I’m thinking it’s going to be super handy with all of our reno-dust and paint everywhere, glad to hear you guys have liked it!
Yup, it’s all dependent on the direction of the handle position. Love it.
mike @ the lil house that could says
what a great quick and easy fix! love the granite, too
An easy fix guys ;)
And good luck on finding your next dream home :) Wished I was on market for YHL home!
Thanks for the quick reply on the faucet…good to know!
Also, I just found this online magazine (I don’t even think there’s a print version available yet because it’s so new) and when I looked through it, I couldn’t help but think you guys would enjoy it. I’ve loved perusing through all three issues! Check it out at: http://covetgarden.com/
Joyce C says
Silly question, but where do you keep your sponge(s)? We keep ours on the countertop and it’s just so ugly.
Here’s a post with that info: https://www.younghouselove.com/2010/01/email-answer-ship-shape-sink/
Hope it helps!
leanne @ simplicitlee says
I do the same thing as you guys… hum and haw about doing a project (thinking itll take so long and that I just dont have the time) and when I actually “tackle” whatever little project I have been avoiding…. it’s not so bad & I end up feeling so much better once I get it done!
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
Hope everything goes well! I can’t wait to hear what ends up happening. Super exciting as well, since it appears you got a potential buyer without having to hire a realtor. Yay!
Melissa (HOUSEography) says
Such a nice easy project and is yet another thing that people won’t even think about when the look at your house. Good luck on closing in on your next dream home!
Funny how you go through all the tweaking when you’re selling, otherwise little things like that go unnoticed or ignored for one reason or another. Makes me want to go through my house as a buyer and see what little imperfections shout out at me. :)
i hope everything works out for you guys -whatever it may be! GOOD LUCK!
I’m sure you have a post about it, but where or who did your counters? I love the white marble look and it’s something we want to do in our new home we are moving into in two days!
We got them through the Home Depot (they’re permashield “Pashmina” counters, so they never need sealing and they hold up really well). Hope it helps!
ohhhhh… didn’t they give you the version of he faucet with the matching soap dispenser? that would take care of one of the holes!? we just love our pilar faucet!!!! and the soap dispenser, too… no leaks! works perfectly!
i sorta hope you are closing on selling your house… but i’m sad, too…. good luck!!!!
They thoughtfully gave us the most basic model (which we love) and since it has a built in pull-down sprayer we would still have one of those two holes (even with the soap dispenser) so we’re happy to have learned about the hole covers and turned to them for a quick, easy, and inexpensive fix.
Do you get hard water stains on your granite? Any tips for cleaning these stains? Vinegar works pretty well on hard water stains in the bathroom but I’ve read things that say not to use vinegar on granite.
We actually don’t get water stains on our granite. It came from Home Depot with “Permashield” technology, which means it’s sealed for life (so it doesn’t absorb water or other stains like other natural stone might). Hope it helps!
Huh, sink hole covers. I never knew there was such a thing. Thanks, Young House Love!
Jenn L @ Peas &Crayons says
Well that was easy enough! Kicking butt and taking names indeed =)
Rebecca @ the lil house that could says
We did the soap over the hole trick in our condo when we got rid of our sprayer! Man I thought we were original ;)
Now we are once again looking for a faucet and I find myself counting holes required to not have the same issue. I really want the touch faucet from that commercial with the song that goes “Yooooour hands can do so many many things!” Is that the one you guys have??
Yup, that’s the one! Love it!
Beth Griffin says
I’m so glad to see that you use Mrs. Meyer’s products! Whenever I talk about the products, most people think I’m crazy. So…….maybe you can get a little excited with me that Thelma Meyer lives 9, yes NINE, houses away from me! She’s such a sweet lady who still lives in little ol’ Granger, Iowa in the same house she raised all nine of her children in. If you don’t have her book, I recommend it. I always do a little happy dance when I open my book, as it’s autographed by Thelma herself–and she did it when she was standing in my very kitchen!
Thanks for your great site!
the more stuff you leave behind, the more stuff your sponsors (and Lowe’s and Home Depot and….) can give you for your next place! –Not that they give you everything, but why take stuff with you, when you get the chance to start fresh again!
“Closing in” and “prospect of a home inspector” are sounding VERY promising, indeed!!!!!
We’ve actually made a decision that we will no longer accept free swag for the new house. Even if we’re giving it away to our lovely readers, it still feels kind of unfair to accept free stuff when the average DIYer out there doesn’t get the same opportunities. We always try to get good deals and hunt around for the best prices, and since we plan to pay for every last item in the new house it’ll keep us honest and cheap.
Heidi H. says
There is nothing more pleasing to the eye than a clean kitchen sink area. I’ve always really liked your set up, even with the Mrs. M. bottle sitting out there, but now!!!! It got so much better. You’ve done the impossible again! Lol.
I didn’t even know those hole covers existed. What a great idea. Did you ponder putting the soap dispenser back in for the “future homeowners” before decided to cover the rest of the holes?
We’ve been showing the house with the touch faucet as an included perk (so since the old soap dispenser matches the finish of the old faucet and wouldn’t go with the new one we figured the hole covers along with the touch faucet were the way to go). Hope it helps!
Woo-hoo! Exciting stuff!
And who doesn’t love inexpensive, easy fixes like this one? I think it makes a big difference and really makes it look clean and finished.
Again, woo-hoo! Soo excited to see what you’ve found!
Lonely Wife Project says
You TEASE!! Can’t wait to here the details.
I had no idea these covers existed. We have a hole next to our kitchen sink also and we are always spilling water down it and then having to crawl under the cabinet to clean it up. Thanks for enlightening me.
We redid our kitchen last year. We LOVE it, and believe it or not, one of my favorite things is THE SOAP DISPENSER. It was a last minute decision. . and I’m so happy with it. Ah, it’s the little things isn’t it??
“Beware of Sink Holes” – totally a John title. No doubt. Sorry you didn’t even get to break out your tools for this one. But it does look nice. And it’s safe for potential homebuyers as well.
So this might be a silly question, but how do you guys find out these kinds of solutions are out there? Just Google sink holes or something? I never knew these existed either, and I would have just thought that I had to get a faucet that fit 4 holes each time I wanted to upgrade. I think that there’s a lot of projects that homeowners leave undone because they just aren’t aware that a simple solution exists. Thanks for sharing!
Actually a few of our readers tipped us off about them, and we later noticed them at Lowe’s! But we’re definitely not shy when it comes to asking for help at our local home improvement stores or googling around for solutions- even posting things on message boards or emailing friends and family members is nothing beyond our “research” scope. Hope it helps!
OMDog! This morning on the way into work, I was TOTALLY thinking about the sink holes and how you were going to deal with them while showing the house.
I’m a little freaked out now…
Haha, it’s funny to us that anyone would be thinking about our sink on the way to work!
I really love that you guys wont be accepting freebies. I never put quite as much weight into a review or blog post when they rave about a free item.
Newlyweds on a Budget says
Ooooo I can’t wait to see your new home!!! Hurry up and buy one already! I want to see more updates : )