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DIY: Kitchen Faucet

I've been wanting to replace the old nasty kitchen faucet since we bought our house, but other projects had taken precedent until just recently. With my Christmas gift card to Lowes, I picked out a new faucet while being convinced by the Lowes guy that installing your own faucet is fairly easy. I really didn't want to pay $99 for installation, so I figured I'd give it a try. Here's the before shot, as reference.

So, I put on my handyman hat and climbed under the sink to turn off the water, unscrew the existing lines and take out the old faucet. It was fairly easy, with a bit of manipulation on my part to reach things. Mike got an action shot, plumber's crack and all (edited, of course - this is a rated PG blog). Sidenote: I couldn't find a flashlight, so I had to light up the Yankee candle to see.

Mike hates anything DIY, so I was trying to be self-sufficient and do it all by myself, but one of the old screws was too tight for me to budge, so I had to ask for help. He gladly climbed under the sink in his cashmere sweater. I had to take an action shot of this too, as proof that he can perform manual labor.

So, basically it took about 30 minutes from start to finish, and I think the end product looks great! It really was very easy to do it myself, or rather, ourselves...or is it ourself??? Whatever...

Total cost: $115.00


  1. very nice! you crack me up with candle and the photos. (no pun intended)

  2. Congratulations!!! Quite an accomplishment, and a savings on labor :)

    The new faucet is gorgeous!

  3. so now you have $99 to buy something fabulous for yourself :)

  4. You sound just like me. My husband avoids DIY stuff, I completely love it!
    I'm not all that good, so I almost always call a friend or my hubby.
    But it looks fantastic!
    Gotta love the total cost too! Not bad!

  5. Good Job.....see the candles ARE a necessity!!!

  6. Wow, that's a great deal! I'm impressed, that faucet looks fantastic! Good job!

  7. Great work! See what we can do?! Love the look on your sink!!!

  8. What a difference a new faucet can make! That looks fantastic! Great job!

  9. Good for you! I had a good laugh about the candle too.


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