Reporting on the Brass Faucet

So far, my only complaint about the Kingston Brass faucet I bought (and talked about here, though I ended up getting this one actually) is that it took a while to get here. Like, maybe two whole months?

When it did finally arrive though (I guess it was temporarily back-ordered), I was happily surprised with how heavy the thing was! And the polished brass was not so ‘bad 80s brass’ as I thought it might be. I was wondering if I would need to strip the lacquer off or sort of buff off some of the shine, but I think it looks pretty good as is. And I actually like it with my boring stainless steel sink. The mix of metals there sort of mimics the mix on the range.

As far as functionality goes, it ran a little slow for about a week after we installed it. The pressure was weak and it drove me completely nuts. I was worried the low pressure was because of the high bridge. But it ended up being a mistake on my part (I put the filter in the wrong way) and now that it’s fixed, this faucet easily has more water pressure than the shower in our last apartment! I could probably put out a fire in our backyard with the sprayer. :)

So, I’m curious. Since this redo was done on the cheap, I’ve been sort of dreaming of what I would have done if we owned the house and budget was no issue (the answer begins with reconfiguring the whole lay out of the parlor floor…). If you’ve redone your kitchen, where did you splurge and where did you save? What kitchen element is most important to you? Appliances? Countertops? Cabinets?

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  5. We are re-doing our kitchen as I write this. I splurged on a newport brass faucet in brushed brass to match my hardware line (that I design myself)…. and then I cut corners on the floor. Painting the sub floor and going to do a stencil. Crossing my fingers that it turns out nice!

  6. I do the exact same thing, walking in the neighborhood at night. I was so shocked when I caught a glimpse of your new chandelier recently on a quick run to the produce stand. Creepy, I know! I had been waiting anxiously to see it on the site- and couldn't believe I found it myself, just a block down!

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