Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Franke Luxury Kitchen System Makeover! Part 1 #Spon

**Complimentary products received in exchange for out honest review.  All opinions are ours and ours alone**

We bought our "new" 101-year-old house about 11 months ago and we've been slowly, but steadily remodeling and renovating the entire house.  I patiently anxiously awaited the day when it would be my beloved kitchen's turn for some remodel lovin':) 

That day finally arrived about a month ago and we were fortunate enough to partner with Franke to update our sink area.  Franke doesn't just offer sinks...they offer the entire luxury kitchen system.  They have hundreds of options to choose from and so many ways to mix and match your products.  They make it easy to transform your kitchen into that place you've been dreaming of:)

For me, my dream sink (is it silly to have a "dream sink"?) has always been an apron front model that would fit perfectly in a farmhouse style kitchen.  Being the amazing manufacturers they are, Franke has several apron front sinks to choose from.  We chose the Franke Farm House 33 inch Apron Front Single Bowl Fireclay Sink...phew!  It is every bit as awesome as it's name:) 

Before we get into the installation, let's take a look at some of the reasons I was ready for an upgrade:

The enamel sink was nice, but old.  It was super scratched up and had several chips and spots where it was corroding.

The faucet was super old school and the seal was wasting away and this yucky black goo was constantly oozing out and making a mess.

I'm not sure when this setup was installed, but it's obviously been awhile since the kitchen has been improved.

Enter Franke and one big delivery:

We were so pumped to receive this delivery!!  It was like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one:)

Then it was time to get busy.  As part of the remodel we are also updating the cabinets and counter tops and installing a dishwasher, on top of installing the entire Franke kitchen system, so there was (and still is) lots of work to be done.  Luckily, B is quite the handyman and seems to enjoy projects like this.

Here he is with his handy helper, D, getting the sink ready for installation:

And putting the sink in it's place:

Once the sink was in, it was time to drill the holes for the faucets.  Notice how the ugly pink tile is now gone?  We are in the process of sealing it with about 2.5 million coats of polyurethane, but it's looking great!  This picture is pre-seal:

Franke sent along a main faucet and a point-of-use faucet.  Our main faucet is the Pull Down Spray Faucet and the point-of-use is the Cold Water Only plus Filtration.  We got them in the Old World Bronze finish to match the linen sink.  We are antiquing our cabinets, so I'm sure it will all look fantastic together!

Here is the amazing Waste Disposer: 

This model is jam-resistant, energy-efficient and has impressive sound baffling.  It's so quiet that the first time I used it, I actually thought I had broken it.  The sound is super muffled, which we can all appreciate.

Our full kitchen system also came with a sink rack and a nifty cutting board:

Here is what the sink area looks like now that everything is in place:

Beautiful isn't it?!
We still have a ways to go.  Another couple of coats of polyurethane, the dishwasher installation (Hallelujah!) the cabinet drawers and doors (which are about halfway done) and a new backsplash.  It's a work in progress:)  But I'm certainly glad to be doing dishes and prepping meals in my gorgeous new sink!  Every time I walk into the kitchen, I am grinning from ear to ear:)

Once we finish the whole project (hopefully before Thanksgiving:) we will be posting an update with lots of pictures of the results.  We are excited to share how the total Franke Kitchen System is working for our family with y'all, so stay tuned!

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