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The One Thing That Made Our Budget Kitchen Appear High-End | One Room Challenge Week 4

If you’re new around here, welcome. I’m Diana, and my husband and I packed up our new baby and SC home almost a year ago and moved to a quaint, cozy home in East Tennessee. We’ve been working hard since then to make this home our own all while being new parents. Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge where I’m sharing our DIY modern, vintage-inspired kitchen. Here’s the progress from the previous weeks (week one, week two, week three).

Taking It to the Next Level

There’s been a lot of hard work to get our dated 90s kitchen to the state it’s in today (post links below). From the wallpaper to the cabinet painting and the tile, we’ve done it all ourselves in order to make my vision a reality within a budget we’re willing and capable to put into our kitchen. Just because it’s a budget-friendly, DIY kitchen doesn’t mean it has to appear that way. There’s one item that I believe took our kitchen to the next level. It’s also the one thing that we did not do ourselves.

Week 1 | The Kitchen Before 

Week 2 | How to Paint Cabinets with Clay-Based Paint

Week 3 | Removing Tile and Prepping Walls for New Tile

(Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by eFaucets, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

One of the most used and most noticeable features in a kitchen is the faucet, but faucets can often be dismissed for the most affordable option when renovating a kitchen. Choosing a beautiful, classic, shiny faucet can instantly make a kitchen feel updated and high-end.

Side note: We don’t mess with plumbing in our house. It’s one of the few things we hire out for a trained professional. A leak can ruin your entire house! It’s well worth it to plan for a plumber in our reno budget.

Choosing a Faucet

Faucets can vary in price anywhere from $150 to over $1,000, but you certainly don’t have to go anywhere near that higher price to find a stunning faucet. A few features that make a faucet and your kitchen appear more high-end are:

1. Finish

Polished nickel will more than likely never go our of style. It has a nice shine with a warmer undertone than chrome. It’s my go-to when choosing most metals. It also mixes well with most other metals like brass, black, and bronze. Chrome is also a popular option for modern spaces. It has a cooler tone than polished nickel. If you’re looking for something unique and worldly, go with vintage brass / rubbed brass like my friend Nicole at The Inspired Hive. It’s so gorgeous and will truly make a stunning statement in your space.

2. Shape

If you have the space, a higher neck faucet is not only practical for large pots and pans, it’s also gives your space height and dimension that a shorter faucet lacks. You will also want to think about the style of your kitchen. Since I’m going with more of a modern yet lived-in, vintage vibe, I chose a faucet with a modern, sleek neck with beautiful curved details. In our modern South Carolina kitchen, I went with a sleek, modern chrome faucet that had zero detail, but it fit the style of the rest of our space.

3. Function

There are several types of faucets and accessories to choose from. I personally love the practicality and simplicity of a single pull down faucet like this one or this one, but since we kept our countertops and had a filtered water dispenser already, it changed my plan. I went with a regular faucet with a coordinator sprayer and water dispenser. The set of three makes my sink area more of a design feature than just a necessity.



Kohler Faucet // eFaucets

Water Dispenser // eFaucets

Hardware // Liberty Hardware

Sconce // Pottery Barn


A BIG thanks to my One Room Challenge Sponsors





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  • Reply
    Tee at Beauteeful Living
    October 24, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I love nickel finishes and you’re right, they will never go out of style! High faucets are all we choose nowadays for kitchens. We have a deep sink and even then, having a high faucet makes cleaning large pots far easier. Good luck with next week’s progress!

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    Jen @ Jenron Designs
    October 24, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Tee your kitchen is really beautiful and I am just loving everything and the nickel finishes are just the icing on the cake. Absolutely gorgeous my friend!

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    Susie @ Chelsea Project
    October 24, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Love your faucet! It just pulls the whole project together! Your kitchen is looking fabulous! So excited for you. ~~ Susie

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    October 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Love your faucet and I LOVE Liberty Hardware! Nice!

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    Nicole @ The Inspired Hive
    October 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Aww thank you for mentioning me! You are the sweetest! I completely agree that faucets can change the whole feel of a kitchen and make it seem high end! I love the faucet you chose! And everything else in this kitchen!!!!

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    Rebecca Plumb
    October 25, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Agree that the faucet upgrades the whole look! Looking beautiful!

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      October 31, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much, Rebecca!

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    October 25, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Love that faucet! It’s gorgeous!

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    Marina V
    October 25, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Good tips on the faucets

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    October 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Love that faucet! Love the elegant look it brings to the space.

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    November 2, 2018 at 9:56 am

    This post was right on time. We need a new faucet for our kitchen and I’m being super picky about which one to choose. As you’ve illustrated so well, the faucet chosen can change the whole look of a kitchen.

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