I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’ve been in the process of revamping the tiny full bath in my home. I have big, big plans for that room and have already knocked quite a few of my projects out. Now some day soon my dad and I are going to replace the counter on my tiny vanity but we haven’t gotten around to it yet.
And I figured why sit around with a pretty faucet like the Moen Boardwalk Spot Resist bath faucet sitting in a box when I could be using it? When it’s time to replace the counter we’ll remove it and put it back. They say if you do something once it will just be easier the second time around, right?
Now to say that I installed the faucet is a total lie. I helped but I mostly took pictures. Russell is the one who did the installing and he’d never worked with plumbing before. We had our ups and downs and patches of confusion but in the end it worked out and I’m in love with the way my vanity looks right now, old counter top and all!
So here is a before shot. The home I bought many years ago was repossessed from the previous occupants and then purchased by a flipper of not so great caliber. While the house looked so great, things began to break down really quickly. My dad calls this “putting lipstick on a pig”.
Now there is nothing wrong with the old faucet. It works perfectly well and while it’s small it gets the job done. But you can tell when you turn the water on just how low quality the construction is. At first it drove me nuts but I guess after a while I got used to it. But not so used to it that I didn’t want to change it!
So I waited around all week for the weekend when Russell could install the new Moen Boardwalk Spot Resist bath faucet and I would be able to document it all through photographs. I was so excited that I went in and cleaned the bathroom thoroughly while he was still asleep.
Then I looked under the sink. Woops! I was AMAZED at how much stuff had accumulated under there over the years. I drug it all out and threw it in a box to make underneath the sink fully accessible and 100% ready for plumbing. By the way, that is a freaking big box…
Oh, and before you get going on this project, be sure to turn off the water. You’ll have this little knobs that you turn to close for the hot and the cold water. Mine are located under the sink (inside of the cabinet).
First part of the job was to remove the old faucet. I was mortified at all of the ‘stuff’ under it. But I was informed that is just old putty. Removing the old faucet was a snap!
To install your faucet you need only a few tools including a wrench and a pair of pliers. You’ll also need plumbers’ putty. It’s an awful lot like clay and it comes in little plastic pots in the plumbing aisle at the hardware store. It doesn’t look like much but you don’t really use too much.
The directions told Russell to put the putty around the inside edges of the tap and the two handles. Look at what a good job he did!
Now I tried to get photos of the process under the sink, I truly did, but man does that bathroom feel even tinier when you’ve got another person in there. Try though I might it just wasn’t possible. But I did hand the camera to Russell to make him snap a pic from his view under the sink.
We (and when I saw we I mean Russell working while I sat on a chair in the hallway waiting to snap pics as the action happened) followed the directions to the letter. The tap went in first. I commented on how the sink looked like Gonzo. Not sure if I wasn’t heard or if my comment wasn’t appreciated but I fully stand behind it.
Now here I’m actually helping! The handles are going on and Russell is underneath tightening things and whatnot and my job is to make sure that they stay put the way they should. Unfortunately the first go I was paying more attention to taking pictures of my proud hand than actually assisting. It didn’t go in straight. We had to do it again. It would appear that I am a terrible plumber’s assistant.
So here is the sink with the tap and handles. Only the stopper business left to go! But I could already tell that I LOVED this sucker. Seriously people, Moen Boardwalk Spot Resist bath faucet available at Lowe’s. Get one.
I didn’t really think about the stopper being replaced when the faucet was, but I’m glad because the old one had gotten grotty and rust stained. See the ring there where the old one was rusting? I busted out some lime and rust cleaner and freed that sink from that nastiness.
Oh, and FYI that stain on the back of the sink is gold liquid gilding from when the first time I tried to clean up a paintbrush with it. You see I didn’t understand the properties of the stuff and once the gilding set, it was set. Luckily the lime and rust remover also removes liquid gilding from sinks. Good to know!
Now here’s the final bit of Russell’s efforts, the stopper and the thing that makes it go up and down! Now this bit gave him some trouble and I don’t really understand why. I just know there was a problem with the tension to where it didn’t want to simply be raised up and down. You had to smack the living heck out of it to make the stopper come back up. But some time spent under the sink tweaking things and now it runs smooth as butter!
And BAM, look at that! I was so proud of how the faucet turned out I even went and busted out my new vanity top toothbrush holder, lotion dispenser and all of that business! It was supposed to be saved for the new counter but I just couldn’t help it!
Remember this sad little sink with his dinky little tap? Poor thing but a thing of the past.
So the Boardwalk Spot Resist bath faucet is pretty but that isn’t the only reason to make the switch. It also is also spot and fingerprint resistant. I don’t know how many times a day I used to rub down the old faucet with the inside of my tee shirt because every time it was used it got dirty.
Now sometimes the new one gets a water spot (I’ve had it installed about a week to fully test before sharing my findings with you) but I haven’t seen ANY fingerprints. I’ve been told the reason for the occasional spots is because our water is really heavy with lime. When a big drop of water happens on the faucet a lot of lime is getting left behind, which I get. But since I deal with this every few days instead of every use of the tap, it’s totally no big deal.
Overall I would recommend this faucet to friends and family. In fact I am highly encouraging my parents, who are replacing all of the faucets in their home to go Moen. And here’s why:
- The instructions are very easy to understand with convenient illustrations.
- Tools needed to install were limited to common tools we already hand limiting any additional expenses to only plumber’s putty which only cost a few dollars.
- Installation is totally do-able by someone who has never worked on plumbing before.
- NO fingerprints. Nada. Not a one.
- Conveniently available at Lowe’s hardware stores.
- Plus there is a matching shower head, toilet paper holder and towel racks so you can get all matchy matchy. You know how I love to coordinate!
What do you think? Do you love the switch?
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