April 12, 2012Installing The New Kohler Bathroom Faucet In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
I sincerely wish that I knew what the original bathroom faucet looked like in Mom’s condo. I’m super sure that it was tons better than this off the shelf model from the big box stores.
This faucet was just all wrong for the 1950s look we were going for, plus it was in horrible shape, so we knew it was going to be replaced. My Mom LOVES Kohler products more than anything else, you will remember we installed a Kohler Toilet in the bathroom a while back. We eventually decided on the Polished Chrome Kohler Memoirs Stately Design Centerset Faucet. We ordered the faucet from Home Depot, but you have to go through a big book in the bathroom faucet aisle (as these are only special order) to find these and then you must make sure that you have the right code for ordering the specific finish you want. The price for the faucet at Home Depot was around $200.
So, we were all excited about ordering the faucet and we could hardly contain ourselves until the shipment finally arrived. When it finally came we picked it up and rushed over to install the fabulous new faucet in the bathroom and then this happened………
Yeah. I know, right? Bleeeeeeppppppp!!!!!!!
So, we just thought we’d hook it up like this anyway and Mom probably wouldn’t even notice. hee! Just kidding y’all!
The faucet was just too big to fit in the holes. ugghhhh. All sorts of things were running through my mind. Would we even be able to use this faucet…like ever? This was a special order, will they take it back??? Would we be able to use ANY nice faucet??? Were we stuck with using the old faucet??? Are we doomed???? Help.
We left the condo defeated. We were depressed that night and really were stumped by what to do. Mike said he was just going to stew on it a while and stop by Home Depot the next day and just roam around, maybe he would get some inspiration there.
Well, stew on it he did y’all! The next day he devised a plan that if he could enlarge the mounting holes just a bit more that faucet would totally fit right in. So he roamed and he roamed until he came across this, the Roto Zip. It’s called a drywall router on the Home Depot website, but you can change out the bits and use it for other things besides drywall cutting too.
Mike found this X-Bit diamond tipped bit for detailed cutting of porcelain tile. He thought it would work well to enlarge the holes just slightly, while not damaging the sink itself. I thought I could wear it as a pendant after we were done, seeing that it has 3.5 carts of diamond grit on it!
I’ll admit, I was insanely nervous about doing this to the sink. I knew if we cracked it or damaged it there would be hell to pay from my Mom, plus we would be hard pressed to find another one, then what were we going to do…………
So Mike forged ahead, and went on his merry way Roto Zipping the sink.
It was almost too much for me to stomach watching. eeks!!!
And then the moment of truth, would it fit????
Holy Mother, YES!!!!!!!!
And here Mike is setting the faucet on the plumbers putty.
And here he is hooking up the water lines.
And it actually works!!!!
Thanks Roto Zip AND Mike!!!! Ahhhhhhh, much better!!!!
OK y’all, come back next Thursday for part one of the final bathroom reveal!