Upgrading a Bathroom Faucet

A big thank you to Moen for supplying the faucet for our bathroom makeover. All opinions are 100% mine; I only recommend brands I trust and would buy for my own home. For more information, see my full disclosure here.

Do I really need to say those two little words again? I mean…you know it’s coming.

Buh buh buh buh buh builder grade.

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This innocent little faucet was just minding its own business, causing no one any harm. And *snap* just like that it got traded in for a fancier ride.

Since starting our hallway bathroom makeover, I had my eye on this beautiful Moen Vestige faucet.

I’m a sucker for vintage looking oil-rubbed bronze anything, so this one had me seeing stars and fit my vision perfectly for this space.

The kicker is Robert and I had never ever changed out a sink faucet before. Ever. So we were pretty intimidated when we pulled all of the faucet parts out of the box.

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 But like we do pretty much everything, we resolved to buckle down and figure it out as we went along and explain the entire process step-by-step. But y’all! It wasn’t scary! At all.

The instructions in the box explained all the steps so easily that Robert was finished installing it in minutes.

Wouldn’t you trust this face as your plumber? 😉

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Total ham.

I confess that I definitely dropped the ball in photographing the steps, but essentially here’s how it goes:

1. Before you do anything, turn off the the water lines underneath the sink for both hot and cold. (There should be a valve to turn next to the water hoses.)

2. Detach the water lines from the existing faucet and uninstall the faucet.

3. Scrape away any gunk and clean up where the old faucet used to be.

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4. To be safe, we put a cake pan underneath the sink just in case of drips.

5. Then, we unscrewed the old drain as well.

6. At this point, the directions in the Moen box made everything pretty much self-explanatory. We just reattached our new faucet exactly as the old one once was.

We were able to follow their installation video too if we ever felt like we needed a better visual.

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Since our faucet is a centerset, we didn’t have to mess around with separate handles or anything, so it was a bit easier than others might be.

I actually held my breath when I turned the water on because I envisioned a pipe bursting and a flood in our bathroom. But we survived!

And no four-letter words were uttered in the installing of this project. I know. I’m probably as surprised as you are.

If you’ve ever been intimidated by this sort of DIY before, don’t be. You can do it! I have faith in you.

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Isn’t it puuuuurty? It’s so much better quality than our old basic one. All of the parts feel heavier and more durable.

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And then apparently I made up for my lack of photo taking of the faucet installation with a full-on faucet supermodel shoot. Work it, work it!

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We installed that pretty vanity light up there too, but I’ll be sharing more about that later. We do still need to do something about that toilet paper holder to make it oil rubbed bronze to match. It’s like mixing black, brown, and navy in an outfit. I just can’t do it.

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Olivia approves of it too. She climbed up on her little step stool and probably would have played with her pretty new faucet for hours if I didn’t explain that there would be no water left for the fishies in the ocean if she used it all up.

The great thing is it does have a feature to reduce water usage too. You know, in case her Barbies decide to have a sink pool party.

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We have just two little projects left in this bathroom, one of them being those little dinky shelves that I think need some beefing up. If they turn out like the vision in my head, they’ll be the perfect finishing touch.

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Just to jog your memory, here’s what this bathroom looked like when we moved in:

bathroom before 2

If you want to see more about this bathroom’s progress, you can see all of the details here, here, here, and here.

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14 Comments

    1. Thanks, Sarah! It’s KILLIN’ me that this space is SO close to being finished and yet there it sits just waiting for our last couple of projects. Haha! Seems to be the way it goes for every room makeover, huh?

  1. I’m giggling for I have had your old Moen for fourteen years but it never needs cleaning!!! I wipe it with a washcloth and the shine just shines!!! No waterspots ever. So as one who has always had to deal with that in other homes I just keep on with my shiny no problem beaut. But I did like the oil rubbed finish. So I spray painted the EL CHEAPO aluminum holder and that white plastic deal the roll sits on. Guess what? It looks great!! Oil rubbed bronze. Then I wanted the same length towel bar. Not to be found. So hubby found square steel that fit the CHEAPO aluminum holders like a charm. Oil rubbed bronze to the rescue. So I’m sooo little miss mismatch. It really bugs me about my medicine cabinet which is all rusty. I drool over the one in Pottery Barn catalog. But I wait.My bathroom ? I’m awaiting a do over to make it more handicap accessible after an accident. But in the meantime I used spray paint. But truthfully!! Isn’t there a holder that goes with the sink Moen fixture so it TRULY matches? It won’t be that much. Put it in your hubby’s stocking at Christmas???

    1. Haha! I will say that it was really easy to clean. We still have them in our master bathroom and they don’t bother me at all there. But I had a hankering for the oil rubbed bronze finish in here. Now that my daughter is old enough to climb up on her step stool and wash her hands by herself, that center handle always makes me afraid she’ll turn it to scalding hot by accident. But that’s probably the overprotective mama in me talking. I love spray painting fixtures in oil rubbed bronze! I’ve done that to several of our lights and they turned out great. I’ll probably end up doing the same thing to the shower fixtures in here, but I couldn’t resist the curvy pretty shape of the sink faucet. Spray paint does work wonders. I’ve already spray painted the holder in our powder room and it turned out great. I figured I could try it on the one in here, and if I don’t like it after that, I can buy the one that matches. Worth a shot. I’ve got nothing to lose. 😉

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