I received a Pfister Ashfield 1-Handle, Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet to test it in my own kitchen and collect information for this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.
It’s time. It’s been two years and seven months since we bought this house. At first, I hardly dared allow myself to believe that we would actually get to stay, with all that had transpired in the three years, before. I guarded my heart very carefully, not allowing myself to become attached or settled and really didn’t do much, at all, to make the house “ours”. After the first year, I think it started to hit that this really was going to be our home – we were going to stay – and I began to walk through it with different eyes. The money to make changes wasn’t really there, yet, but the dreaming had started and I began setting aside a little money each month to make some of the homey changes that would make this feel like “our” house. Then the washing machine had this major caniption fit and spewed a tubful of soapy water all over the laundry room. The flooring was fine, but the washing machine was pretty much toast and definitely had to be replaced, so you know where that money went. lol Isn’t that the way? After that, David got sick and was out of work for almost 9 months. My focus shifted to finding out what was wrong with him and then getting him healthy, along with just surviving for that time without our primary income. See? You can live in a house for two years and seven months without making any changes! 🙂 It happens.
Today, David is healthy and working full-time, again. Our kids are still adjusting, but more or less, settling into the public school routine and with me working here at home, my eyes have, once again, started noticing those changes I would like to make, especially in our kitchen. Overall, our kitchen is very solid. The cabinetry is somewhat dated, but it was constructed from actual wood, not fiberboard and veneer. It’s an open concept with the family room, so even though it doesn’t have the space I would dream of, it looks bigger than it is and can be a cozy and comfortable place to work and to visit with family and friends. There is no room for a table, but it does have a nice-sized bar area that has seating for four and the formal dining room is just through the doorway. There is a wonderful window over the kitchen sink, where I can look out on the deck and the backyard, but even with that natural light from the window, the kitchen is still a very dark room. That can be attributed to poor light fixtures and also to the color choices. The cabinets are medium to dark wood and the walls are painted a light brown. The backsplash is also tans, grays and earthy tones. Since the natural light is limited, the color choices make the room seem smaller and darker. I want to lighten that up and make it much more cheery!
Most of the changes I have planned will be simple cosmetic ones, since we can’t really afford to replace appliances, right now. When we have saved enough, though, the dishwasher and the microwave/range hood are at the top of the list. They are beyond just old. I would venture to say you could safely classify them as artifacts of a previous civilization. lol The microwave frequently trips a breaker that shuts down power to the bottom 1/3 of our house. Oy! And the dishwasher has lost tines like a youngster loses teeth, except the tines don’t grow back.
The two big ticket changes I have planned for my summer kitchen makeover will be a change in lighting and new fixtures (kitchen sink and cabinet hardware). I believe with some color and fixture updating, my kitchen can be a welcoming, cheery, more modern space. And I believe it can be done on a reasonable budget, if we are willing to do a lot of the work ourselves. Last week I made that first major change and it is the central inspiration for the rest of my makeover.
When we built a new home several years ago, the faucets I fell in love with for the kitchen, were made by Pfister. Sadly, the contractor we worked with hired a plumber who only worked with one specific brand of kitchen fixtures. I’m happy to report that, with great thanks to Pfister, I was able to add the faucet I love to my kitchen, here. My new Ashfield One-Handle, Pull Down Faucet has a brushed nickel finish and has already started to transform the space into that modern 1940’s look that I’m going for. I’m so excited at what an awesome difference that one change has already made, not just in that corner, but in the overall “feel” of the kitchen!
Installing the faucet was super simple. That’s a HUGE plus, in my book. When I can tackle a project like this with ease, THAT’S saying something! The first thing to do when working on any plumbing project is to be sure you shut off the water. I had a shutoff valve to both the cold and the hot water lines, under my kitchen sink. Once the water was off, I removed the old faucet and soap dispenser and installed the new one. Our sink also has a smaller faucet for our reverse osmosis system. Kitchen faucet kits don’t typically include RO faucets and Pfister doesn’t even make them, at this time. Luckily, I found a beautiful little brushed nickel faucet at Home Depot that is a great match to my Ashfield faucet. You won’t believe how good it looks!
Because my sink is a three-hole setup with the RO faucet on the right, I made a modification to my Ashfield faucet installation. The faucet is designed to have the handle on the right, but that would have put it to close to the reverse osmosis tap and caused some problems. Since we didn’t want to give up the filtered water at the sink, I ordered the Ashfield 2-hole kit and then installed it with the handle on the back of the faucet, instead of on the right. I really like this setup. The adults in the house can reach and operate the faucet with no difficulty, but little hands can’t quite manage turning the water on without help and supervision. That saves on lots of messes! Plus, I just like the way it looks. 🙂
The Ashfield has a pull-out spray nozzle with adjustable spray, right on the nozzle. I enjoy being able to control the pressure of the spray and conserving water when full-force isn’t necessary. Plus, flipping from full-stream to spray is an easy click of the button. I had the option of installing it with or without a deckplate and so opted to do it without. I think it’s awesome that Pfister provides both options. Another of my favorite features is the gorgeous, high arc design which not only looks fabulous, but it leaves lots of clearance to get my big pots and kettles in underneath the faucet. Plus, the faucet comes with Pfister’s Pforever Warranty, which covers the finish and function FOR LIFE! The soap dispenser that came in my Ashfield kit is beautiful, as well. Pfister thought of everything when designing this set. I don’t have to climb under the sink and unscrew the handsoap bottle to refill it. The Ashfield soap dispenser is easily refilled FROM THE TOP, by lifting out the pump and refilling the reservoir. Have I mentioned that I LOVE this faucet? 🙂 Easy to install, easy to operate, conserves water, LOOKS amazing, beautiful easy-care finish, and a company that’s willing to stand behind their products with a lifetime warranty – it doesn’t get better than that!
I was definitely on the right track, when I picked a Pfister faucet, years ago. I should have fussed at the plumber until he agreed to do the one I liked. I can say with assurance that I’m a Pfister customer for life. I love their commitment to quality, their beautiful variety of designs for both the kitchen and the bath, plus, I feel like the instructions and product were so simple and user-friendly that I was more than capable of doing the installation.
My kitchen is already starting to have that “retro” 1940’s feel, I want. It’s amazing how simply changing the fixtures on the kitchen sink can “dress up” the room. I’m thrilled and excited about the effect. I’m also excited that Pfister is sponsoring a Busy-at-Home reader giveaway. You won’t believe how generous they’ve been! One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will get to select ANY Pfister faucet, for kitchen or bathroom, up to $300 in value! Are YOU getting excited, now? 🙂 I thought so. Here’s all you need to do to enter:
Mandatory Entry – Go to the Pfister website and look through all the beautiful kitchen and bathroom faucets they have to offer and start planning your own dream makeover. Leave a comment on this post telling me which faucet you would choose if you win, along with a link to the page where you saw it. Then register your entry on the Rafflecopter form, below. Good luck and happy makeover dreaming!