Replacing our RV Kitchen Faucet
It’s not a popular fixture finish these days – brass, bronze and gold finishes have been out of vogue for the past 20 years at least, with stainless steel, nickel, and even oil-rubbed bronze have been more popular. I admit, in our sticks and bricks home, we had stainless and brushed nickel throughout our kitchen and bathroom, but this new to us 1998 Foretravel U320 had brushed and shiny brass and gold fixtures throughout. With the rest of the rig in the traditional blend of leather, wood and cream, it was a simple task to turn our land yacht into a “boat inspired” interior design and the brass and gold fit well with that interior style.
But this. This bright gold finished faucet? This faucet had to go. First of all, it leaked. A LOT. And the sprayer? Did not. In our previous home we’d had faucets with goosenecks for filling tall pots and a pull down built-in sprayer head that made rinsing dishes and the sink an easy task. I guess I’m spoiled because I really couldn’t see doing dishes by hand three times a day for four people with a sad little sprayer and little water pressure.
Brass or gold finishes in the kitchen are difficult to find these days. The really nice ones are super high-end and way out of our price range – as in between $500 – $1000. For a faucet! We shopped the big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot, a few plumbing showrooms and Amazon.com and found few examples of faucets in the right finish. Finally, we settled on this Delta 9192-CZ-DST Addison, Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet that had all the features we wanted – a high curved neck, a single handle, pull-down faucet head, etc. but the finish was of a dubious “champagne bronze” and we could only find it online. It was a little more than we wanted to spend, but the Delta brand name and reputation sold us. The big question is, would this finish work?
It had to be better than the leaky mess we had, so we pulled the trigger, ordered it online and waited for its arrival. Meanwhile, we shopped for the plumbing fittings needed for underneath the sink (new valves were installed) and picked out a couple of matching soap dispensers (one for dish soap, one for hand soap) that we also ordered online. When the faucet arrived, and we opened the box, we were surprised at the tone of the bronze. Compare the below installed faucet to the stock photo above. Does it look the same to you? Pffft!
In the end, it turned out not to be a big deal. The faucet is not the same bright, brushed brass of the other fittings in the kitchen, but it makes a nice complement to the updated light fixture that’s an oil-rubbed bronze finish. We still have the polished gold Instant Hot faucet which is inoperable, but won’t be replaced for a while. We’ll have to shop again when that times come and see what we can find to match this unusual shade of bronze, but I think it’s grown on us. What do you think? Not too bad?