It never fails… any time I share our unlacquered brass kitchen faucets on social media, I get lots of questions. It looks very old and worn. And since this is a new home, I think it catches people’s attention. I wanted to share our kitchen faucets today but I wanted to share a little story about them as well.
Unlacquered brass is brass that has no protective coating, which means that over time, the brass will darken and patina and start to look worn. It can be polished back up to be shiny or left to age.
When we were in the planning stages of our new home, I had a good idea of what I wanted everything to look like. I knew that I wanted gold tones to all of our hardware and faucets, etc. We were fortunate because we found a builder who let us work with different brands, which is what we do for a living. Therefore, we didn’t have to go through him for everything like most new home builds.
I found a gold faucet that I loved so I grabbed it. It was gorgeous. Several months went by, and I saw a picture of an unlacquered brass kitchen faucet and I fell head over heals in love. My style is antique and vintage items mixed with a little bling. I also love the worn and very loved look. This kitchen faucet was pretty much all of those things mixed together. So I decided to forget about the faucet that I already had and buy this unlacquered brass faucet.
When it arrived, I loved it even more than I did seeing it online. The quality is excellent. And the gold color was better than I thought it would be. I put it back in the box to store it until installation day. A few days before the plumbers arrived, I removed the kitchen faucets from the box. The faucets already started to have a really nice patina. However… I was half embarrassed. I commented how much I loved them, but was worried that the contractors would say, “Why in the world are you putting this raggedy faucet in a brand new house?” I even asked Deb if I should shine it back up before installation day.
I cannot believe how many great comments that we received. One of them even asked me where I got it because it would look great in his own home. Pretty much everyone who comes into our kitchen comments on them. They usually say, “Wow.. where did you get that old faucet?” Because they think it is authentically old.
I absolutely love the unlacquered brass as it gives them so much character. This particular faucet came with your choice of handles, so there are different options. And did you notice how fun the sprayer is? I love the shape of it.
I highly recommend the unlacquered brass if you like that worn look. And again, you can polish them up to make them really shiny if you prefer that, too.
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