My mother is one of those original DIYers. She says it’s because they didn’t have any money. I know the real truth though. It’s because it’s in her blood. My Pappap (her father) built his own house that he lives in to this day. She was only a small child when she would help carry the bricks used for the walls. When she comes over to talk to me, we don’t look at each other in the face…because she’s bent over pulling rogue weeds. She can’t help it. It’s in her blood…in her bones…it’s on a cellular level…that need to improve things with her own two hands.
Now that she’s gotten a little older…she’s 39 now (you’re welcome mom!)…she can’t do quite as much. She has bad feet, a bad knee, a bad shoulder. The girl can still dig faster than a Playboy bunny around old rich men…but it’s hard on her.
I say all this because I know most of you are the same as me. You love your mamas. You want other people to love them too. And mom…I appreciate the fact that you didn’t let me become a hooker, or shave my head and discouraged me from spending any money on those N’Sync posters in the mall. You da bomb dot mom. (haha)
The point of all this is that I was quite excited that Delta Faucet Company contacted me after posting about my mother’s basement countertop makeover. Remember when her lackluster counters got made over into a high contrast black? Here’s the before…
and here’s the after…
It looked so much better but I still think that it has a little bit further to go. Hence the photoshop of my vision below. And since my mom had summer plans to host a missionary family down there for the summer, I knew that if she was gonna make any improvements, it would be now. So when I shared the exciting news that Delta wanted to give her a free faucet to help finish the space, she was ecstatic. Personally I feel like my mom deserves this thing after putting up with me for so many years. Sure it’s just a faucet…but anytime you can, I’m sure you would give freely to your own mama.
Plus, anything would be an improvement over the standard ole builder grade one she had already.
Delta sent her the Pilar faucet in oil rubbed bronze. It has Touch20 Technology which basically means you can tap it with your wrist or elbow or any other sticky-outtie body part and it turns on. I call it Mike. Because it’s magic
My brother is a plumber so he installed it for her. He was even impressed by how nice and well made it was and joked that it was nicer than her upstairs kitchen faucet. I guess like they say - faucet others how you would like to be fauceted They say that right?!
When I was looking at all her basement pictures, I decided to photoshop a little more. I switched out the plain door for something a little more decorative. (Mom do you like this idea? Because I think I can do it for you if you do all the measurements! )
While I was at her house, I also thought this scene was blogworthy. It was her mantle with her collection of mercury glass.
She’s picked up the pieces over time and I love the arrangement.
My favorite is the hex piece on the far right in the one below. Mom….I hope you remember that when you die Put it in the will…I also want Dad when you’re gone…write that down.
Disclaimer: Delta Faucet Company provided the faucet for my mother’s basement but did not ask for a review or even a mention of it in a post. I just like things that turn on when you touch them…that sounds dirty…but believe me, this faucet is all about keeping you clean