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Do I want you to talk me out of doing this? I WANT it.

melissastar
13 years ago

I know this is a bathroom faucet, but it's for the powder room just off the kitchen and it's all part of my kitchen remodel, so I figure it's cricket to bring it up in this forum. I really, really, really want this faucet (see link...can't embed photos on this computer). But I want it in the steel finish.

But it is UNGODLY expensive. And I am NOT wealthy. I mean, I could do it without eating catfood for months. But it would not exactly be a wise financial decision. But good grief, it's gorgeous and I am in deep, deep lust.

Here is a link that might be useful: sonoma forge faucet

Comments (25)

  • whenicit
    13 years ago

    I think you should definitely buy it if it means you will not be eating cat food.

    Seriously, it's nice but without knowing the rest of your plan, hard to say if worth it. I have an unusual faucet in my powder room, it was very expensive, and to this day, I feel worth it. So, if you can make room to afford it, go for it.

  • palimpsest
    13 years ago

    Its really nice :)

    I don't know exactly how expensive is "ungodly" it seems to vary per individual. Is it likely you would ever want to replace it? What would be the cost of the expected lifespan?

  • donaldsg
    13 years ago

    Lovely, but would you have to sacrifice something else in the remodel to afford it? If yes, weigh up how much you love it against the sacrifice. If not, then go for it because it will make you happy every time you use it.

    What about putting it in the kitchen? Maybe then you could better justify the expense :-)

  • plllog
    13 years ago

    Well, if you're going to splurge on taps, at least they'll be seen in the powder room.

    What are your other finishes in there? Do they live up to it? What would you do with the money if you bought something for half the price? Do you know the quality of the cartridges or whatever? The guts?

    My advice is to put it on your probably list and let it age there for a little while. Keep looking at other things, but without denying yourself the one you've marked as a probably buy. If you still want it so much after you've been mooning over it a month, it's probably true love rather than burning infatuation.

  • melissastar
    Original Author
    13 years ago

    Yes, "ungodly" is personal. IN this case it's about 2.5 times the price of the not-too-shabby grohe planned for the kitchen sink. And about the price of a really, really good dishwasher. What would I have to give up? Well, I could scrape up the old tiles in the vestibule myself and DIY tile it and I could wait to have the entertainment center built for the living room.

    The planned powder room is teeny, tiny...with a 30" walnut vanitytucked into a little niche and the commode int another. The vanity will be made by my kitchen cabinet guy in the style of a Greene and Greene Arts &Crafts table.THe lighting fixture (purchesed, but could be returned) is a mission style, oil rubbed bronze wall bracket from Rejuvenation, with champagne frosted glass shades. Sink is a handthrown dark green glazed bowl (vessel) sink from Vermont Art Sinks.

    I've been lusting after this particular faucet for months now, but managed to squelch the desire while I focused on kitchen appliances, tile, etc. Now I need to decide on something for the powder room and I keep coming back to it trying to justify it. The specs on the faucet seem to be great...all brass constuction, etc.

    As for whether I'd ever want to change it...I don't think so. I'm thining if I ever move...it's coming out and coming WITH me! If I think of it as a piece of art for the powder room, maybe it's more justifiable?

  • Buehl
    13 years ago

    If you really love it and you can afford it (regardless of the "ungodly expensive" price tag), then go ahead. However, if you have to sacrifice other things that are, in the grand scheme of things, more important (like decent cabinets, functioning kitchen or PR, etc.), then I would not. If it's going to cause you to lose sleep over it if you buy, then I would also not recommend getting it.

    Remember, if you really cannot afford it right now b/c there are other things that are more important right now, then you could always get an inexpensive faucet now (or better yet, reuse the one you had before), and replace it with the you're in love with later when you will have had time to save for it or when finances ease up.

  • riverspots
    13 years ago

    If you have plenty of money in the bank that could easily handle the faucet plus any unforeseen, but not uncommon expenses, like car problems or medical bills, go ahead and buy it.

  • riverspots
    13 years ago

    If you haven't, make sure you see the faucet in person before spending an "ungodly" amount of money.

  • donaldsg
    13 years ago

    Your plan for the powder room sounds gorgeous and the taps would definitely live up to it! How much do you hate tiling?

  • weissman
    13 years ago

    Go for it - even if you have to eat cat food for a while :-)

  • eandhl
    13 years ago

    " But good grief, it's gorgeous and I am in deep, deep lust."
    This is one of the things I say "go for it", it will bring a smile every time you go into the powder rm. It is a beauty!

  • ncamy
    13 years ago

    I can relate to your dilemma. I am in love with this Cifial faucet even though I can get the same one in a different finish for significantly cheaper. I keep questioning whether it's worth it. What you've linked is beautiful, but if the pricelist on that website is really accurate I bet you could find a high quality substitute for a lot less money. The Cifial one I linked is only $700 and both the rough bronze and rough nickel are beautiful. Good luck.

    Here is a link that might be useful:

  • donaldsg
    13 years ago

    Only $700!! Sorry, but that's my personal 'ungodly.'

  • sabjimata
    13 years ago

    I really loved a lot of faucets but when I looked hard, I was able to find ones I loved that were well under $200 and I loved the feel of that a lrgot better than spending $300-1300.

    But then again, I spent $2800 on a sink and wouldn't think twice about doing it again. But there was no substitute for the sink I wanted.

    We are at the end of our remodel and sometimes I feel bummed about the money we spent but in the end, I feel comfortable about our choices because I know I really cost engineered the thing.

    So just think about it. Think about your budget. Think about how you will feel a year from now. And then decide.

    It is a really nice and unique finish, btw.

  • plllog
    13 years ago

    You've lived with the thought long enough. It's true love. Scrape up the tiles yourself, and skip the spa day to recover from scraping up the tiles. I think a custom vanity deserves a custom faucet as long as the question isn't whether you have the money but whether good girls are allowed to indulge themselves on beautiful things that cost 10-20 times more than the basic function demands.

    Look at it this way: You're supporting artisanship. Helping to keep craftsmen who actually make hand hammered faucets in business. Supporting the arts and the craftsmen.

  • mindstorm
    13 years ago

    I have to say ... I don't get it and that you'd have to pay me an ungodly sum to have that in my house ;-)

    Then again, I'm in lurve with a THG tap and off and on have thoughts of dropping the ~$5K-15K for one of those affairs. But all the taps in my house are now new(ish) as every room that has one has been remodeled inside of hte last 6 years and none of them are failing (uncooperative buggers).

    So, while I don't get the appeal of that coppery concoction, I can understand an illogical, lustful appetite about mechanical plumbing. ;-)

  • sparklekitty
    13 years ago

    It is a special fixture for sure. Overall what matters is how you would feel if you did spend the money. Would you feel elated and thrilled about getting yourself something special, or overly indulgent and slightly guilty about the choice? I was fixed on a certain marble tile for my bathroom (calcatta in an usual long octagon shape) that was quite expensive and had a hard time "seeing" anything else for a while. So I looked around, negotiated and found something in the same stone but a less unusual shape - traditional hexagon - that was 1/2 the price and really love it. In this case I don't feel like I settled at all. I think I would have felt too indulgent if I had purchased the original tile that I "loved."

    At the same time, there are some things I just bought because the time I would have had to spent looking for a less expensive item was more valuable than the money I would have saved. I considered the total $ value of the potential savings. In this case it sound like you could have nearly a grand in your pocket if you don't buy the faucet - that sounds pretty attractive to me :)

    I do agree that you could put in a less expensive faucet and if you are unhappy replace it later - that is a way to avoid the decision for now :)

  • dyno
    13 years ago

    As much as buying Fred Flintstone's faucet for 1400 clams is a decision based completely on emotion - your logical side (and perhaps your other half if that's a concern) may find even greater satisfaction with unearthing something similar at a fifth of the price.

    But that's me. My practicality endears me to the penny-watching DW ;)

  • bostonpam
    13 years ago

    I think faucets make bathrooms. I have an old traditional house but I put in fun modern faucets in the baths. It's the unexpected. If you really want it, I say get it. Yep, you will be scraping that tile off the floor but in 6 months you will still be in love with the faucet and the scraping will be a long distance memory.

    My only cautious comment is what wall of the house is the faucet going on. If it's and outside wall and in a cold climate I worry that pipes may freeze. I love those faucets that come out of the wall but worry about the wear and tear at the wall because I have kids and teenagers. For me I would love to have one but have to wait a decade.

  • vampiressrn
    13 years ago

    Do what I do...buy it and then loose sleep for 2 months over making ends meet...until the next "I gotta have it" thing comes along...LOL.

  • lascatx
    13 years ago

    This is like the third or fourth thing I've thought I already replied to -- are my posts being sent somewhere else? Have I been banished to a far off land?

    Anyway, I feel a lot like mindstorm about this particular faucet, and if it were in my house I would give it to you and be happy to know that it found a good home. ;-)

    However, I also agree about splurging for something you have to have. If it were an impulse, I would say sleep on it -- even get away from it for a while and come back to it at least once, maybe two or three times. If you have already done that and still feel like you have to have it, it is likely that the faucet will be something that makes the room for you. And it also makes sense to splurge in certain key rooms, and the powder room is one of those. It is a place for your guests, and if your house is like mine, the family too -- the most used room in the house. So, if it is just more than you think makes sense to spend but doesn't place your finances in danger, why not? If it damages the beyond-the-remodel budget, I'd look for something else.

  • bayareafrancy
    13 years ago

    Lots of great advice above. I especially like the emphasis on supporting individual artisans. That's how I justify my ginormous library fines: I am supporting the local library.

    For me, I often will have an amount in my head, beyond which an object just seems unreasonable to me, regardless of whether or not I can actually afford it. Currently, my own dilemma concerns a 4,000 range hood. For me, this is just not a reasonable amount to spend on a hood, no matter how much I love it.

    So, is there any conflict in your mind about spending for a faucet what you would spend for an excellent quality dishwasher? If not, then it will probably thrill you every time you turn it on. And who doesn't need a good thrill several times a day!

    If you go for it, check out Home and Stone. They seem to carry some versions of it for a teeny, weeny bit less.

    The only thing I wonder about is whether this faucet style goes with the mission style you described above (e.g. the oil rubbed bronze light fixure from Rejuvenation). Now, I'll be the first to admit that my design style is seriously lacking, so I could be totally wrong on this! But when I saw the rough hammered faucet, it made me think of my sister-in-law's upscale western style, "chic cowgirl" bathroom in Colorado. It doesn't read "Greene and Greene" to me. But as I said, I could be totally wrong about that!

    :-)

    francy

  • lascatx
    13 years ago

    Only problem with that Francy is that some of us don't know what a hood is apparently supposed to cost. I thought everything I liked was unreasonable for a hood when I started looking at them. Kind of like I felt about buying a vacuum cleaner when I first got out of college. LOL

    I'm not a design expert either, and I am sure I break a lot of rules and don't care, but to me mission is very simple and clean lined while hammered is more rustic and anything but clean lines.

    So tell us, do you want us to talk you out of it? Or do you still have to have it? ;-)

  • melissastar
    Original Author
    13 years ago

    Thank you all for the words of advice and support...or discouragement! You've given me lots to think about. I'm going to make one more serious foray into the world of bathroom faucets to see if I really can't find anything else that makes my heart at least beat a teeny bit faster, for a lot less money. The Cifial faucets ncamy recommended do have a similar handcrafted-look finish, but I don't care for any of the styles. And I've found one or two styles I think I could like for a quarter to half what the CIXX Sonoma goes for, BUT so far none will work with the vessel sink.

    So...this weekend is make or break time. I just love the squareness and the hand forged look of this faucet. Francy you might be right that it's a bit too heavy for Greene and Greene...but if upon reflecting on it in person one more time that seems to be the case...well, I'll go for a Stickley look vanity. I think it would be smashing with it!

    Thanks y'all!

  • bayareafrancy
    13 years ago

    I think willingness to change both your lighting AND vanity to accommodate this faucet shows your unshakeable love and commitment to it. This doesn't sound like a passing fling. I think you should say, "I do."

    :-)

    francy