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February 1, 2018

Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home – Installing a Gerrity Princess Faucet, Lighting, Countertops and a Pony Wall!

By Sara In AZ


Ok everyone, we are in the final stretch now! Next week you will see the full reveal of Jacki and Dave’s retro kitchen installation and you definitely will not want to miss it!!! This week has some fun reveals though…the Gerrity Princess Faucet…swoon! Let’s see what Jacki and Dave and up to this week………… the following is from Jacki…….

The cabinets are all leveled and ready for the mango-colored Formica countertop.




Formica and Stainless Steel countertops in place.



Everything coordinates so beautifully Jacki….well done!

Pony wall.  The pony wall frame sits where the bar used to sit.  We needed the pre plumbed water source from the bar so we chose to put the sink area there.  It not only saved us a lot of money, but a lot of hassle and time; in the end it was the perfect choice.


Dave had to route the drain around the back side of the cabinet through the pony wall.  Fresh water Pex lines run a foot above the drain lines.  Plumbing isn’t exactly Dave’s favorite job, but it seems 9 times out of 10 he does a better job than most of the plumbers we’ve had in the past and WAY less expensive!


Ha-ha, oh geez…..I definitely understand what you mean Jacki! Mike is in the same boat here lol!

This is the pony wall finished.  We used  some of the extra paneling we put on the basement walls, used solid maple to match the cabinets and trimmed it out to give it a Biedermeier  look.


That pony wall is amazing you guys!

The ceiling lighting.  I already knew what needed to be done with the lighting in the kitchen.  The whole basement family room and kitchen area was horribly dark being that it consisted of four- 10” square, 1 bulb flush fixtures.  It was like watching television in a bear’s cave.  When I was small in the mid to late ’60’s my dad and uncle installed a drop ceiling light system.  It was as if our ceiling was made just for such a system the way the ceiling is high in some places and low in others.


First we had to remove the old fixture.  We rigged up a way to extend the wiring down out of the ceiling.  The framing goes in then the fluorescent looking LED long light fixtures



Then the translucent panels and voila…Daylight



Wow, yes…..for sure the right choice of lighting Jacki and Dave!

This is where the Que…I mean Princess is going.  This whole Kitchen started with a post on another website about an obscure piece of plumbing called a Gerrity Princess faucet.  It looks like something out of an early moon rocket. I thought it was cool, so I showed the eBay ad to Dave and mentioned that wouldn’t it be neat to build our own kitchen with that?  Never in a thousand years would I ever expect him to agree!  He was the one who got excited about the idea; I kept wondering how we would find a house to fit the silly thing.  It languished in storage for over a year and a half before we moved, bought the house and actually had time to go pick the whole thing up in Indiana.  BTW the NOS sink label had to soak for 3 days before I could get it scraped off without ruining the finish.


That sink…it’s stunning!


Ugh, the box.  This was the worst part of the project.  When we installed the sink we must have been having a brainless day.  Neither of us thought about how far back against the wall the sink needed to go.  Dave asked me where I wanted it and all I thought about was I like it close to me so I don’t have to reach so far over the sink; like I said before, we must have been having a brainless day.  Needless to say, months later, when we decided to install the faucet, we realized that the faucet wouldn’t reach out over the sink bowl.  Oh brother.  We came to the conclusion a box was the answer.  First we tried a maple box, it looked cheap and nasty.  Fortunately, a friend from our Sunday School class has a son-in-law who owns a metal working shop.  We drew up a design and he made it for us YAY!  Then came the plumbing…always remember PEX is your friend,  Wow!  First try, no leaks…again YAY!  Dave is definitely the king of Engineering design.  He takes a problem and makes it work. BTW we did have to change out the handles, they were causing problems and were ugly.


Oh my gosh, such a brilliant idea…go Dave!!!!

Finally, the Princess in shining beauty!



Whoa…….that faucet is certainly a thing of beauty…..swoon! And the box seriously looks like it could have been with the faucet from day one, well done you guys!

Come back next week to see the finished result when Jacki and Dave wrap up the kitchen installation!

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6 Responses to Jacki and Dave Retro Renovate Their Forever Home – Installing a Gerrity Princess Faucet, Lighting, Countertops and a Pony Wall!

  1. Susan from Boston Reply

    February 2, 2018 at 8:51 am

    OMG! That kitchen looks amazing. I’m having serious mid-century kitchen envy over here…

    • Jacki Reply

      February 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you Susan! :^)

  2. mary Reply

    February 3, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Great job. I have a pony wall but never knew what to call it! Can’t wait to see finished kitchen

  3. Jacki Reply

    February 3, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Mary, I used to call the long one in my living room “that little short wall” until my hubby told what it was called lol.

  4. Brenny Reply

    February 4, 2018 at 2:59 am

    You used the Mango laminate! How wonderful! Everything looks g.r.e.a.t

  5. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    February 6, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Oh! That faucet! I love the colors of the sink and counter tops too.

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