As I write this, our house remodel is officially done…the fixer-upper is fixed up! Just weeks ago it was in shambles and yesterday the cleaning crew made it all pretty for us! I couldn’t be more excited because I absolutely LOVE the way it has turned out (plus I’m ready to start relaxing by my new pool)! I can’t wait to show you all the before and after pictures for the “Big Reveal” next Monday…stay tuned!!!
(If you’ve missed anything, you can find the full series here)
However, this week I promised to tell you about where it all went wrong with the appliances (a.k.a. The Appliance Apocalypse).
I usually leave appliance selections to my husband because he loves to pick them out and usually gets the best of the best (right after he says that we’re spending too much and we should stop buying stuff…LOL). I throw in my two cents about what’s most important to me and then he does the rest.
Delivery day came and if you’ve ever gotten new appliances, you know that it feels like Christmas morning, except for the fact you’ve paid handsomely for your own presents. I couldn’t wait to get them in and see how they looked! Unfortunately, the Grinch came to visit (or maybe I’ve just been naughty this year) and we had to send back almost all of our gifts. What a disaster!
My awesome husband had decided that he was going to buy me the “mac daddy” washer/dryer set (I didn’t even have to ask) and hooked us up with the Samsung 5.6 cubic ft. 15 Cycle HE Steam Top Loading Washer and the Samsung 9.5 cubic ft. 15 Cycle Steam Gas Dryer. I was pretty happy about it because they were bigger than traditional washer/dryers and I would be able to wash over-sized items like our comforters.
Once they arrived, we discovered the washer and dryer were too big for the space by just one inch…yes, just one tiny, measly inch! Back to the drawing board. This time we went with the Samsung Activewash 5.2 cubic ft. 15 cycle Steam Top Loading Washer and the Samsung 7.4 cubic ft. 15 Cycle Steam Smart Gas Dryer, both still good machines and more importantly, they actually fit.
Next up was the refrigerator. We chose to buy the exact same refrigerator we had in our last house because we liked it so much, the Samsung 30.2 cubic ft. French Door Refrigerator. However, this newer version one has the latest and greatest feature. If you haven’t seen these, they now have refrigerators with an outside door and an inside door (or as we call it, “The Magic Door“). That way, if you want the milk or juice from the side door you can just open the front section instead of the whole thing…it’s pretty cool and saves energy at the same time! (I forgot to take a picture of it but if you want to see what the “magic door” actually looks like, just click the link above).
The delivery guys tried to install the fridge but every time they plugged it in, it tripped a wire. We thought it must be a fault with our house wiring but our electrician came to take a look and apparently the issue was the refrigerator. It had to be returned and replaced with a new one (same kind).
When we were ordering the new dishwasher, I only had one requirement…it had to be REALLY quiet! The dishwasher in our apartment is so loud that we can’t watch tv if the dishes are being washed. We decided on the Samsung 24″ Built-in Dishwasher because of the good reviews and plus, we just liked the way it looked.
We hadn’t even thought about the dishwasher being in a corner spot. Why does that matter, you might ask? Well, whenever you wanted to open the drawer that was caddy corner, it would scrape against the handle of the dishwasher. You either had to open the dishwasher first and then open the drawer, or just slide the drawer open part of the way and try to get what you needed. By this time, Jon was getting tired of having to send stuff back and felt like this was something we could live with. I REALLY tried not to be high maintenance (really I did) and told him that I’d get used to it too. However, after a day of thinking about it, I knew I’d NEVER be able to live with it because it was already annoying me and we hadn’t even moved in yet. Plus, if we didn’t swap it out now, we’d be stuck with it. It did make me feel a little better when our contractor told us that he’s had other people make this same mistake.
We actually ended up getting an even nicer one, the Bosch 300 Series 24″ Tall Tub Dishwasher, so it worked out better for me in the end!
It wasn’t all a complete disaster. We had decided to go with the Samsung 30″ Self-cleaning Gas Convection Range and the Samsung 2.1 cubic ft. Over The Range Microwave and they worked perfectly, fit perfectly and looked great…a home run!
Side note: I’ve blocked out the background on some of the pictures because I love my new backsplash and counters so much that I don’t want to give anything away until the final reveal!
I pretty much spent most of last week waiting around the house for appliance removal people and delivery people (they don’t just do it all at the same time, unfortunately). However, the new appliances are installed and it was all worth it in the end. I’ll actually be excited to do dishes, wash clothes and cook, although I’m sure that feeling will wear off soon enough!
Don’t forget to come back next week to see how it all turned out!