Choosing The Right Appliances For Your Kitchen… Is Tough!

(above image from BHG)

I really can’t quantify the exact number of hours I’ve put in researching kitchen appliances online and visiting stores to see them in person; more than I can keep track of without a log book!  I can qualify them however as a big giant waste of mental space and time.   It really bugs me when I invest in something with zero return.  I can never get those hours back!

I may feel that way, but in actuality those hours may have been more helpful than I give them credit.  The types and styles of what I don’t like has become crystal clear; while the list of what I do, grows and grows!   I guess I just feel like so much time has been wasted because its taken about 3 solid months to decide on appliances!  Also,  the things I do like, I can’t have; the things I don’t like, I could probably get in duplicate! 😉  So now its a strategic game of what I can settle on that won’t aggravate me on a daily basis and will look the best it can with what we are working with.   The ultimate, “fiiiiiiiine if I have to, but as long as it still looks good”, budget game.

This is the kitchen…

This side of the kitchen is at the front of the house.

This side of the kitchen is at the front of the house.

That big flat wall to the left with just a couple cabinets is coming down to open the wall between the dining area and the kitchen.

This is the other side... into the dining area.

This is the other side… into the dining area.

So, that wall where you see the hutch is coming down to make one giant kitchen/dining area.  The door to the left is the door that leads out to the front porch.

ISx74kzawj5i0m1000000000(Just to help make the perspective a little clearer for you: The door on the front porch leads into the dining area and the kitchen is located to the left by the driveway.)

This side is at the back of the house.

This side is at the back of the house.

The kitchen will be one big U-shape.  The ugly, confusing, and anti-functional mini peninsula is going bye-bye.  The range will go there in its place.  The kitchen sink will stay in that spot but the cabinets will make their U by heading under those two windows to the left (once we shorten them), then around to the front of the house under the front window to where the refrigerator will be (which is where they had the stove).  Does that make sense?  Now, there is no money for cabinets at present. (No biggie, right?) The plan is to make do in the kitchen as is for a year or so until we can save for those… or Josh can build them. (Sssshh…that’s between you and me right now!)  We’ll just put the appliances where they will be once we get the cabinets situated.

This is what I want:

60" Custom Sealed Burner Range (VGCC) in 12 Exclusive Finishes - Viking Range Corporation:

NEW! Viking Range_Tuscany Range:

These beauties are responsible for many sleepless nights!  I’m not kidding.  I have serious issues with focusing on what’s important in life… which range we get in our kitchen probably shouldn’t be the thing keeping me up at night, no? 😉

Then I started warming up to the idea of white appliances.  They are typically a little less expensive than their stainless steel counterparts, with all the same design features.  I was thinking that maybe the white would be more suited to our 1866 farmhouse as well.  The glare of 21st century appliances mingling with my 19th century digs started to seem too much of a stark contrast.  Also, this blog post, “White Appliances {yes you can}” from The Inspired Room was, well, inspiring and I thought, why not?

 

These are the next options I hooked on to:

Maytag 27 in. Single Electric Wall Oven Self-Cleaning in White with Stainless Steel Handle

KitchenAid 30 in. 6.4 cu. ft. Slide-In Electric Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in White

Samsung 25.5 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in WhiteLG Electronics 26.8 cu. ft. 3 Door French Door Refrigerator in Smooth White

KitchenAid Top Control Dishwasher in White with Stainless Steel Tub, ProWash Cycle, 46 dBA

Maytag Top Control Dishwasher in White with Stainless Steel Tub and Steam Cleaning

Then I had it all set.  Set in my mind and set in the cart for my online gigantic purchase of kitchen appliances.  I decided to got with the KitchenAid line of white appliances because I liked their slide in range and the industrial look of their stainless pulls.  The only step left was to run my thoughts and decision by hubby.  Sometimes I forget that this is going to be his house too and its not only, always about my vision. 😉 Its also difficult to get some time alone together to talk about these kinds of details. Because when the night is over and the kids are all tucked in, I really just want to hang out with him and spend some alone time together, not talking about details and options and the business of life.

So I showed him what I had loaded into my cart, anticipating him to concede to that powerful vision of mine and say, “Whatever you think will be best… dear,” (He has never said “dear” in his life!) Instead what I got was, “Nope.  No way.  I want stainless.” I countered with, “But dear, (I really didn’t say dear)  if I can just explain and maybe you’d consider white appliances.”  There was no budge.  He was dead set against white appliances and really, really, (did I say really) insisted that we get stainless steel.

I was back to square 1.  Maybe square 2…since I still knew what I definitely didn’t like. Then, black Friday was upon us!  What better time to make monstrous purchases than on Black Friday… the day of deals!  I buckled down and did one last scouting trip with my mother-in-law, then back online to load up the cart again!  This time, miraculously, I was pleased and Josh was pleased.  We arrived in that sweet spot!  That place where husband and wife, the mechanically minded engineer and the aesthetic conscious designer (not so much 😉 …I wish!) came to an agreement on a functional design element for the red house!  Yaaaaaaayyyy!

So here are the winning kitchen appliances:  All Samsung (I have a mental block about buying appliances that are not the same brand….I feel like its a necessity to create a more cohesive quality throughout the kitchen; assisting in maintaining whatever particular style goal you’re going for.  Exception: If you buy a super awesome range that becomes almost the focal point of the kitchen. (ie: the crazy impressive wish list ranges from above.)

The Samsung flex duo can be divided into 2 cooking zones inside, so you can make 2 dishes at 2 different temperatures!! Sweeeeeet!!

Samsung 25.5 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel

25.5 Cu. Ft. We got this on major sale!

Samsung 24 in. Front Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub

This dishwasher has the controls on the front, which might aggrevate me… we’ll see.

(We ordered this blower insert so Josh can build a custom hood vent.)

 

Clicking send in my online cart was definitely nerve wracking… to say the least!  With one little click of one little key, thousands of dollars was taken from us!  Actually, we gave it away!  Swoosh… just like that, gone!!!  I think it’ll turn out great!  Let me know what y’all think and I will update when they actually get into the little red house kitchen!

Til’ next time, be blessed!

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