So things are looking up these days…our new (well, used) two-drawer dishwasher is installed and we are no longer washing dishes in the yard!! When we bought the house, it had a nice-looking stainless steel dishwasher that was from 2008. Since we were ripping out the kitchen, I suggested to Dave we buy one of the lovely Bosch models that happened to be at ReStore at the same time as our kitchen cabinets. He disagreed. Then the dishwasher we had started not cleaning the dishes all that well* and he wished that he bought the Bosch.
*Turns out, it may have not been cleaning the best because of how it was installed, so check on this before buying a new dishwasher unless you wanted one anyway.
So we were on the lookout for a new dishwasher (actually a used dishwasher in a good brand for cheap). For months, we just found really old black or white ones. And then one day, we found a Fisher and Paykel two-drawer wonder. At least that’s what I read about it. I wasn’t sure about the two-drawer thing, but since it was an expensive brand for cheap, we decided to go for it. Installation was trickier because of the two-drawer thing (we had to wait for a part to come in the mail, which we didn’t realize until we’d already given away our old dishwasher), but then all of a sudden, it was in! (Apparently when I took this picture there was a jug of apple cider and a vintage candy jar randomly sitting out):
I don’t know if the two-drawer thing makes it hold more or less. It depends on what you’re putting in it. It doesn’t hold big cutting boards or platters anymore, but each drawer has little ledges above the main rack that holds two extra rows of small glasses or bowls. It’s also really quiet, and if you only have half a regular load of dishes that you want clean, you can run just one drawer. It does use twice as much detergent, though. I think I love it, but I’ll get back to you about that. Either way, it was cheaper than the cheapest dishwashers at Home Depot, and I am excited to get to use something I would never have paid that much for new. The other good thing is that the Help Center is in Australia, so if you have to call them, you get to be entertained the whole time by their accent.
We’re also still in the middle of our pantry remodel, which is creating a huge mess (even a bigger mess than not having a dishwasher for two weeks). The upper cabinet we decided on for the pantry was what was originally hanging in our dining room. Here is Dave trying to get it up:
Unfortunately, the dining room got trashed by taking down the shelves, since all the pretty dishes had to go somewhere. And the kitchen was trashed because the pantries were ripped out and the food had to sit in piles. Originally the pantry was two small closets next to each other (one of which you can see below):
In the above picture you can only see the left-hand door, but there is another one to the right. Here’s what they looked like when they were starting to be ripped out…
Weird, huh? And, to the right of the right door is the garage door, which would slam into the pantry door if someone was walking in while someone was using the pantry.
We decided to turn these closets into more kitchen space because they weren’t very useful anyway, and we needed a place for the microwave that wasn’t on the kitchen counter. Here’s the progress:
This was when we were dry-fitting the bar sink and the beverage fridge, and before the backsplash went in. Here it is right now, with the backsplash and some white paint:
We decided to do a slab marble backsplash because we found this huge piece at ReStore for cheap, and they are an expensive trend that I wouldn’t normally spend the money on for myself. The countertop will also be marble like the regular kitchen counter, but the marble we found for that is warmer in color than the backsplash, so we’re trying to figure out a solution to that now. And, the dining room is almost put back together. What was once this:
Is now this:
We’re getting there.