I think I told you that just before we moved out of the old house, in the midst of repainting and recarpeting and replacing the whole kitchen, our oven broke, forcing us to buy brand a brand new range also—a mite frustrating after all the money we’d already poured into the house, especially given the fact that we wouldn’t even get to enjoy it ourselves. When we moved, after all that work, I was set to be content with the new house as it was for awhile, including the old(ish) white appliances. No sense fixing them til they broke, we figured.
Sure, the dishwasher was rusty, but it worked.
We couldn’t quite figure out why the ice maker in the fridge didn’t work, but I figured an ice maker wasn’t essential. John and Z sure missed it though.
Then the biggest burner on the stove broke. I definitely missed that. Grr.
Then the rusty dishwasher stopped draining, and it became impossible to tell if the dishwasher had run or not. Hmm. Maybe it was time to think about new appliances for this house after all.
When one of our grown kids mentioned they were looking for a range-hood microwave (white to match their other appliances) we decided to give that to them since it was the only thing that still worked perfectly here. And then we steeled ourselves for the budget bite and went hunting for kitchen appliances.
After hunting around, we found a nice big discontinued-model fridge for $899 at Lowe’s–not bad at all for a stainless fridge of that size. And lo and behold, Lowe’s also had decent prices on the other appliances too.
I’ve been longing for a gas range for quite some time, so we decided to investigate that option. I discovered, much to my surprise, that a gas range isn’t any spendier than an electric range. In fact, the mid-level one that I picked was $400 LESS than the flat-top range we bought for the old house and (sob) left behind.
We still had to get the kitchen plumbed for gas, and once we’d added in that cost, the gas range was a *tetch* spendier than the range at the old house. Darn. But the plumber, who turns out to be a neighbor of ours, very kindly plumbed the back patio for gas while he was at it, which gave us a lot more bang for the buck. Now we can hook our barbecue up, and never fill a propane tank again. Woohoo!
Here’s the kitchen with the old appliances, when the previous owner still lived here.
Here’s the gas range installed– I’m completely delighted with my new
toy tool. You might be able to see that it has a center griddle element– haven’t tried that out yet, but it looks like fun, doesn’t it?
And here’s the whole kitchen with its new shinies.
I am going to be a bit fussy cleaning them to keep them looking nice – and I very much hope we are done with appliance purchases for a long time!
Last night after cooking dinner on my awesome new stove, we sat down to eat and I said jubilantly, “ALL our appliances work now!”
“Shhh!!” John said. “The washer and dryer will hear you!”
Let’s hope not.