Kitchen Upgrade, Phase 1: The Dishwasher

One really nice thing about the apartment we’d lived in for the past few years was the kitchen, which was recently built and included new cabinets, new countertops, and a bunch of shiny modern appliances — including, of course, a dishwasher.

There are a lot of good things to be said about dishwashers: they tend to use less water than doing the dishes by hand, so they’re good from an environmental perspective. And the high temperatures get your dishes cleaner than doing them by hand, so they’re good from a health and sanitation perspective. But it would be hard to deny that the biggest thing, for us at least, is the convenience factor: it just takes a lot more time and energy to keep a tidy kitchen and cook meals at home every night without a robot slave to wash your dishes.

So acquiring and installing a dishwasher was towards the top of our priority list of things we wanted to do before, or soon after, moving in to the new house. Luckily the kitchen had plenty of space to accommodate one to the left of the sink, as this photo from the virtual house tour shows:

The kitchen.

But since there wasn’t an opening there, or the required water or electrical hookups, we had to hire a guy to remove one of the lower cabinets and then install everything. The timing actually worked out really well, though, and we had a dishwasher installed and working within a day or so after we moved in. Here’s what the kitchen looks like now:

The kitchen after installing the dishwasher.

Right now it looks kind of like a shiny silver spaceship landed in the middle of the 1960’s, but I’m sure that will change down the road once we replace the old energy-inefficient fridge and such. Oh, and you’ll also notice the new wall color in the above photo — we repainted the orangey-brown walls a lighter color, since they just felt a little too dark for our smallish kitchen space.

Anyway, purchasing the dishwasher turned out to be kind of a frustrating experience. We started shopping around the weekend before we moved in, and eventually decided on one from Lowe’s — it seemed like a good value for the price, plus Lowe’s offered free delivery whereas other stores like Best Buy would have tacked on an extra charge. And an added bonus: the sales lady kindly informed us that they were having a 15% off sale on the 4th of July weekend, so we delayed the purchase for a few days to take advantage of it.

But when that big sale weekend actually came, an interesting thing happened: the price of that dishwasher had mysteriously gone up by exactly 15%, so that with the sale, the price was the same as it would have been before. It was hard to decide whether this was funny or just sleazy and dishonest.

For what it’s worth, the sales guys gave some non-committal explanation about how the dishwasher must’ve been on special the previous weekend, and I didn’t press the issue too much. But it definitely leaves a bad taste in your mouth when retailers pull this kind of thing.

Aside from that though, everything went smoothly — the dishwasher has been doing its job well, and it feels good to have a big thing crossed off of the house to-do list.

But speaking of that to-do list, wow, there’s a lot of work to do. We’ve been making progress slowly but surely — expect more updates on what’s been going on with the house since moving day in a future blog post!


  1. Super! Love the paint job, and a dishwasher is definitely a must! Y’all need to let us know what you’d like for a housewarming gift! (Well, smaller than a dishwasher) LOL!

  2. With a baby on the way, yes, you needed a dishwasher, though I personally don’t like them. Probably because that was my chore as a kid, to load and unload the then quite inefficient washer; and you had better rinse them well first, or they baked on crud instead of washing it off, necessitating hand washing anyway! But yours looks nice, especially since it seems they fit it under the counter without cutting it.

  3. I love the new color. It does brighten things up a lot. Colors that are too dark are just depressing. That’s the reason why I changed the curtains in our living room. The kitchen is next!! The dishwasher is great. I love stainless steel appliances!

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