Microwave of the future

We did it, we’ve gotten all four appliances out of the dining room, where they’ve been stored for nearly a year, and installed them into our kitchen!

Of course, we have to use an extension cord to heat anything up in the microwave, since the outlet’s not there yet, but… soon!?


It’s beginning to look a lot like a kitchen

Well, it’s finally starting to look like we might be close to getting this kitchen functional!

Which is not to say there isn’t a lot more work to do. But, we have a functioning dishwasher again for the first time since mid-April. Yes, that’s correct, more than 5 months without a dishwasher or a sink. So you can imagine the first thing I did when I got home last night:
20120926-092811.jpgIt’s the little things!

I also added some moulding around the floor behind the stove and refrigerator locations, so that everything looks nice an finished behind the appliances like it did before.

And, you’ll notice, we have cabinet doors!!
Well, almost…


Out of all the pieces of the kitchen that we bought from Ikea, this was the only one that had any problems at all, but it was kind of a big one:


Tonight… it’s installing the stove… and tomorrow, they come and measure for the countertops!

The Epic Saga Continues

It’s not much, but we have made more progress on the kitchen over the past few weeks!

Exhibit A:

Cabinets assembled!! Well, the shells are assembled- the shelves, doors and drawers will be installed once the cabinets are mounted to the walls.

And the best news, exhibit B:


I will admit that we did a half-dozen loads as soon as we got it hooked up again, we were in desperate need of our washer and dryer.

Next is installing the cabinets and then we can call the countertop peeps to have them measure! In the meantime, we’ll keep eating out and hope we finish at some point!


When we bought the unit, we certainly had every intention of re-doing the kitchen, just not quite yet. So when we discovered a few not-so-great features of our appliances, like:

  • a freezer with water that floods the floor, instead of the ice cube tray
  • a microwave without a turn table,
  • a dishwasher that only cleaned dishes on the bottom rack

The freezer I’ve already mentioned earlier. After my dad and I did some research, I ordered a pump that was supposed to fix the problem. After an hour of taking parts off the back of the fridge and installing the new part, it still didn’t work, making us think that it’s more likely to be a leak somewhere in the tube between the pump and the hose that distributes the water into the ice cube tray. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to take the refrigerator apart to find the leak.

The microwave – we’re learning to live with. We don’t use it that often, so it doesn’t bother us as much as we thought it might originally. It still takes a bit longer to heat things and they’re often not heated evenly, but we’ll live.

The one appliance problem that really bothered us, however, was the dishwasher. At first, we were so thankful to have a dishwasher – we hadn’t had one in our old apartment – that we were willing to overlook the fact that our dishes didn’t get quite as sparkly as we were expecting. But over time, not quite as sparkly turned into not even clean – at least on the top rack. After a few weeks of putting glasses on the bottom, we decided that we just couldn’t wait until our kitchen overhaul to replace the dishwasher.

So, after some research, some shopping and a Best Buy Reward Zone Private Shopping Event, we found ourselves a new dishwasher richer for less than $300. So Nikki set about installing it in the kitchen. She had also recently installed under-cabinet lighting and we added additional Ikea bars across the back to help keep things off the precious counter top.

All in all – it’s a million percent better than before, despite the lack of an ice maker and the non-rotating microwave!

Remember what it looked like when we moved in?

Pasta Sauce Red Kitchen