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!?



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