Well, it has been a while since I posted. I went through a period of house renovation depression… That time when it feels like all there is is destruction and none of the fun picking out finishes one envisions when launching a whole house renovation. I promise an update with house photos soon, but for now I thought I would give an update on the fun stuff we picked out this weekend!!!
Blake and I needed to make some decisions to facilitate our construction process this weekend- first, we needed to decide where the tub drain needed to go (aka we needed to pick a tub) and second we needed to know what type of flooring we wanted for our bathroom.
We started Friday morning at Ferguson Showroom. We knew we wouldn’t be purchasing there (a bit out of our budget), but we wanted to get some ideas for what we wanted. So glad we went! Blake originally thought he wanted a built it tub, but this trip brought him over to my side and we decided on a free standing one that would comfortable fit two people and could be carried up our staircase. After we got home, I used the magic googles and we decided on this one, the Wyndham 71″ mermaid:
I love that it is modern yet classic, it will be easy to install, and can easily be carried upstairs. The tub will be installed over the Home Depot Millsted Mineral bamboo flooring we selected, which looks like this:
Our search for the perfect tub (before the magic googling) also brought us to one of our favorite places to shop, a salvage shop called Community Forklift. We didn’t find a tub, but we did find out that the following day was the Pirate Party- anyone dressed as a pirate would receive a 20% discount on their purchase. Now 20% isn’t a ton when you are buying a $5 lamp, but it is quite a bit when you start to talk about appliances.
Community Forklift routinely has about a million old and not super attractive appliances, and maybe three beautiful, professional grade ones. A few weeks ago we almost bought a range that had a double oven (one of my wish lists we can’t really fit in our closet as a wall unit), but further research revealed that it had terrible reviews. But Friday was different! We quickly spotted a Thermador Professional Range, a KitchenAid Architect II fridge/freezer, and a KitchenAid convection oven/microwave. The range has only one oven, but the microwave doubles as an oven so I am feeling pretty good about that! We also considered a dishwasher, but it wasn’t in great shape. We put the items on hold, then went home to a) do our research and b) scrounge up some pirate costumes. The next day, we returned to Community Forklift to lay claim our booty (with the help of my parents). Here are some ideas of what are new (to us) appliances look like:
You can see a version of our range for sale on ebay here.
Our fridge/freezer looks like this (more info here):
And our microwave looks kind of like this (more info here):
They come with a guarantee that they work (we can return within 2 weeks if they don’t). All need to be cleaned, and a few superficial replacement parts will need to be purchased, but all in all these were a total steal! New, we would have paid about $14,000 for comparable models. With our 20% discount (including taxes), we paid $4,100! Totally worth looking like this in public:
Blake is now considering growing his hair out.