Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Dishwasher

My dishwasher is going down the drain, (pun intended). In order for it to start, I set the dial to a precise location, and then HIP-CHECK (see definition below) that baby as hard as I can, again, and again, and again, until it starts. It's a good thing these hips have padding.

My dishwasher really doesn't fit into this decorating/creating blog, but I will justify it. Whenever I have to buy an appliance, I think about ALL THE SUPPLIES AND DECORATIVE ITEMS I COULD BUY INSTEAD. I am yelling. Sorry it won't happen again.
I hate buying appliance. I HATE BUYING APPLIANCES. I HATE BUYING APPLIANCES. Some promises are meant to be broken.
The last appliance Mr. Pink Heaven and I bought was a washer/dryer. I went to ONE store, walked past the least expensive one, and went to the next (washer/dryer) in line. "I'll take that one," I said . Mr. Pink Heaven stopped me short in my tracks, and proceeded to ask a million questions. What's to know? It's a washer/dryer. It washes. It dries. Lets go home! He walks to the most expensive washer/dryer. Somewhere in the middle of his pick and my pick we compromise, and at present our clothes are clean and dry, (if someone actually does the laundry).

I do think however that a washer/dryer is higher up on the food chain then the dishwasher. A washer/dryer can look sleek, even stylish and yes, I will admit, there are different levels of performance. I have never heard anyone say " I just love my dishwasher" and unless you have a MANual dishwasher and he's looking good, I doubt you'll ever say it. Most of the time we try to disguise our dishwasher with panels that look like cabinetry. Make. The. Dishwasher. Go. Away. Are you with me? Until a dishwasher actually puts the dishes away, I'm not buying the "pay more money for a higher lever performance" dishwasher. My dishes are sterilized and clean enough, (as long as the dishwasher runs). People have designed kitchens around great refrigerators, stoves, cooktops, and hoods, but never dishwashers. Just take a look at these beauties.

These pictures are from kitchenbathideas.com

Truth be told, even when the time comes that I need to replace my fridge or stove, I'll still head to the 2nd least expensive one, but for now, I'll keep hip-checking my dishwasher and cheering, start baby start. I don't plan on heading to the appliance store anytime soon.

Blessings, Ele


hip check (plural hip checks)
(ice hockey) a maneuver performed by an ice hockey player to take another player out of the play; a maneuver whereby the performer uses his hip to crash into another player, to check their movement.....or in my case, to start my dishwasher!






20 comments:

Elise said...

Hello, just wanted to leave you a commment to say how much I've enjoyed reading your posts today. You have great pictures too.

Best wishes

vivian said...

lol.. i do mine by hand... the good ole fashioned way! enjoy your new washer!
hugs
vivian

Floss said...

Like the hip check definition! We've had car doors that required a bit of that...

We bought our dishwasher second hand (I am the Troc queen, of course...) and it is doing us proud. The only thing that really matters to us is that it has efficient use of electricty and water, and you can check those ratings quite easily. Everything else is irrelevant, unless, as you say, they invent one that puts away, too!

Connie said...

I like the pink frig best but the white kitchen is my dream kitchen, sugar!! That's just beautiful.......
xoxo,
Connie

Pink Feather Paradise said...

Oh how I dream of a dishwasher.... I am fed up with doing dishes.... but at the moment our boiler needs replacing and I really aught to get a freezer... and my mum can't believe I don't have a microwave... but its all just overpriced electonic clutter... I am like you I would rather spend the money on yarn or paints or fabric or anything nice and pretty and colourful....

Fab post though... and one day I will have a range! maybe! ;D

lovely post....

x Alex

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

LOL! I hate buying appliances too Ele! It seems like every couple years, my washer/dryer breaks down! So much laundry in this house. I hope your dishwasher keeps going!!

Kai said...

I am with Viv - I NEVER used a dishwasher 'cause I don't really mind washing dishes, AND I'm too cheap - uh - conservative - to use the hot water & electricity required. AND I'm so with YOU, Ele - I could care LESS how low on the totem pole the appliance is - if it does its job, it gets MY vote! Same with CARS. To ME, a wonderful car is one that DOESN'T break down when you ride in it. (And Connie, I'M ALSO WITH YOU! I ADORE that white kitchen!)Aren't I agreeable today? LOL! P.S. My hip check has been used to move heavy furniture.

Patty B. said...

I so want that first stove and my next sink will be an apron front, or the white porcelain kind that is about 5 feet long and half of it is drain board. I don't think they make them anymore though.

Lori said...

hip check...LOL...very funny Ele...i love those retro appliances...the blue stove and pink fridge are tdf cute!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

...oh bummer!! Such a pain to have something like that go out! It may not be a big deal if replacing it didn't cost sooooo much. Note: we have stainless steel appliances (not by my choice) and I cannot stand them. Just a tip....

xx
becky

Meg said...

I'm with you on the appliance subject and a washer/dryer is a bit more exciting. However I have had at least 5 different dishwashers in my life and I always have the same problem, My DISHES JUST DON'T FIT WELL!!! DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THAT PROBLEM? I think it is why my beautiful dishes have so many chips. I like to hand wash but it kills my back hubby is a great help but he never sees the silverware or the pots and pans, selective vision I guess. Great Post! Meg

Alison Gibbs said...

I hate buying appliances too!!! I want them to look good and be economical to run
Love the white kitchen photo
Alison

Jennifer said...

Ele I'm LOL at your post.My dishwasher is on its last leg too.Its my second one and the house is only 10 years old.I have to move mine just to the right spot and it will work.Wait for that certain click.I hate dishwashers anyway.I HATE unloading them.I use mine to store my pots and pans and mainly all my different cake pans.I won't buy another one.I think they make appliances cheaply so we have to keep buying them.I don't have a microwave anymore either it was my second one.I buy second hand now,as we did with the washer and dryer got the front loaders dirt cheap cause a couple got a new set for xmas from her parents.Must be nice to be rich huh... We went to black appliances in the kitchen second time around my stove has not been replaced yet,knock on wood,Joe replaced parts in it but thats it.Our first fridge broke and we bought a second then Joe was able to fix the first one so now I have 2 fridges which is great for the garage and side by sides don't hold alot anyway.Well I better stop writing LOL Hugs,Jen

Ellenay Designs said...

You're so funny! I had to recently get a new dishwasher too. It's no fun "wasting" good antiquing/thrifting money on silly ole' necessities! lol. Hope yours hangs in there for you a little while longer :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I am SOOO with you, Ele. I hate to spend money on appliances, underwear, garage door openers, etc. Now, BLING is another story!!

I love your bathroom re-do & that sweet heart-shaped seashell mirror! The chandy in your family room is going to be gorgeous. I just adore French pendants.

Love you,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Ladies, it is fun to hear your opinions on dishwashers/washing dishes. I also would rather have an apron front sink, instead of a new dishwasher! I do agree on getting good appliances on efficiency. Let's be smart people.

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Oh my goodness!! The powder blue vintage stove reminded me of how much I loved our vintage Royal Rose stove when we bought our house almost ten years ago. How I loved that stove!! I kept it for about three years and was able to cook three Thanksgiving turkeys in that beauty. Then it started to take as long for it to preheat as it did to cook the turkey and I knew it was time to put it out to pasture. LOL!! I tried to give it away and even put a "Free" sign on it when it was curbside but there were no takers. I couldn't bear to look as it was loaded onto a truck on bulk pick-up day!! Thanks for the memories. I missed following your blog and am so glad I found it again!!

~ Wendy McDonagh-Valentine
www.Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a cute post...as a matter of fact...I don't much like appliance shopping either...but since my fridge broke a couple days ago, I had to go and get another one...I would've so liked to spend that money 1000 other ways.

Renee's Reproductions said...

love that white kitchen!!!

Linda said...

Hi Ele,
Thanks for the web site info, I'm looking into renovating my kitchen and the two bathrooms, so any inspiration is a big help.
Cheers Linda