A Washer of Dishes

Our kitchen is officially back to a fully functioning condition.  All because we installed the dishwasher that arrived yesterday.  After plenty of online research and in-store visits, we decided on the KitchenAid Classic Series dishwasher in stainless.

We like that it has the stainless tub interior, hidden controls, some adjustable tines, and an adjustable upper rack which they claim can hold full-sized plates.  That would be cool, but we haven’t tried.  After all, we just installed it.  Originally, we thought we’d end up with a LG, but Ben didn’t want to pay their higher price.  The normal price of this KitchenAid is $799.99, but thanks to a Columbus Day sale we got it for a mere 513.89 bucks.  Also known as 36% off, which is actually better than our smokin’ good deal on our range.  Thank you Columbus for discovering America.

Ben picked the dishwasher up from Sears yesterday afternoon and installed it after work.  Installation was easy.  Add a hose, an electrical cord, plug-in this, clamp that.  But we do have another problem.  Do you see it?

Ahh, we built the cabinets 1 1/4 inches too tall.  Gah.  I guess we were in a hurry to get the kitchen started and forgot to measure our old cabinets.  Apparently 36 inches is the standard height including a counter top.

Oh well.  We gained another inch of cabinet space.  And it’s nothing a piece of trim can’t fix.  It just makes it easier to see the hidden buttons right now.

I’ve never had a dishwasher with hidden controls, but I’m nerdy excited about it.  Now I just have to re-learn how to load this reconfigured dishwasher.  Ha.

Now you’re 100% up to date on the kitchen status.  Hopefully I won’t be able to say that come Monday.  Have you ever made a silly rookie mistake?  How’d it work out in the end?  Maybe this is for the better because the trim will be a better match to the drawer stack on the other side of the sink…

15 thoughts on “A Washer of Dishes

  1. Oh yes, I’ve totally made this kind of rookie mistake! The first time I made curtains, I measured the height once, made BOTH curtains, then hung them and they were about 6 inches to short. Dunno how I managed that. I was so annoyed with myself for not holding them up to check before hemming them! Oh well, they were fine for a while. Your dishwasher will work out great, I’m sure. And you can always use a bit of extra cabinet space!

    1. Hi My Honest Answer, Isn’t it annoying when you know you made a stupid mistake? Sorry your curtains were too short, but at least you got to use them for a little while. We’ll figure something out because rebuilding the cabinets isn’t an option. 😉


  2. When we redo our kitchen, we’ve thought about putting in a wood countertop like you are doing and also putting in a dishwasher. Everything I’ve read says that you have to put some kind of barrier/membrane between the top of the dishwasher and the countertop so that the steam from the dishwasher doesn’t cause the countertop to eventually warp due to the excess moisture. What are you guys using for this and also what are you doing around the sink so that water doesn’t work it’s way under the countertop?

    1. Hi Erin,

      Good questions! I’ve heard a layer of aluminum flashing works wonderfully on the underside. Or several coats of polyurethane should do the trick. But our washer vents out the back further down, so Ben doesn’t think it will be an issue. As for the seam along the sink, we’ll have the wood flush with the inside edge of the sink with a think bead of clear silicone caulking. We’ll see how things end up, though.


  3. We have an older version of that dishwasher from the Sears Outlet. LOVE IT. My parents used it in their kitchen reno and love it, too.

    1. Hi Kristen, Actually, that’s just a small piece we had left over from my office desktop. They still haven’t gotten the shipment of wood for our counters. Grr. We’re way too impatient to keep waiting. Haha. Hopefully it will look similar. 🙂

      Hey Cait! That’s great news! I love hearing from people with the same or similar things to get their feedback. 🙂

    1. Hey John, Hahah, I literally laughed at your comment. I think that’s how everyone feels with their first house. I’m sure we will if we buy another one. We’ll have to see how things look with the trim. We could always do both. Prop it from underneath and add a piece of trim at the top…

      Thanks for the ideas!

  4. My husband and I are in the early stages of a kitchen reno and just bought a new range and dishwasher last weekend at Sears. It made me laugh when you said your criteria for a dishwasher and I saw they were the exact same as mine. I am also too excited about the hidden controls and the stainless interior on the one we picked out.
    Thanks for sharing everything. It’s fun following along with you as we go through the same thing and make all the fun decisions that come along with a kitchen renovation. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it turns out. It’s going to look amazing!

  5. Amanda,
    We have the exact same dishwasher which we had before the renovation and now it is in our new kitchen. Our plumber tried to install showing the panel….eeek. Good thing I have been around to make sure that all these details happen. We love the hidden panel.
    We have the Kitchen aid fridge and wine cooler to match. Love them too.
    Pop over and see your marathon weekend post! 🙂

    1. Hi Kristen! Ha, I guess we only care about the pretty stuff. Hahaha. Thanks for your nice compliments, too!

      Hey Patricia, That’s fantastic news! We haven’t run it yet, so it’s nice to hear that you love it. Thank you so much for an amazing rave post! I’m so glad you love the cut out.

  6. Just found your blog and pinned it to come back!! Your home is beautiful. We just bought that same dishwasher. I love how modern it is. We bought our first home a few months ago. I’m slowly starting to decorate and figure out our style. Sometimes I share house pics on my blog. I’m sure I’ll be visiting you often in blogland 🙂

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