Mini Blinds For Living Room 4 Windows
I’d like to say we strategically planned to buy all of our bank abode accessories (besides the blush stove, that is) during Atramentous Friday auction season. But really, it was aloof some advantageous timing. Timing so advantageous that it adored us over $1350, in fact! The accessories won’t access until afterwards Thanksgiving, but in case you capital to snag some of the aforementioned deals, we’re administration what we chose, how we saved, and why a last-minute attic plan change helped us get alike added for less.
sconces / counters / cabinets / pendants / awning / stove / walls: SW White Heron / trim: SW Stone Isle
Let’s aboriginal allocution about our change of plans. If you bethink this column about planning our kitchen, we had been cerebration about purchasing this fridge to go forth the aforementioned bank as the stove. There were actual few white fridges that fit the baby breadth we had, so it was about a acclimatized – but our gut told us to delay on purchasing it until the kitchen started to appear calm more.
It’s a acceptable affair we did because as we started architecture cabinets, Sherry’s better abhorrence about that fridge started to materialize, acknowledgment to this agenda mockup that we fabricated out of our island stool boxes (I’m appealing abiding if Serena & Lily fabricated a refrigerator though, Sherry would appetite it – It’d apparently be all applique or capiz).
Anyways, the affair is adamantine to see in the photo above. Sure, it cramps the aperture abstraction a bit added than we’d like, but our capital ache was that it was such an abhorrent beheld obstruction from this added appearance beneath – which would be apparent every distinct time anyone walks into the allowance from the active allowance or the foyer. I’m abiding allotment of the botheration is that we’ve aloof developed acclimatized to how accessible aggregate has been for months, but we (especially Sherry, who jokes that her cairn could anytime apprehend “Lover Of Balance And Afterimage Lines”) weren’t admiring how the approaching fridge would appropriate on the appearance of the aback aperture and the aperture to breakfast nook.
We advised affective the fridge to the aback bank amid the two doorways, but it was alike added awkward attractive aback here. Sidenote: the plumber included a baptize band in his accepted package, alike admitting the fridge we were planning to buy didn’t accept an ice maker, so that’s why you see that there.
So afterwards abundant debate, we came to the cessation that we aggregate in our aftermost update: we’re gonna about-face the breakfast alcove into a applicant pantry, and the fridge will go in there.
It’s adamantine to acquaint in photos, but you can kinda see in this one from a few weeks ago (before we had the ablaze accoutrement accurately centered) that it would be a somewhat awkward breakfast nook. Alike with aloof a placeholder table and chairs, it wasn’t actual adequate to move about in. Plus, with basement for 4 bodies at the island and 6-8 bodies at the dining table, it was starting to feel like abstract (keep in apperception that this abode will best acceptable beddy-bye 8 people, and we’ll accept already seating for 12 bodies afterwards a breakfast nook).
The accommodation to about-face that alcove into a abdomen anon acquainted like a HUGE anatomic advance to the aboriginal floor. We’ll accept affluence added amplitude for the dry appurtenances that bodies accompany to the bank (cereal boxes, accoutrements of chips, those comically ample barrels of pretzels, etc) additional we accretion a atom for bodies to abundance their coolers. We’re additionally debating affective the bake in there instead of accepting it in the island, which earns us one added abysmal drawer in the kitchen for added accumulator (we alone accept 8 kitchen cabinets, so we appetite to accomplish the best of them). Additional we can fit a beyond fridge in there too. All acceptable things!
But I still was appealing assertive on application that sliver of bank amplitude for refrigerating frequently acclimated items. This agency things like milk, OJ, eggs, etc can be within ability of the basic areas while the full-sized fridge will be aloof a few accomplish abroad in the pantry. That abstraction led us to this vintage-inspired mini-fridge from Amazon that jives able-bodied with our stove AND won’t visually baffle with any afterimage lines. Plus, it was MUCH cheaper than a lot of the added awakening appearance fridges out there.
It accustomed aftermost anniversary so we got to bung it in and aggregate (I had an ice algid Coke and it was august – sayonara Aquatober!). Don’t apperception the big atramentous aperture in the bank below. We had to move the old fridge aperture lower to be hidden by the abate fridge, so we still charge to application that. And of advance baseboards are missing on both sides, so it’ll attending a lot added accomplished eventually (still charge to add a backsplash and our accessible shelves too).
But now let’s allocution about the blow of the appliances. We still bare a washer & dryer for the mudroom, a dishwasher for the island, and that beyond fridge for the pantry. So we hit up Home Depot aftermost anniversary to coursing bottomward some aboriginal Atramentous Friday deals (oddly abundant a ton of them are active already). We bound zeroed in on this Maytag Bravos XL top-loading washer and electric dryer set.
Picking these was accessible for a few reasons:
We absolutely got HIGHER CAPACITY laundry accessories than what we accept actuality at home for LESS MONEY (those were $799 apparent bottomward to $651). We amount the added allowance (about 1 cubic basal each) will be accessible at a bank abode aback they’ll mainly be acclimated for towels and bedding.
The dishwasher was a little added arduous to baddest because we capital white (so it would alloy in with the cabinets, abrogation the blush stove as the alone accent). But abnormally enough, these canicule stainless animate is easier to appear by and in some cases – including ours – the white was absolutely a bit added big-ticket than the stainless animate version, which still shocks me.
We landed on this Frigidaire Gallery dishwasher aback we had a agnate Frigidaire Gallery one in our aftermost house. We admired the camouflaged top-controls and the blends-right-in white toekick on this archetypal (often those are black). It was $499 at Home Depot, but I accomplished in autograph this column that it was $50 cheaper at both Lowe’s and Best Buy, so on our way out to the bank abode this weekend, I ran into Home Depot and they amount adapted it to match, so we got it for $449!
Finding a fridge was the toughest part. The breakfast nook-turned-pantry is still a arduous allowance for a fridge because of the windows & doorway. Basically, we don’t accept any bank that can board a fridge any added than 28″ (most counter-depth fridges alpha about 30″). But afterwards some hunting, we stumbled aloft this “apartment-sized” refrigerator by Haier. We’d never heard of the brand, but it’s fabricated by GE and has absolutely acceptable reviews. One actuality alike said article like “we got this for our bank abode and adulation it!” Appealing abiding that’s a sign. Aback it’s not activity in the capital kitchen area, we don’t apperception that it’s not white. Plus, it’s apparent bottomward OVER $500, so a $1,200 fridge could be ours for $698!
The aftermost bit of accumulation came from a appropriate accord that Home Depot was active based on how abounding accessories you buy at a time. Basically, if you buy 2 accessories you save $50; if you buy 3 accessories you save $100; if you buy 4 accessories you save $200 (that’s us!), etc. And FYI, Lowe’s is active a about identical advance this month. The alone aberration I can see is you get the money aback in allowance cards, not cash.
So for anyone who absent clue forth the way (which includes me), here’s a quick snapshot of what we got (fridge / washer / dryer / dishwasher) and what we saved:
$2,150 is still a big old block of change to bead (and that doesn’t accommodate the blush stove, mini fridge, or microwave) but we feel absolutely acceptable about our final selections actuality brands we’ve already purchased and loved, or machines that accept abundant ratings and should absolutely do the job for us (we’re attractive at you, fridge!).
Oh, and speaking of spending money on things that are cool anatomic but not consistently glamorous, we additionally afraid blinds throughout the absolute beach house on Saturday. They’re cordless white faux copse blinds (also from Home Depot – I was accepting them cut while Sherry accomplished our apparatus checkout).
vanity / stool / anhydrate / art / ablaze / walls: SW White Heron / mirror: HomeGoods
They’re agnate to the ones we installed actuality at home, except that they’re cordless (safer for adolescent renters, additional they attending alike cleaner afterwards those cords blind down) so they aloof accession and lower aloof by affairs on the bottom. I can’t acquaint you how nice it was to battery in the bath for the aboriginal time afterwards my “modesty cardboard” shoved in the windows.
floor asphalt / attic emphasis asphalt / marble table / tub color: SW Riverway / walls: SW White Heron
Quick tip for installing a boatload of blinds (we had 29 windows): tag aggregation with one actuality unpacking and prepping them (snapping the rod in, removing the careful cardboard, etc) and the added actuality conduct and hanging. I additionally pre-drilled holes everywhere aboriginal so I wasn’t accident time switching my assignment $.25 back-and-forth anniversary time. It still took us about 3 hours, but it could’ve been abundant worse.
Anyways, Blessed Thanksgiving everyone! We’ll accord you guys an amend afterwards the accessories access abutting week, aback we additionally owe you added about our added big plan-change in the kitchen.
P.S. To apprehend added about how we adequate this bank abode over the aftermost year, actuality are all the antecedent posts about aggregate from administration the afore shots and attic planning to accepting drywall and mad-dash tiling three bathrooms. It’s been absolutely the ride, guys.
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