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Are you ready for the craziest story I’ve ever written? I hope so because this gets really wonky. Almost like there’s a spell on me wonky. There IS a ghost in our house you know, he’s usually friendly, but I think he was acting up because he liked the old fridge 😥 . Welcome to our “Built-In Fridge Fiasco”.
It all began back in 2009. Here’s the kitchen when we moved in. You can see all the WOOD. 😯 Even the fridge is wood. Now you know I love wood, but this was crazy. There was just too much darn wood.
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So, when we painted our cabinets I decided to ask my husband if he could spray paint the panels in the Sub Zero refrigerator. After all, the fridge still worked great, and the panels were removable. It totally worked and we were actually quite impressed with how great it turned out. This lasted for years. I think we had to touch-up the handles twice in the last 7 years, but that was it.
It really blended in nicely with our white & black cabinets, and the mahogany wood tones.
“So why change it, Julie?”
Well…25 years is a long time for a fridge. Here’s a few reasons why I was ready…
- It was no longer energy efficient.
- Mold was growing underneath and in the crevices (more than I knew).
- Fire hazard due to it’s age? Possibly.
- Lack of space inside was driving me crazy.
- I was getting tired of the spray painted fridge.
- I deserve a nice fridge.
- I want a new fridge.
When we decided not to sell our house and stay here, I told my husband that a new fridge was a priority. I cook a lot and I am in this fridge sometimes 20 times a day. He totally agreed and didn’t have any problem with getting a new fridge. I was excited.
We went to Home Depot and told the dude that we had a 1994 built-in Sub Zero refrigerator and we wanted to replace it. I swear the guy turned white as a sheet and went on and on about how they don’t “do those” and we would have to hire a professional to take it out, and then go from there. We were totally bummed. I looked on-line and quickly realized that he was correct. Well, kind of.
He was right that they are tough to remove, but he was wrong about having to hire a professional. Luckily, there are DIY videos on-line that take you through the process of removing an old built-in refrigerator. It was quite a process, but we got it out of there in a few hours.
We were very excited when we realized it was actually on wheels and we could wheel it out. That was until we got to a doorway by our laundry room that was too short. This thing weighed well over 400 lbs. There was just no way my husband and I could get this beast out of the house. So, we left it in our hall, and that night we researched where to find the most affordable cool fridge. Mind you, we really didn’t know at this point that a “regular” fridge wouldn’t work. We were being very naive. We figured we could “DIY frame in” the fridge and it would all be fine.
While researching and measuring we FINALLY realized that a “regular” fridge just would not fit. You see, the Sub Zero built-in fridge is not very “deep”. It’s only 24 inches deep. So, a regular fridge would stick out way too far and not go up high enough. We thought we might have caught a break when we thought a “counter-depth” would work, but those still only go 28 inches deep. That would mean that our fridge would stick out four inches, plus the handles. As you can see above, our island is right there and we don’t have that kind of space. Besides, it would really look odd in such a tight space.
So…we went to Best Buy to look at built-in refrigerators. Holy moly. They were so gorgeous I swear I could live inside one of those. Then I looked at the price tag. It was quite steep and I really didn’t want to spend $14,000 on a refrigerator. That is just insane. After a talk with the sales woman, she decided to show us the lower priced built-in and it knocked the price down to $8,000. That was much better, but still a lot for a fridge.
My husband & I had a very long talk and we decided that we really had no other choice. This fridge had the EXACT MEASUREMENTS of the old. Oh, and guess what? Best Buy would remove the old fridge for $15 (what charmers they are 🙄 ).
Hold up. Not so fast to refrigerator euphoria…we still had quite a fiasco to go.
The new built-in fridge was going to take 1 month to build, so probably 4-6 weeks total. We do have an old fridge in the garage, so I thought no big deal. I was so wrong. You guys…by the second week I was so tired of going back and forth for everything. I had no idea what I was in for. It was really tiring carrying everything you need for lunches, or everything you need for dinner. I really got quite cranky.
Then FINALLY! They called and our fridge was ready. We set up the delivery day and everything was so perfect.
Hold up. Back up. You are not home free yet.
The guys spent about an hour figuring out how to get this new fridge into the house. That ended up working out, but what didn’t was that there was a little molding we needed to move, and the biggest issue, was that the outlet was in the wrong spot. My heart sank. There was no way they could set it up without that outlet being there. The fridge is made to fit directly over the outlet, so we had to hire an electrician to move it over 2 inches (extensions do not work for something like this). The good news is we had our electric guy here on Monday ($40 bucks-done) and the new delivery set for the following weekend. That last week our new fridge was in the garage staring at me every single time I wanted a piece of cheese. Every time I needed milk for my tea. Every single darn time I would need anything from the fridge in the garage, there it was. Waiting.
The week went by fast and we were so excited to finally get our fridge.
You honestly don’t think that it would be that easy, do you?
Hold up. Nothing is easy…
They called about 2 hours into the 4 hour window and said their guys were hurt on the job. At first I was upset, but then realized that the one guy who was here the week before was actually hurt from lifting something. I was very frustrated, but what could we do? They only had 2 “teams” and the other team already had their schedule. So, we scheduled for the following Wednesday. We were close to 6 weeks without a fridge now.
Wednesday came and I was working from home (like I always do) and I was so ready for the big delivery. Guess what? I needed to hold up again. They called AGAIN and said they were in an accident! I was so upset at first, and then realized that I was being very selfish. They really were in an accident.
To be honest, I am so tired of this story, I totally forget when they finally came. I think it was that Thursday. Then to top it all off, they scratched our floors, broke our screen door, and told me I was THEIR unlucky charm. I have no words.
Time to let all of that go, and just enjoy our new gorgeous refrigerator (FYI -I bought the blue runner at Target to cover up the scratch, and Best Buy is sending an insurance guy out to access the damage).
It fit like a glove. I didn’t have to do 1 touch-up of black (those cabinets use to be oak so I thought I might). I’ve had the fridge for over 2 weeks now and I am absolutely in love with it. Here’s a few reasons why:
- The doors open so easily. Our old one was like pulling on a suction cup. I can use my pinky to open this one.
- Stainless steal look with no smudges.
- The cute night light for cookies at 3am.
- It’s very bright inside. I can see everything in the back now!
- The handles are so pretty and easy to clean with just a wet kitchen cloth.
- The doors clean easily with a cloth they provided.
- It’s very big and more than I need space wise.
- The ice maker and water dispenser are glorious.
- It updates the kitchen in so many ways.
- It will never go out of style.
- I love my Kitchen Aid mixer, so of course I would love my Kitchen Aid Fridge.
It was worth every penny.
For those of you interested…I found a few refrigerators on-line for you to look at:
Have I told you how much I love my new refrigerator?
Look Mom…my Costco milk fits on that top shelf.
Look at these led spot lights.
I think this fridge was made for our kitchen. Wait..it was. 😆
My Mom approves and was so happy for me when she recently came to visit.
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