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Form or function? [message #817286] Wed, 22 June 2016 09:41 Go to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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New Fridge[ 14 vote(s) ]
1.Matching fridge in less desirable style 1 / 7%
2.Mis-matching fridge in the style we want 13 / 93%

The new house we are moving to needs a refrigerator. We have a store nearby that sells refurbished appliances that still have the manufacturer warranty. If possible, this is the way we want to go since it will save us about $1000!

The problem is, we are going to have trouble finding one in the style that will function best for our family (amount of space, layout, etc.) that is the same color as our other appliances. However, there is another less-desirable style that we may be able to find the right color.

I'm trying to keep things vague so you can give an opinion without being swayed by specific tastes. Wink

So, knowing that the price for our different options would be comparable, would you prefer for your appliances to match even if you had to choose a less desirable style fridge or for your fridge to be the best style, but your appliances not match?


Stacy, mom to 11-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Form or function? [message #817287 is a reply to message #817286 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 12:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elise  is currently offline Elise
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Since the fridge is important to me (I dislike ours), I'd rather it be the kind that works for me even if it doesn't match the other appliances.


Blessings,
Elise


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Re: Form or function? [message #817288 is a reply to message #817286 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 16:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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This is too hard!

I've lived in functional but not pretty kitchens before - I've lived in non-matching appliances before, as well. When just one is off-color, it's not so bad, there are ways to work with it aesthetically. When all are off-color it's tough not to grind my teeth.

Having said that, we moved in our place as renters originally with all three appliances different from one another. The stove died, and the landlord replaced it with a cheap but matching-color to the fridge. When we purchased the home and began remodeling, I chose a new dishwasher to match the two other appliances. While the finish/color isn't my ideal, for me, it looked better, and I feel more motivated and pleased in a pretty kitchen vs functional (is that bad?). My fridge isn't the ideal layout or model for me. Buying a new one isn't in our budget, and my dream-kitchen refrigerator wouldn't be any more functional (again, cute!). But, every month when I deep clean my fridge and replace items, I wish I could reach back in time and grab a fridge from my past because the layout was near perfect. But, that's just once a month, I've adapted - I'm much happier having everything pleasing to the eye as long as everything is also working.


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Re: Form or function? [message #817289 is a reply to message #817286 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 16:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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Somewhere in pre-pinterest days, I read a home-decorating article and I swear the woman took her fridge to an auto paint store to have it painted professionally in something matching her personal tastes. I have zero idea how much that would cost (or if you'd need to convince an auto store that you weren't crazy)...but if it's a color that's blocking you, that might be an option.


Peace
Re: Form or function? [message #817291 is a reply to message #817289 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 16:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Carrie L  is currently offline Carrie L
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With a fridge I would definitely prefer function to style!


Carrie

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Re: Form or function? [message #817293 is a reply to message #817289 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 22:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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Jamie wrote on Wed, 22 June 2016 16:02

Somewhere in pre-pinterest days, I read a home-decorating article and I swear the woman took her fridge to an auto paint store to have it painted professionally in something matching her personal tastes. I have zero idea how much that would cost (or if you'd need to convince an auto store that you weren't crazy)...but if it's a color that's blocking you, that might be an option.

My parents had that done with their front door years ago. It was a metal door and it looked great. I'm not sure it would work with what we have. I'd have to think about that.


Stacy, mom to 11-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Form or function? [message #817295 is a reply to message #817286 ] Wed, 22 June 2016 23:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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There are overlays and magnetic sheets to put on dishwashers, stoves etc. to make them all match if you want.


In Him--Tracy
Re: Form or function? [message #817297 is a reply to message #817286 ] Thu, 23 June 2016 09:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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Form is most important to me. Also, eventually your other appliances will die, and you can begin matching them to the fridge. Wink


Blessings,
Lisa R.
Re: Form or function? [message #817299 is a reply to message #817286 ] Thu, 23 June 2016 10:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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Thanks, ladies. Right now all of our appliances are mismatched and it never bothered me that much. But, apparently it really bothers DH. He really thinks we need matching appliances in the new house. However, since he doesn't really do much in the kitchen, he doesn't understand why the style I want is so important to me.

All the current appliances are white. But, I really want a french-door refrigerator. They are almost impossible to find in anything except stainless steel. Even in the stores, you have to special order them (And when I looked the other day, most of them were actually about $500-800 more expensive in white!).

Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of stainless steel. But, having a fridge that works for us is much more important. I really don't like my side-by-side (nothing big can fit in it), even though I could probably find one in white.

I just wanted to make sure that I wasn't missing something since mismatched appliances weren't a big problem for me, but were for DH. I'm thinking that if I can find one in the style I like for a good price, I can probably convince him that is a better choice.

Tracy, I know could get a stainless steel panel for the dishwasher, but the stove would be hard. It is a glass-top and the top is white, too. I obviously couldn't put something over that. Confused


Stacy, mom to 11-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Form or function? [message #817301 is a reply to message #817286 ] Thu, 23 June 2016 14:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Rosemary-MI  is currently offline Rosemary-MI
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I would go for function. You can put magnets or vinyl stickers on it if it's really a problem. You can get vinyl car hood stickers with awesome designs too.

~Rosemary


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Re: Form or function? [message #817302 is a reply to message #817299 ] Thu, 23 June 2016 14:48 Go to previous message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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praise2christ wrote on Thu, 23 June 2016 09:32



Tracy, I know could get a stainless steel panel for the dishwasher, but the stove would be hard. It is a glass-top and the top is white, too. I obviously couldn't put something over that. Confused


You are right that it wouldn't work on the glass top, but there is stainless steel film that will go on the oven door/sides.


In Him--Tracy
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