Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Appliances and Furniture

Hi everyone,

So, as I stated in my previous blog, I'm sorry for being MIA and not keeping up with my posts.  Since we moved in, which can you believe was 8 weeks ago!  We've made a lot of purchases.  So, we went from $0 credit debt to a few revolving interest-free accounts.  But the good news is I think we really were able to get some great products and a few deals here and there.

First, let's talk about our appliances.  I had two bottom freezer refrigerators.  And although I like the space for french door refrigerators, I hate bottom freezers.  So we went with a counter-depth, Whirlpool side by side.  The refrigerator is quiet, doesn't take up much space and has some nice features, but it is small in the inside.  We also saw that this refrigerator will be temporary for our kitchen.  Remember, I want stainless steel appliances but didn't think the one Ryan offered were that great, so decided to hold-off on my dream kitchen appliances for a few years--especially when we're ready to update the kitchen by getting rid of our laminate counter tops, etc.  The kitchen project will be at least 3 years down the road, so I will live with a small fridge for now, and then transition the current refrigerator to the basement.  Either way h.h. gregg gave us a great deal on the fridge.  It was originally $2200 but we got it for $1714 with a year financing.

Here is a pic of the fridge:

Also, from h.h. gregg we bought our microwave (made by Samsung)  and washer and dryer.  We love our washer and dryer (made by Samsung) --it is efficient, fast and we can get a lot of clothes washed in one big swoop.  We also really like our microwave. It heats food up fast and evenly.  We financed this too for a year and paid about $225 for the microwave and $1800 for the washer and dryer.  We did go with the pedestals and got them for $150 a piece.  Here are pictures of our microwave and washer and dryer:

Like many of you, we decided to install our garage door opener ourselves. Boy, I'm glad we did not go with Ryans garage door opener.  It may have been inconvenient for the first two weeks of living in the house to manually lift up the garage and lock it when I pulled the car out, but we paid $239.00 for a super quiet belt opener and about $95 for Lowes to install it.   We chose Champion and if you're looking for a quality garage door opener, then this is the one for you!  Since our garage ceiling is high, we did need to buy the extenders for the belt and that was $50.00 more.  We did not finance this purchase and really like that it will operate if our power goes out, it is smart phone capable, came with two car remotes, and a pad for outside.  The indoor pad even gives us the temperature.  Here is a picture of the opener and other accessories.  

Now for some fun stuff…I thought that I would use my old dining room table in our dining space.  I wanted to save money, but one day during my lunch break I went "window" shopping at Macy's and guess what happened?  I left the store purchasing a new 8 piece dining room set?!? Trust me, Patrick was not happy to hear the news, and for once, he thought his buying habits, of waiting to purchase something had rubbed off on me…but, I can't resist a DEAL when I see one.  Here is how it all went down:  The set originally cost $3200 but it was on close-out (otherwise known as discontinued) for $1499.  I saw a few dents here and there and asked for an additional discount, and they obliged marking it down another $200, with free delivery AND one year financing.  So, I paid $1299 for a table, six chairs, and a credenza.  Which if you look on Macy's website the credenza alone is listed from $899 and the table with six chairs is $1299.   Is that a deal or what?    Even Patrick told me to get the set!  So, the set came on Monday, January 7th.  Here is a complete look of the set in our house. The table does extend, but we took the leaf out.

Here's a mirror I purchased from HomeGoods for our powder room. Please forgive my pink slipper soaks and the reflection of the commode in the mirror:

Here is a bench (purchased at Macy's), a chair (purchased at, and mirrors (purchased at HomeGoods)  I bought for our master bedroom:

That's all the pics I have for now…happy building!


  1. Ohhh my, the mirrors are gorgeous, the bench is gorgeous, the chair is gorgeous and ON AND ON!!

    Danielle, this was a GREAT SCORE!!


  2. Thanks Nadase! See why I can't wait to paint and add trim? A room is not complete until you have all of those things. But I know, patience...

  3. I'm totally with you on the bottom freezer... hate them! What a great deal you got on that dining room furniture! I'm still waiting for my great deal to come along :)

  4. It looks like you got some great stuff and some great deals!!

  5. I love the mirrors, bench and chairs. I agree, my last fridge had the bottom freezer...hated it!!

  6. Pinkrage, thanks for following me and liking my choices too. Looks like you are in the thick of getting your house built. Fun times. I look forward to reading your blog!

  7. Im glad I came across this post! You have some great finds. I wouldnt have thought to go to Macys for anything like that. Everything looks great and the deals are awesome!

  8. And congratulations on the baby!