Spin Doctors

Here’s that washer & dryer update that you’ve all been asking for. Yesterday our fab front loading washer & dryer (which ended up being floor models due to Lowe’s SELLING THE ONES WE ALREADY PURCHASED!) arrived in near perfect condition. In fact, the dryer is flawless and the washer has only a tiny scratch on the top that you’d need a magnifying glass to locate. So all in all, we’re actually thrilled that Lowe’s messed up and sold our new models since the floor models are just as nice (and ended up saving us another 150 bucks, bringing our total discount on the washer and dryer to $500- amazing!). In fact, they told us we ended up getting them both below cost- so the store didn’t make a dime off of the sale.

But we didn’t stop there. Don’t you know me at all? We visited our favorite home improvement store last night to talk with a manager about getting a free four year warranty on both items (valued at $250). See, our argument was that we didn’t ask for the floor models but ended up with them due to Lowe’s error, and we didn’t want something to go wrong with them from all the wear and tear they endured while on display. We figured they might meet us in the middle and offer a warranty on just one appliance or offer to pay 50%, but we never thought they’d actually go along with us completely.

I guess we’re just THAT CHARMING. We waltzed out of there with the full 4 year warranty on both items for a mere $13 (the computer wouldn’t let them give it away for free, but the manager somehow got it down to just over ten bucks for us). Now that’s one heck of a deal. Point: Lowe’s.

And – here’s quick before (well, amidst demo) and after shot of our laundry nook. A fresh coat of paint and some bamboo blinds from Wal-Mart and we’re back in business! Next we just need to cover some of those ugly plugs on the back wall.

Laundry - half demo New Laundry Appliances
Coming Apart                                   Put Back Together



Tall, Non-Fat Soy Mocha Oak Latte

We’ve been showing off our new floors, but have neglected to tell you how they came to be. Our bad.

Once upon a time, our kitchen designer convinced us hardwood, not ceramic tile, was the way to go in our kitchen (white cabinets look warmer with wood floors as opposed to cold, hard tile). We started at Lowe’s and Home Depot as usual. Both had a decent selection of engineered hardwood for around $4.00/sq.ft. but we needed about 370 sq.ft. so we were looking at a grand total of almost $1,500 in flooring. We were also nervous about engineered hardwood because we were told that it’s too thin (1/4″) to sand and refinish more than once. That didn’t bode well for a few kids and a dog (we plan to stay in our house a long, long time).

So, we quit playing around and ventured over to the hardwood experts – Lumber Liquidators- where we struck gold, well, “mocha oak.”

Mocha Oak Floor

Whether it was its beautiful, rich color or its big “SALE” sticker that attracted us, we immediately knew we had found our floor. It was 3/4″ thick REAL hardwood (as opposed to the thinner manufactured kind) at a mere $2.79/sq.ft.

The sale only lasted 3 more days so we had to move quickly to get all that flooring for less than $1000. Lumber Liquidators doesn’t do installation but they recommend installers so we called someone from their list (which turned out to be our L.L. salesman’s company- flooring racket anyone?). But hey, they came out, measured and ordered our floors for us within 24 hours.

BTW, I’m totally glad we didn’t try installing it ourselves. I don’t own ANY of the crazy tools they used, and since it took them three days (and they ran into a host of roadblocks) I can only imagine what it would have been like had we been the team attempting the installation. Though if I ever get brave enough, the folks over at One Project Closer have a floor installation tutorial that makes it look less scary. Anyways, you know the rest of the story – it’s in, it’s beautiful, and Burger couldn’t be more pleased with his new play surface.

Image courtesy of Lumber Liquidators