The Day I Finally Broke Down and Bought a New Dishwasher



Hi, I’m Back! Whatever I had kicked my butt. I felt like I just needed to crawl into a ball and take a nap. So so happy to be back in the land of the living.


There are certain days when being a homeowner feels like one of the best decisions you ever made. For us Sunday was not one of those days. It all started out like any other morning.Nik and I woke up made a pot of coffee and turned on the fireplace.

We have a pellet stove insert in our fireplace which uses small wooden pellets that drop from a hopper in the top of the fireplace to a small pot where they burn and produce heat. It turns on with the flip of a switch and can almost heat our entire house. We rarely use our home’s heating system except at night in the bedrooms. It also has a fully closed front so when the stove is on you can’t get near the flames.

Anyway back to the story, we turned on the fireplace as usual and went about or business, made coffee, emptied the dishwasher. Fifteen minutes later I went back in the living room. Smoke began billowing out the heat vents…Rut Row, that doesn’t look good.

I turned it off, took a look and thought I saw cheap oakley sunglasses the problem. The hopper was releasing the pellets too fast and it couldn’t catch fire. I adjusted, turned it back on….and BOOM. It puffed a cloud of soot and smoke into the living room the likes I had never seen.


He must have sensed the house is on fire panic in my voice, because he got out of bed and appeared in the living room quicker than I thought possible. The smoke continued to billow out of the stove, pouring into the living room. We opened all the windows and doors to let the smoke out of the house. It was 7:30 am and about 20 degrees outside.


A few hours later after the smoked cleared, the stove cooled down and the house warmed up they pulled the entire it out of the wall. It’s an insert which means it sits inside the existing fireplace opening. It can be pulled out but it’s HEAVY and not that much fun to do. They got to work fixing it and saw that soot had accumulated in the vent pipe preventing proper airflow.

I bet you’re wondering what all of this has to do with a new dishwasher.


While they were working I finally got around to finishing up that load of dishes. I have a love hate relationship with our dishwasher. It’s old and needs to be replaced, but technically it’s still going strong so other things get fixed and replace as the loud clunky dishwasher keeps chugging along. Until that very morning when I turned it on and the water began pouring out of the door. It was a FLOOD. Eight towels later and me erupting into a fit of laughter because there was nothing to do about it. We figured out something had clogged the drain.

Now four hours after the fact. The house stilled had a faint odor of smoke, the floors were covered in soot and the kitchen floor was flooded I had had it.


I did what any rationale person would do. Fed up and tired I looked online to make a giant impulse purchase. First I tried Lowes, no luck, everything was too expensive or downright ugly. Then I tried Sears and found this beauty of a dishwasher. It had all the things we were looking for. It was stainless steal, sleek looking with top panel controls. It had good reviews and a great price. I yelled to Bryan “I found a new dishwasher, it’s $399.” He yelled back buy it I’m sick of fixing stuff, and that’s how I finally broke down and bought a new dishwasher. It should be here in about 2 weeks. I can’t wait and neither can my dish pan hands!

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  • ami

    Hey there…congratulations on your new dishwasher! what a day you had between the fireplace and the dishwasher. I am going to leave you a totally unrelated comment here now because i wasn’t sure where else to put it. i just have to say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for your vintage nightstand inspiration. i just completed my copycat version of yours and i totally love it!!! i was planning on doing a white and stained two-tone and then saw a pic of yours with the gray…headed to Lowe’s and got that awesome color and what a beauty she is now. i am so excited and a new fan of your blog!

    • Maria

      Aww thanks Ami, What a sweet comment you just made my day. I’m so happy you found us. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams

    I just found out about your blog from Apartment Therapy. Congratulations on your homie nomination! I so empathize with what you went through this day with a fire and a flood in the same day. Oh the joys of home ownership! I enjoy your writing style and will check back in. you can find my blog at

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