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Take out the Dishwasher, Replace with a Cabinet!

Ever since I moved into my current apartment, I’ve never used the dishwasher. I just find it so time/money/energy/water consuming. Unless you’re a big family or something and have tons of dishes, it didn’t't make sense for me to use it. Recently, my roommate told me that it was dirty inside – likely from all the dust that’s accumulated. So I turned it on for a quick spin. I was shocked to find that the water wasn’t draining, and ended up scooping up most of the water with a cup.

My first mission was to go and find a new dishwasher. I found some reasonable priced dishwashers, but since I wasn’t going to use it, it seemed like a total waste. The only reason I would get it is that the suite would sell better if it had a dishwasher. But since I didn’t know when I’d move out and sell the place, it made sense to take out the broken dishwasher and install a cabinet instead. It would store all my stuff that would normally be sitting on the counters in the kitchen.


Out of order…

Taking out the dishwasher was a bit of a challenge. Thankfully, there’s YouTube. I watched several of them, like this one to see how it’s taken out.


I asked for help taking it out – I’m glad that I did cuz it needed a lot of force. I could have never been able to pull it out with my no-muscle arm, lol. At times, it was even hard for him. Since I had ‘studied’ on how they were installed and stuff, I had the knowledge and could direct him on what went where. We were a good team. After it was taken out, the dishwasher was taken away for $25 by Sears and it became a corner under the counter where ‘stuff’ sat for a while…lol

We then bought shelves. We bought a big 24″x48″ board for $15 from Home Depot and cut them accordingly to size (that we had measured numerous times before) so that they would fit in properly.  The rest was also from Home Depot; the door was $60, already made with hinges, the handle was a special order for $30 which took about 2 weeks, a couple bucks here and there for brackets and washers, plus one scrap wood for free. So in total, the project cost about $130. Not bad.


Measurements are important!!




First clean out the inside. Added a small narrow board at the bottom.


idearabbit-cabinet7  idearabbit-cabinet5


You can fit a lot of stuff in there! More counter space! :D


Tadaaaa~! :D

I’m super impressed with the result, considering the guy wasn’t a professional builder or anything, and didn’tt have all the tools – but he can do just about everything lol. I love it – it holds so much stuff! My counters are clutter free from blenders, rice-cookers, toasters, and pots. The heavier weight of the door then the rest of the doors in the kitchen makes it more higher-end, and must say is my favourite cabinet :)

Red Door Warehouse

So, the hunt for the 3 kitchen appliance begins.

When I mentioned that I was looking for appliances for a great deal, two people mentioned Red Door, so I wanted to check it out. First of all, out of the three places I will be looking at (the other two are Richmond Whole Sale Appliances and Appliance Outlet), this one had the least information available on their website. For one, their form on their contact page doesn’t even have the submit button, so can’t send anything through there. However, they had listed their email address, so I emailed them asking some questions. However, they never replied, while Richmond Whole Sale did within a day. Appliance Outlet had some of my questions answered on their site.

It’s located 165 West 4th Ave, near the Canadian Tires and Home Depot on Cambie. It’s a bit hard to miss with a red door hanging out from the second floor.

The store is nothing fancy. More like a warehouse. Walls and roof to keep the appliances dry from the rain. The guy that was there wasn’t a good salesman. He kept telling me to go to Samsung and LG website to see what I wanted or liked, when I told him several times that I wasn’t too picky on the brand and look. I came to Red Door to get a deal.

I was limited to the size restrictions of my kitchen, so it wasn’t like I could get any cheap appliances. I did see a couple of ones that I was interested in, but they already had the sold stickers on them. But at least I kind of got an idea on the price ranges and what they carried.

The size for the fridge became a problem, since the height of my current fridge of 65″ is an old size. Apparently, all new ones are usually 67-69 or taller. The problem is that I have cabinet shelves above my fridge, so anything bigger than a 65″ would mean that the cabinets had to be altered.

Contact us by E-Mail: info@reddoorwarehouse.com
165 West 4th Ave
Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Friday ( 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday ( 9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday ( 12:00pm – 5:00 pm

Right afterward, we went to Home Depot for something else, but we checked out the appliance section since we were already there. We actually found one fridge that was 65′” and stainless steel. The price was also good – in the $600s.

idearabbit-fridgeFridge at Home Depot

However, it still looked outdated, and now wondering if it’s better to lift the cabinets several inches up to put in a more modern and energy efficient fridge by forking out $300+ more.

The hunt continues!