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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 :)

IKEA Pots and Pans: SKÄNKA


The SKÄNKA set for $39.99 comes with 2 pots with lids (2qt and 5qt), a saucepan (1qt) and frying pan (11″ diameter).
Both lids have holes in them so that you can drain the water if you need to after boiling something. However, the lid for the larger one is the only one that has a locking lip so that the lid doesn’t come off when you tip the pot – a nice feature. All of them are treated with Teflon® Select, which is a hardwearing non-stick coating that allows cooking with little fat and makes the cleaning process a lot more easy. However, I have been told by some that Teflon coating causes cancer. I dunno if that is just a myth or if it’s true.

All in all, it’s a good set. You get the basic cookware so that you can do most cook.


MELODI IKEA Pendant Lights


I recently bought a simple IKEA Melodi Pendant light to hang in my nook above my dining table. It was for $9.99 + tax, so it was really affordable, but doesn’t look like crap. I like how it glows through the white shade, and gives the nook a soft ambient look. I was originally going to get those Asian-looking round paper-made ones, but was told it was too cheap-looking.
I’m happy with how much it costs and looks. The setup is easy, mind you we didn’t do the full complete installation…we kind of cheated a bit, and made a fake ceiling board, along with cable channels…still it looks decent, and the way the nook is built, you rarely look up – you’re more likely to be focused on the food on the table :)