Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are 100% my own.
Kitchen appliances are the muscle in the kitchen. You may have thought it was my bicep doing all that cookie-dough-to-mouth action… but nope… the glory goes to the appliances. They are the muscle. And in my case, all my fingerprint resistant, powerful, stainless steel-matching Maytag pieces are world-class body builders. That’s right people. Ask them to do the atlas pose… I dare you 🙂
And want to know something else exciting? May is Maytag Month!! Now through June 6, Maytag is offering amazing deals on select kitchen and laundry appliances. Look HERE for more information 🙂
On a serious note, we have lived with our new Maytag appliances now for about six months and we are SO happy with them. Our kitchen before seemed to have a curse on appliances. They kept dying. So, now that we’ve had a solid six months of reliable cooking and cooling, we feel like we’ve broken the curse and now can efficiently and effectively handle the whole food situation. That is how it all began if you remember. We are trying to make our kitchen more big family-friendly. Let me walk you through the changes so far and give you an idea of what appliances we chose and why and how they are working for us!
Before, our kitchen flow was nice but the space wasn’t utilized well. We were crammed around a tiny table and had limited storage. Here is the before…
And now that same shot looks very different!
Near the dining area of the kitchen, we had a big desk that we never actually used as a desk and a pantry that was much too small. Here is what it looked like before…
We decided to tear out the desk area and the pantry and have a friend, who happens to be a carpenter, build a whole wall of cabinets for the new pantry. That new pantry is a game changer and will continue to serve us well in the future! I don’t even have the whole thing filled up yet!
Now do you want to guess what we built into the pantry? That’s right… the microwave!
We decided that the microwave could live in its own special section of the pantry and we asked for doors that slide back so that if we wanted to leave them open, it was an option! Are you debating the same thing? Read this 🙂 Here they are open, slid back and closed…
The microwave itself is so far a really good fit. Our other microwave was part of a microwave/oven combo and it was on its last leg. This one has some great shortcut buttons (yes, I do memorize the shortcuts like an insane person) and it actually WORKS. Like the recommended time on the bag of the frozen steam veggies is actually the time it takes to cook! Imagine that 😉
The rest of the pantry I will show you in another post – for now just remember that it’s huge and it’s got this architectural vibe… kinda like a board and batten wall.
In front of the pantry we decided to rotate the table around and this will allow us to get a bigger table! Jeremy moved the overhead light for us so that it could be centered on the table (or the future table! ha!).
It was a really hard decision (where to put the light exactly) but in the end, we centered it on the window and then also on the center of the cabinetry. It doesn’t line up with the island lights (they aren’t centered on anything) or the kitchen opening but we decided that this was the next best fit.
On the far end of the kitchen, we decided to switch our fridge and oven locations. The location change actually made it possible to double BOTH the oven and the fridge. Here is the before and after….
The new fridge (fridges! plural!) are some of our favorite things ever and we told you all about how they’re changing our life. They continue to become more and more loved… like I am naming them. Bessy and Bertha. Over them, the guys built this cabinet that holds all my white dishware that is for special occasions. It’s like an extension of the cabinetry on the right-hand side and goes all the way to the ceiling! Talk about ALL the storage! This might be my favorite before and after of the space…
Right up there with the fridges is the double oven. I have never had a double oven. ever. My mom doesn’t have one. I never had one in college or anywhere I lived. And boy let me tell you how it is SOOOO nice. I can heat up a casserole or a frozen lasagna or whatever in one oven and then simultaneously make bread or cookies or something completely different in the other oven. I really cannot wait till Thanksgiving when both of these will be filled with yummy goodies! Are you considering one?? I would definitely recommend!
One of my favorite things about the Maytag kitchen appliances are these gorgeous handles. Don’t judge me, but dude I could shop for appliances purely based on handle looks. I like them chunky and straight with an industrial vibe. These make the appliance feel like they belong in a commercial kitchen… something worthy of an Iron Chef.
And speaking of the dishwasher, we are REALLY happy with this new one. Maytag had several models to choose from, but my favorite feature on ours is the delay button. I can load it up and delay the start until after the kids are bathed. That means no more running out of hot water! Wahoo!
The last appliance we got actually really surprised me! I didn’t know if there would be any notable difference in the last gas cooktop we had (when it worked) and this one but astonishingly, this one has more features.
There is a powerful simmer burner that can melt chocolate and the lighters work EVERY.TIME. It’s like magic y’all.
And I don’t know if you guys know this, but I love to cook. I really do. So having this new cooktop with beefier plates is really nice. It makes everything easier!
The before and after isn’t dramatic, but in function it works way better.
The other big change in the kitchen is the island. We had a sink in our island that we just never used.
In fact, we had turned the water to it off years ago and never looked back. We really wanted to have a big flat surface instead and so all we did was remove the existing faucet and capped off the pipes and replaced the top with a beautiful piece of quartz. It doesn’t show in these pictures but there is a ton of veining and beautiful variation. It looks like a marble but it has the durability of a granite… yeah …#winning.
Here is the before and after…
Overall, this room is complete. I am sure that I have a few other things I want to tweak (the island? maybe? stools for the island? a bigger table?) but the general building part is DONE. And I can honestly say that even though it may not seem like a GIANT change – but for functionality purposes it is a HUGE step in the right direction. As a mom of five, I need this space to work just as hard as I do!
So tell me… if there was one thing in your kitchen that you would change, what would it be? Anything? Maybe you would just freshen things up? Or get new counters? Maybe switch out the single oven for a double? I was shocked at how easy that is in most cases! And I need to know… what are the best containers for storage in pantries? Like for cereal or chip storage or for cookies! I am gonna be needing all the organization tips now that I have these babies built!
And don’t forget about May is Maytag Month! Check out the amazingly powerful deals HERE if you want some of these cool appliances 🙂