Monday, September 5, 2011
Kitchen Overview - East Wall & The Stainless Backsplash & the Dishwasher
The east wall has the a stainless steel sink with satin nickel faucet, dishwasher, and a set of drawers that roll out from under the counter (more on that in a later post).
Most of the backsplash is the Venetian plaster. However, the constant water and abuse from the area where the sink is created a blemish, and we decided to add a stainless backsplash for behind the sink. My husband went to a metal shop and they made a thin sheet to our specs for about $20. It was really much cheaper than I had imagined. I don't know that I would want the entire backsplash to be stainless steel, because of the difficulty keeping it clean, but for the area behind the sink it really works well.
The dishwasher is a Bosch, one of the quieter models. My husband wanted an Asko, but I didn't want to spend that kind of money. I found that if I used cheap dishwasher detergent that the dishes didn't clean well (the Kirkland liquid stuff). We buy those Finish tablets, and they seem to work pretty well. But now I have 2 huge bottles of the Kirkland. I use it sometimes if I have a load of dishes that isn't very dirty. Also, when the dishwasher is done, many dishes usually aren't all the way dry. This is the first dishwasher I've ever had, so I don't know if that is normal or not.