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.


  1. Bosch does not have a heating element thus the reason they run quiet. Either run hot water first on sink, turn up heat on hot water heater, and use more jet dry.

    It is normal for Bosch.

  2. Thanks Medvick! I will try your suggestions and post an update. Our water heater temp is normally set pretty low (we have a tankless and leave it at 104-108 unless doing laundry).

  3. I turned up the dial on the jet dry and it did seem to fix the problem. I set it to the setting just below the highest setting. Thanks!