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Posted by Bobby T. on September 18th, 1998 09:38 AM
In reply to Stainless steel kitchen appliances by Tim on September 17th, 1998 03:30 PM [Go to top of thread]

We too love the look. Finally, we did find a ss stove at a SEARS appliance outlet (in a 'burb of Chgo). It was a floor model or return, it is that stove that got us going! Anyway, in trying to keep that look throughout the kitchen, we have discovered a few 'tricks'. When replacing the frige, we looked at the ss ones, wayyyyy too much $$$$. Most major brands in 'regular' colors you can buy the 'trim kit' that is simply a thin ss skin and other trim required to clad your appliance. We found that for friges, it HAS to come from the mfg., and that was a lot of $$. You MAY get a good deal at an authorized service center for that brand, or try looking up the web site of the mfg... or simply call a small, local appliance place, and see if you can make them a deal, they order the kit at their cost, put on a small mark-up for themselves, you all are happy. For dishwashers- we did the ultimate. We found one with the now-old-fashioned flat panel front (most models now the front panels wrap-around to the sides), the type you can remove the side molding to place a cabinet panel on... went to the local Home Depot, they sell a sheet of brushed ss, made really for back splash above stove, cut it to fit, and we now have an affordable ss look dishwasher.
Hope this helps!

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