I hate my refrigerator.
It came with my house, all 9 cubic feet of it. It's fairly new, but my faith in it evaporated upon seeing "damaged" scrawled on the back of it in black permanent marker. Eventually, rust start creeping along its bottom, which I'm guessing is a problem with the defrosting feature.
I'm pretty sure my kitchen has hardwood floor under the linoleum floor, and I'd love to refinish it. But there's no way I'm going to pursue that project if I have a refrigerator with a rusty bottom. My solution: a new fridge, of course. (Suddenly, I understand how quickly the cost of home improvement projects can grow.)
But here's my problem - I want a refrigerator that doesn't look like a plain white or silver box. Many manufacturers make sassy red washers and dryers . Is it too much to hope that they'll start spicing up refrigerators, too? (I don't understand the logic behind the colored washers and dryers, by the way. In a typical home, the fridge is in a much more public place than the laundry area.)
Add in the frustration of having a small kitchen in a tiny house, and the obstacles to finding a fridge are irksome.
Amana makes a cool red refrigerator . It even has an entertainment version, in which you can put any beverage you choose on tap. However, the color is a little on the burgundy side for me (picky, picky, I know, but it's a big purchase). And it's not Energy Star qualified, which is far more important to me than its shade.
I love retro-style fridges (find them here  and here ), but who can afford to drop a couple of thousand dollars on a refrigerator? Truthfully, I'm saving a small amount of money each month with the ultimate goal of getting one, but I can't help but hope something better and less expensive will come along first. There are so many better things one could do with that amount of money. (And, by the way, I know that in the scheme of things, the search for a suitable refrigerator isn't much of a problem. Forgive me if this post comes off as shallow.)
I sent out a plea on Apartment Therapy last month , wondering if anyone knew of any alternatives to these expensive retro-style refrigerators. One commentor suggested buying a standard-colored refrigerator and taking it to an auto body shop to be painted. I could see doing that with a fridge with contoured doors - Whirlpool makes several in that style , and in several sizes.
So far, though, I haven't been desparate enough to do any research into whether someone in the area could do it or how much it would cost. After all, finding a new fridge means committing to refinishing my floor. And I'd also like to paint my combined kitchen and dining room. That's one big project.
But I can't believe how hard it is to find a unique, fun refrigerator that goes easy on the electricity. Surely I'm not the only person in search of one. Anyone else have similar frustrations?
Credit: Photo is from bigchillfridge.com
EDIT: You can read all about how I bought a regular refrigerator and had it painted red here.