A couple of weeks ago, the soap door in our dishwasher decided that it would prefer not to open during the washing cycle, thanks all the same. Since the machine was absolutely ancient (at least 20 years old) my landlord was unable to obtain replacement parts and decided to swap it out for a new one.
When we got the news about the new dishwasher, I saw a small window of opportunity to improve something about our apartment. You see, I’ve been itching to move for over a year now, but the timing just hasn’t been right. Consequently, I’ve been feeling a bit trapped and the things I don’t like about the apartment have really started to grate.
First and foremost? The decor. This apartment’s color scheme is beige and white. Beige berber carpet (that is now very old and matted down, because berber carpet is famously difficult to clean*). White walls (that we are not allowed to paint). Beige Euro-style cabinets (see below) with beige countertops and a white paint “backsplash.”
This is what our kitchen cabinets look like. No, you can’t un-see them. Image from (appropriately enough) UglyHousePhotos.com
To say our apartment lacks personality is an insult to the personality-free.
So when my landlord said that they don’t make beige dishwashers anymore and he’d have to buy white, I screwed up my courage and said, timidly, “I think a white dishwasher might make the beige countertops and cabinets look a bit yellow? And dingy? What about a black dishwasher? Or a stainless steel one, those are very popular.”
This suggestion was not appreciated. My landlord looked at me with huge, wounded eyes and exclaimed, “But that would be UGLY! It would be DARK and UGLY! Everything needs to be bright and light! No, no. White will be best.**” It was clear that the idea of a steel dishwasher was almost insulting to him — how dare I suggest putting something so horrible in his property?
That’s when it hit me. This beige-on-white color scheme? He did this on purpose! He thinks this looks good!
Ever since, I’ve been wondering if I could renovate the apartment in a way that doesn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out, but that would satisfy our landlord’s need for “light and bright.” To Pinterest!
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