Friday, January 11, 2013

Washer & Dryer Comparison- Front Load Versus Top Load

Now that it has been a week since the old new washer and dryer were picked up and the new new set delivered I thought that I would share my two cents.
I was completely and totally against getting a front load washer & dryer set even though the sales person insisted they were the best. After reading so many negative reviews on them in general those were a no go so we brought home this beautiful LG HE Top Load Washer & Dryer set. I was in love and mesmerized as I previously shared. Approx 12 loads later that completely changed and we returned them within a weeks time. Major issues where that the clothes only half time moved around from top to bottom in the washer. You could not do small loads nor large loads. The loads had to be perfect. You also can not wash water resistant or water repellent items in the top load. That was not known till after it arrived and we opened the lid to see the sticker. How are you suppose to wash mattress pads? I could only imagine the nightmare if we had little ones who still wet the bed. The washer never stayed balance no matter how it was loaded. I constantly had to stand watch and fix it even after it attempted to fix itself by draining all the water out and refilling itself. Clothes came out terribly wrinkled even after adding liquid fabric softener. Water staid in the bleach dispenser and fabric softener dispenser. It was advised that you leave the lid open to prevent mold. That was a huge issue for me because I did not want to walk by and see the washing machine lid open all the time. Lord knows what would have happened if one of the cats decided to jump in there!:( It took an hour or more to wash and then an hour to dry. The steam function on the dryer did not work nor did the dryer actually dry all the clothes. They would come out with damp spots on them. Huge problem again for me. I like my clothes dry! The set also had a smell to them and not like a new car smell.
Now don't get me wrong there were a few positives to this set. It would be unfair of me if I did not point those out. The set looks really pretty. Secondly this set was extremely quiet which we loved and well that is it on the positives.

 That left us with buying the LG HE front load washer and dryer set.This set right from the get go had three strikes against it. One they were front loads. Two they did not have control panels up top on the back so that left me with unpainted wall. Third the washer HAD to be on the left and not the right. The door is not interchangeable. My entire laundry life I have always done laundry from right to left. I am a major creature of habit. I figured what the heck though  we could always return um. After they were installed not only was my laundry world turn around but they stuck out almost and inch and half further. I had a semi bought of claustrophobia. Still I pushed on. During the test run we noticed how terribly loud the washing machine was compared to the previous new set. Probably just as loud as our 8 yr old set. We thought that would go away after clothes were actually put in it but no. This washer is loud. I however decided that it was not an issue when I saw that it actually cleaned our clothes in 40 minutes or less instead of an hour or even an hour and 20 minutes like the  top load. With the front load you can do ANY size load you want and if you need to add something after the fact all you have to do is hit pause and throw it in! Once the pause button is hit the door unlocks itself. You can also wash ANYTHING you want so no worries if God ever blesses us with another kiddo. The dryer also impressed me by drying everything and the steam function is amazing! Another plus is that our clothes are no longer beyond wrinkled.
Yes, I do have to wipe down the rubber seal but not an issue really. The door stays open but you can not tell. It has a magnet that props it open which is a plus. This set has a drainage hose so if for some reason your washing machine locks up all you have to do is drain it and the door will unlock. Major plus because we had read where people had their clothes stuck in their front loads for days till a repairman could come out. Now on older models it is suggested that you drain your front load washer once a month. This set does not require that but I am going to do it just to be safe. I drained it for the fun of it after just two loads and you would be amazed at how much water was in the bowl! I can only imagine it sitting there all the time. Ewww. Another major plus is that I now can fold laundry standing up. I use to sit on the floor and fold everything. 
So in the end I  got over my claustrophobia and we are keeping the front loads. I will update my thoughts on them  in a few months so y'all can see if I am still smitten with them. Since we decided they were staying that led to me having to paint the laundry room. I no longer had anymore Svelte Sage paint seeing as I had painted it three years ago and I could NOT just let the unpainted portion of the wall show. That would have driven me insane. 
The walls got painted and the cabinets completed with new hardware. This of course is an "in the process of" pic!;) 
Stay tuned for the reveal! It does not even look like the same laundry room!
Before I go I do feel I have to mention that this is just our experience. I know people who have the same top load and love theirs. It just was not for us. Oh and that new washer and dryer smell is present with the front load as well. Unlike the new car smell ya never want to go away, I hope it wears off soon.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday #89

Welcome to THT #89! It is actually 1:30 in the morning but I figured since I was still wide awake I would go ahead and get the party post ready. I am in the middle of painting the laundry room. I was hoping to get it completed in one session but it is rainy and humid so the paint is not drying fast enough!:(
Thanx to everybody who joined the party last week! I look forward to seeing party goers coming back now that the holidays are over and we are all making every thing look new and fresh.
Here are my top picks from last weeks party!
Lisa over at Fern Creek Cottage made over her large tins and they look fabulous! They are inspiring me to make over my small ones.

I just love love love this table Susan from Uniquely Yours or Mine made out of old sewing machines for her kids game room!
Jennifer over at Decorated Chaos shared how to make your very own frenchy bee artwork! 
I thought this silverware pot rack that Crystelle over at Crystelle Boutique was super fun!

If you have been featured please feel free to grab the "I have been featured" button to proudly display on your sidebar!:)

Now on to this weeks party!
What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

READ THE RULES PLEASE!:)
Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.

Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun and remember if your link has had the most visits you will get featured on Tuesdays! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)




Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Treasure Hunt Thursday #88 Most Viewed

I wanted to thank all of you for your kind comments on my Romantic Homes Feature! It was a thrill of a lifetime for sure and I am still in the process of responding to each of you. So many exciting things happening around here. I am in the process of putting together a new series called "How I found My Style". I will be featuring fellow bloggers and their homes asking them how they came upon their unique decorating style and any tips they may have for creating a beautiful home. So stay tuned, I may be contacting you!:)

Now on to the most viewed links from last weeks THT!
Karen over at Shabby Brocante had the most views from last weeks party with her many found treasures. 
Deanna from One Step Woman  shared some of her thoughts on the new year and sprucing up which received the second most viewed spot. Love her winter fireplace!
Last but certainly not least Liz from Image Remix came in third with her love of old movies and these fabulous hand stitched tea towels.
Be sure to grab and "I've Been Featured" button ladies. 
Looking forward to THT # 89 tomorrow!:)


Monday, January 7, 2013

Tears of Joy

The boys and I ran to Wally World to pick up a few things this afternoon that Target did not have. I decided to stop off in the magazine isle. I have been stalking it for the past week in anticipation.
 The Feb edition of Romantic Homes hit stands!! The January edition said to keep out till Jan 15 so I was surprised to find the Feb edition today. Why on earth did I bring home four copies?
Because of this!! I was grinning from ear to ear and trying hard to hold back tears of joy while standing in Wally World. Beth Livesay of Romantic Homes contacted me back in October to ask for pictures. I was not sure if she was going to use them or not. I have never been featured before by a magazine so I was not sure how it all worked. I figured it could go either way. I was beyond thrilled when I quickly flipped thru and saw that she did feature From My Front Porch To Yours. Thank you so very much Beth! I am truly honored to be featured along with such talented ladies to include my bloggy pal Anita from over at Cedar Hill Ranch!!
Thank you also to all of you for following along and making blogging so much fun and thank you Mama for giving me your decorating passion! Also thank you to The Hubster as well as The Papa & The Nana for always helping me to accomplish my visions to share. 


Life Around Here


For those of you following along with our washer/dryer saga the old new set was picked up at the end of last week.
The new set was installed and I will share my thoughts on them in a few days after we have had them for a week.
The Hubster attempted again to tackle the stupid PEX tubing we have so we could hook up the new sink in the half bath. We should have listened to our neighbor friend and just called the plumber to begin with. It was like a huge water fountain and even went out into the hallway. I was not happy. Plumber will be called this week. Sometimes ya win some and some times ya loose some. I guess that is just the way it goes in the life of a DIYer.
Christmas for the most part has all been taken down and now the process of redecorating has begun which of course leads to many other projects!;) One of those projects being that mirror there.
I made new shelving for the laundry room and put it up. Now I am thinking I will be repainting this room so they will be coming back down.
New lighting for the laundry room is being considered. No mom I have not decided on this one just yet. A chandy is still in the running. 
A little birdie Tami from Curb Alert told me about these fabulous old chippy corbels so The Hubster took me to get some. Thanx Tami!

I went to HomeGoods and found some awesome french linens. I can not wait to use them around the house.
I also found these huge apples that I had to have! I already have a project in mind for them so stay tuned.

Well that is life around here. Hope all is well and thanx for stopping by!:) Treasure Hunt Thursday Most Viewed will resume tomorrow and THT on Wed so be sure to get your treasures ready to share.


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