Monday, September 28, 2009

Make Do Monday: Oven Repair

We purchased our home 2 years ago. It's an older home, I think it was built in 1955. I also think that the only upgrades that were made to the house by the original owner was the whole house vacuum system that was installed it he 80s and the avocado green and gold carpets from the 70s.

While I'm loving the whole house vac, the carpets were ripped up and thrown away on our first day in the house!

We still need to do a lot of work on the house, but time (and money) is always an issue.

Last year, our wall oven broke. As with everything else in the place, it's the original oven that was installed when the house was built. It's small, it's ugly, it's old, but it's all we've got at the moment.

For us to replace the oven with something more updated, we would have to do an entire kitchen remodel. That is something that is so not in the budget right now, or in the near future.

When the oven died, I tried to get by without it as long as I could. I didn't really think I used it as often as I actually do.

Finally, my husband found an appliance repair shop a couple of towns over. He told the owner that he believed that the heating element went in the oven. He gave the owner our model number and serial number and was able to order a new heating element for the oven.

A few weeks later, the shop owner called my husband to let him know that the part was in, my husband picked it up on his way home from work and installed it himself when he got home!

So, for $40, I have my small, ugly, old oven back! Hoping it will hold up and allow us to make do until we can afford the kitchen remodel!

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Sharinskishe said...

This is a wonderful Make-Do! I have heard that kitchen remodels can be very frustrating. Also I know some people who start with a small remodel and keep finding things that need to get redone- it can end up a never ending project.

We put a whole house vacuum in our last house and I loved it! I was going to put one in our new home, but I don't have the money yet. This is something I will hopefully get in the near future- that could be 10 years!! lol.............. I make do with hand me down vacuums, work well for me for now, but I will never quit dreaming of my whole house vac................

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Alison said...

Shari, I think the whole house vac is what convinced my husband to buy this house! He always told me that he'd install one when we bought a house, but then he saw this one already had one! It's the only "modern" item in the house! We have a lot of work to do, and the going will be slow due to finances. But we have a roof over our head and it's OURS, not a for that, I am very thankful.

Catie said...

What a good idea! :) Our bibs are in a drawer and take up a good chunck of space! May have to find a place to put a hook! :)

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