7 Ideas to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

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Preparing for holiday visitors doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your home. No matter how small or large your guest room, a few personal touches can take a spare bedroom from makeshift-closet to marvelous. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect guest bedroom without calling the red alert: Continue reading

5 Easy Kitchen Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

Layering of Lighting courtesy of loghomes.com

Most real estate agents agree the kitchen remodel is among the safer investments when thinking of changing your home to increase its resale value. You don’t have to be an experienced contractor to remodel your kitchen. There are many simple, do-it-yourself remodels that can result in a significant overall return on your investment.

Stainless steel timeless. Image courtesy OurDreamInterior.com
  • Paint: Changing the paint in your kitchen is a simple upgrade with potential for a significant return. Keep paint colors neutral to appeal to a wide range of buyers.
  • Backsplash: Backsplashes add color and sophistication to a kitchen.  While the thought of applying tile yourself might sound intimidating, it’s actually a fairly simple task.  Click here to learn how to add a tile backsplash in your kitchen.
  • Refinish Cabinets: Outdated cabinets have a significantly negative impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen. Add a faux cherry wood finish to your cabinets and upgrade to modern cabinet handles for a simple, aesthetic improvement.
  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel appliances are highly desired among home buyers.  As your appliances age, replace them with stainless steel upgrades in preparation for when it’s time to sell.
  • Kitchen Island: If your kitchen does not have a built-in island, consider purchasing a rolling island. Islands are a big ticket with home buyers looking for extra counter space with flexible options.

Kitchen Remodeling & Built-in Appliances Before and After

We don’t just sell appliances, we’re also the recommended trade partner of Brand Source Handyman & Remodeling Contractors. Our custom installation crew can do some amazing things with granite countertops, flooring, cabinetry and built-in appliances. Here are some before and after photos– these projects took less than an a day for each project.

Custom Countertops, Tile & Built-in Appliances

Before: Grubby countertops, old black & white appliances.

After: Beautiful granite countertops, custom stainless steel built-in appliances and tile. What an upgrade!

Built-in Stainless Steel Double Wall Ovens

Before: A vintage 50′s wall oven complete with pastel blue porcelain. Definitely time for an upgrade.
After: A beautiful stainless steel and glass double wall oven inlayed into brick. Timeless.

Our custom installation crew really busted their butts on these modifications! Does your home need upgrading? If you’re interested in exploring your options for remodeling your home, call 303-758-5808 to find out what we can do for you. Thank you to the custom install crew for taking photos of their amazing work!

Should I Buy Stainless Steel Appliances?

Stainless steel is a timeless look that matches almost any interior, although some models can be a bit pricier. Some think stainless steel is hard to clean and while it does smudge easier than other appliance varieties, cleaning them is not a huge issue. Here are a few things you should know about stainless steel before you purchase:

  • Stainless Steel appliances can increase the value of your home.
  • Stainless steel is timeless. Color fads come and go, but the metallic finish of stainless steel is here to stay.
  • Stainless Steel lasts longer and doesn’t discolor like other varieties.
  • Stainless steel resists rust, pitting and corrosion.
  • Chromium inside helps the steel “heal itself” as small scratches disappear when oxidation occurs on the surface. The shine of stainless steel comes from the chromium in the metal alloy.
  • Some stainless steel refrigerators are finger-print resistant. If you have small kids, this is a great way to ensure you won’t be wiping down your appliances every two-and-a-half seconds.

See how fancy this kitchen looks? Stainless steel is a timeless look. Image courtesy OurDreamInterior.com

The look of stainless steel is more affordable than you think. Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has a wide variety of stainless steel appliances for 30 to 60 percent off MSRP. We often have stainless kitchen packages for under $2,000—just check out our ad every Sunday in the Denver Post—we also post it on our website.

Most Energy Efficient Appliances: Dishwashers/Part 2 [VIDEO]

Here’s part two in our series about energy efficient appliances. The video features three different dishwashers, and below is a review of the Bosch Ascenta dishwasher.

Best Energy Efficient Dishwashers

The Bosch Ascenta SHX5AL05UC is one of our favorite dishwashers, and with good reason. Bosch is heralded for making energy efficiency work with style, offering hidden controls and stainless steel. The interior is also stainless steel, which traps in heat and sanitizes the dishes without extra energy. The dishwasher also comes with an optimum wash sensor which automatically adjusts water levels to how dirty your dishes are.

The dishwasher doesn’t have a heated dry feature, but uses SaniDry technology that dries dishes through condensation. On top of that, the heating element at the bottom of the dishwasher is hidden—most dishwashers leave that heating element exposed, leaving fragile plastic cups and dishes to get mangled if one were to fall out of dishrack and to it’s doom.

The SHX5AL05UC is also affordable. It costs only $31 a year in electricity and uses 2.38 gallons of water per wash cycle, making it Tier 2 CEE qualified. We offer this dishwasher for just $699 at Appliance Factory Outlet, and you can also get a $100 Denver Water rebate if you live in Denver County.

Are you as environmentally friendly as you could be?

Let me guess. You’re the environmentally friendly type. You re-use your plastic baggies, recycle everything right down to your junk mail, and maybe you even compost your food. You bike to work at least once a week. Am I right? 

You’ve tried everything to reduce your carbon footprint by conserving energy and thinking more consciously about the planet. You might even drive a Prius… but do you sleep planet friendly, too? 

HGTV Green Home Collection Plush Mattress by Serta.

Mattresses are among the largest products made for consumers, along with appliances like refrigerators and clothes washers. Like all consumer products, they may travel far before getting to its final destination in your home. On top of that, the materials in the mattress such as steel inner coilsprings, wood boxsprings, memory foams and even the mattress covers can take a LOT of harmful processes to complete. 

Serta Mattresses partnered with HGTV in order to find a solution to this problem. The HGTV Green Home Mattress Collection by Serta features mattresses that are made with 95% recycled steel inner coil springs, and their memory foam options are made with soy in a process that greatly reduces carbon output. The mattress covers are made with 100% Organic cotton and linen so there are no harmful carcinogens or toxins on the mattress, and the boxspring itself is even made with sustainable lumber

The best part is that Serta makes these mattresses right here in Denver, so the mattress won’t have to travel hundreds of miles to get to your home when you’re in need of replacing your mattress. The HGTV Green Home Collection strives to be sustainable to ensure that consumers who are concerned with the fate of the planet can reduce their carbon footprint in every way possible—including while they sleep. How big is your carbon footprint? Calculate it here, and let us know :)

Spring Cleaning: 6 Organizing Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Your laundry room isn’t just the last-resort location for the family cat litter. Organization is key — the more organized your laundry room, perhaps the less you’ll loathe spending time there every weekend.

Organizing your laundry room can allow you to re-purpose it into an office space.

But where to begin on organizing a space you hate using?
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How to Care For Your Mattress

Did you know Appliance Factory Outlet also sells mattresses? Even Jake Jabs can't beat our price.

How long should a mattress last?

  1. Many factors play into this, such as how often a mattress is used (guest bed, or every night?) and the size and weight of the people sleeping on them. On average, a regular mattress will last 5 to 7 years, and a premium mattress will last up to 10 years.
  2. Inner coilspring mattresses last about 5-7 years
  3. Memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 or longer.

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Kitchen Appliance Measurements

One of the most overlooked steps in buying an appliance is getting the right measurements. Not all kitchen appliance brands have standard measurements, so getting your kitchen’s specific space requirements should be one of the first steps you take when deciding on a good investment. Some important factors to consider:

  • Keep appliances size-appropriate. Large-capacity models in small kitchens lack visual appeal and practicality.
  • Measure your home’s entry ways so you can be sure you’ll be able to get your new appliance inside the house.
  • Remember to take measurements of width, height and depth of where your appliance will sit.
  • Be aware of the space an appliance will need to open and close.

This is what a counter depth fridge looks like. Photo from TinaRobinsonDesign.com

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Winner of the Bumper Magnet Poll

The winner of the bumper magnet poll was the small 2×5″ magnet with the yellow face!

The winner with 7 whole votes!

 

The runner up was the traditional bumper-sticker style magnet, also with the yellow face. Looks like folks just love that sunny disposition. This one was the runner with 4 total votes.

The runner up for the contest

 

There were only 2 total votes for any magnets with the orange face.

Thanks to all for participating! We had about 200 page views on Friday alone and 16 total respondents to the blog. We love your feedback! We’re going to take these two winning designs to the man in charge and go from there on printing. We’ll keep you updated, and hopefully you’ll be putting these sweet bumper magnets on your car soon!

Until we meet again,

Appliance Factory Outlet Marketing Team

Which Appliance Factory Outlet Bumper Magnet Would YOU Pick?

Hi, folks! Here in the marketing department we’re trying to decide on which smiley face looks better for our new bumper magnets (you know.. like a sticker.. but without the sticky).

We figured we’d ask you since you are what keeps us going as a company!

You’ve got two different smiley faces to choose from, and three different sizes. The options are below.

Which size and smiley face would you put on YOUR car?  :)

A. Large 5x8 with ORANGE face. Click to see full size.

B. Large 5x8 with YELLOW Face. Click for full size.

C. The SMALL 2x5 with the Orange face (way smaller than the first one!)

D. The SMALL 2x5 with the YELLOW face (again, smaller than the original!)

E. The horizontal 2.5x8 with the ORANGE face (like a traditional bumper sticker)

F. The horizontal 2.5x8 with the YELLOW face (like a traditional bumper sticker).

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A Low Budget Christmas

From one empty wallet to another, here are some ideas for Christmas:

• The dollar store has lots of goodies for those on tight budgets. Be sure to pick up the following: glitter glue, stockings, Christmas cards, candy canes, pipe cleaners if they have them, googly eyes, ribbon, garland, posters, and colored cotton balls.

• Make Christmas crafts to decorate your home. Get out that poster from the dollar store and draw some shapes then add glitter glue. Then cut out and place around the home.

• Decorate your stockings with glitter glue. Be sure to write your name at the top of the stockings!

• One cheap yet fun little gift is the reindeer candy cane. Wrap the curve of the candy cane with the pipe cleaner for antlers then add googly eyes and a red cotton ball nose. These make nice additions to Christmas cards for friends and family you can’t afford a present for.

• Try decorating your tree with things you already have- String popcorn, hang cut out paper snowflakes, hang old small toys the kids don’t use anymore like toy cars.

• Buy cheap candles then decorate the glass with the glitter glue or paint pens.

• Have friends and family come over to get in on the fun of making Christmas crafts.

• Make home-made cookies as gifts.

• Everyone in your family on a tight budget? Try drawing each other’s names rather than getting everyone in your family a gift.

Going Green Part IV: Lighting

Updating to energy efficient lighting is a great way to save money on your energy bill and save you time. In Part IV of Going Green: Lighting I’ll introduce some innovative options to turn your lighting “green”. 

Courtesy of energystar.gov

 

 Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Only 5-10% of the electricity flowing through incandescent bulbs is converted into light, the rest is converted into heat, wasted energy. CFLs use 75 % less energy as an incandescent bulb, and lasts 10 times longer. The bulbs are higher cost but use less energy and have a longer life span. CFLs were commonly used to replace outdoor lighting but now can be used in dimmable or three-way light fixtures. 

Courtesy of energystar.gov

 

LED lights are the most efficient type of bulbs. They are 90% more efficient than incandescent and considerably more efficient than CFLs. LED lights have the longest life out of all bulbs but are also the most expensive. A great application for LED lights in a kitchen is under cabinet lighting. 

 Updating your light bulbs not only save you money in energy usage, they also save on your cooling costs. CFLs produce 75% to 80% less waste heat and LED produce 90% less waste heat compare to incandescent bulbs, resulting in the decrease demand of your air conditioner. 

 Life of a Bulb: 

Incandescent lasts 750 to 1000 hours 

CFL lasts 8000 to 10,000 

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Appliance Factory Outlet: Extreme Color Make-Over

Be apart of Appliance Factory Outlet’s Extreme Color Make-Over! Cast your vote on our  Facebook page for what color you’d like to see on a side-by-side refrigerator. Make sure to check back to watch the transformation of stainless into color!

 
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COLOR THEORY

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