YOU GUYS!!!! The fridge is finally here!! Our long awaited fridge is here. A little back story. We ordered this fridge [HERE] before Christmas & waited about six weeks for it to be delivered [remember that if you are ordering one] It finally arrived & we weren’t quite ready for it in our kitchen so it sat in the garage until we painted the floors. I could hardly contain myself, but was patient. So the minute the floors were painted & ready.. we got an epic snowstorm. Our garage is not super close to the house… so we waited for the snow to die down for us to carry it. Well, we got a nice day & we were finally ready to carry it in… so imagine us lining up, ready to carry the beast in, & realizing that because of the way the fridge is wrapped & it’s weight… yah, that’s not happening. I can’t really explain how badly the fridge was wrapped, but we were under the impression it was full wrapped & in a closed cardboard box… come to find out it was in a loose piece of cardboard with no bottom & no wrapping around the fridge. In fact there was a hole in the cardboard and I could see the fridge completely through the hole. No bueno. Defeated, we called movers, & they came this past monday to bring it in. We had to have help because since the fridge wasn’t protected on the bottom [the door wraps around the bottom & is still white underneath] once the movers picked up the fridge they could not set it back down which is something I’m not sure would be possible for just Jose and I. Well, the good news? They got the fridge in…. WE HAVE A FRIDGE IN OUR KITCHEN!! After a whole year… our kitchen is feeling somewhat functional again….
The two things I want you to remember while reading this post and looking at the fridge, ignore the unfinished cabinets, and the fact that when everything is finished, we will be pushing the fridge next to the cabinet. We ordered [This] Smeg fridge .The search for a pretty fridge started when I designed the kitchen with no upper cabinets. Things were going great & then I realized… oh crap, our fridge will be fully exposed. I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but normal refrigerators are only pretty on the front. The sides are usually a black and have a weird texture. Also, a normal fridge sticks out way past cabinets, but looks normal because the fridge cove is built into the upper cabinets so it all looks seamless & normal that it sticks out farther. Well, the second you take away the upper cabinets.. you are leaving your fridge fully exposed on three sides & it looks a little funny when the fridge sticks out farther than the cabinets. So, we went on the hunt for the perfect fridge with pretty sids & slim enough to fit our cabinets. Easier said than done! We looked at many fridges, but nothing fit all of our requirements quite like the Smeg. The only requirement it didn’t fit? The budget… it was pretty pricey, but it was really our only perfect option & I have to say, after sacrificing a few other things in the kitchen, we bought the fridge & there are no regrets!! The fridge fits our kitchen perfectly, fits our design perfectly, fits our family perfectly, & is probably one of the dreamiest appliances I have ever seen & even better in person. THE ONE THING that makes me have absolutely no regrets is the fact that we were able to keep our old fridge as a second fridge/freezer in our back bonus room for extra storage & things for guests. If we didn’t have a second fridge/freezer I might be a little worried about sizing for when our family grows. For us as a family of two this fridge is the perfect size, but here is a little info from Better Homes and Gardens (Link) on picking the right fridge size for you and your family…
“refrigerator capacity” ranges between 9 and 30 cubic feet. A family of two needs 8 to 10 cubic feet of fresh-food space. Add an extra cubic foot for each additional family member.
Freezer space: A family of two needs 4 cubic feet of freezer space. Add 2 cubic feet for each additional person. Increase the freezer space if you stock frozen products or shop infrequently. Top and bottom freezers offer the most storage flexibility. Side-by-side models
The dimensions of this refrigerator compared to others:
The pros & the cons:
- It’s the prettiest fridge I have ever seen
- Works with kitchens where there is no upper cabinets to hide the sides of the fridge. Normal refrigerators have not so pretty sides.
- Super easy to clean because of the sleek design.
- Is shallow enough to not stick out out past the cabinets.
- Works great in small kitchens because of it is higher than a normal fridge but a lot slimmer.
- It’s offered in many great colors… also a very pretty white.
- It’s one of the only refrigerators with pretty sides.
- Looks authentically vintage.
- no light in the freezer.
- came packaged pretty poorly.
- size. if you have a big family or store a lot of food, a backup fridge would be nice like we have.
- No automatic ice maker. Got to do it the old school way. I hate ice.. so this is just a con for ya’ll if you enjoy that kind of thing.
- Not sure if this is a pro or con but you have to really pull to open it. It shuts quite tightly.. again, that could be a pro or I just need to work out.
Ok, I hope you guys love our kitchen makeover progress with our new fridge… we are almost there!! Actually.. kind of far off. I need to save for a stove, finish the cabinets, accessorize, finish the spice cabinet, & a few other things… but we are making so much progress!! I also hope that if you were looking at a Smeg fridge that this helped you a tiny bit as well. Ok, let me know what you think!! I can’t wait to hear! Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by the blog today & everyday to see what we are up to. xx
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Love the frig.. we have no uppers either but we put two tall slim pantrys on each side of it so it was not out of place and covered the sides and custom made cubbies on each side of the pantrys to blend in with no uppers. I love how your kitchen is coming out. One of a kind! Thats what we have to. Love reading your blogs.
I love it! I always thought it only came in the cream color. Now I know I have a white fridge to look forward to.
Sarah Burgess says
It’s gorgeous! Your cabinet looks great too!
You’ve just added another gem to your crown! Breathtakingly beautiful Liz! Love the look of this fridge in your awesome kitchen. I need new appliances for my kitchen that we renovated almost 3 years ago but unfortunately this beauty is not in my budget. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you, again!
It’s really cute! I’m surprised though it has no light or ice maker for that price..,, it sure it sweet though!!!
The handles remind me of my grandmother’s upright “deep freeze” back in the day, and looks very similar! I think you’re gonna love the handles once you get used to them! The appearance of your refrigerator fits your farmhouse and style like a dream!!!
Peggy Lee Baker says
Holy cow that is one sleek of a beauty….reminds me of growing up on the farm! It’s so beautiful and I love the sleek look thanks for showing the inside I was so curious about how it looks in there…so cool. Thanks for sharing your pros and cons, I love the honest review…I know my hubby will love it I can’t wait to show him tonight. I love your kitchen remodeling journey you’ve been sharing. (all I can think about is seeing a layered white icing cake with berries on top like my grandmother would make on Sundays). so cute
Looks great! I’m definitely going to shop this fridge for my place now. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen when it’s all finished!
Looks beautiful! You both should be so proud of all the hard work you have done to get this far. Thanks for the inspiration and all the best for your next project. Keep them coming! : )
Your kitchen is dreamy! so so beautiful. The smeg is gorgeous, perfect for your kitchen.
Liz this is Perfect. Sounds like you had quite the process just getting it in your home. But the end result is amazing♥️♥️♥️
Linda E. says
Absolutely LOVE all your Smeg products, looks so awesome !!!!!!!! LOVE your kitchen too !!!!!!! I wanted to make a another comment on the shelf question, if you should paint or stain the shelves on the wood corbels…..first i commented that you should paint the shelves, then I seen in this post your island, which is unpainted wood. Now i think the shelves should be stained and then darked the back of the spice cabinet. Would balance the wood tones, which are drop dead gorgeous. Adds more character than everything white.
Linda E. says
One more thing…..I also make my ice cubes the old fashioned way, with trays !!!!!!!! The water line bust on our ice maker, flooded the kitchen……and found out that is a pretty common problem. Not me anymore.
Hey Liz, I’m smitten with your SMEG. I love it. It’s not very often that an appliance has a voice. I’m just smitten. 🙂
I am dying to know where you got your drawer pulls from on your cabinets!? I am having the hardest time finding ones I LOVE! And can’t wait you use for the cabinet doors!
Absolutely lovely. Reminds me of the old fridges, but big and lovely. Perfect.
Carla from Kansas says
I have an LG fridge that is the same size. One of the reasons I got it was because it was counter depth. But it is small. I’m single and there are some things that won’t fit. Like a large watermelon!! Mine also does not have an icemaker or light in freezer but my freezer is 3 pullout drawers. It does not have gorgeous handles like yours BUT it was much less pricey.
I’ll go with LG counter depth fridge, SMEG is overpriced due to snob factor, not quality.
I think she is beautiful, sleek and perfect for your space. She is y’all and slender but that makes her more unique. I would call her Gazelle, like the model. Lol
It is a beautiful refrigerator…..You can actually purchase counter depth fridges, but you’re right the sides are not too great design wise….Is it self-defrosting?
Sandy Crathern says
Wow what a mammoth task!! Bust she was worth it!! Your kitchen is definitely coming together!! So Beautiful!!
Hi, i live in Oz. We always wanted a Smeg, so i got one 5 years ago. Waited 6 months.
Love it. It looks so good. Same as yours.
Only problem i had was in my rush noone told me i had to defrost it myself. Its a pain.
I believe they changed to automatic, so you are probably luckier than me because i jumped in without doing my homework.
Still love it but.
Tracy Walters says
Liz you know I love you but I could not live without an ice maker!! Guess I could get one of those separate use ones, but that might just be a game changer for me. This fridge is gorgeous, has a vintage look but this Momma of many has to have her ice!! The kitchen is turning our perfect sweet girl, great job!!!!
Tracy Walters says
Out perfect, not our perfect!!
Your kitchen is perfect!
Are you keeping the stove? If not, what are your ideas? Love the frig:)
It’s adorable but I’m only one person and there is absolutely no way I could live with such a small fridge. I hope it works great for you.
Love the fridge. Where is the rug from?
Too true… SMEG = conspicuous consumption & consumerism.
It’s beautiful and fits your kitchen perfectly! Post a pic when it’s full❤️
Dee Strutts says
Hi Liz,love your SMEG ,it looks so amazing in your WONDERFUL farm kitchen.I have a small European style fridge and it doesn’t have an ice-maker either,I don’t mind as we don’t put ice in our drinks and no light in the freezer either,which really is not a problem.The door on the fridge takes a firm pull to open,guess that is a good thing as the seal is firm.You really need a second fridge as these don’t hold a lot of food,we have a full sized one in the garage.We have a small galley kitchen done in white with beadboard so I wanted something that would fit with the farmhouse-cottage theme,this little fridge fits the bill!I know you love your SMEG!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nicki Parrish says
Your kitchen is coming along beautifully! The fridge is gorgeous, but would absolutely not work for my family of 5. The fact that there is no ice maker is a deal breaker for me, and no light in the freezer is weird. It does look super pretty but it just wouldn’t be practical for a big family. I know it’s just the two of you right now, but one day when you do have a family, I think you might find that you have the same issue. With that said, I do really love watching your kitchen progress and it is simply gorgeous!
Lisa @Happylifeblogspot says
Yayyyyyy!!!! I am beyond excited that it finally came! So worth the wait!! It absolute perfection. Your kitchen is #pinterestgoals
Livia Bolson says
So beautiful . . . congrats!