Saving Money on Luxury Appliances

Appliance Returns, Open Boxes, and Blemishes

Almost by definition, luxury appliances are expensive. It's hard to find a bargain when it comes to exclusive super-premium brands. High pricing seems like a badge of honor for some exclusive brands, and manufacturer pricing policies such as MSRP and UMRP work to keep market prices uniform. However, when appliance items are returned, get discontinued, or damaged, some really great appliance bargains can be found.

A few years ago, a local contractor, Michael Margolin, was searching for a bargain for his son, Simon, who was remodeling the kitchen in an older home in Hollywood Hills. It was a major project that Simon and his wife were undertaking. Even though it was a premier location, Simon and his wife had a limited budget. Michael knew that Arizona Wholesale carried luxury brands along with all the standard popular brands, that production builders use.

During Margolin's visit to Arizona Wholesale, inside sales associate Victor was able to outfit Michael with luxury appliances from Miele and Wolf that worked for Simon's new kitchen. The appliances were open stock with a variety of blemishes, scratches, or defects that meant that no buyer would be willing to pay full price. However, the damage and flaws were either located where they would not be visible, or they were repairable with some refinishing or new parts. Here's a photo of the Wolf Range model that Margolin was able to pick up at a bargain.

Of course, there are risks with buying scratch and dents. They're usually sold as is, and may not carry a full factory warranty. In addition, if you require a specific brand and model, your chances of finding the exact item you want are very slim. At Arizona Wholesale the experienced sales associates can guide you through the process and you get to decide, if this is right for you. In the Margolins' case, it worked out very well indeed. See photo below:

Margolin Remodel

Wolf Range - Miele Wine Unit


The finished remodeling project was so stunning that it was featured in a Houzz Kitchen of the Week. Click on the link below:

Bringing back glamour to a Hollywood Hills Home

The moral to this story is that if you find yourself in a bind and cannot get the appliances you need at the going price, visit Arizona Wholesale and ask about the closeouts, scratch and dents, and open products for extra savings.

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Kitchen Trends for 2017

There are some major changes coming to kitchen design. These changes are new and refreshing. Likely they will remain longer than a simple trend. Find out what is new in kitchen design and how to implement them into your kitchen!

Horizontal wood grain is huge for cabinetry. This technique is revitalizing traditional wood cabinetry. Most commonly the cabinet faces are flat panels. There is no recessing or molding details on this style of cabinet. Turning the wood grain on the horizontal actually makes the kitchen seem wider. Hardware does not need to be ornate or fancy. The most popular style of hardware is simple metal, horizontal pulls. One of the best features of installing this kind of cabinetry is that it can be paired with other types of wood. For instance if the cabinet grain is very prominent, pair a wood flooring that has a smaller visible grain. Also run the other kind of wood grain in a different direction, preferably vertical. This will create interest with a clean look!

Mixing in two kinds of cabinets is a wonderful way to add dimension and interest. In the photo you will notice the horizontal wood grain cabinets are paired with clean white cabinets, and some of them have frosted glass insert. In this case, three different materials were mixed to create an interesting cabinet design. The key to pulling this off is to keep the cabinet design simple. Again there is no raised panels or ornate moldings on the cabinet doors. Each different cabinet material is in the same flat panel design.
2017 is all about contrast. Contrast is the key to keeping a design looking fresh and interesting.

Monochromatic schemes can be great if done perfectly; which is very hard to pull off. Details get lost in a monochromatic setting and everything just sort of blends together. Creating contrast is one of the best ways to add interest and dimension. Details are noticed and appreciated when contrast comes into play!

If you are making some changes to your kitchen this year, consider the above read. These are not simply trends but good design ideas that will remain!

Kitchen Backsplashes

When you enter into any well-designed kitchen you’re most likely drawn to the beautiful hardwood cabinetry. Or perhaps it’s the gleaming stainless-steel appliances and the countertops. The backsplash area often goes unnoticed. Yes, the backsplash area is the tiled or wall of silver that runs above the countertop and stove area.

A backsplash is a great way to quickly add style and personality to your kitchen. However, most homeowners who install a backsplash stick to the same monochrome material. Selecting the right type of backsplash can liven up your kitchen design.

Why Install A Backsplash

Installing a backsplash behind your countertop, stove and sink can serve as a protection. Between cooking and washing dishes your walls can easily become damaged from food, debris and water. A backsplash will prevent your walls from being damaged by these materials. In addition, they are easy to clean which saves you time.

Backsplash Designs

Kitchen backsplashes are available in an array of styles and designs. You can opt for a traditional or a modern design. Tile backsplashes come in a variety of colors and can be arranged by a professional designer to create a unique look. If you’re interested in creating a piece of artwork that will instantly attract your guests you can implement accent tiles or dark wood in your design scheme.

Help! I Spilled a Bottle of Olive Oil on My Granite Counter!

A lot of people mistakenly believe that because they are made of stone and are being used in the kitchen, that granite counters are impervious to most stains and spills. Unfortunately, many of the granites on the market are extremely porous and can absorb liquids right into them if they are allowed to sit on the stone long enough. If this occurs with water, it will eventually evaporate, leaving only a temporary darkening of the stone. If, however, oil was absorbed by the stone, the darkened area won’t lighten up again on its own. To remove the stain, you need to create a poultice to get it back out.

What Is a Poultice?

A poultice is any kind of substance that can absorb or remove a stain from inside the stone. You can purchase poultices from many stone fabricators or sellers, or you can make your own. Spread on top of the oil stain, a poultice will pull the oil from within the stone up to the surface, where it can be wiped away.
The key is to ensure that you use the type of poultice for the type of stain you have, and that you only use materials on your stone that won’t harm or etch the surface.

Homemade Oil Poultice

Try this quick and dirty homemade poultice for oil stains on your granite counter to help pull the oil out.

• 1 cup unbleached flour
• Dawn dishwashing liquid that does not contain any lemon

Slowly mix the dishwashing liquid into the flour until you get a paste the consistency of peanut butter. Spread the poultice over the oil stain and stretch a piece of plastic wrap over it. The Dawn will help cut and eliminate the oil while the flour helps to pull it up and out of the stone. Let it sit for one hour, then wash the area with a PH neutral stone cleanser.

Once you’ve removed the stain, seal your counter with an impregnating, silicone based sealer to help prevent new stains from forming.

What’s the Process of Getting a Granite Counter?

Granite countertops remain one of the more popular choices for kitchen counters, especially with the latest trends moving toward natural materials and colors in the kitchen. Regardless of what type of stone you end up choosing, or where you get it from, the process of choosing, templating, and installing the counter remains about the same.

Stone Selection

Your first stop in the granite countertop process is at the stone yard where you’ll view the actual slabs. Because granite is a natural stone, each slab will be slightly different in color and pattern, so you can choose the exact piece you want for your kitchen. The slab you choose will be tagged and set aside for you once your template is complete.


The templating portion of the process determines the final cost of your counter, and helps the fabricators make it to order. Thin strips of wood are laid along the edges or outline of your current counter or cabinets. The wood is glued together until it resembles the size and shape of your counter. The templater will also mark on the wood where the sink will be installed and any other particulars.

At this time, you should have the sink and faucet on hand so that the templates that come with these can be handed to the fabricator at the same time. Any special edging or treatment of the stone will be discussed now as well.


Once the template is made, fabrication can begin. This involves taking the slab you selected and cutting and polishing it to fit the shape of the wooden template that was made at your home. Your sink and faucet templates will also be used to cut the holes into the counter for these to be installed.


Your old counter will be removed and the new counter brought in. It will be attached to your cabinets with adhesives, and if the counter you’ve chosen is weak or thin, a plywood support may be installed beneath it.

At this time, your plumber will install your sink to the counter, clamping it in place for about 24 hours until the pipes and faucet can be hooked up. Your fabricator may also seal your counter for you, as well as fill any seams with a color matched epoxy to finish the job.

Painting Techniques for Tuscan Kitchens

Tuscan design is one of the most popular styles for kitchens. The rich, warm colors combined with cool accents and natural materials make Tuscan design one of the most inviting – and longest lasting – design styles. And while you’ve probably already considered painting the walls of your Tuscan kitchen in one of the rich, warm hues that are so popular there, consider taking it a step further and using a faux painting technique as well. There are a few different painting techniques that work particularly well in Tuscan kitchens, highlighting the natural materials used elsewhere in the room and adding to the depth and charm of the space.

Color Washing

Color washing involves layering a glaze of color on top of a second color to get a deeper look on the walls. This is achieved by painting your walls the base color, which is generally the lighter of the two. Once the walls are dry, thin your second, darker color with about five parts glaze. Now wipe the glaze onto the wall with a soft cloth or rag. Use a random movement, bunching and twisting the rag as you go to get a varied effect across the wall.


Sponge painting involves layering a darker color over a lighter one with a piece of sea sponge to give the whole wall an interesting texture. As with color washing you’ll want to paint your wall your base color first, then thin out your top color with glaze. Dip differently sized pieces of sponge into the glaze and tap or press them onto the wall. Vary the size and shape of the sponge, as well as the amount of glaze on it and the amount of pressure you use to get a lot of interesting depth and texture to the wall.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing can add a little more of a subtle look to the walls. This technique involves layering one color of paint over the other, but instead of using a thinned, wet glaze, you use a brush that has been dipped into the paint and then wiped off. The remaining paint on the brush just skims the wall, adding a thin wash of color that allows the base color to show through.

Corner Shelves and their Benefits

Corner shelves can be a great way to organize many different storage spaces. It is also a wonderful way to display smaller accessories. Find out where in the home to utilize this aspect of design.

Corner shelves can be easily incorporated to any custom cabinet job. These shelves can be as deep as the cabinets themselves. Place corner shelves in areas such as the pantry to create a neatly organized spice rack.

Store smaller closet items like purses and shoes in corner shelf units. Storage in this area of the closet leaves more hanging and shelf space for clothing. Extend the shelf from the floor to the top of the hanging clothes bar. Use a shelf or two to lay out jewelry that you use regularly such as watches and necklaces. Having your accessories near your clothing makes it easier and more efficient to put an outfit together. Keep valuables out of sight as a safety precaution.

Shelves in a corner create a smaller shelf and is perfect for storing smaller items like toiletries and makeup. This is a great place to gain extra storage space in a smaller bathroom. Keep rolled up hand towels and decorative jars here. This will make a custom spa look that has the added feature of providing extra space. Accessorize one shelf to make the shelves look even more unique and aesthetically pleasing. Place tooth brushes and toothpaste on a corner that is next to the sink in a small bathroom.

Kitchens are a great place to install corner shelving. Keep spices that are used daily on a shallow corner shelf near the stove. Salt, pepper, garlic cloves and other small produce go well in a corner kitchen shelf. Keep knives in a corner shelf and make sure the placement is as close to the counter top as possible.

Cooking with Gas: Sealed Burners vs Open Burners

Pros and Cons of Sealed vs Open Gas Burners

Burner Types

There are two styles of surface burners for gas ranges: open burners and sealed burners. Imagine a range top as a single piece of metal with holes punched in it just large enough to accommodate a gas line for each of the burners. This cooking surface would have sealed burners. Any spills or debris would contained on the top.

Some cooking surfaces have large openings for each burner so that the entire burner sits in the center of the hole with open space around and below the burner itself. This is an open burner configuration.

There are advantages and disadvantages with each system. Industry veterans often have strong viewpoints prefering one or another. If you are confronted with this decision, here are some criteria to help you choose.


There's no doubt that sealed burners are easier to clean than open burners. Spills are captured on the cooking surface where they can be wiped up, and the burners themselves can also be cleaned with ease. On the other hand, when spills occur with open burners the spill will fall into the hole surrounding the burner. Fortunately, there is a metal sheet below to catch any spills. Cleaning the burner itself can be time consuming and depending on use may be required often.


Open burners expose the underneath of the top, and are generally going to have more of an industrial, restaurant-look. Sealed burners will not show anything below the top, and be less obtrusive than the bulky open burners.

Cooking Results

There's lots of debate here. Chefs will brag about the air surrounding the open burners creating more heat, greater flexibility, and better overall control. Tests confirm some advantage here, but as they say, “your results may vary”. Sealed burners are by far the most popular, and few users complain about the lack of air circulation affecting cooking results.


If you do a lot of cooking and are used to using the open burners of commercial-type ranges or rangetops, you're probably going to want to stay with open burners. It's worth noting that open burners can be synonymous with professional or commercial-style appliances that are likely to have a steep price premium.

For convenience and low maintenance, sealed-burners are the obvious choice. Over the years, there have been some advances in both sealed and open burner technology. For example, Viking has recently launched a new sealed burner that is claimed to have a commercial heritage.

For more information, or to compare the two burner-types call the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment.

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Detergent Pod Warnings

Dishwasher and Laundry Detergent Alert

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We've had several blogs over the last four years on the merits of using detergent pods for laundry or dishwasher loads. There are reasons for choosing the pods, and we've argued both against the detergent pods and in favor of them.


We've also consistently complained that the companies selling detergent pods shouldn't make them in bright colors that might easily be confused with candy by children.

Safety Warning – Laundry Detergent Pods – May 2012

Detergent Pods a Safety Hazard

Now, it appears that this issue is continuing to evolve. In fact, Consumer Reports has withdrawn their support for detergent pods because of the danger to children.

The problem with laundry detergent pods.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, just in the first 4 months of 2016, nearly four thousand kids five and under have been victimized by exposure to detergent pods.

“Some children who have gotten the product in their mouths have had excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some get very sleepy. Some have had breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator to help them breathe. There have also been reports of corneal abrasions (scratches to the eyes) when the detergent gets into a child’s eyes.” – AAPCC

In addition, the National Capital Poison Center has stated, “Biting into laundry detergent pods can cause serious injury or even death.”

Unfortunately, the detergent manufacturers have not addressed the pods candy-like appearance, and have instead decided to make the detergent containers more difficult to open.

So, use your discretion, but CR and others are now recommending against the detergent pods, at least in any households with children.

As always, for all your appliances, floor coverings, window treatments and more work with your design professional, or builder, and call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment with one of our associates.

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Designing a Farm House Kitchen

There is a certain nostalgia when cooking in a farm house kitchen. It reminds us of growing up and helping our grandmothers in the kitchen. There are some key elements to remember when designing this space.

Back in the day there simply were not appliances all around the kitchen. It was popular to keep the refrigerator in a pantry or in an area off the kitchen. Certainly there were gas stoves but there was an absence of dishwashers. Apply cabinet paneling to appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher. This will it feel like you have stepped back in time, when the appliances are well hidden.

Select a soft painted cabinet finish. There is an array of painted cabinet finishes offered. The colors that work best for this type of specialized space is creams and earth toned blues and greens. Keep the cabinet panels relatively simple. In the past farm house kitchens had simple cabinet panels. Look for clean lines and stay away from highly ornate carvings and decoration. Keep the hardware simple as well. Simple nickel finished pulls and knobs can do the job. If you prefer select glass knobs and pair them with the simple pulls. Glass knobs were popular in old farm house kitchens and they add a bit of whimsy.

Incorporate rustic pendant lighting. This type of lighting helps achieve the farmhouse look. The best finishes are metal such as aluminum or copper. Look for a small amount of distressing on the finish.

Add flour, sugar and coffee in matching vessels right on the counter top. This makes these items more accessible when cooking and they add that vintage look that the farm house kitchen requires. Make sure the vessels match in style and graduate in sizes from largest to smallest.

Keep the space light and bright. Back in time these kitchens had natural light from windows and were often painted white or cream. Add pops of color by hanging a cheerful valance over the kitchen sink window.

What is your favorite feature of a Farm House Kitchen? Let us know in the comments below!