With an average life expectancy of 10 to 20 years, refrigerators are an infrequent but crucial purchase—one that ought to be taken as seriously as researching and test driving a car. Meanwhile, the range of options these days is staggering. Allow us to simplify the selection process with this primer.
When Abbey and Phil Hendrickson bought their 19th century farmhouse in Owego, New York, the kitchen was a "perfect storm of 1970s renovation work," as Abbey says. Thanks to their own ingenuity (and a lot of paint), it's now looking pretty great, $60 beadboard backsplash included.