Now that the pressure from an impending visit from out-of-staters for the holidays is off, the work pace on the kitchen project has slowed down considerably. However, there are events to be noted:
1. Forward The sewing thing refurbishment is complete. Did you imagine that it would look like this? No because you never saw anything like it before, did you? It’s an original. I stayed true to the original 1950 paint scheme as my mother described it to me although that was a long time ago. Believe me, it’s all I can do to hold myself back from painting 2 cherries on a leafed stem up near that nail hole. I painted over all the drips and gouges because that’s how it always was no matter what color incarnation it was living. There are three small holes on the wood near the bottom of the pin cushion and I can’t remember or imagine what they are for. Maybe the pin cushion was bigger at one point and those are the nail holes that attached it to the wood. Still no metal thimble for the center post.
I built the pin cushion out of dollar store sponges, fabric and duct tape. Girl power! And then I attached it to the wood with a red thumb tack. How retro is that?
In spite of my flawless design vision, the whole package is a mess. The original plan was to line up the sewing thing, the key holder and the leash hook but it was too much for that small space so I put the key holder in the corner. It’s still a mess. Maybe I lived too long with bare walls and now I can’t tolerate hanging clutter. Maybe I’ll switch the keys holder and the leash hook. Maybe I’ll add red polka dots to that bone.
2. Backwards We took down the over-the-stove-microwave. I had to admit that there was just not enough clearance space above the stove top so we took it down and Sami somehow convinced the big box to take it back for a full refund. Now we are at (mild but unrelenting) war about what happens next: I want to go back to a regular range hood and he wants to chop down the cabinet to make room for re-installation of a microwave. It’s always something. FYI – no one else likes the look or the functionality of my cookie jar/knife holder. It’s a constant battle trying to pull those people into my world of style.
3. Forward I found these quilted vinyl appliance covers on eBay. It’s a tough job to find decent appliance covers at all. I blame you fancy people with your built-in appliance garages. It’s even harder to find vinyl, which I felt was necessary due to wet items being slung into the nearby drain rack. I thought these looked kind of retro-ish although they were brand new and the packaging didn’t seem aged. The counter space is too small to have naked appliances sprawled all over it and, lacking a proper appliance garage, this tidies things up.