Vintage Kitchen Island

The title may be pushing it a bit, but it is definitely within the realm of possibility.  The first time I saw this piece it spoke to me LOUDLY.  The price took me back a tad ($85) so as much as I liked it I just couldn’t reconcile that chunk of change at that time.  I should mention that I don’t have enough storage in my kitchen and I’m so tired of fighting with the drawer below my oven.  It sounds like I’m literally rattling pots and pans every time I get into that drawer to get a pot or a skillet and watch out if I have to dig for a lid.

Fast forward about two months.  I could not stop thinking about this piece and its potential.  It’s on casters, has a well worn formica top and one of the drawers is metal lined.  The bottom has lots of room for pots and pans and lids!   I can move it around to fit the task, even as an island.

 I finally couldn’t stand it anymore and went back “just to see” if it was still there.  It was.  I did not go intending to buy it but that’s exactly what happened.  I thought I could hide it in the garage while I figured out a way to break it to my husband.  I hid it in plain sight.  Then I started cleaning and taking Miss Thang apart.

Here’s the metal drawer.  I’m sure there must be a specific reason it’s metal but it escapes me at the moment.  Feel free to enlighten me if you know!

All of the drawers and hardware removed.

I’m so glad I scrubbed and took the vaccum to her.  She had more cobwebs than I could count.  I then took some wax and rubbed it all over for a bit of a shine.

And here she is in her new spot.

 I’d like to say I’m really happy, but I think she needs a little more TLC.  So, I’ve ordered my first quart of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m beyond excited to try it and think this is just what this gem needs to bring out her best.  Notice the window frame above?  I realize my pictures are lame-o but you get the gist right?

Chicken Wire Window Frame

There’s a little local antique/junk shop that I discovered recently.  I’ve only been in there twice and both times I made a purchase.  I am drawn to the vintage items that were made to last.  The first time I visited there was an old window frame with chickenwire sitting by the entrance that I spied before I even walked in.  I browsed around for a bit but kept going back to look at the frame.  I knew exactly where I would use it and before I knew it I had made the purchase!

My refrigerator and basement door that opens into my kitchen are full of these treasures.  It’s so hard for me to purge when it comes to the kid’s art.  I enjoy it even more when I can change it around in this frame.  I need more clothespins.

Tow the Mower

I got a nice surprise yesterday when my grandson came over to mow my front yard.  He was sent by his uncle and the rig they had set up for him to bring the mower the several blocks to my house was quite comical.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

In case you can’t tell, the yellow bicycle has a trailer attached that would normally hold two children.  They folded it down and used bungee cords to keep the mower in place.  If I’m not mistaken there may have been some duct tape involved.  It’s amazing what you can do with bungee cords and duct tape!  I’m a lucky grandma.

Little Writing Desk

I can kill alot of time in front of my computer.  I stumble, pin, twitter, window shop on Craigslist, and stalk my friends and family on Facebook.

I have recently fell into the condition known as empty nest.  This is in reality my third time experiencing this phenomenom as I have Boomerang Children.  They keep coming back!  This time I’m honestly hoping it will stick.  But now I find I have three bedrooms and two bathrooms that are virtually empty, like my nest.

I soon realized if I was to furnish my nest I was going to have to do it as cheap inexpensively as possible.  We’re not rich ya know.

I started looking on Craigslist and found a few pieces but sometimes when you’re looking for one thing, another jumps out at you and says “buy me!”  The voice came from this lovely little writing desk.

I love the color, I love the size, and I love that it was $30 and the guy I bought it from said it was his as a child which makes it muy vintage and it’s in fabulous condition.  The top pulls reveal a writing surface and the second pulls have little cubbies for pencils and office supplies.  The bottom two drawers are nice and deep.

Can you see how I just couldn’t resist???