(It just needed love)
It had been in my Grandma Jordan's store house since the 1980's It looked rough, but I saw beyond that and after I plugged it in a discovered it worked I
pestered asked dad to help me repaint white and make it look new again!
(A fresh coat of "Buick- Frost White")
(Circa Spring 2008)It took some rearranging, but I finally found the perfect spot for the fridge and the china cabinet. It was about this time I had the house wired for telephone-
(Vintage reverse painted lamp and rotary phone what else!)I of course wanted a vintage rotary wall phone for in the kitchen, so friend Katie and I went hunting one Saturday. We hunted all over town and hit one last Antique store I'd never been in and alas, it was a bust on the rotary phone search. We were walking out when Katie hit me in the chest and said "Oh my God LOOK!" and it was love at first sight-
It was a short lived romance, with a price tag of $750.00. However I'm not so easily deterred, I got to talking with the owner and two and a half hours later we had a sale price of $250.00 SOLD! I argued with my parents for months over if I was going to by the stove or not. (Little did they know I had already put money down on it!) Two months later August 6, 2009 it was on a trailer headed for the Casablanca.
(Thank goodness for friend Savannah!)
(Friends Caitlin, Jenny and Patricia too! The work went so much faster)
(Cue in Debby, Tile Queen of Lake Diversion!)
Friday Debby finally had time to come out and do the counters, with the help of her tile cutter and my mother for company the project was on its way!
Like any home improvement project we hit some problems, like running out of tile glue mid project, thinking we'd run out of the vintage green tiles! (Thank goodness they were just hiding in my storage unit!) and a colored grout mix up, They shouldn't put BLACK grout in a WHITE bag. -Just Saying
A few more trips to Lowes and all the tiles we're laid, Saturday afternoon came the grouting around 4:00P.M.
The all cleaned up for a dinner party!
Sunday morning I started putting the original chrome banding back on the edges of the counters. There was a tiny space between the bottom of the counter top and the bottom of the banding (from the added height of the tile and glue) I remedied the problem by painting the cabinets edges with silver Ex-O rust paint and you cant even tell!
(The way the tile looks with my prized American Ivy "I love Lucy" Franciscan dishes, I'm smitten.)
With our custom 1959 Formica kitchen table, and 1930's wooden china hutch full of Pyrex everything is just about perfect!
(I keep postcards from our friends in a bowl on the table!)
It's kind of funny everything in this room being "finished" and Ironic that it will only be that way for three or four months until we start adding on to the house. Until construction beings, we'll enjoy it as it is- and how I've always felt it was meant to be. Simple, modest and fit to be a set on "I Love Lucy", our perfect little snapshot of life in 1954.
(Patricia lady of the house, and Myself)