9.22.2010

The kitchen

The kitchen is the largest room in the house... it's actually kind of kitchen/dining room/random extra space in one, and makes a large L shape.
I love the cabinets but want so badly to re-tile the awful floor.
I picked this vintage dinette set up a few years ago. It took quite some time to find just what I was looking for. If I had the space, I'd love to add a whole booth set up as well. Maybe one day.
The bread box was a Christmas gift from Skip. We looked for bread boxes for forever but I never found "the one". He finally found this one, and I love it! I seem to have a problem when searching for specific vintage items in that it always takes me forever to find what I'm looking for if it's on my "looking for" list. I either eventually find it (I'm talking a year +), or give up and then one pops up out of nowhere. I'll come back to this "looking for" list in a minute...
Some little things collected over the years (+ my little cross-stitch)
Appliances and serving pieces on wire-rack shelves- cake pedestal that gets used often, vintage bar ware, a jukebox air popcorn popper, espresso machine, glass milk bottles (from the book release party), vintage toy tin toaster and cake carrier, etc.- most of these items were gifts from one occasion or another.
An over sized postcard from Yeehaw letterpress
Got this at a super bargain! A vintage tin toy stove/oven. It's missing a few knobs sure, but it's already gotten tons of use from little ones that come over. And I just love the way it looks.
Travel/home cross-stitch was our first house warming gift when we moved into our current house- thanks Jessica!
The newest addition- found this on our recent trip to NC. I love vintage western stuff! The bells still ring and the voice box (kind of ) works.
And on the back wall... my anniversary gift to Skip from this year. And here's the story of how this came to be... we were eating dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant down the street when we both looked over at a painting on the wall. Immediately both our eyes grew wide and started talking about 1, how awesome it was, and 2, how funny the glued on bark piece was. I thought how great it would be if I could talk the restaurant into selling it to me... 1, because it reminds me of our wedding because it's a mountain scene (and our wedding was in the mountains), 2, because it's from Mexico and one of our honeymoon stops was in Mexico. 3, it would be awesome in our house. 4, It would surely serve as a reminder for good times and eating at our favorite local Mexican spot. Long story short, I talked them in to letting it go (it was a struggle... they did actually bring all of the paintings back from their trips home to Mexico). The wood frame itself is pretty nifty and has little carved designs in it. And I still laugh just about every time I look at the fake (?) glued on bark trunk.

Now, back to my "looking for" list.... it's an ongoing thing. There's always something on it. It's kind of exciting to look for something specific which will in turn be a challenge. As previously mentioned, we love vintage store shopping. And here's the thing... when we go, we could spend hours looking around and maybe come home with one small item, but that's a good thing most of the time since we just spent a day totally entertained for maybe a couple of bucks. But anyways, back to the list... so currently I've been looking for a very specific milk sign. It's in my head, but I'm not sure I've actually seen one like I want in person, but I know it has to exist. I've been looking for this for about a year now. Item number 2 is a recent addition. On our NC trip I found an entire kitchen set like the little stove (pictured above)- it included a matching oven/stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator. It was all in perfect condition, reasonably priced, and SO awesome. The problem was, I had the Honda at the time and it wouldn't fit in the car, the shop wouldn't ship it, and they wouldn't break up the set to sell one piece of it. So I had to leave it behind. Now I'm determined to find a large tin toy fridge.. that's the one I really want. One that has pictures of food items printed on the metal on the inside of the doors. I have a feeling this one item will also send me on a wild goose chase and I'll be on the hunt for a very long time. So now that I've disclosed this information, and if you see one, it's your duty to let. me. know!