Today Husband and I pulled out the refrigerator to vacuum off the coils, an important part of making sure the unit runs as efficiently as possible. Of course this is the first time we've done it since we moved in seven years ago [cough] but we'll ignore that part.
Once it was unplugged and away from the wall, of course we have to clean under it. And clean the wall. And then I start wondering how it would look if it were located on the other side of the room.....
See, we live in an old house. Built in 1935, it's had very little updating done to it over the decades. In some ways that's good, but in many ways that's bad. For one, the entire kitchen looks as if it were tacked onto the house as an afterthought, with no real planning involved.
The area where the fridge is located looks like someone's botched idea of a breakfast nook.
And because of where the previous owners located the fridge, there was no place for it to plug into except around the corner, right by the sink.
Really bright, right?
Because the fridge isn't confined to one designated space like most normal kitchens, I've always wondered if it wouldn't be more appropriate to put it on the opposite wall, where our "kitchen table" resides. (we don't really use the table for anything other than to store stuff, consequently it just attracts clutter) So, we moved it. I neglected to take a picture of where the table was prior so just flip flop them as you look at the picture, heh.
The table is now where the fridge used to be, and while the space is too small to fit more than one chair around it, it works because we only use it as a work/storage/clutter space anyway.
Sisco checking out the new digs.
Note the horrid yellow paint and green carpet. I plan on painting the walls white soon, and will get some curtains put up as well, something retro looking with hints of red in it, to go with our cool table. The carpet will have to wait awhile as we're in no position financially to rip it out and put down different flooring right now, but hopefully it will happen someday!
Everything seems much more open and inviting now in that area, and having the table there will make it a more convenient spot to utilize it in a way other that just collecting clutter. It was a minor change, but it's made a huge difference in the feel of the kitchen. I wish we would have thought of doing this years ago!
And, look what we found in the basement! We had seen it there when we first moved in, left from a previous owner, but thought it had been thrown out over the years - nope, it was still there. Of course, it doesn't work because it's the type of phone that has to be hard wired right into the phone line within the wall, but we thought it would look cool just hanging there as retro decor.
Since our house truly is "retro," and we can't afford to update it, we might as well capitalize on it's retro-ness and accentuate where we can.
Something else Husband found in the basement was this old coffee can:
I was trying to figure out a convenient place to stash plastic grocery bags (used for trash and scooping out the litter boxes!) when Husband came up with the idea to put them in this old can, with a hole cut out of the plastic lid where we can just pull them out like a pop-up tissue box. A frugal, creative solution, and one more piece of retro kitsch decor to add to the kitchen.
Here's what the rest of the kitchen looks like:
The open shelf below the dishrack, that the crockpot is sitting on, is a place we hope to be able to fit and install a dishwasher in the future.
The dining room and kitchen are basically just one room, divided by an island of sorts.
So, that's a peek inside our house and how we spent our Sunday afternoon. Thank you Husband for your hard work and creative ideas! :)