Refrigerator Thoughts

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Lets take a moment to talk about refrigeration. It’s been on my mind a lot lately. When we bought our place it came with a late 1970’s refrigerator that was in decent enough shape to keep, but we definitely weren’t in love with it, we just didn’t have the budget to buy a new one since we had to get a new stove and dishwasher among  other things.

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So we decided to do a mini makeover on the fridge and paint it a fun colour. You can read more about that process here. About a year later, the paint is still holding up, but the fridge handle is wearing pretty badly. Not only is the paint starting to wear, but the fridge is too.
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Sometimes in the middle of the night i’ll be jolted awake by the loud motor turning on or off. Or i’ll be watching TV and i’ll have to turn up the volume to drown out the sound of the motor. Other times, we’ll have guests over and the motor will turn on and people will be like “what the heck is that noise?” and that’s when it hit me, I think the fridge is on it’s way out. I’m dreading the day of coming home from work, opening it up and discovering a fridge full of warm rotten food.

So, i’ve been loosely fridge shopping online the last few months, trying to find a brand I like, incase the inevitable day arrives where we have to rush out and buy something in a panic.

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Andrew and I have always been into retro styled fridges, specifically the SMEG (isn’t everyone in love with it?). We lusted over it for years, dreaming of what colour we’d like in our kitchen, but we had never seen or touched one in real life. Then one day it happened, West Elm Market opened up a shop here in Vancouver and we finally got to put our hands on one. From a distance it was beautiful, shiny and fun, but then I reached out and touched it’s smooth shiny surface….. PLASTIC?!! I was so extremely disappointed to discover that the entire thing was made from plastic. It felt so cheap, it felt like a $400 Home Depot fridge in a cool modern/retro disguise. I was sad. I expected a solid fridge with an enamel painted body. I couldn’t believe it. How is it possible for a fridge to cost so much but have so little.

After a few weeks of mourning our loss, we had moved on. (kind of, I still dream about it in photos I see on Pinterest, but then I snap out of it and remember reality and the fact that we need a larger freezer.)

We’re still not really sure what brand we’ll be getting, as most are pretty ugly these days. I think my main issue is that it needs to be simple. No ice machines, no water machines, no digital stuff, no crazy compartments with many doors. It should also be energy efficient, but I  think most are these days.

My latest concern is that most new fridges are slick and stainless steel on the front, but the sides are black and ugly. Our fridge is free-standing and exposed in our kitchen, so it’s necessary to have a nice looking side.

Here’s a few models i’ve looked into, but realized that a quality fridge is pretty dang expensive.

fridges

1. GE  2. Maytag  3. Samsung  4. Viking

Got any refrigerator you’ve been lusting over lately? Share some links, i’d love to check them out.

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Vintage Trunk Before and After

Another weekend brings another project.

This weekend we found a 50’s style trunk. It really needed some love, specifically on the front, there were some deep scratches, but the top was in great shape. We decided we liked the colour of the “wood” so we left the top as is and kept the legs and the detail around the middle. The rest needed to be brightened up to make it a little more modern.

This piece is pretty unique, the top lifts up like a trunk, and the bottom is a functioning drawer. The cupboards and smaller drawers are fake.

Retro Kitchen Table: Before and After

We’ve been pretty busy getting the apartment “livable” but we did manage to do a quick makeover of a retro table Andrew was given from his mom. It was in rough shape, rusty legs and badly worn red and white laminate.

Andrew removed the rust from the legs and coated them with a chrome spray paint. Then we taped off the very cute scalloped edges and sprayed them with Krylon pistachio spray paint.

Finally, the top was coated with a white epoxy spray paint for durability. We suggest you do any large surface like this in VERY thin coats. This is the one problem we have, the surface has remained slightly tacky because we didn’t wait long enough between coats. Luckily it’s still usable and adds some fun to the kitchen!

Ikea 2012: Small Gems

I took a peek at the Ikea 2012 catalog and was pleasantly surprised to see a few gems. I specifically love their new storage boxes, KVARNVIK, which i’ve featured in this post. There’s this great feeling of vintage nostalgia in them, i’ll totally be picking up a few, you can see them mixed with real vintage storage in the image below. There’s a few other items i’d like to pick up to refresh my space, a new hallway rug and some jars for pantry storage.



(photo via Ikea Inspiration blog)

Vancouver Pins and Coins

I’ve had a random collection of buttons and objects in a box since I was a kid, today I took a look at them and realised just how awesome a few of the pins were. Retro Vancouver!

I also discovered a Vancouver Canucks coin, anyone remember these? I never collected them all, just had this one. Go Canucks Go!