Saturday, October 27, 2018

Julia


Isn't she a beauty?!


It took about 3 weeks to get her ready for her big debut.

If you remember, she looked like this when we brought her home:


Just getting her here was an ordeal and I wish I had taken pictures.

It took two trips from the antique store, which was down the street, to get her home.

Just to get her top here, we had to use those cement blocks you see in the above picture, because the ice tray and all her components could be damaged without keeping her top in the air.

You should have seen me straddling the top and blocks in the back of John's truck lol

Bringing the bottom here wasn't too bad, but it was definitely heavy!

Even though they were only made between 1927 and 1936, people kept them for a long time afterwards. I don't think it was just because of the great depression, I think these things stayed in people's homes so long, because nobody wanted to move them again. In fact, I'm surprised they aren't found in old houses to this very day.

They were definitely made to last!

Just to lift the tops, an installer would bring this:


Since the installers are long gone and those lifts are nowhere to be found, we had to make due on our own once she was restored.

Speaking of, here's her restoration story.

First, all of her shelves, legs and door were removed and then the hardware was removed and bagged.


To adjust the hinges someone used whatever cardboard they had on hand, so we found these underneath:





They're from a box of Kellogg's Pep cereal, which was made from 1923 until the 1970s, which is funny, because growing up in the 70s, I don't remember it at all. I dated the green Pep writing to somewhere between the 1930s and 40s.


You know me, I just had to look it up ;)

Anyway, I found the original color under the nameplate and it was an off-white not a pure white, so that's what we decided to go with. 


The closest we found was called Antique white by Rust-Oleum.

But first we had to take off all the bad paint jobs she had gone through over the years.


She also had an old suspicious burn mark on one side that looked like someone kept her by a stove and they caught something on fire. It might just be why she was given away in the first place.


Then came the sanding.



Then we covered up the two name plates we couldn't remove.



And then she was ready for her car primer. 

Yes, for a car.


And then wet sanding, more primer, more wet sanding and then finally paint, which John did all by himself, because I am the master of paint drips lol


We did all of that to the top too, but I must have been too excited to take pictures ;)

Then it was time to take the other old girl out to be restored.


Eventually, she'll be put into use downstairs next to the deep freezer, for holiday platters and such.

I know, I know.... not true to the period of owning one of these.

So sue me :p

Then I painted the refrigerator area and she was put into place.... 



with John and I using a furniture dolly.

No pictures of that! lol

Here's the same space finished:


A close up of the top:



Here's the inside with Beebee taking a peek:


Although I knew that the coldest items had to go up top, I wasn't sure where to put everything else, so I found a diagram for how things are supposed to be placed.



I did adjust a few things, but pretty much stayed with their suggestions.

All the condiments are in that refrigerator drawer on the third shelf, until I find something better looking to hold them. And the drawer on the second shelf holds cheese and butter.

Anyway, I don't think GE will be coming over to inspect it anytime soon ;)

It's the perfect size for just the two of us, but if we had kids at home, we'd need one of these big boys:


I'm stopping now for fear that y'all are as bored as Beebee is now that the refrigerator door is closed.



But next time, I'll show you the whole kitchen with Miss Julia as the star :)

xo
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PS

Thank you to those that got my humor on my last post and apologies to those that didn't, but I did warn you ;)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thoughts on repurposing


Warning:
You may not like what I have to say on this post, so if you're easily put out or don't have a sense of humor, you might want to move on.

This trend where people take old things and repurpose them... 

it's got to stop.

I know a lot of you do it, but when you're a gal that actually uses antique and vintage items for their intended purpose and the prices keep rising on things you need, because of a trend, it's annoying.

Take for instance....

Clawfoot bathtubs that used to grace the inside of beautiful victorian bathrooms are now sitting in people's yards holding flowers. Can you imagine what your great grandmother would have said if she came across such a thing?



How about sinks..


or toilets...


Good Lord, the woman would have fainted!

Metal wheel barrows are doing the same thing.



Ripped out antique windows that have lasted between 80 to 200 years in their rightful place are now gracing God knows where, instead of going into other old houses, that had their beautiful windows ripped out too, for some double paned mess that will deteriorate in 20 years. (Ask me how I know and more on that later)


Doors too.


Seriously... what is that?

That knob is a hazard!

Typewriters that used to write beautiful letters and novels are being torn apart for things like cufflinks.



Remember that trend where people ripped the covers off of antique books?


Sacrilege!

The list goes on and on.

There's a particular store here that claims they sell antiques. John and I went in and our jaws dropped. Things that we've needed for so long for the house were everywhere, but turned into something other than what they were intended for.  And the stuff that hadn't been touched was so outrageously expensive that I just shook my head.

It was depressing.

You know what else is depressing?

There's been times when I've bought something old and the person taking my money will ask me what I'm going to do with it. 

Examples:

"What are you going to do with that antique plant holder?"

Um... use it for holding a plant.

Look of shock.

"What are you going to do with that old window?

Um... use it for a window.

Look of bewilderment.

Now, I get that no one is trying to rain on my 'living vintage parade' and that everyone isn't as crazy as I am. 

I also get that some of those pinterest pictures are hard to resist.

I mean look how cute this is:



And I'm not trying to rain on anyone's farmhousey, Joanna Gaines loving heart, but I really wish another trend would come along and sweep everyone off their feet, so I didn't have to pay 50 bucks for a 1920s 2x2 window that used to be free.

I'm just glad I found Julia, 


before she was turned into this:


The horror!

By the way, she's restored and in place.

Next post is about her :)

xo
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PS
I warned you ;)


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Autumn greetings


It's finally here!


I know some of us (cough, cough, Kim ,cough) aren't as excited about Autumn as others, but I for one am thrilled. It was a hot summer this year.... actually, who am I kidding? Every summer is hot to me and anything over 80 degrees makes me want to sit inside a refrigerator.


Anywho, on my last post I had a lot a requests for finished project pictures. I'm going to be honest here kids... None of them are finished lol

John and I have 400 things going on in our heads at once and sometimes in the middle of one project we'll jump to another and another and so on. It all gets done eventually, but in our time, not in normal people time.


That means the bathroom, the porch, the potting shed and the back yard are all still in limbo. So, by the way, is the dollhouse that some of you thought was a real home. Nope, just another 'smaller' home project ;)

Speaking of...

Here's the one we're currently working on...

Meet Julia.


She's named after Julia Child and she's a monitor top fridge.

John got her for me last week and we've been frantically fixing her up to go into the kitchen.

More about that later.

And by later, I mean soon, because this is one project we'll be working on until she's finished.

I want that baby in the house, yesterday! ;)



By the way, are you wondering why I'm showing these pictures of my living room?

Well, I'm finally getting around to showing you what it looks like now, a year after my mom gave me  some of her furniture after her move.


The lighting hasn't been the best with the rainstorms we've been having, but it was clean for company (i.e. no dog hair) and the curtains aren't drawn anymore to keep the dreaded summer heat out, so I grabbed my camera and.... snap, snap, snap ;)

I'll see what I can do about taking some better ones soon.

As it is, I have what seems like a billion pictures to go through, so I have been thinking about you. I've just been too busy to post them.

I also have about 6 months worth of stuff I've missed in your lives, so expect a visit from me on your blogs soon.

Hey, at least it's only been about 6 weeks since my last post ;)

Happy Autumn, my sweet friends!

xo
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