So last week I got tagged. And this is my response….
Today I bought a second-hand, retro-pink Sunbeam Mixmaster for $9.99 at the ARC thrift store.
Oh. And it goes kinda perfectly with the retro-pink kitchen I happen to have…
Also because I can. (!!)
What? I didn’t mention the kitchen before?
Well are you really surprised???
I do sorta have a thing for pink.
And, hey, there’s no life partner of the male sort (or any sort) living in R-house who might happen to veto any over-the-top pinkness.
And I like pink.
Besides that, although they may never admit it, I’ve had more than one guy—including some burly repair men—rave over a couple specific pink items in R-kitchen…
Speaking of which,
my kitchen hasn’t always been pink.
It started this way.
And while that wallpaper is very Anthro, and I do love green (see living room here), this shade of dirty, stained pea green accented by dark, dungy woodwork and no dishwasher was really dragging me down. (Which is why I immediately removed most of the cupboard doors and rarely cooked dinner at home, just kidding on that second part.)
So, one day, when I received an anonymous, no-strings-attached, are-you-kidding-me, bless-you gift of $500 (Yes, that really happened and I can never say thank you enough for my kitchen angel, whoever you are!!!!), I invested in a new (used) stove, microwave, and dishwasher (installed by Heather’s T man and a couple other amazing men), bought a big white slice of cheap countertop (also installed by the T guy and friends), and found a tall, dark, and handsome cupboard in Buffalo for some very-needed extra storage (already in the photo above).
Then one crazy kid-free weekend, Heather called and said, “Let’s do it!” so we spent 48 hours tearing down wallpaper, painting cupboards and woodwork black, and coating the walls with pink and gray paint. All while listening to the 80s-themed Music and Lyrics soundtrack over and over.
It took a little longer than just the weekend, with a few extra friends helping (thanks, Em!), but it was a pretty quick makeover.
Next kid-free weekend, I pulled out the old sewing machine, found someone to help me thread it, and “whipped” up some curtains and pillow covers out of dirt-cheap pink/red thrift-store fabric Heather found, and black/white fabric from the outlet store.
I wanted a pink kitchen with a hint of red, and I got it for about $500 total—with A LOT of help from friends and family!!!
Just for kicks, I looked up the cost of a new retro-pink fridge and stove. *cough* Thousands. I searched Craigslist. Nothing. So I settled happily into my transformed kitchen and started cooking dinner for my children again.
Then, one day,
a couple months later,
while out for a walk
through some neighborhood garage sales,
I found this:
This is where my friends start to get irritated.
Who finds genuine retro pink appliances? In their neighborhood? For $200???
I would be irritated too, if it wasn’t me. (!!)
Turns out that after spending a couple decades in a neighbor’s basement, these pink beauties were being sold silent-auction style. I left a bid, and then another bid, just hoping the right person didn’t come by and know what they are really worth.
They didn’t. I won the auction, and my neighbors gave me both appliances for my lower bid.
Like I said earlier, a few different manly repair men have been smitten by my Cadillacs of the appliance world.
These days, with my breakfast nook repainted Ballet Slipper pink, I’m loving, loving, loving my kitcheny pinkness.
Even if I don’t always love all the reasons I get to have a pink kitchen. Fact is, I do get to have one.
Now I just need to decide where to keep my new pink retro mixer.
Because I can.