The jade green idea was inspired by a ceramic sheep planter (below) that I have which used to belong to my Great Grandma Dorothy (below). It always sat in her front porch window, and as a little kid I remembered watching for that green sheep as we drove down her street and then being so proud of myself for being able to spot her house before Dad even started turning into the driveway. It was the only thing of hers that I wanted after she passed away, and I love having it in my kitchen window now!
My next big kitchen dream, which would be the sprinkle on top of the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake, would be to get some new appliances with retro styling like Big Chill. The funny thing is, I actually like how my old appliances look more now that the cabinets are painted than before...the bisque white matches well with the cabinet color and they blend away. So, I just did a little red accent spray painting which really makes them look custom for just a few bucks!
I started with the toaster oven. I found several cool, retro looking red toaster ovens on Amazon, however, the KitchenAid one we already have is way nicer. I didn't want to downgrade just to get the color red. So, I painted it! I took a trip to my local auto parts store and picked up a can of Rustoleum Engine paint. I got engine paint because it's designed to withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees, and the toaster oven does get hot. You can also find "high heat" paint at the hardware store, but I couldn't find any in red.
|Toaster Oven Re-paint!
Next up were the fridge and stove. Since I liked how the off white appliances blend into the new cabinet color, I decided to just paint the handles and knobs red. I also used some chrome spray paint to change the bottom grill on the fridge from black to chrome. Looks soooo cool. Here are photos of the fridge and stove in progress....
|The fridge, complete with red handles and chrome grill!
Now for the oven...the handle removed easily, again, with just two bolts. I grabbed an empty Club cracker box out of my recycling bin and used a knife to cut "x's" in the side, then was able to pop my knobs right through the box. It made it so easy to move the knobs around to paint and keep them from rolling around sticking to things. The handle was the same process as the fridge...tape off the chrome and paint away!
|I got some suh-WEET knobs for the drawers (above/below) at a place called Art and Architecture in Minneapolis, thanks to my fab sister who took me there and dug through oodles of dusty old stuff to pick them all out with me.
|Vintage chrome/red handles $3.50 each on ebay, red mugs $0.50 cents from Goodwill, and vintage pink beehive pepper shaker $0.50 at an estate sale. (sitting on my toaster oven in black, before I painted it!)
|My window box, full of fun vintage 1950's planters, vases, and the green sheep that inspired it all!
|1950's General Electric pink wall clock, $2 at an estate sale. I had to put a plug on the cord and happily, it worked!
|Various vintage magnets, $0.25 cents each at garage sales
|KitchenAid teakettle, not vintage but still fits the vibe, with cool pink rubber grips... $5 at a garage sale
|Vintage Lincoln Beautyware canister set, came with the wrap organizer below, $8 at an estate sale for the whole set.
|Old metal dust pan, $0.50 cents at Goodwill
|Vintage Raffiaware Pitcher and glass set, $12 at an estate sale
|Magnetic retro kitchen timer, a Christmas gift from my Mom via Amazon
|Found this cool metal "meat storage" drawer from an old fridge for $0.25 cents at a garage sale! It sits on top our frig to hold bags of chips and other opened snacks.
|Vintage Hamilton Beach industrial size triple malt mixer found at a garage sale! I took it all apart to clean it, but the cord is too frayed to plug it in. Just got a replacement cord at the hardware store and I'm hoping to get it running tonight!
Overall I just LOVE how it all turned out. And I have to admit that I'm just a tad proud of myself for doing every single last bit of the work painting the cabinets and appliances by myself. I know that's probably not very 1950's housewife-ish of me, but that's okay. I think I'll go put on my frilly pink apron and do some more canning now!