Thursday, 22 March 2012
Something new from something old
The kitchen is almost finished.
There is a photo shoot in this kitchen on Saturday. Early Saturday. I'm excited to meet IRL a dear old blogging friend. But there is lots to do before then. Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, I've got to arrange all this stuff onto new shelves, paint the timber work and wait for the floor tiles to dry before we can finally put the fridge in its new home.
For now, I'll turn my back on the rubble and admire the hallway with it's new coat rack those builders installed for me. I found this old blackwood mantle piece at my favourite local salvage store. Circa 1880 they told me. It's rather large and I love to imagine what grand Georgian mansion it might have been rescued from. A song for $50. The hooks I bought off ebay. Those lovely builders measured the hooks, screwed them in place then installed the whole piece onto the lathe and plaster wall. No easy feat, it's rather heavy. Then I polished it with beeswax. And put some of my favourite things on the shelf. Practical and beautiful. I love it.
Now, time to turn around and face the kitchen.