Monday, August 22, 2011

How to Cure A Lonely Fridge

I’ve been married to my husband, Mr. Converse Sneakers, for 9 days now.  I can still count the days on two hands, and already I am tackling wifely things like what the heck to do with the weird space on the side of our fridge.  You see, we live in a townhouse apartment, so we can’t do anything but make minor changes to any of the rooms, and for some strange reason, the builders installed a standard size fridge but an extra long skinny cabinet above the fridge, so we are left with an overhang.  Case in point:

I’m not sure whether it makes matter worse or not, but the cabinet is flanked by two windows.  It’s great for letting light in, but not so great because it makes the long cabinet even more awkward.  In order to fix this, I sat on my butt staring at it for a long time, did a few one-hair whisker rubs (c’mon, I can’t be the only lady with a one-hair beard going on on my chin . . . I digress . . .), and then I did a little poking around in our storage room and came up with a neat little solution.  Mr. Converse Sneakers had a little kitchen cart he used in his old apartment.  He got it from Craigslist (gotta love a man that loves to hunt for treasures as much as I do).  I spiffed it up and this is what I came up with:

The cart helps balance the extremely wonky cabinet above because it adds a little width to the fridge.  The fridge no longer looks so lonely!  And, not only is the cart kind of cute (in an I-have-an-apartment-and-can’t-do-any-major-fixings-but-have-to-be-resourceful kind of way), but it is functional as well.  I also “bling”-ed it out with a little of my favorite vintage girly things.  I told Mr. CS that every woman needs a little spot of feminine cuteness, and this is mine.  See?

I found the vintage fruit crate at an estate sale a year ago, and it was used to hold the programs at our wedding ceremony (pictures are coming once we get them back).  I love repurposing things!  I sure had to get rid of a lot of stuff after the wedding (and I have plenty more where there came from), but being able to incorporate the memories into our daily decorating makes me smile.  So do the recipes hanging above the cart – grilled corn and pizza!

The blue pedastal bowl I found at a garage sale a few years ago and it is one of my most prized possessions.  Guests love it too, but that’s because it holds our dwindling supply of crappy candy (of course we keep the good stuff in our pantry . . .), so maybe the guests don’t love it so much, but we just got married and haven’t had any major guests over yet for entertaining purposes.   The flowers are fake.  Sorry!  If I had any money, I’d buy the real thing, but I also am a flower-killer, so that will have to wait until another day.

I may just have to frame the above photo.  Sigh . . . I said this is one of my most prized possessions, right?  I’m Sarah, or Mrs. Ruffled Flats to you, and I have an addiction to turquoise pedestal bowls.

The rest of the cart holds our growing supply of cookbooks (Mr. Converse Sneakers is a banquet chef at a nice hotel and is moving his way up in the culinary field) as well as a huge bowl full of aprons.  Life is sweet!

Did you like my genius, okay free, idea for tackling this kitchen cabinet nightmare?  What would you have done differently?


  1. I think that is a cute fix and good place for all of your cook books! I Love the blue bowl! Nothing better to welcome ppl than to have a bowl of candy for them to pick from. I like to re purpose too, things I like I never get rid of I just find new places to use them.

  2. That Blue Dish really does look fantastic, so beautiful!


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