BECAUSE I CAN

So last week I got tagged. And this is my response….

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Today I bought a second-hand, retro-pink Sunbeam Mixmaster for $9.99 at the ARC thrift store.

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Because I can.

retro pink sunbeam mixmaster | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

Oh. And it goes kinda perfectly with the retro-pink kitchen I happen to have…

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Also because I can. (!!)

What? I didn’t mention the kitchen before?

Oops!

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.

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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.

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Kitchen stove 2 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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:

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And this:

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Yeah.

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.

*huge smile*

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Pink Kitchen 3f | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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.

pink kitchen 2 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczykI don’t know how I got so lucky, but this is my pink-kitchen story, and I’m grateful.

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.

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Now I just need to decide where to keep my new pink retro mixer.

Pink Kitchen 3c | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

Pink mixer new home | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

Because I can.

13 Comments

  • SALE DAY 2013
    June 2, 2013 - 1:15 am
  • Mary Pat

    Love your story cousin Jules! Did NOT know you were such a pink girlie girl! Hope you find someone to help wire your stove.

    MP

     
  • SALE DAY
    June 5, 2011 - 11:47 pm
  • TOTALLY SWELL
    February 18, 2011 - 12:06 am
  • HAPPY HOUR
    October 29, 2010 - 8:51 pm
  • tag: i’m it! because i can.
    October 25, 2010 - 11:30 pm
  • kristen

    I <3 <3 <3 when the desires of our hearts are met with an incredible surprise – how in the world could THAT ever have happened…???
    Fridge and stove! How awesome is that!!!!
    Thank you Jesus!
    Signed, Someone-whose-husband-agreed-that-we-needed-to-go-from-fresh-peach-to-taos-pink -WITH-a-cute-country-border-in-our-kitchen-not-long-after-we-moved-in…
    Very nice!

     
  • DyAnn Rybarczyk

    Now, if this isn’t our “artsy” daughter-in-LOVE….I LOVE IT!!! It has the charm of the Boise North side where you should’ve lived with your beautiful and awesome talent! Even tho, your home was LOVELY! Thank you for sharing….this story was so enjoyable and I loved the journey. Love you Julie ~ very much!!

     
  • Judi Reid

    “Would you ever…?” Love it when you say yes to that creative gift God gave you! What nuggets! Priceless!

     
  • Katy

    Love it! Looks so inviting and fun! You always had a special flair with things back in high school and I can see it continues today! Love your story telling too! You always were a great writer. Thanks for sharing!

     
  • Julie

    Yes Heather!! I do not think I could ever fully emphasize how much this pink kitchen is because of YOU!

    Your “would you ever do a retro pink kitchen???” got the wheels turning in my head way back when, and then you pitching in to do the dirty work (ie. wallpaper), and volunteering your husband for the heavy work (!!) . Seriously!!! Even the “why not just take your cupboard doors off?” was from you.

    Me and my pink kitchen THANK YOU, friend!!! : )

     
  • Heather

    I do so love this kitchen of yours but even more so I love how it evolved and I got to have a part in it (and I got Tim to have a part in it!) You are too much fun to say, “would you ever …?” to because you actually will consider things like pink kitchens. And you have luck completely on your side with the house finds. It’s both sick and wonderful. : )

     
  • emily

    Oh yes she can! And she does! (and she doesn’t stop – nor would I want her too) I have been waiting for the pink kitchen post – and love it! Love the kitchen (oF courSE) and love the photos and the story-telling. Assuming you are all dying out there too – how could you not. And the subtle pink that you now have so honors the amaaazing appliances. Yes – the room should submit to their shade of pink – always and forever.

    And it’s true, I groaned about her finds from time to time. Also true, she deserves every bit of the pink.

     

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