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.

retro pink sunbeam mixer | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk
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…

Pink Kitchen again | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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.

Kitchen counter 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

Kitchen stove 1 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk
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.

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

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 think the next kid-free weekend I have it’s time to check out these miter saw reviews to look into what would be best for my requirements, find some old looking wood and see what I can do myself to add a little bit of a personal touch to the kitchen.

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. They can’t be that hard to find, can they? I thought that seeing as they could be quite unique, fewer people would know about them but obviously not. On a few occasions, my friend Tony said that he’s reviewed some other fridges (that aren’t pink), that would work just as well, if not better than the one I was looking for. Which made me feel slightly better. 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:

retro Pink Kitchen Stove | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

And this:

Retro pink fridge Kitchen fridge 3 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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*

Pink fridge | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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.

pink dishes | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczykretro Pink Kitchen Stove 2 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

retro Pink Kitchen Stove 3 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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

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pink kitchen stove 5 | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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pink high chair | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

pink kitchen nook | the both and | shorts and longs | julie rybarczyk

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. After getting all these amazing vintage appliances I do worry in case they break down on me! got to make sure I have my local Appliance Repair service on speed dial ready for me to ring up and get my fridge working again… just in case!

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