I really like it. It only took a few minutes for Israel to put it together.
World Market is refunding me for my having to buy the parts to put it together. And I thank them for that.
One change beckons another. For a few days I stared at that wall over the new cart. I put various things up there. Then was upset because the wall looked dirty and full of nail holes.
So out of the blue, I went to the closet and got out some white paint and started painting Christmas Eve. Since I was using white paint and the paint on all the walls was an off-white, every time I got to a corner, I had to keep going or have two colors of walls.
Thirty minutes before Ace, which is right down the street, closed for Christmas Eve, I made a paint run and bought another gallon of white paint.
I painted through Christmas. Then I rested a couple of days. But I was hesitant to move the furniture back with all the paint splatters on the floor.
It was really dark here for a few days due to constant storms, so finally I just decided to go ahead and move the furniture back. I'd just clean up what wasn't covered! A little at a time.
So then I was faced with the furniture back in place, but you know how much stuff was on my walls in the kitchen, dining space/office and living room. I had piles of stuff from the walls alone everywhere.
I still needed storage for food. I talked to Israel about shelves. I pondered that for a few days. Finally I decided I needed some away time and maybe inspiration would come to me. I drove the few miles to the River City Trading Center in Jenks, my favorite junk store.
And I came home with a red cabinet with doors and two shelves inside. But it had feet. I had Israel saw off the feet, and he put it on the wall with bolts so it wouldn't fall. He was concerned about the red paint not being put on too well, but I liked it just like it was.
Then I knew I was onto something. I started getting excited about this decorating venture. It usually takes a few steps before I see the light.
New Year's Eve I put a pork tenderloin in the crock pot and let it cook overnight. I poured a can of root beer over it, though the recipe called for Dr. Pepper.
I served it over wheat hamburger buns and it was SO delicious!
I was tired. I'd been putting things up all day. I cleaned the crock pot and promptly knocked it down and broke it to pieces.
So I dug around and found a can of black-eyed peas. I break things all the time. I'm not superstitious, but I figured eating black-eyed peas on New Years like so many do for good luck couldn't hurt.
I'm showing photos in clock-wise fashion so you can see the whole kitchen, which had little changes all around.
At least I'm getting a few meals out of the pulled pork sandwiches. And I froze some zip-lock packages of it for a fast meal.
A photo before the clean up and then my breaking the crock pot to pieces.
Oh well. I still have the casserole sized crock pot.
I do love the kitchen cart. It stores so many things for me. I have cans of food in the kitchen cabinets. But the rest of my food, like snacks: chips, crackers, peanut butter, etc. are in the red cabinet. Most of my food seems to be refrigerated.
So I was inspired walking up and down the familiar aisles in Jenks looking for that "special something" that would suffice as the wall storage I needed for this apartment kitchen.
Sometimes it takes going some place that you enjoy and just strolling the aisles. I've gotten lots of ideas that way
What do you think of my cart and little changes?
Note: I didn't put all the things back on the walls of the newly painted living space and what is now my office. I have decided 2016 is the year when I scale back. Chaos on the walls and around me often means chaos in my thinking.
So there will be lots of posts about living more simply and with less stuff.
If this is what you want to do as well, I challenge you to do it with me. A space at a time.