The Falling Cupboard


Saturday I noticed that the red cupboard on the kitchen wall looked a bit askew. I took a closer look and saw that the top back of the cupboard was not all the way against the wall.

I asked myself: Was it always this way? I made note of it, but went on with my day. 

Sunday I looked at it again. I could have sworn it fit all the way against the wall when it was put up with bolts several years ago.

I knew I could not take the chance of that thing falling on my big cart from World Market. And before it fell on the cart, it would fall on the Breville Smart oven on top of the cart.

That oven was not cheap, and since I don't have a stove (for those of you who don't know, I had the stove taken out to make room for the washer) I have used it pretty much every single day for over three years, so I couldn't let that happen.

I took everything out of the cupboard (I store food in it) and moved the Breville oven. Then I tackled the cupboard. I eased it down to the kitchen cart where the Breville oven had been. 

It was indeed coming down, I could then see, and the heavy bolts were dipping downward. Crisis averted! I'm so glad I noticed it before it fell.


I had forgotten that the front bottom of the cupboard jutted downward, so it wouldn't sit evenly once I had it on the cart. 

What to do, what to do?

I tried putting rubber stamps under the cupboard, but it still kept shifting. So I went looking in every nook and cranny of my apartment for something to even it out. 

Finally I found four short wooden legs I'd purchased for a dollar at a garage sale a few years ago. I had to find something that would fit under the cupboard right up to the front where the wood extended down about an inch or so. 

That worked. But then you could see the four wooden leg pieces from the front. So I put a big cutting board I had in front of the cupboard.


Then I was left with a wall with nail holes and bits of red paint that had come off the cupboard. What to do?

I tacked the quilt to the wall to cover all that, because I just didn't feel like dragging out the paint. I used regular thumb tacks.

But then I realized that the electrical outlet was an ugly blight. I had had it covered with the Breville oven before that had to be moved.

So I put the knives in front of it.


Then there's the wall phone outlet I'd forgotten about. 

It had been covered with a painting, but the painting had to go when I put up the hanging metal holder with the vintage utensils to try and hide the electrical outlet. (Following all this craziness?)

I then put up the framed chicken painting and the Wanda temperature gauge I've had for more than forty years. My great-aunt gave it to me. Her husband had worked for the Wanda Oil Company way back.


The Breville oven went on top of the washer. I hope it doesn't shake the oven too much when the washer is spinning. 

Guess I'll find out. I don't do laundry that often. About once a week I wash towels, sheets and clothing.

So that's the story of the falling cupboard and how I solved the problem. One thing just leads to the next. But now I think I've got it all under control.

52 comments

  1. Love it! And you got a whole new re-decor in the process! It looks very pretty. I just love all your color!

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    1. Yes, a new look! That always makes me happy.

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  2. It's so good that you noticed the cabinet was about to fall, and prevented that potential catastrophe. Yes, you had a lot of work to do but the results are so pleasing. Your décor items work together well in any room of the house! This story reminds me that I've been meaning to find different hardware to secure a cup rack to the wall in the kitchen. I've been a little worried that it's not secure enough and the cups might come crashing down sometime. I need to work on that project today!

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    1. Better take care of it! I hate to think what would have been demolished had I waited much longer.

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  3. You did a good job Brenda...besides, you got to do some decorating along the way. It looks very nice. That is one good thing when we use the same colors throughout our homes. We can mix and match everything in every room and it works. Don't worry about the painting & fixing until winter. You'll have plenty of time to fix it then. Today, just enjoy a job well done!

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    1. You're right. When you use the same set of colors, you can shift things around at will.

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  4. Oh I've been down that rabbit hole a dozen times. It all looks fabulous the way you redid it.

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  5. You are such a inspiration Brenda! You have turned a problem into a lovely décor project.

    I have to say I didn't like quilts much before reading your blog, but I am definitely beginning to like them now.

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    1. Personally, I haven't yet met a quilt that didn't solve some problem or another!

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  6. Kinda like dominoes falling down.

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    1. And I'm SO glad my dominios did not fall down!

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  7. you are proof that where there's a will there's a way! :)
    and I agree with you ... I think the shaking might not be good for the oven's thermostat. just in case I think I'd move it off while I used the washing machine. better safe than sorry!
    and it all looks so good. especially like the quilt to tie it all together!

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    1. You're right. Move it when I do laundry. A novel idea! One so simple I probably wouldn't have thought of it.

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  8. If only the world's chaos, confusion and disorder could be fixed like that.Congrats on finding the many solutions that worked for you. So happy the cabinet did not fall!

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    1. True! Just move a few things (or people) around and solve world problems.

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  9. Isn't it funny how one thing leads to another and before you know it you have a whole new look. I like it when that happens.

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    1. That cupboard was heavy. So I'm glad I got to redecorate a bit to make up for the trouble.

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  10. Moving one things leads to another and another! It looks great!

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  11. Hi Brenda
    Bless your heart! What an ordeal you had to go through. So glad you caught that or it would have been a mess!
    It turned out really nice. Great job!
    Hugs,
    LaDonna

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    1. But it would have been so much worse had it fallen!

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  12. This was like a game of connect the dots. Fun to read.

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    1. It was kind of a connect-the-dots experience.

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  13. Wow, you totally avoided a catastrophe, Brenda! I love your solutions, you truly have such a knack for putting décor together. I adore that farm print up high on the wall. And your cutting board is made in my neck of the woods!!

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    1. Didn't I? Can you imagine if that heavy thing had fallen?

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  14. I enjoyed reading your not so funny at the time story. Love the way it turned out! I'm sure that took a few hours. Thanks for sharing

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  15. I am right up there with Wendy, quilts weren't really my thing, but you have converted me! I am going through my bohemian decorating phase now (I think you have been through that one too)and who ever would of thought there are actually boho quilts out there and who ever would of thought that I would find the most beautiful one at Walmart of all places! I have inundated myself with fur throws, but I am ready to trade them all in for quilts. Quilts just seem so cozy. And I am finding out there are quilts out there to fit in with any décor. I love your new look in the kitchen and especially the quilt behind the red cupboard. I guess quilts can fit in just about anyplace or at least you seem to make them fit in any place and look beautiful in the process.

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    1. So glad to make another quilt convert!

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  16. Great save and solutions to the red cabinet..Glad you caught it before it was a disaster.
    I was chuckling because your 'chain of events' reminded me of a book I used to read to my PreK Classes ' If You Give A Mouse A Cookie' by Laura Numeroff. Not quite the same situation as yours, however a series of problem solving events.
    Again, glad you caught it in time to save that cute little cabinet and all surrounding it.
    As far as the little lifts under it not being the same color, I would,have just used Red Magic Marker and called it a day!! 😉

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  17. All those clever and cute ideas you have worked out perfectly!

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    1. And the potential crisis was averted...

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  18. Haha, that made me laugh Brenda. You are so funny... It looked great after you finished all the moving. I hope the oven works great where you have it. And you could alway move it when you wash clothes since you don't have to do it often. :) I hope you have a great day!

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    1. Probably do a load of laundry tomorrow or the next day. Will watch it closely. Or else I'll just move it to the counter top.

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  19. This made me laugh...one thing always does lead to another! Glad you spotted it before it fell!

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    1. Can you imagine the mess that would have made?

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  20. As always, very resourceful, Ms. Brenda. Good work, all looks as it should.

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  21. Love this!! I am such a lover of red in the Kitchen!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  22. You managed to take a problem, turn the solution into a lovely new look.Impossible does not appear to be in your vocabulary. I am a very new follower, and excited to see what's next. Your sweet babies are a wonderful bonus, as I have loved and rescued a number of Yorkies. Thank you for all you do.for your loyal followers.

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  23. Oh my, this gave me a chuckle because I have been through such events! You are definitely a problem solver! Great job!

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  24. Luckily you diverted a disaster. It looks perfect on the counter with the quilt behind it. You never cease to amaze me.

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  25. Luckily you noticed this problem before you had an even bigger one! It is always something isn't it? It looks beautiful the way you arranged it. Hope you are having a great day!

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    1. Now I have quilts in every room except the bathroom. Guess that will be next.

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  26. LOVE looking at the gorgeous vignettes. Beautiful red and white quilt hanging on the wall. It looks perfect with all your pretties sitting in front of it. Cute red cupboard. So many pretty kitchenalia to gaze upon.

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