What’s going on…

14 Jul

Hello! We have moved into our new house and we’ve also been on a long trip to the central NY area. Lots of stuff happening here at ApronStringsVintage headquarters, now located for my personal convenience in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville. Have I mentioned that I love living here? I am 5 minutes from both Pure Barre and Trader Joe’s AND the mall. If you don’t find close proximity to a tremendous variety of shops and restaurants to be the very definition of delightful, I challenge you to live in a tiny, isolated, rural Tennessee town for 12 years. And good luck to ya, suckers. (No, I still don’t miss Sewanee.)

Speaking of small towns, we actually spent a good bit of time in Baldwinsville, NY with the Mister’s family, all of whom were really great. The Mister’s mother turned 80 while we were there. She showed me some of her scrapbooks from high school and her wedding, all circa 1949-52.

The Mister checks out scrapbooks with me

The Mister checks out scrapbooks with me

The Mister’s mom kept meticulous scrapbooks of her high school years. She was a cheerleader and was involved in a girl’s club called the “Sub-Debs” who had a lot of parties and get-togethers. 008 Everything was kept, all of her invitations, dance programs, ticket stubs, all with little notes. 011 The Niagara Falls postcards are from the Mister’s mom’s honeymoon to Niagara Falls. Fun, right??

The house is still certainly a work in progress, but our big event today was the delivery and installation of my green Big Chill stove. It was super-fun, because the delivery guys just thought the stove was awesome. I will say this for A-1 Appliance in Nashville…we thought the sales experience was pretty average, but their delivery and installation was excellent. The refrigerator was delivered in the promised time frame and the guys were very careful to make sure that the fridge was installed very carefully and was level. As for the stove, it’s an extremely heavy stove and they did a great job maneuvering around our small-ish front entryway and setting everything up. The delivery guys were unloading it and uncrating it at the end of our driveway, and they told me that cars were slowing down to look at it. I guess a big green stove is a little unusual!004 I think it looks awesome and it is a super-nice stove. It’s 6 burners and is gas. The oven is a convection oven. I cooked on it tonight and it is seriously the nicest stove I have ever cooked on. If you have been reading for awhile, you will remember that this stove is a birthday gift for my 40th birthday from my Mother and Daddy. Thank you again, Mom and Daddy! It is super-duper nice and looks so great in the kitchen. I just love it. The Mister and I have been blessed with some great parents, for sure.

I have to share a little project that the Mister did, and the photo also highlights our kitchen tile.001 During our renovation, the floor grate in the breakfast room mysteriously disappeared. And by that I mean, the workers threw it in the dumpster and didn’t notice until much later. Oops. Well, there are a few salvage places in Nashville, and I dug through piles of grates until I found one that I fit that I liked. I brought it home, and the Mister cleaned it up and gave it a fresh coat of spray paint and it looks fantastic. I love the vintage design, and it’s much heavier and of better quality than the cheap metal floor grates available at Lowe’s or Home Deport. As for the tile, I like it a lot. So much that I decided that I wanted to be sure that the grout is sealed so that it will look nice for as long as possible. To seal grout, you have to run a thin line of sealant along each seam and then wipe away the excess. If you would like to know how long this takes, the answer is FOREVER. And the secret to getting it done is to bribe yourself with cookies. Sad but true. And you had better just buy the cookies ahead of time because if you decide mid-project that the only way you are going to get the upstairs bathroom tile grout sealed is cookies, your husband isn’t going to be inclined to take time out of his third hardware store/Home Depot run of the day to get you a cookie. Too bad for me, but I certainly admit that it is a universal truth that people feel less than patient with cookie requests after their second Home Depot experience of the day. And a third trip would make a person feel downright stabby. But today, undaunted and armed with Trader Joe’s chocolate chip peanut butter cookies, I got the grout in the entire kitchen floor sealed. Before too long, I will have completed kitchen pictures to show you! We are really getting there. xoxo, LaurenT

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5 Responses to “What’s going on…”

  1. Dawn Martin July 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    The stove looks great!

  2. Shirley Turcotte July 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Hi Lauren: Enjoyed your “blog” very much. Stove is , for sure, the 50’s. It’s a beauty. Sounds like you and Mark have been very busy since your return from your trip. I also enjoyed seeing the scrapbook pieces from My past. Really enjoyed our visit. Miss you both….Love Shirley

  3. Pam Jardine July 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    “make a person feel downright stabby” made my day! Love your new kitchen and your wit. Aunt Pam

  4. Eartha Kitsch July 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    That kitchen is looking downright bang-up perfect. I’d stop to stare at that stove too if I saw it out in the wild. So happy for your wonderful new home and the touches that you are putting on it! : ) I heard that you’re working the estate sale business now. Hopefully I’ll see you at one soon!

  5. Lisa July 26, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    THE STOVE. OMFG. And I thought the refigerator was the living end…BUT A STOVE AND A REFRIGERATOR IN THIS COLOR…girl, jealous bones. That’s what I got, not an unjealous bone in my body about your kitchen. Good work!!!!!!!!

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