Monday, July 30, 2012

Play Kitchen / Bread Box / Potato & Onion Bin

My husband got this from a client and snuck it in to the living room after I'd gone to bed.  I'm not sure if it was supposed to be a nice surprise or he was afraid I'd make him give it back.  It was dirty.  And not exactly my style.  But, lucky for him, I was in serious need of a project.  And I have a thing for wood cookstoves.

I know one day I'll probably love the yellowy tones and knotty patterns of this style, but right now, I don't.  Actually, after I scrubbed 40 years of smoke and grime off, it was kind of pretty.  

I was going to leave the lettering, stovetop, and drawer pulls natural and paint everything else white, but the font on the lettering was bothering me.  It didn't seem to match the era of cookstoves.  I decided it would look better in chrome, with matching hardware and handles, and a vintage aqua color paint. 

I left the cooktop and legs natural.  

It was very well built and I love the little chains on the cabinets.  

It turned out really cute!

The funny thing is we already have a potato/onion bin (that's the same ugly wood, except uglier) and a bread box.  Maybe now we can get rid of them...

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  1. this is adorable, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,

  2. that is so cute!! my daughter would love it! :)

  3. I have one that is almost identical! Mine has a different font and says "taters" instead of potatoes. I would love to know where these originated from... Please update if you find out!

    1. Me too! Mine says Bread Chips Onions Taters in a different font as well but looks like this otherwise. I have been looking for information on this piece of furniture for years and can't seem to come across anything other than this blog. I don't even know what it's called exactly. What a fantastic idea to clean it up with fresh paint though! Hers looks amazing.

    2. I scored one exactly like it yesterday & mine also says taters. I belong to a facebook group called ‎The Christian Homesteading Journey & after posting a pic of my wonderful treasure, another member informed me that she has one also & in fact it is a piece from a dinning set that she bought over 20 years ago. Her's came with a farm table, bench & chairs!

  4. I just picked one of these up from the trash. It had a broken leg (easy fix). Thank you for posting the pics they gave me some wonderful ideas :)

  5. I would love to try to build one of these. How tall/ wide are they. This one is beautiful.

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  7. A friend of mine just brought hers over it is identical to the one you have it says chips bread onions and taters I'd like to know how old it is does anybody know who made them and how much it's worth not that she wants to sell it it's been in her family for over 30 years