Monday, September 15, 2008

dream.


mr. arganbright and i bought our first home in june. it's a bit of a fixer-upper (as all first homes should be *wink*), and we've been trying to get as much work done on it as we can before we move in. the past couple weeks have been spent painting every last surface in the house. this was preceded by me tentatively choosing paint colors and second-third-and-fourth-guessing my choices. i'm finally feeling confident about my decisions when it comes time to paint the kitchen. i chose a nice mushroom brown for the walls and the trim & cabinets will be painted off-white. i chose this color because it's similar to our dishes and it appears sporadically in the upholstry of our dining room chairs.
unfortunately, i did not consider the color of mr. arganbright's most beloved possession:
The Fridge. The Fridge came with the house, it is approximately the size of a large walk-in closet, and it is black. it is an enormous, black hole that takes up a fifth of our quaint (read: tiny) 1950's kitchen. in fact, if you stepped inside, you could probably find your way to Narnia.
unfortunately, mr. arganbright thinks that this is a delight and a treasure to behold;
"it has an ice-maker and water dispenser!"

"it keeps beer super-cold!"

"check out the size o' that freezer!"
as you can imagine, when i started painting the walls, i was distracted from the refrigerator's glory when i realized how terrible the enormous black hole looked when surrounded by beautiful mushroom brown. i started thinking of ways to justify a new fridge...
"it will keep your beer so cold, you'll get those terrible cold-headaches!"
and...
"it's so large, we'll have to get a Costco membership just to fill it up!"
when those failed to persuade, i thought of ways to spruce it up...
  • paint
  • christmas lights
  • enormous magnets
  • Aslan

eventually i gave up on making it blend in. i started searching craigslist for replacements. i looked daily to no avail. then i thought, if i could sell it i could probably get a few hundred dollars to put towards a new one. i even thought about calling Bobbi McCaughey. surely she could use the 54 square feet of space. mr. arganbright suggested i simply choose a different paint color. (insert guffaw.) there was nothing simple about choosing mushroom brown (officially known as "Manual Mocha") in the first place! unless he wanted me to purchase new dishes and re-upholster our chairs, that was out of the question.

i called my older sister for some sound advice. it was:

"Paint your kitchen the color you've chosen. Be patient. Don't do anything rash."

good advice, no?

so what did i do? looked back at craigslist one. last. time., found the fridge (and gas range) of my dreams, called the seller, and BOUGHT THEM! it was truly a little miracle. i really wanted "almond" colored appliances because our trim is cream. but i figured i could settle for white as almond was a no-show on craigslist. we also really needed a gas range which was another hard-find. i had wasted hours on craigslist in the past couple weeks and in the course of a single phone conversation with my sis, the perfect pair showed up (in almond!) at the perfect price!

thanks little miracle Maker, that was really nice.




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