|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 01-23-2012 04:21 PM||2281 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
1. I love the rustic, back-woods look for my home, especially in my kitchen
2. I am not a good housekeeper – important to know since I am showing pictures of my kitchen!
3. I have a dining room area next to the kitchen and this is where we eat—or used to!
1. an “island” that Rick and I made from an old waterbed and some 4×4 posts for the legs
2. a storage unit made from some roughcut pine and an old window
3. a garbage container, again made from roughcut pine
4. a couple antique stools for accessing all the shelves that beyond my reach
In the project photo you see how my kitchen has looked for some time (except that where the wooden garbage container sits was located my window storage unit.
One morning last week, I woke up thinking “turn the island table 90 degrees”. Out of the blue came the thought. How strange but, I’ve learned to trust that little voice that typically speaks great wisdom. :D
And so I moved the window storage shelf and rotated the island.
Oh my, oh my …. so much MORE room and cooking/baking was so much more convenient. Who knew!! Oh, right.. that little voice knew.
There was so much room actually, that I thought I could add a flip-up shelf on the edge of the island allowing us to eat in the kitchen. Brilliant!!
So I went to the Lee Valley site to find appropriate hinges.
These are what I decided on.
(photo from the Lee Valley website)
When they arrived in the mail, I have to admit that we were a little confused as how to make them work. The main issue was, to be honest, that we couldn’t get them to spring open. A quick email to Lee Valley and the next day we had our answer—be careful, they are springloaded like a mousetrap .. a very STRONG mousetrap. So with a little grunting we had them open and with the help of the instruction sheet Lee Valley emailed us, Rick added my shelf.
A pull upwards and we have our eating area or extended workspace and by pushing the hinges inwards they unlock and the shelf lowers, out of the way.
There is STILL so much room, even with it up, that I am pretty sure we will never put the shelf down again. Underneath it sits our two stools – finally having a place to sit when not in use. Yah!!
MsDebbieP is a very happy camper!! :)
-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada