I don’t have any resolutions for the new year. I’m doing the no shopping challenge, I’m getting a lot of things done in my house and I’m doing most of the things I want/need to be doing. One thing I do want to change is my cooking habits. Cooking is not fun for me, but I’m trying to be better about cooking more and eating out less.
I upgraded my kitchen this week so I have more counter space and I bought the final piece of Le Creuset cookware to complete my collection. Yes, all of it was used.
I found an island for my kitchen on craigslist. I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year now, but the island has to be on wheels and a very specific size to fit in my kitchen. Color is no problem, as I can redesign it. I needed something solid so I can tile the top of it. After looking at islands, I think this one retails for around $150-$200. I paid $60. Here it is after the makeover.
The drawers are on the other side. I have the tile to do the top, but I didn’t have the setting materials or grout, so I decided to do an artistic treatment and collage artwork on the top. It’s a great thing to do to recycle and reuse books or magazines. It’s easy to do, just use spray glue for the artwork, layer it until you’re happy with it and paint a couple coats of clear acrylic over it. It’s very durable, as I have a bathroom floor done this way.
The next item I purchased (Merry Christmas to me) was from eBay. It’s the final piece to my Le Creuset cookware. I bought a steamer insert 6 years ago and the guy at the store told me it would work with a pot I already had. It didn’t. So this was not an impulse buy, as I’ve been planning to buy this for a while. Why? Let’s just say my MacGyver steamer rig didn’t work out so well. It steamed great, but it took about 3 hours to clean up and luckily didn’t ruin my stove. It was pricey, but it works into the no retail thing. $188 including shipping. This pot retails new for $315 and you can’t kill this stuff, it will be passed on to your grandkids.
I didn’t pay a lot for most of my pieces. I got my first one at the thrift store for $4. I got a set for free with my AMEX points. All of the others were eBay or factory seconds, and I got their coupon calendar, so I paid next to nothing.
I guess I really didn’t need any of this stuff, but it’s all used and because I was not in a hurry, I found exactly what I wanted and for a good price. Value might be a better word. Happy new year.