An interesting thing happens when you place ordinary stuff under glass. Or in this case, Plexiglas. It becomes art. Well sort of. You may develop more appreciation for it anyway. For instance, none of these old kitchen tools that I'd gathered over the years from thrift shops were given a second glance in the basket they were thrown in, but now everyone is stepping closer and marveling over them. My youngest daughter suddenly had questions about the "olden days" and a discussion followed. I had to laugh though. Why do all children think their parents rode in on a covered wagon? It sometimes seems inconceivable to them that times could be so different than they are today. How lucky we are to have so many modern conveniences that make our lives easier and free up our time for things like making "kitchen art". I seriously doubt my great-grandmother would view these objects in the same way though, because to her they probably represented hard work and endless chores. But from a relatively modern perspective I imagine simpler times, with images of porch swings and homemade goodness on the table. A bit idealistic I know, but true in a lot of ways and that's what comes to mind when I see these old kitchen tools. For a time, I was actually using some of them but discovered the paint was chipping and the wood was cracking from tossing them in the dishwasher. I'm guessing some are close to sixty years old and were not exactly designed for such harsh procedures no matter how well crafted they were. And they obviously were, to have survived all these years. So few things are truly well-crafted anymore. The shadow boxes I used are a case-in-point. Out-sourced and poorly made they gave me absolute fits of frustration because none were the same dimensions. Not one piece of glass I had cut for them fit, which is why the Mister had to come to my rescue and fitted them with Plexiglas instead.
My well-appointed modern kitchen is decidedly old-fashioned though. A farmhouse style with sunny walls, cabbage roses and red & white gingham. Comfortable, practical and unpretentious. It's a welcome place where we still gather for daily meals around an old country French pine table that's well over a hundred years old. And yes, it looks it. The top definitely could use another sanding and polishing. But it's quite sturdy and has character after all. (That's what you say about old charming things that are starting to fall apart anyway!)