At least I got started!

Well we are now in total lock down. The PM wants us all to stay at home where possible and you can only go out to do what you have to do. Before all of this Covid 19 happened I was enjoying weekends and the odd holiday at Sisters Beach with Vanda. One of the things I had been doing was painting out the lower kitchen and setting it up as a retro kitchen. Here at Oatlands I have plenty of heaps good things to put in it to make it interesting. I collect all kinds of kitchen related stuff. I even have a vintage fridge now that I am making good use of. The kitchen will eventually have all sorts in it from the 20th century as I am not keeping it relevant to just one era.

My Pope fridge
My Aussie 1950s Pope Fridge

Last time I visited the beach house Vanda and I went to Bunnings. I wanted to buy some paint and we also got some outdoor brooms and stuff. I cleaned up the gazebo a bit and we discussed some colours to paint it. I really hope to jolly it up and make it look more beachy. I chose black paint for the kitchen cupboard doors and white for the surrounding framework. I managed to get them painted before I came home last time and only had a bit of touching up left to do. Since then we have gone into lock down so I am not allowed to go back there.What a bummer as I was really enjoying my painting and decorating. The oven had been cleaned and Vanda cleaned out the cupboards a bit more for me. I had bought some fancy shelving paper to go inside them.

I already had a few bits and pieces lined up on the benchtop to create a bit of display. I still have to clean all of them before deciding where I will place them. I had started taking off the old door knobs too. I’ve been looking on eBay for some new ones and have seen a few that would look pretty cool if I can get enough of them. At least most people can still operate online thank goodness. Well before I came home I did take a couple of photos to record my progress. The kitchen had boring brown cupboard doors before I painted them. Some of the door knobs did not match and everything was very dirty.

The oven is very interesting and I may do a post on it one day. I haven’t tried to cook anything in it yet but everything works except for one element. I am looking into replacing it if at all possible. It might not be as the oven was made in 1977. I’ll have a chat with a sparky sometime for advice. Here are some photos I took before coming back home to Oatlands where I live and work.

Before I started painting.
Black and white cupboards
Some things I collected for my retro kitchen
My Aussie Elcon mixer
Everhot Sheridan oven 77
Everhot Sheridan oven 77

Well I am just itching to get back there so I can carry on with my kitchen project. Unfortunately we’ve all just got to grin and bare it and carry on like the good people we are. I will buy what I can online to finish my project later and I guess I will pack a few boxes of stuff to take down in the hopefully not too distant future.

To close I wish you all the best out there. Hope you all keep healthy and find things to amuse you if you are stuck at home. For those working and moving about the community take care and don’t get sick.



I came to Australia with my mother and sister Vanda in 1966 from the UK aboard the Sitmar liner Castel Felice. We settled in South Australia I lived in the western suburbs of Adelaide for most of my life. I became very interested in retro items in my twenties. It was always a dream of mine to have an old house and fill it with retro items. I have done it twice now. My main interest is collecting old things. They do not have to be valuable, only interesting. There is something reassuring about old retro items. I have all sorts of things including doll related items. My other interests are my beautiful pets, art and going for drives to who knows where. I also enjoy board games or doing a scenic jig saw puzzle on a wintry afternoon by the fire. My goal is to travel a bit more as there are some places I would love to see


    • I can’t wait to get back to working on it. I will just go on with planning it and collecting stuff for it while the lock down is on.


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