A few weeks ago I got a new washer and dryer. (One Thing Leads to Another). It had been so long since I shopped for these appliances that I didn’t know that full-sized stackables were now on the market. I was excited! What a space saver, and I knew exactly what I would put in the extra space I would have.
Once the washer and dryer were installed though, I was disappointed to see that all of the electrical cords and the drain were visible. What an eyesore. My antique washer-ringer and the standing bucket (not an antique) were lost amidst all of the cords.
For a few days, I pondered how to fix this and then remembered the vintage grape-drying trays that I picked up at an antique market. Farmers would put grapes on these trays and set them in the sun to allow the grapes to dry and become raisins. I bought several trays when I saw them, not having a specific plan in mind for them, but believing they would come in handy someday.
So here’s what I did:
- I stenciled a quote on the front of the tray.
- I cut a piece off of a second tray to make a side piece
- Then I screwed the “box” onto the bottom shelf of a cabinet to hold it in place. It hid the wires perfectly!
But what was REALLY COOL was that I when I sent this picture to a friend, she noticed the date on the washing ringer… June 21, 1898. And that was the exact day that I completed this project – just 120 years later!
I can envision this piece being stamped with the date and then shipped to someone who would be super excited to use it.
We’ve come a long way. I’m rather thankful for that. Whenever I toss a load of laundry into my new washing machine, I glance over at these ringers (that must have been a lot of work!), push a button on my new machine to start it, and walk away with a smile on my face.