The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169078   Message #4115777
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
07-Aug-21 - 11:09 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
I think the kitchen queen came from a day when kitchens were radically different. No storage. It is a compact yet generous amount of space - they had flour storage and a crank sifter (this one didn't, it was removed before I got it) and a bread box bin (still here) and some metal drawer sliders and wooden drawer sliders. The lower large cupboard has a piece of wood in the bottom that is in tracks and can actually be pulled out to access anything sitting on it in the cupboard. There is a bread board tucked in under the moving enamel counter. The roll-top part works (it took work with a box cutter to remove the paint holding the slats together). The tall cabinet door on the right is actually a pie safe with wire racks for putting hot baked goods on to cool or protect.

The flour sifter side was one tall open space until I put in some pegs and shelves (I took plywood and ironed on oak veneer on the sides so they look finished) and used to keep cookbooks in there, but now it's all dried beans and pasta and rice in that ex-sifter space. In the lower cabinet (with the pull-out base) I keep party stuff - plastic plates, extra table cloths, and there is another wire rack shelf part way up in the back that could be used for storing large food items. I leave cookie canisters and such in there for the holidays. The bottom drawer on the right is the old bread box and is where I keep spare kitchen stuff from my Dad's house (and every so often send something out of there home with the kids). The next couple of drawers are for batteries and the battery tester and some spare pads of paper. It's a very efficient piece. At one point I thought to use it as a bar with the fancy glasses in there and such but I just don't entertain that much and rarely with drinks to make it an efficient use.

Oh, there is a wide and shallow drawer with separate compartments right under the enamel top that is for silverwear. I keep lots of spare stuff from Dad's house along with more antique kitchen gadgets from family estates.

Kitchen queens stand on hard little iron casters and each leg has a little metal fitting around the castor that my great aunt told me was for something like a layer of Vaseline to keep ants from climbing onto and into the cabinet. They really thought of everything.