Mint Smeg

I had one of my luckiest Craigslist days ever just a few days ago. We have been looking for a smaller size fridge for the little fridge nook by the pantry to use for drinks and extra food when we entertain (first world problems, I know). I looked around for a while for a cute…

I had one of my luckiest Craigslist days ever just a few days ago. We have been looking for a smaller size fridge for the little fridge nook by the pantry to use for drinks and extra food when we entertain (first world problems, I know). I looked around for a while for a cute vintage fridge to rehab, but there weren’t as many options there as I had hoped for, and I wasn’t totally sure/informed about the safety and reliability, etc of using a super old fridge. I did find a really cute one and went to go see it and then the guy told me he wouldn’t sell it to me for less than $700 even though we talked about $350 on the phone. So weird and frustrating.

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That same night I got home and searched for “retro” fridge instead of “vintage” or “old” and a listing for a brand-spanking-new mint green Smeg popped up. The asking price was about half of what I could get it for at West Elm, so, not cheap, but it sort of felt like a present falling from the sky in a way. Like, when would I ever find a brand new one at such a deep discount in the exact color I had wanted to paint a vintage fridge?

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Michael, who is normally the financial brakes in our relationship, was totally on board (he must read my blog or something? :)) and we picked it up the next night.

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It fits perfectly in the fridge nook and there’s room on top for extra stuff (single door Smegs are pretty teeny). I have glasses and an ice bucket up there right now.

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I love that the fridge is on the smaller side because there’s still plenty of room for the broom and step stool that we had been keeping in the nook before. The plain old step stool looked so sad next to the pretty green of the new fridge that I gave it a coat of gold spray paint a couple days ago (I had the paint and the stool out for another project anyway, so why not?… Does this make me crazy?)
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True that the fridge was sort of a spontaneous and expensive splurge, but we’re really loving it. We have a ton of family and good friends living nearby and it seems like there are people stopping by every day (*dream come true*). And given the fact that I inherited my grandmother’s need to feed visitors (which I guess I could do just as easily with an ugly, cheap fridge), this thing is getting opened and used all day, every day. And won’t you agree that most any other fridge would have just been a bummer to look at and there’s no way its interior could be as well designed as the Smeg’s?! Right? It’s just a generally more pleasant experience to both look at and open up for your beverage perusing pleasure. So really, us buying the cute fridge was the kind and neighborly thing to do, wasn’t it? I was only thinking of you, friends and family! You’re welcome. :)

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49 thoughts on “Mint Smeg

  1. One of the things I like to tell myself when I buy things like small, mint green, pricey retro fridges [that are incredibly useful] is that I deserve it. So, go ahead and tell that to yourself all day. You deserve it. And WE deserve seeing it all beautifully styled on your blog. Win, win, win, win.

  2. No painting your step stool doesn't make you crazy…I was going to ask about it! I've been looking for a cute step stool for my (blessedly) large pantry, but everything is hideous. Problem solved! Thanks and have a good week :)

  3. Sometimes you gotta just do it for the joy. And that is truly a gorgeous fridge! I love the gold step stool, too – it really looks fab against the fridge :)

  4. I love the fridge! I've always wanted a cool colored vintage or retro fridge but figured they weren't big enough for our family– the beverage fridge is the perfect answer!

    I also think I may have that same stool, but unpainted, and seeing it really makes me want to paint ours. Any suggestions about the process? My five year old whose favorite color is gold will be thrilled if I do it. :)

  5. Hmm… Not a single picture of the whole fridge? Makes me feel like that guy who had to rise from his death bed to complete the incomplete symphony. .. Except I can't!

  6. you seriously have the best luck finding things on craigslist!

    btw, what happened to your black and white striped chair? did it get relocated or did the paint not hold up? just curious about painting vinyl and wanted to see how your chair has worked out. :)

  7. That fridge is adorable! I'd love to see the inside–I've never been able to see one in person!
    I wish I had space for an extra (adorable) fridge. I would totally get one of those!

  8. This is SUCH a find! NICE!

    I'm just moving from our med school/residency locale of New Haven, CT, to be 10 minutes away from my parents and family in Salt Lake. I think you just convinced me that we will need a mint smeg fridge for visitors in our new place! Hoping that Craigslist sends the smeg miracles to Utah!

  9. Very kind and neighborly indeed. That's it I'm nominating you for CNN's hero of the year.

    I really do love it–and so glad your husband was able to see past the monetary value on this one.

  10. It's an investment – if you ever do decide to sell it, you can probably make all your money back. But I can't imagine parting with such a beauty!

  11. Ok, I'm starting to think "craigslist" is your code for "Ordered online" LOLOL! JK but seriously, how in the heck do you find stuff like this?!!!!

  12. The thing is, you totally CAN buy happiness. And when it comes to you, even in fridge form, if you can, why not take it!

    But why such a tease! Open the door & let us see this fabulous inside! :)

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