No Longer Seeing Red

When stepping into my kitchen, it is quite obvious that my favorite color is red. Nearly everything is red. My coffeepot is red. My breadbox is red. My Kitchen aid stand mixer is red. At one point I had a red toaster, but sadly I had to get rid of it after Saucey the cat knocked a toy car into it and I accidentally toasted it. Even the table is red. In fact, the table is where it all began.
My second semester of college, my then roommate and I decided to get a small apartment off campus. The only problem was that neither one of us had any furniture. Or money. Lucky for me, my grandparents lived in the same town, and had a bunch of furniture they said I could use. I borrowed a roll away bed (until my parent were able to bring me one from home), a desk, and the red kitchen table. I had always loved the table. One of my older sisters had had it in her apartment years before and I had fallen in love with it the first time I saw it.
“Why are you so obsessed with this table?” you might ask.
Well, this table isn’t just awesome because it is a red 1950’s retro table. It’s most awesome because it belonged to my great grandparents. Needless to say the sentimental value of this table is off the charts, and has only grown as it has moved with me to each new apartment or house over the past 12 years.

The red table that started it all

I slowly started acquiring more and more red things to match. It was a breadbox first, then a paper towel holder, and some storage canisters. Soon a recipe box joined the mix, along with the coffee pot, and toaster. We even received a set of red pots and pans as a wedding gift.
Then one day I walked into the tiny kitchen of our last house and was overwhelmed. It had finally gotten to the point where it was too much red for me, and that is saying something because I seriously love red. I decided I needed to balance out the red somehow, and after some thought I decided the best way to do this would be to add more colors.
So I started to search for multi-color kitchen items. It was more difficult than I thought it would be to find things I liked, but eventually I found some kitchen towels, wash cloths, and some multi-color kitchen tools. Then next thing I wanted to add was some cute multi-color hot pads. I found some silicone ones that worked fine as trivets, but they were too stiff and awkward when pulling something out of the oven. So I kept searching, but didn’t find any that I liked.
Then one day it hit me. I knew how to sew so I could make some myself. So I went online and found directions to make some hot pads. I also wanted to try to make them unique. So I found a video that showed how to do applique, and found a picture of Idaho. This is the result.
Idaho Multi-color hot pads from

These hot pads are definitely doing their part to balance out all of the red in the kitchen. I plan on making more to sell in my Etsy shop (check it out here), but I need to make another trip to the craft store to get more supplies.

What color is your kitchen?

2 thoughts on “No Longer Seeing Red”

  1. Pictures of the table!!! We want pictures of the table!! I love sentimental items like that! I just unpacked my great grandmothers sewing box, and sadly it got smooshed in our move, but I think I can repair it with some glue and patience- but it is just one of those items I have always loved and the love grows over the years. Sign me up for a hot pad when you get them in your Etsy shop!

  2. A picture of the table has been added. 🙂 I was hoping to be able to get a picture of it with my Great Grandma in it, but my Mom told me that she kept a tablecloth on it most of the time which probably explains why it is still in such good shape. I'm sorry to hear about your sewing box. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you can fix it.

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