If you were on a desert island and you could only have one cookbook….which one would you bring?
I really need to know.
Well….actually….I need a lot of things.
You know….things that help you cook.
And pots…..and pans.
And a roaster.
Oh….and I really need a colander.
But first….I thought I would start with a really good cookbook.
I need a cookbook because I feel like the time has finally arrived.
Lately, I’ve been baking pies and bread and cheesecake and granola…..but actual cooking? Cooking where you use pots and pans and sauce and ingredients and poultry and fish and vegetables. Real cooking? That is a completely different story.
But I feel like I’m ready.
We even added a rack to the back of a chair to make a…..
…..cookbook chair for the kitchen.
It is such an easy project.
I thought if I had a chair sitting in the kitchen at the desk with a cookbook….a really good cookbook that looked super cute in it…..it would inspire me.
Maybe inspire me to try something new.
Inspire me to start….well….to start…..cooking.
So here’s a little how-to about a cookbook chair…..for a kitchen whose time has finally come.
A kitchen in a farmhouse in the middle of Kentucky…..that longs to be so much more than peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese and frozen pizza….
…..and good ole’ hot dog pot pie 🙂
How To Make A Cookbook Chair
(For everyone who ever needed a little kitchen inspiration)
Step 1: Start with a thrift store chair
Photograph it in the leaves.
Decide that there is not a thrift store chair on the planet that doesn’t look better surrounded by crackly, crunchy autumn leaves.
Choose a chair with a straight back.
It truly makes the rest of the steps so much easier.
Step 2: Cut two side pieces for your cookbook holder.
Cut each piece to measure 7 inches on the long side 3 inches on the short side and 2 1.2 inches wide.
Cut the ends at 45 degree angles.
Step 3: Cut end pieces.
Cut each piece to measure 3 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
Step 3: Cut two long pieces for front and bottom of cookbook shelf.
Cut each piece 16 inches long.
Step 4: Nail side piece and end piece onto the chair.
Attach end piece first and then angled side piece next.
Cut small block of wood 3 inches long by 1 inch wide as a base to attach the front pieces to.
Step 5: Repeat for other side.
Step 6: Attach long slats to back.
Nail one slat to the front of the end pieces and one piece to the back.
Caulk and paint.
I’m telling you…..I can sense it.
I think that 2013 is going to be a banner year for the kitchen.
It’s going to be remembered as the year we introduced oregano and basil and thyme.
The year we said goodbye to gas station pizza and hot dog pot pie and bought a colander.
And here in the kitchen….the cookbook chair stands ready and waiting for its curtain call…..
…..now all I need is a little help from the desert island crowd 🙂
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