If you have a kitchen then you have countertops. Countertops are good. Countertops are nice. We need countertops. The question is – what about the harvest gold countertops? Do we need them? The reason that I ask is that I am currently in possession of one and have been for years. As you can imagine given that fact, the harvest gold countertop question is one that I have pondered with some regularity.
Sometimes countertops that are harvest gold can’t fly under the radar anymore. My countertop is currently in that situation. It's all due to friendship, the power of the modern woman, and the irritating quality of outdated color schemes. Idle conversation also played a valuable role. Never discount the hidden value of idle chitchat between good pals.
One of my great friends is currently in town. We got talking about countertops. She has an amazing talent when it comes to doing things that are actually useful in the life. For instance, she can build furniture, fix things, and manage home construction projects. I have actually seen a stained glass and hardwood front door she made by hand with my own two eyes. Most impressive to me is the fact that she knows how to do things that require actual tools. I on the other hand, can’t glue together popsicle sticks. The only tools I know how to use are a hammer, a screwdriver, and a tape measure. Oh, and a level. I can use a level if you really want to push the tool envelope. So imagine my delight when my friend mentions that she's got an orphaned countertop with my name written all over it. It's brand new and was torn from the bossom of its very own kitchen due to the wiles of a heartless hussy countertop made of solid granite after just a month in grand residence. She thinks this brand new countertop would fit in my kitchen. She thinks that maybe she can even help install it.
This is a big deal.
My kitchen's original issue harvest gold countertops are the real thing. The stars of the modern kitchen of old were harvest gold and avocado green appliances and matching countertops. My harvest gold countertop provides a retro cooking environment made more authentic by the fact that the last appliance left standing from the original set is a vintage harvest gold stove that is over 25 years old. It works just fine and I plan to keep it until it stops doing so. I say – have some loyalty to the appliance that got you though over 20 years of Thanksgiving turkeys, fishsticks for toddlers, slice-and-bake cookies, and an occasional real dinner.
I’ve never actually seen a countertop that would work with brick red flooring, harvest gold stove, other non-original appliances in beige, and a tiled backsplash of creamy pale yellow. That has indeed been the great stumbling block of the harvest gold kitchen challenge. I’ve brought the chips home from the hardware store by the bushel but everything looks terrible with the color scheme.
Until last night.
Last night, my friend strides into my kitchen like a modern-day goddess. She is carrying a countertop in her hands as if it is as light as a box of Godiva chocolates. She plops it on top of the harvest gold countertop and my whole kitchen takes on a different look. If I squint my eyes a little bit I can see a nice kitchen, a modern kitchen, a must-have kitchen. However… after she measured the space she tells me that the bigger piece of countertop she had wouldn’t be a fit. We're all disappointed. Our rescue mission/renovation effort has been stopped in its tracks.
So close and yet so far away. Yet, all is not lost.
The end of the long reign of the harvest gold countertop could still be imminent. She is going to see how much it would be to buy a piece of countertop that did fit. This woman knows how to do it all. Meanwhile, I’m going to work on that popsicle stick thing.
Eventually my daughter arrived home from her evening out with friends. I was standing in the kitchen admiring the piece of countertop my friend had left behind for me to meditate upon. In my daughter’s hand was a box of Godiva chocolates. Obviously, she is a goddess too.
The universe balanced itself in our kitchen. It's a subtle thing. Awesome. And undeniably delicious.
NOTE: Can't get enough stories about harvest gold kitchen appliances? Read about the demise of the harvest gold refrigerator - Elvis Has Left the Building. You'll never look at your appliances the same way again.