Several weeks ago my oldest son offered to take me on a unique scavenging trip. A trip into the bowels of an Italian restaurant that has long since gone out of business. The building was bought by my son’s company, who buys properties and renovates them. In this case, they haven’t done any renovations yet, they just keep some of their building supplies stored there.
The kitchen was huge, but the ceiling and walls were starting to deteriorate. Actually, this room wasn’t so bad; there was another room we couldn’t even walk into, because the floor was so spongy.
The old freezer door was still intact, a beautiful piece of oak.
There was no electricity in the building, so where there were no windows, it was pitch black. Flashlights came in very handy!
These are the steps leading to the basement storage areas. The picture is deceiving in that there was absolutely no light, the stairs are temporarily lit up from the flash on the camera.
There was a dead rat on the stairs. That wasn’t so bad…it was way better than a live rat.
Love these old lockers in the basement. Very industrial chic.
The kitchen supply room was still full of dishes and pots and pans.
These were some of the smaller items we pulled out.
And in that pile was this old industrial beater, which is actually called a Whip which “delivers a fluffy, delicate texture to your signature souffles, meringues, and more” . I didn’t make that up, that’s the description from a restaurant supply store.
It was kind of crusty, and the little blob on it looked kind of pooish.
Nothing a nice bath of vinegar and water followed by a toothbrush scrub couldn’t heal.
Finished off the beater by giving the top part a coat of semigloss black paint.
An inexpensive cord set from IKEA threaded thru the opening of the beater is all it takes to convert it to a unique pendant light.
I was working on one other project over the weekend from my scavenging trip to the restaurant. I should have that project done by Thursday. Until then, have a great week.