But wait - my economic boom theory is shot because all the '70s junk in our house is just that - the cheapest stuff money (very little money) can buy.
Take our hideous cabinet hinges, for example.
Surprisingly, you can still find the horrid things at Lowe's. Surely they're there just for people replacing the old stuff, right? Surely no one chooses these hinges anymore? Someone please reassure me that I'm not the only person who thinks these are monstrous.
Yet I can't find a way to get rid of them. Our homemade cabinets are configured so strangely nothing else will work!
Just as I was getting ready to say to hell with cabinets, hinges and everything involved with them, I saw these very hinges in the movie Meet the Fockers. The fictional Fockers (funny name aside) actually seem like really cool people. They live in a 100-year-old house, and I love their kitchen. It has yellow painted cabinets that look like dressed-up versions of my '70s cabinets. They (or the movie's designers, I should say) kept the ugly '70s hinges, and yet the room looks fabulous - quirky, warm, inviting.
Best of all, the kitchen fits with the rest of the house. That's all I'm asking for here - for people to walk into my kitchen and not feel like they've stepped through a time warp to the disco era.
Last night at Home Depot, I found the perfect molding for the cabinet faces. So that's one step in the right direction.