> I'm replacing an old trash compactor. It still seems to work but the wife
> says it doesn't match the rest of the kitchen. It was here when we bought
> the house and we've made some updates so it has to go. If I move it out the
> shop, any ideas what it could be used for?
Wow, that's interesting... in the 1970s & 80s compactors were quite the
popular item in kitchens of high-dollar homes; but I haven't seen one
on display at the fancy (expensive) local appliance store, let alone
Lowes in *years*.
The folks that are now my in-laws had one 20 years ago, and I remember
thinking it was rather unimpressive, even pointless.
IIRC, the things just have a screw-driven compactor plate. Can't think
of anything fun or crazy to convert it into. It didn't even crunch
trash that well.
Just looked at Lowes.com and the things are *expensive*. If yours still
works and the wife wants to continue to have one, maybe you could update
the faceplate? www.Sears.com has a good appliance parts site -- might
be able to get a different color/finish panel. Or just spray paint it.
Or various Ebay sellers have "faux stainless steel" contact paper
stuff for appliances.
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