To this day I wonder if someone found Barbie’s boyfriend Ken along the banks of the Colorado River. While on our first (and last) camping trip my brother and I got into a fight. And, poor Ken got chucked into the rushing rapids. I can’t recall the details of the argument and my brother has no recollection of the event. And, the bigger question is why did I bring Barbie and her boyfriend on a 14-hour camping trip? But every once in a while I wonder if someone found Ken on a along the riverbank. And, that might explain my fascination with buried treasure and time capsules. Today I want to share how to create a family time capsule during a demo or remodel project.
Maybe future homeowners or contractors will find our version of buried treasure under our kitchen counters.
I had visions of burying our family time capsule in the woods behind our house. Except, it was mid-November and the ground would be frozen. I also had visions of my children happily digging that hole for my family time capsule.
So here is how I created and buried a family time capsule on the morning of our counter install.
Below is the space where I stashed our time capsule. The plywood counter was removed during the demo, but the 2 1/2 feet below that counter was where I planned to make the drop.
I should clarify; there was no actual time capsule or box. Instead, it was family time collection of random objects; tucked into the space between the cabinet box and the extended counter for the breakfast bar.
With hopes that decades from now, a future homeowner might unearth our family time capsule during a remodel.
I wish I had put more thought into this. In the middle of this makeover, I thought we would never get to the counter stage. And, then seven weeks later it was a Friday morning and the counter and crew were en route.
Random Objects for Family Time Capsule
Over the years, I never had the heart to toss my kids’ collections of pottery. So it seemed appropriate for a future family’s expedition to find pottery pieces, with my children’s’ initials scrawled on the bottom. Of course, the bigger question might be why was there an Italian wine bottle. But, the wine bottle was from our daughter’s semester abroad trip to Florence.
So basically I stashed objects that I loved but I did not have a place to display in the decor.
In addition to the pottery and the wine bottle, the family capsule corner included the most recent issue of 5280 Magazine (a Denver magazine). I also tossed in a coffee mug with our dogs’ “mugs” on the mug. Again, I did not have the heart to toss the mug so I buried it below the counter’s surface.
And, I included a Christmas card from years gone by with our kids at a Denver Bronco game in full on orange and blue jerseys and foam fingers. The Christmas card was a funny take on the 12 months of 2007. It captured our family’s personality perfectly.
And, I included a handwritten note about the kitchen renovation and the family time capsule. My husband and kids loved this time capsule idea. And, only after the counters were installed did I think I should have stored the time capsule contents in a box.
I’ll save that idea for the next remodel!
It was such a fun idea and a nice way to end an eight-week kitchen renovation. And, who knows if a pipe bursts or we gut the main level, we might just stumble upon the time capsule first!
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