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Calgary couple takes decorating cues from The Simpsons cartoon
By Shawn Logan , Calgary Sun First posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 06:11 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, August 13, 2015 12:04 AM EDT
A fridge full of Duff beer would make Joel Hamilton and Marcia Andreychuk’s kitchen just “eeeeexcellent.”

But for now, the Calgary couple are fine with transforming the kitchen of their Ogden home into a replica of the one from the Simpsons, complete with orange and purple cupboards, lime green appliances and carrot adorned curtains.

“It was an idea that came into our heads one moment and in the very next moment we just knew we were going to do it,” Andreychuk said.

“We immediately started seeking out all the materials and hours and hours of Googling.”

Hamilton, 35, is a life-long fan of the show that’s spanned 26 seasons, becoming a pop culture touchstone.

“It was one of those things growing up — I was 10 when it started playing,” said Hamilton, who religiously taped episodes on his VCR as a kid.

“I literally grew up with it.”

After working throughout the year — a framed picture of the cartoon kitchen hanging on the wall as their inspiration — the couple figure the tribute is about 80% complete.

The cost so far?

About $2,300 estimates Andreychuk, 43, who noted the checkered floor made up the bulk of the price tag.

She sewed the carrot curtains herself from a perfect fabric sample she tracked down and the countertops, appliances and cupboards have been touched up with colourful contact paper.

They plan to ultimately buy new appliances from an online outlet that specializes in the vintage look, but that will have to wait.

“The authentic green appliances are actually quite expensive,” Hamilton said.

“So that’s a couple of year’s down the road.”

As for the rest of the house, Andreychuk said they aren’t planning to extend the tribute to the living room and bedrooms.

“Right now it stops at the kitchen door,” she said

“But the other thing we’re considering is making Moe’s Tavern in the basement.”

They’re not sure yet if that will be OK with their downstairs tenant.


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Fun facts about The Simpsons:

• Finishing its 26th season, only five other English language television shows have been on the air longer: 60 Minutes, Monday Night Football, 20/20,

48 Hours and Cops

• If he aged, Bart Simpson would now be 35 years old, the same age as Hamilton

• During its tenure, the Simpsons has collected 31 Emmy Awards

• Well beyond just a kitchen, an exact replica of the Simpsons’ house was built in Henderson, Nevada in 1997 and given away as a prize. The winner chose to accept a cash prize instead

• Everybody in the Simpsons had only four fingers on each hand except for two who made occasional appearances that had five — God and Jesus

• Bart’s locker combination is 36-24-36, the same numbers recited by AC/DC’s Brian Johnson in Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Joel Hamilton poses in his southeast Calgary, Alta. home on Wednesday, holding a drawing of the kitchen in the Simpsons TV show. He is redecorating his kitchen to be the same as in the Simpsons' kitchen. His next project will be to recreate Mo's tavern in his garage-man-cave. Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network

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