Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fun to pretend Stove

                                                    BEFORE
                                                      DURING
                                                        AFTER                                                                                           A A friend brought this to us, knowing my love of old wood and coal burning stoves.  (This makes the 6th one in our house, and we have 5 or 6 others stored in the "barn.")This friend shared an airplane hangar, and when  the man who shared the rental hangar moved out he left the stove, in 84 pieces.  We had this for over 15 years, stored on a pallet in our barn.  My husband grew tired of tripping over pieces of it that stuck out, and one day decided we would check to see if all the pieces were there.  He said if it was all there, we would finish and assemble it, if not, he would throw it out.  We began assembling it, and to my excitement, it was.  The stove had been stored outside at some point, because many parts of it are pitted.  We sand blasted all parts of the stove, then JC powder coated each piece.  You can see how he does that in the second picture.  The paint is electrostatically attached to each piece.  If it is not baked in a high degree oven, then the powder can just be blown off.  The large white back piece was replaced.  The original was so dented, it would never have looked right.  Every piece is powder coated, though the silver parts look like the original nickel plating. The silver piece beside the door covers the spring which closes the door.  As I sand blasted it, I could tell that it had originally been nickel.  The only piece we purchased was the temperature gauge.  The original one could not be restored.  An added benefit of refinishing the stove is that all the young children who visit love "baking" cakes, muffins, etc.  Our grand daughters played with it for hours at first, and still "cook" on it at times.

3 comments:

  1. This is a huge thing to collect--but then, so are the stadium seats!! :) I would LOVE to see your cake topper collection. I took some photos of somebody's else's collection and I am going to post those at some point. Gram, you were listed as a no-reply blogger when you came to my blog. A LOT of people are right now, apparently due to a Google+ changeover. I don't know exactly how to fix it but if you email me I will let you know what I learned tonight. Shannon@SMCbyDesign.com

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  2. What a brilliant miniature old stove. No wonder your grand children play on it.

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