I have a million things I am working on this week but I promised to tell you about a recent tackle, so here it is, for today’s tackle it Tuesday this week.
I have a wish list, and most of it are practical things we need at home or on our farm. They aren’t really thing I wish for but rather stuff I keep my eyes open for. If we need something, I purposely put it on the waiting list for a bit. I do this for two reasons. One, to be sure we really need it and two, to give God room to work if He thinks I need it. He provides so so well. Often times I will find the things on my list for nothing or next to nothing. One of those recent finds was a wood cook stove. We live in an old farm house with a huge kitchen. We needed an extra source of heat in that end of the house for when things get really cold. We didn’t plan to use heat in there all the time but wanted something for when we need it. I thought it would be great to find an old wood cook stove. I love antiques that are functioning. Here is what I found, and at a much lower price than a gas room heater. It is a late 1800’s Royal Enterprise stove. It had been stored in a barn for 50 years and it was in great shape. A little dirt and rust and some sort of nest inside but easy cleanable.
First we cleaned it up, and scrubbed the few rusty spots. Then we used stove polish to restore the black. I got some high heat paint and touched it up. Then I switched out a couple of the eyes with another stove that I have that is just decorative.
Then we prepared the spot we wanted to put it in. We took out and framed over an existing door, we have too many exterior doors in this house and did not need that one. Then we sheet rocked over the opening. Then we put up one inch firring strips. You want to have an air space between the wall and the wall covering. Then we put up tin. I had checked out the vintage looking tin tiles but they were expensive and took too long to order. So I went to Lowes and got this. It is actually metal skirting for a mobile home but it looks just like the tiles and is about $200 cheaper. These pieces are $9.95 and it took 4 to cover the whole wall behind the stove. Then we installed the pipe, we have done this several times so it was no big deal. Then homemaker Hannah came along and did her thing. She added cute stuff to the top, a small cast ion pan with water and spices for a yummy smell and a rocking chair with one of her antique quilts. I can easily find parts online if I want to restore it to it’s former beauty, and I do need the lid for the water reservoir but I think I will just put the items on my list and see what the Lord does. For now it is functional and great looking.
So, what have you been tackling?