One of the reasons for this was her stovetop. Tilley still has her original stovetop and the previous owners had painted it white...but not very well...the paint was peeling and we could easily pick it off with a finger nail. But no worries, we have found that, with all the old things we own, the previous owners never gave them the attention and respect they deserved and would do a slap dash job of any repair or "beautification". We have many times had to scrape back the debris to find the diamond in the rough and do the hard work of making it shine. You could say we are old hats at restoration. So the scraping began....
Pat and I took turns first using a wire wheel on the drill and then a scraper, then some steel wool and finally some light sandpaper to smooth it. We, as well as the picnic table, were covered in white flecks of paint.
Finally clean and ready for phase two.
We had decided not to use just your regular heat resistant barbeque paint (it is only available in boring black, white or silver) but to use engine paint. It comes in a rainbow of colours! We bought antique gold and charcoal. After four light coats of the gold, I layered in some charcoal to age it....and here is the result
The photo is a little bright so it is hard to appreciate the aged look, but it will look wonderful when finally part of our steampunk decor.