Hey there, country friends!
So this week I took on one of my most cherished and dreaded projects of all, refinishing my century-old (circa 1932) kitchen stove! I have been putting this off for a while, but I am now ready to tackle it wholeheartedly.
First a little background on the stove. The stove came with my country property, a 1895 Presbyterian country church, we all affectionately call “the Church.” It is our country weekend escape and DIY project paradise. Royal Princess Pat was made in Harriston, Ontario at the time when Harriston was making the most beautiful country stoves. The ‘Princess Pat’ was used over her 85 year lifetime as a heating & cooking appliance, as well as a beautiful ornament in the kitchen after the country church ceased to exist and was converted into a house. Along her lifetime I’m sure she saw her fair share of celebratory dinners but now she is badly in need of a repair and a little loving TLC. It took me longer than I thought to restore her to full operative glory, but I knew it would be worth it!
First, the logistics of getting a 500+ kg. stove out of the kitchen was an effort itself. So, off I went to call on my trusty neighbor. He is the one person I call on for advice and my go-to-guy of all sorts of repairs, renos, DIY projects, and tools. He is my hero, you name it, he can do it! So after my short consultation with him, I had a rough plan in place: to turn the stove into a Propane-Conversion, as the metal was just too far off rusted to use a wood stove. I decided to gut the stove of all loose metal i.e. rust, repaint it and pop a propane stove on top. Sweet!
I borrowed a rolling-hydraulic car jack, and I managed to move the stove to the porch, then down onto a plywood base front of my old maple tree. Safety glasses-check! Gloves-check! Grinder-check! Let the fun begin!
After a lot of TLC the stove was coming along. A heads up regarding stove PAINT. I used a rust-friendly Stove paint even though I will not fire the stove. Make sure you remove all rust off first. Covering up rust with paint will not last as it will still rust underneath. If you can sand blast it, great! If not, at a minimum, use a sander with different grades. Also, when using spray paint, it has a tendency to drip or splatter. You will end up with paint spots or drips and uneven paint layers. The trick is to BUILD up the coats. Very lightly-mist and be careful not to create splatter or dust. Always start spray painting away from your surface misting with one even stroke over your surface, never stopping or slowing down and finishing away from your surface. Practice first to get an even stroke and distance, and when you see drips have a rag ready to wipe the mister. This is best to do inside an air conditioned, well vented shop with no dust or wind blowing. Always use gloves, safety glasses and mask!
The paint will dry in about fifteen minutes, but wait about an hour to add another coat. If you have drip marks you can sand it down with fine sand paper and spray coat another layer. For me it was trial and error, but I really like the two spray paints in particular: Krylon Satin Black
for the Silver trim, and for the Black, I used two different paints.. The base coat and then the final finish, and the inside of the stove. They all provided a nice consistent finish and they were easy to apply. A special mention to Rust Oleum, as it was true to its name delivering twice the coverage and went on very smooth with minimal spray or splatter and no fuss.
The whole project took one week. The End result a re-mashed country Stove 2.0.
Read my next blog on building a fire wood-box!