Sunday, April 29, 2012

Breadbox Project Progress, a New Project, and Weather Changes My Plans a Bit

I took a day off work Friday to go with a couple friends to the Spring Carlisle (Pa.) car collector flea market. The weather was cold and windy and honestly, after a couple of hours we had had enough. All I got were some bumper bolts. I had been planning to go back to Pa. on Saturday for the Sledfest, but the weather was supposed to be nearly the same and I just didn't feel like making the three hour drive. So, I stayed local and found a couple estate/yard sales instead. I found some tools at the first sale, but the best deal was this four-piece wrought iron patio set for just five bucks!  Two side chairs, a loveseat, and the small table.


It's rusty and missing chunks of paint, but the metal is solid and I know I can clean it up and repaint it with a little effort.



I'll get some photos as I clean these pieces. and update you on this set soon.  Meanwhile, I've been working some more on the aluminum breadbox project today.  



I now have most of the poorly-applied pink paint removed, and a lot of the original off-white paint is also gone.  I cleaned up the bare aluminum and rubbed it with steel wool to try and remove the scratches caused by scraping off the old paint with a razor blade.  Fortunately the primer will help cover up the smaller scratches.  

Here's the breadbox with gray primer inside and out.  This is my stopping point for the week.


Later, after the primer hardens a bit, I will lightly wet sand the primer to smooth it out for final painting.  I haven't settled on a color yet, but I know I will be using spray paint for even coverage.



6 comments:

  1. That outdoor furniture was the steal of the century! I can't wait to see what color you choose for the breadbox.

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  2. I second Dana! Unbelievable deal! Makes me feel like my deals yesterday weren't all that great. The bread box is looking good. We have rain in the forecast, so I HAD to get outside and sand that table I've been working on--check it out if you like.

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  3. I have one just like this, but it is all chrome. can't wait to see what color you pick!

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    1. We never had a bread box when I was growing up, so this is my first. Kinda hard to believe, but I'm glad I waited.

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  4. Hi Atom! I was just on an American Restoration (tv show) marathon and it totally reminds me of you! You may have a hobby that pays if you can start doing it for other collectors!

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    1. Hi Amber, I haven't seen that show, I'll have to look for it. Thanks for the compliment, but I don't know if I have the patience to restore stuff for other people. Some folks are pickier than me.

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