Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fun project is OH SO CLOSE!

Published in Home Cookbook, Biddeford, Maine 1886

Washing Made Easy
To three pails of cold water add four tablespoons of kerosene oil, one-half or three-fourths of a
bar of Welcome Soap sliced very thin. Put the clothes into the cold water and boil half an hour.
Rinse in two waters.  - Mrs. S.F. Shaw

Think I'll stick with my method of doing laundry. I did do a little shopping today, to make the completion of my project a little easier.

The Classic.  Just like the one I learned to iron with! My heart did a little flip when I spied it.  Well, hmm,  I have not had an iron for over 2 years.  The one that made the move died.  What have I done for 2 years without an iron?  I was lazy!  My new washer and dryer both have the steam feature.  If something was in need of pressing, toss it in, give it a quick steam, and go.  Love it!  Couldn't use it for this project so, I now have the retro iron!

This is my project:
Cast iron cook stove base, that the previous owners had tried to make a coffee table with.  I took the plywood top off and turned it over, only to have it come completely apart!  hmmmm.....
Problem solved!  About two hours later and many failed attempts.

Used some birch plywood we had on hand from one of the construction projects.  Attached the back and
arms to the base.
The girls at the store make cutting this stuff look so easy. 

Made a burlap cushion and Miss Sarah surprised me with the adorable t pillow. She got her inspiration from Greige here.

Once I find the power sander,  I will be roughing the edges up and adding some character. Miss Sarah is
working on a couple more pillows.  I'll be adding the finishing touches over the next few days. 
I wonder if I will be able to keep Mr. Oakley from claiming it as his own!  Yes, I know, should of been working on the door trim.

Coming Soon: Reveal of the Decor surrounding the Cookstove Seat in our Farmhouse Kitchen

Linked to:
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Some What Simple
My backyard Eden
Finding Fabulous
SNS at Funky Junk Interiors



  1. That is FANTASTIC!!! you are soooo creative.. AND handy!!

  2. Cool, I love it, and very clever! I love the iron too. I learned to iron with one like that too. : )

    Be well ~Andrea~

  3. Great idea!! It looks wonderful! I had that iron, too. My new Iron is so light-I liked the weight of the old one.

  4. Amazing! Who knew an old stove could look so good and comfy!

  5. Wow! This is SO clever!
    I like it!

  6. WOW! Aren't you smart? I never would have thought of that! TOO CUTE!!!

  7. Oh my!! That is SO cute!! You did a fantastic job :)

  8. What a great job you did. Very creative...

  9. Saw your comment over on the Restyled Home about the crows in Bangor, ME....just wanted to say Hi neighbor! I live near Bangor too! :) Those crows are creepy! Love the project, my Dad made one of those into a coffee table at our camp one year :)

  10. It turned out nice! Now I must go check into this Greige site. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. That is so wonderful! I have a soft spot for old stoves.....What a great way to repurpose the beautiful base.

  12. I love the new chair. I am now following along on your journey.

    Thanks for your sweet comments on our chess set.


  13. So so cool! Honestly, it couldn't be more perfect for a dog bed! Love the pillow detail.

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  14. You are so clever to have come up with this! Your dog looks like the perfect accessory!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours day! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your creative projects!

  15. What a cool repurposed chair! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! Can't wait to see more of your fun stuff!