Saturday, June 9, 2012

Come On Baby Light My Fire-Try To Set The Night On Fire

When I uttered those
words to 
he kind of groaned a bit
but then looked 
until he saw the 
object of
I made him junk pick
this baby.
He hated it.
You have to know
that MyHero doesn't
like rusty..or old.
(Too bad he is stuck with
me now, huh?>) 
although I do try to keep
the rust at bay.

I had a plan.
A plan that would please
us both.
First we set it down by
the back steps.
I start disassembling
and take off the burner grates.
LOOK what color is
Cobalt blue in perfect condition.
Then I started working
I spray painted
an old skillet
 and an old
cast iron teapot 
Both came from the old farm
I grew up on.
I know a lot of you like
the old crusty look
but I think this will stop
them from rusting away.
This old coal hod was
found in Grampa AA's
chicken hatchery warehouse
and I have carted it around
for about 30 years.
Spray painting is done
and I am
starting to reassemble here.
The rest of the stove
got a good scrubbing
with a rust remover.
Don't you LOVE this old
oven door?
I'll bet Mrs. Stewart
never imagined that her
old gas stove
would be dressed for
Don't you just 
After helping me move
the stove
MyHero was so tired
that he took a nap!
He said I just
Wait till he sees the
I have in mind for him.
your photo name


ImSoVintage said...

Oh, Diana, I love it. Doesn't look old and rusty anymore. Just fabulous. I hope you are doing well. I am trying to catch up with everyone now that I am really recovering from that old surgery.

Susie said...

Diana, I can't believe that beautiful stove. I love it!!!! I like the "potted" plants also.:) You do keep busy . xoxo, Susie

LDH said...

I LOVE it, Diana! Lots of elbow grease but beautiful finished project!

Jettie said...

OH YES! Totally love it, and I can just imagine his thoughts, not another piece of junk, when he saw it.

Kim K. said...

What a charming stove! And filling it with some of your family treasures gives it all a whole new life! How absolutely perfect!

Hartwood Roses said...

Your husband and mine must be related. We ask them to do something they disagree with, and we get eye rolls ... but they do it anyway. What a lovely man! (and a great way to display summer flowers.)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love it. How cute holding your potted plants. Oh, how they groan. You better quit wearing him out.

Craftberry Bush said...

It's perfect...what a great junk pick... :)
Have a great weekend...xo


Pam said...

I'll take some geraniums with my fern please! Love it! One of the cutest planting areas I've seen. The fern in the coal thingie is perfect!

Julie Marie said...

OOoh Diana!... I just love that!!! You make over the bestest stuff!... Jack does not like old and rusty or chippy either and you should see his eyes roll at some of the stuff I drag home!... isn't it funny though how they usually love the end results? Your stove is just fabulous!... and lots of memories attached to all of your treasures too... I want to come visit and drink coffee with you and just admire everything!!!... xoxo Julie Marie

Debbie said...

I tried to leave a comment, but don't know if it went through????
I love your stove, Diana! It's beautiful! You did a great job of cleaning it up and using it as a display piece. If we can keep wonderful old pieces out of the trash, and use them at our homes, I think that's awesome!
Good job!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh thats so cute, great job!!Lovely to have the memory keepers from you family as well,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Diana! Very whimsical to use the pots and things on it to hold plants. I'll pet you could even make this into a potting bench or to hold drinks or something when you entertain.

Patty Patterson said...

That's gorgeous! Your hero probably has to admit that himself!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

This is a wonderful transformation. I am very familiar with the moaning groaning eye rolling ways of our favorite men. But then they love the results! I think Martha would love to see this Stewart piece! Linda

Janet said...

What a great makeover! It looks so amazing now and the plants look just perfect in it!

WeeFaerie said...

Oh I LOVE it!!!! Awesome makeover for such a great find!

Debby said...

I love this. I am sure he thought you had lost it. Love the plants in it. You are so creative. Thanks for praying for Jacob.

lynn said...

LOVE it, diana! what a great find!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Looks wonderful! But yes those are sooooo heavy! There was a sale down the street and my neighbor got one in pefect shape for $5. The entire neighborhood had to help carry it home!!

Donna said...

That is so cool, Diana (ok, I meant to say "hot", haha!). I am surprised that you didn't paint pink polka dots on it so it would match your fun bike! Love it!!

Cristina Garay said...

I love it, Diana!! At the beginning I was intrigued on how were you going to use it! It looks beautiful without the rust and holding the plants!

Nellie said...

What a lovely repurposing of that old stove! Any secrets you have with keeping "personal rust" at bay will be welcome. I believe that must be what is wrong with my knees.:) Just a little rusty on the inside.:)
xo Nellie

Cass @ That Old House said...

This is absolutely brilliant! How adorable ... I bow to your vision, that you could see the beautiful potential in that rusty raggedly old stove.

Amazing. Tell hubby he is darn lucky you aren't one of those wives whose hobby is buying $5000 Hermes handbags and stashing them in special closets.

Are you?

Have a great weekend... this is inspiring!

Lucille said...

Dear, dear, sweet, wicked Diana! How you make me laugh. You are so very creative. Everything turned out just perfect. Your poor, poor MyHero! But, I'm sure you'll make it up to him.

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

Gorgeous!! That is absolutely wonderful!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love that old stove and the way you put it to good use! The potted plants are just beautiful on it! My hero has a cold, hate when he gets one because he acts like a little boy...need I say more?
Hope your having a wonderful weekend!


NanaNor's said...

Girl, you just amaze me! I love old stoves but it wouldn't fit our current home(which is a shame) or even our yard. I love what you did with it; I have a friend who has an antique stove that she wants to sell but her hubby won't let her. They are moving into a Victorian style home that it would be perfect for.
I can't wait to see your next project!
Can I please come play?
Hugs, Noreen

Ruth Kelly said...

Yes, I just love it and your ideas of spray painting some old rusty cookware - devine. It looks beautiful.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

You are magic with a spray can and a vintage find! Your family keepsakes, filled with flowers, are the "sweetness" simmering on that amazing stove!

Teresa said...

That is so COOL!! I love how it turned out.

It's All Connected said...

You outdid yourself on this one! I'm always attracted to those old stoves. Now, I know what to do if I come across one! Pinning. ~ Maureen

Amber said...

LOVE IT!, NanaD!! I think I just might have to shop in the garage (for some interesting yard art) then hit the nursery for some Summertime flowers!

Michelle said...

Man between this gorgeous stove and the polka dot bike and finding out you live by the water... I'm moving in, don't you have an extra room you could rent to me! LOVE it! Have a great weekend.

Blessed Serendipity said...

Your vintage stove is darling and I love it with plants displayed on it. Cute, cute cute!


Zoey said...

wow! Yes, I do love it!

LANA said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stove! I have always wanted one of those since I was in my twenties (many moons ago) and visited a girlfriend who's mother was an antique dealer. She had one in her bedroom as an end table! Great photos, thanks! You were smart to buy it and make hubby help you drag it home, good work!

Gretchen said...

I love your stove with all the pretty plants but most of all I love the things that came from your family farm that you have used. I know. I'm just a sentimental old fool.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Oh, I love it! It looks so good with all the plants and the teapot! Very cool.

Sherry said...

Diana, this is absolutely awesome! I luv, luv it... adding the arrangements was fantastic!

Karen said...

Dianna I'm in love with every inch of that stove. It looks so pretty with the flowers planted in old cookware.I'm sure your husband will love it.

Heaven's Walk said...

Cute cute cute, Diana! You're so darned clever, girl! :) I think you should prop YourSleepingHero up next to it to complete the vignette! lolol!

xoxo laurie

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a great idea you had for this old stove. It's wonderful. I bet it was very heavy though. Love the plants on it.

Janet said...


Great job. I just LOVE IT!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Take care, Janet W

Anonymous said...

It looks fantastic. You are so clever, I wouldn't have seen past the rust!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What an eye you have, Love this from before & after, the Best Plant area ever!
Have a wonderful week

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a great idea! I see old stoves in shops, but I would never think of using it outside. Looks fabulous.

Shopgirl said...

Your magic and hard work has paid off, this is really special. I do believe in making old new again, and this is a perfect example.
Big Hugs, Mary

winsomecottage said...

Way to repurpose!:)

Donna said...

Wow, Diana, what a find!! These guys just don't see the same beauty we do, do they? My Sweetie is the same as your Hero!

Your special find is gorgeous, Diana! Top to bottom, side to side gorgeous!


Jann Olson said...

You know I love it girl! My old stove in the garden is my favorite yard art. Hubby and sons had to bring it up from our Highland home and it was one heavy load. No wonder your Mr. was all tuckered out.

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh my word, that is awesome!!
I am looking for a working one like this for our cottage... no such luck, yet...either they want a FORTUNE or non-working...
BUT I love, love what you did with it...
Totally can not believe someone threw it out... nicely, nicely done!

A Cottage Muse said...

I absolutely LOVE it!!!
Now I have something else to add to my wish list! said...

I love it also. Thumbs up!!

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

You are killin' me this is so cute! I just love how you have given this old stove a second life and I forgive you for painting over the rust too;)

Debra said...

OH I love this !!

( found your blog link from over at Debbiedoos )

kitty said...

Oh Diana, I do love it! It looks so classy all dressed up with your pretty plants for decor.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Miss Diana, I love it! That turned out to be perfect, your plants look like they are loving their new home!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

How did I miss this post? What a wonderful piece and that was worth whatever it took to get hubby to help you with that. It is just wonderful.