Upstairs we have the work on the living room walls-- scrubbing, sealing, patching, and all the rest. Down the basement I'm still getting the last of the paint off the salvaged screen door. But up in the kitchen the last few days there's been a variation on the screen door theme-- transforming its original hardware.
|Please pardon rotation fail. Technical difficulties.|
|Hinges boiled once|
|Curses, boiled again!|
The black may have been the finish as it came from the store, but it was compromised in many places and had to go. Scraped and steel-wooled it off, just as I had the brown.
So by last Sunday night I had a set of nice,
|Hinge parts, clean and draining|
A little research online unearthed a promising but alarming article on oil-rubbing, replete with instructions about heating up your metal pieces to burning-hot and melting your oil, wax, whatever, into them. No thanks, don't want to destroy my kitchen counters or burn the house down. The promising part came when it told me I could apply tung oil cold. And that it was especially effective on metal that was pitted. You want pitted metal? I got your pits right here.
|One coat of tung oil. Getting there.|
|Two coats of tung oil. Much better|
Finished yesterday and I think they look really neat, almost as if they were bronze. All they need now is a coat of paste wax-- once I remember where the dickens I put the can.