Would you like to see two newly restored bits of rubbish picked up for pennies and now resplendent in our home?
If you are a new reader to this blog, you may not know that my husband, is as I describe him ‘a 70’s man, passionate about restoring rusty stuff to its former glory’ Lucky me when its items for the home, not so lucky when he disappears to his ‘man cave’ for hours on end at the weekend.
“…they appear as if by magic, a little like Cinderella; newly restored, sparkly and pretty…”
are my favourite, he digs them out from a pile of filthy objects at the boot fair and hands them to me to take ‘before pics’ They are then whisked away to his workshop where he strips, blasts, fills and sands them to perfection. We consult on colours (mostly) then they appear as if by magic, a little like Cinderella newly restored looking all sparkly and pretty…
This old industrial light fixture bought for £3 was found in a barn sale looking very sorry for itself…now I know we all love peeling paint, but it was flaking everywhere and the metal was rusting because of being exposed…Marc to the rescue!
He is a perfectionist, he lovingly restores the original fixtures when it would be far easier to replace them. Do you see how he fixed the little brass catches below…
The light will be put up in Marc’s new workshop but for now it is in the garage.
And now for something useful and beautiful.
Being residents of Dorset, The Great Dorset steam Fair cannot be ignored and must be enjoyed every August. I particularly like the cider and the ‘Auto Jumbles’ they are a bit like Boot fairs but sell more metal bits and pieces. This year we found this brass fire guard for a fiver.
It was bent and filthy. Marc washed it down and made it fit for purpose. Later he got out the polishing gear and worked his magic.
I love it. Beautiful, useful and a bargain! Does not get any better than that? what do you think?