Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Never Underestimate the Power of a little Whink!

Gustav made a whirlwind appearance!
Well, it was a whirlwind here at the Vintage Garden, 
but Gustav has actually been around a long time.
He's named after Gustav Stickley, the famed mission furniture designer.
 He didn't have any markings but his lineage and beauty won him the name.

He arrived a little worn and tattered.  
Although all the marks of his long history
 couldn't be erased by a sandpaper and steel wool...

 But who would want to remove all tell tale signs of his history
...does your imagination sore at what was written from the ink
in the bottles that left these rings?

He was hungry for attention, and dry to the bone...
but an oil rub down brought out his glory and grain.


I was so excited to have Gustov ready
 that I gave him a few vintage pieces to hold
 while he awaited his new owner to come for him.   

I failed to notice that one nice old enamel
 bowl wasn't holding back all the water given to the fern.
Water and old rust went thru and Gustav's new finish
 was marred by a dark black rust ring.
This is when you learn the power of a little Whink!
I don't have a picture of it to share, but it's my favorite rust remover...
a little fine steel wool and a little Whink and no more rust.

A little more sanding and a little more oil rub
(and about another hour) and he was ready again. 


This time a little more caution used when setting him for display.

My one regret is that I wasn't able to be here when his new
Lady came to take him home...but I'm told it was a love renewed,
for she first loved him when she saw him in his shabbiest state.

Good luck and long life Gustav.


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