Another JUNKY wheel followed me home…. which just goes to show that truly, Hope Springs Eternal.
This wheel provided a unique challenge in that it already wore an ancient coat of paint. Problem: NOTHING would clean that paint, and heaven knows I tried! Too ugly to keep, I stripped it off….revealing mismatched wood. Once again, repainting was the best option. So… Milk Paint to the rescue! Despite the yellow appearance in photo (due to camera flash) that was a horrid beige. Still, the photo gave me the idea to choose a lovely butter yellow color.
Next challenge: Suppose I purposely attempted to replicate the appearance of an antique wheel? Given it truly IS old, with all the dings and worn treadle, a new coat of paint could look out of place. So I researched techniques and used my imagination to create a vintage appearance, while simultaneously refreshing this poor, dilapidated wheel. With options of tung oil or wax to seal the Milk Paint (a necessary step to protect it) I chose wax. The high quality, hard carnauba wax finishes to a satin sheen and feels like velvet.
Overall, the results are delightful! When the wheel is on display in our booth, it will wear a story tag with FULL DISCLOSURE that this is a ‘rescued’ wheel restored to function. That it is RE-finished in a manner intended to pay homage to it’s age and recreate the appearance of a antique wheel; much loved and used. I adore the cheery soft color, and have named it “The Butter Wheel.”
It was so sad and neglected and you have fixed it up so nicely!
Hi hi Tammy,
of course I recognize Lavendarknits name. Nice to hear from you. Sorry you’ve not had a reply til now (long sabbatical due to house prepped then sold. whew) but now I’m finally back to blog & shows.
Yah…fixing up old neglected wheels is NOT gonna remain a hobby. it’s fine & well to put all that work onto a project wheel you intend to keep, but far less practical to pursue it and amass wheels toward a show venue. Now I’ve got the dilemma of how to transport them to Black Sheep Gathering 2016. If we can’t fit everything into a car & van, the leftover wheels will have to wait for Flock & Fiber Festival the following September.
Thank you so much for your nice compliment.