Friday, December 30, 2011

Rusting sawblades!

  Since we moved into our farmhouse at the beginning of this year I have decided to go with a more "rust and dust" type of decor.  After shopping at several antique malls I fell in love with rusted sawblades!  After deciding to do my entry in rusted sawblades I went back to the antique malls to get my rusted sawblades and that is when I noticed the price!  Holy cow!  $18 bucks was the average...per blade!   After a long day of shopping I arrived home with no purchases but plenty of ideas!  I remembered that when I was in High School and took Shop class (yes...girls can take it too) we had a project on how to remove rust.  The problem was the shop class didn't have anything rusty so we had to make it ourselves.  With my past now colliding with my future, I decided to rust my own sawblades.  And it begins.....

You will need:

Apple cider vinegar
Metal cookie sheet with sides (do not plan to use this cookie sheet for anything else)
Spray Polyurethane
Saw Blades (small enough to fit inside a cookie sheet pan)

And lets rust!  Find an area outside or in the garage where you can set up a small table.  Bring out your sacrificial cookie sheet and set it on top of the table.  Mix one cup bleach with two cups of apple cider vinegar. (FYI - Make sure that you are wearing old clothes in case you spill the bleach)  Pour the mixture into the cookie sheet making sure it doesn't spill over.  Slip one sawblade into the mixture and wait about 5 - 10 minutes.  You can actually see the sawblade beginning to rust almost immediately!  After 5 - 10 minutes carefully lift the sawblade out of the mixture and place against something outside where it can stand up.  I used the side of the front porch but trees would be good as well.  The sawblade will continue to rust outside for the next 24 hours.  If the rusting is not deep enough, you can repeat if needed.  After the blade is rusted to your satisfaction you need to spray polyurethane on both sides to seal in the rust and congrats!  You just saved money!  You could also probably make money with them as well just check out the prices on Etsy and EBay!

Note - This is not limited to just sawblades.  There are quite a few things you can rust that are metal.  Let your imagination go!

PS...I accidentally bought a no rust sawblade at a yardsale and I did get it to rust but it took me about three days of dipping and drying.  It is much easier if you don't get those :-)

Happy New Year from Casa Del Paca!

Edited to add - These sawblades can be sharp so they need to be secured to the wall at a height that small children can't reach.  They also look great above the kitchen cabinets but my all time favorite way to display them is framed.  I buy a piece of black felt and an 8 x 10 frame from Wal-Mart and simply take the frame apart and use the black felt as the background and lay the sawblade on top of it.  It looks stunning and is much safer with small children. 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Project Farm House Remodel

Merry Christmas! It has been so busy at the farm that I haven't had time to do any updates to the house and that is going to change for 2012! My New Years Resolution is to do a room every month until it is finally finished. I laugh at the word "finished". It will never be finished but I will enjoy every second of it. Maybe not every second but at least some of it :-)

My first room to tackle is one of the upstairs bedrooms. It is now a light silver color with shades of hot pink peeking through where the previous painter must have not cared or wasn't paid very well. This bedroom will be a tone on tone with the emphasis being in the ivory family. I don't know if I can do this without throwing in a "pop" of color but we shall see!

Second room will be the western theme bedroom upstairs.

Third room will be antique red and cream bedroom upstairs.

Time to start figuring out how I am going to accomplish all my goals and still keep running an Alpaca farm!

See you on the other side!