Monday, July 2, 2012

Rust be gone

When we bought our antique bird feeder at my Uncle Ivo’s auction, one of the things that attracted me to it was the vintage look. It was weather worn and had a little rust around the edges. We began to notice that rust was growing and had to accept that without a little intervention, our treasured bird feeder would be, well… a pile of rust.

So we did what any Grandparent would do, and called for help. Help! After a few late night discussions, we decided Dakota was the perfect candidate for this job. We called him to offer the challenge and he accepted. What a kid!


First step was to go to the hardware store and get a wire brush that “fit his hand perfectly” (so Grandpa said) and was small enough to get into all of the small crevices.


Good thing that rock was there…



A larger brush for the top. Did you get that spot on the side there Dakota?


Pride in a job well done. Thanks Dakota for my new bird feeder!
We ran out of paint, so the second coat was done later. Bird feed was added and now the squirrels birds have their rust free house back.




16 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Another fine example of child labor. I love it, it works every time!
Keep cool

Steve Skinner said...

What does Dakota charge per hour? I could keep him busy for a month.

W. Latane Barton said...

Great job, Dakota. That bird feeder looks great.

Toriz said...

Good job Dakota!

Does he hire out? Can you send him over here?

Deanna said...

Steve and Tori, he keeps telling me he wants to travel... :)

Rita said...

Dakota did an excellent job! The bird feeder looks like new again. :)

ChicagoLady said...

A job well done! Dakota should be proud of the job he did. I'm sure the squirrels I mean birds are as happy as you are to have the rust gone.

AliceKay said...

Great job, Dakota! Looks nice. :)

That corgi :) said...

It is a cute bird (squirrel) feeder! Dakota did a great job restoring it for you! I'm sure he enjoyed the summer project and getting to spend time with you! very nicely done!

betty

Queenie Jeannie said...

Way to go, Dakota!!! I love that bird feeder!

Akum said...

Perfectly Done! Cheers Dakota

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Good job, Dakota! That's a great looking bird feeder.
Stay cool and have a Happy 4th!!

jewelzmomof4 said...

He did a great job!!! He was very proud of his work and that last picture of him showed it all. He was also very proud of the cash he brought home....he waved it in front of Travis' face and said...."hey Trav...how much money is THAT!!!!!" LOL

Vicki Lane said...

What a charming little bird feeder! Good job, Dakota!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Excellent job Dakota! You don't look as dry as us Deanna! Happy 4th!

Intense Guy said...

*looks around for some wire brush jobs*

Hmm... how is he with the paint brush? :)