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To paint or not to paint.....


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I picked up a cute little cast iron stove for my kitchen. It was originally silver but most of that has worn off. Should I give it a custom paint job ( if so what kind of paint will work best?) leave it as is, or repaint it silver . Thanks in advance, Stacey. :)

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I used to never use spray paint, because of the fumes and mess. But last year I started doing more of it, and now its my first choice for metal especially, I would recommend spray paint. Theres an outdoor textured spray paint that gives a "hammered' finish. That might be neat in a charcoal/black color. Cant think of the brand name but its one of the main ones, I bought mine at Ace. Artists use it when they want to make cookware, such as baking pans, look old and vintage.

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The hammered finish is a neat idea, but being vintage,part of me wants to just let it be. I made a pair of kitchen cabinets from the Michael's hutches ( which the manager at our store said there would be no more) and the stove looks too small to go with them. So many decisions ....

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Maybe you could put the stove on a raised hearth, so it looks taller?--like a 1/2" block of wood?...a lot of woodstoves for living rooms, etc. are raised, so why not the kitchen?!...If the item is an antique I probably wouldn't paint it--at least that is what they are always advising on the Antiques Roadshow, but otherwise just go with what strikes you!

Tappy

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