Cookstove and Cast Iron

We got the cookstove into the house and I hung up a bunch of my cast iron pots and pans (I haven’t found and unpacked them all) and my father’s bread bowl. This is the west side of the mudroom.

I was very pleased to use a steel pot rack I had bought in 1986 but put into storage in 1991 when we moved. After twenty-seven years the rack was red-brown with rust. I worked on it with a wire brush and spray-painted it black. Since the ceiling joists were not spaced helpfully, I hung it from the one available and then drilled holes in the steel and bolted the back two sides to the walls to hold it level.

There is still a bunch of work to do in this room. I have to panel the bump-out under the pot rack which hides the exhaust pipe from the kitchen stove. I have to refinish the blades of my grandmother’s ceiling fan. The cookstove has to be hooked up. Tom and I are going to build a base for the cast iron sink I found in the back of a neighbor’s barn, and then I have to figure out the plumbing. We have to finish building the lockers (Tom was sick this weekend), I have to varnish the lockers, and hang the rest of the locker hooks. I have to trim the edges of the brick behind the stove with moulding, I have to nail quarter-round along the baseboards, and I have to put a coat of sealer on the walls. All three doors need painting or staining.

So β€” the room is far from finished. Nevertheless it makes me very, very happy to have it coming into focus after dreaming of it so long. Yay!

9 Responses to Cookstove and Cast Iron

  1. Newly says:

    It looks beautiful, Sel! xoxo

  2. Shawn says:

    That looks amazing! I absolutely love it and am jealous of your cook stove. I so wish I had a place for one. Are you planning on using the stove to cook on or just for heat?

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      Thanks, Shawn. I mostly plan to use it as a back-up heat for the house in case of power failure but I do hope to cook on it, too.

  3. Elaine Murphy says:

    Love it, Selden..a big pot of soup simmering on a cold winter’s day! Yum….

  4. I posted this earlier but for some reason it is not displayed. I would assume your ceilings are 7′ high. Isn’t it going to be VERY difficult to take down or put up your skillets? And won’t you have to move the table out of the way each time? Inquiring minds want to know…..

    • adkmilkmaid says:

      The ceilings are 8′ high, but I am 5’10”. πŸ™‚ I designed my house for tall people, a group to which all my family belongs. πŸ™‚

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