Calling all chicks...am I talking about my female blogging friends or about barnyard feathered friends? Well, a little of both. And you are thinking that I may have been hibernating just a tad too long. That could be another story, maybe another time. Right now I want to talk about decorating and chickens. And I am not talking about decorating with a chicken/rooster decor. I'm talking about finding items that are not meant for the home and having something totally unique that no one else has.
So here she is....
What is she? How about a chicken incubator? And if that is not unique enough, how about that it is one I picked up at an Amish auction that was in a barn covered in filth and grey paint that had been splashed upon her great bones.
See this little contraption sticking out of her? What is that, you say? Amish do not use electricity so this was the source of heat. An oil based lamp was attached here. Light it and you have enough heat to hatch the eggs within the incubator. The lamp had to be removed for functionality and it was a leaky mess.
Next, I wanted to keep it to its original finish as much as possible. See the sides? They have not been finished yet as I'm waiting for spring to haul her outside. I took the plunge to do the top for now. After many hours of chemically stripping and sanding the top, I applied a few layers of red mahogany stain and a few coats of wipe-on poly clear stain. I would have never thought I would like a finish in red mahogany, but I love it and will be able to keep the lettering on the front intact.