So having had a chance to take stock of the original Canterbury Pitt cooker and cabinet, it made sense (to me at least) that before it gets fitted into the camper, to give it a bit of a cosmetic refresh. I want to retain as much of its original character, but things like the pseudo ‘antique look’ yellow stain on the replacement Oak and Mahogany top retaining door would have to go – yuk! The interior shelf of the lower storage unit was badly stained and grubby but should clean up OK with a bit of effort and a few grades of sandpaper and wire wool
The main wooden unit that housed the gas cooker had a couple of small cracks in it which I wanted to fix and was a bit battered in places. The painted inside flap of the lower cupboard door had seen better days, so this was on the list to look at resolving…
Having begun to carefully disassemble the unit it seemed like a good time to take off the original Canterbury Pitt hinges and give them a good soak in oil before they get fitted back in place again. Again, I don’t want to ‘over restore’ them, as I love the original aged look of authenticity, but a good soak in oil will do them no harm and help improve their operation.
Not wanting to feel left out with the various aspects of an interior refresh, Lorna decided she wanted to make a cover for the rather tatty looking 907 camping gaz bottle that was going to be used with the cooker…
Apparently camping gaz can be a bit slow on cold mornings (much like me!), well not anymore with this funky crocheted woollen cover to keep the gas warm!