Philip stopped to enjoy the view across the valley in Northumberland this week, you can just spot Hadrian's Wall past the rather fun Monkey Puzzle tree!
Jan was super happy with the results, such an honour to give this oven a new lease of life. It's second conversion to date, as it was once solid fuel.
"Hello Matthew, Greetings from Hadrian’s Wall country! We are still stunned to think that we went from our rather tired-looking old white Aga range cooker to a stunning new royal blue on in just over five hours - although I know that a huge amount of work took place in the workshop before Phil ever set off. We are just blown away by the quality of your product - and the excellence of the service we received. I honestly thought that I’d have to spend next weekend cleaning my kitchen - but Phil and his giant vacuum left it cleaner than it was when he arrived! Must dash now as I can’t stop nipping in to the kitchen to admire the range! Kind regards Jan
The 'before shot' - love the stone inglenook, the quality of the stone is outstanding. 5 hours later this beauty is converted to electric, giving Jan more flexibility and efficiency, and a gorgeous new coat of blue..
The insulation in this 'Ol bird is past it's best, turned to dust in some places. Every scrap of which is removed when we leave and replaced with a super efficient modern alternative.
If you have oven envy, and want yours looking as good, then you need a good set of wire brushes in your arsenal! These brushes and a bit of elbow grease will give your cavities a much needed boost!
..this Royal Blue really does live up to it's name, quite resplendent!
We hope than Jan continues to feel like a kid at Christmas for some time to come, it was a pleasure to work on! Thank you Jan!
More from the Blake & Bull engineers next week..
Some fab pics from yesterdays re-enamelling job! This is a 'Standard' cooker in dark blue that needed a serious refresh. You can see how dull the enamel was with grease and age. Above the burner door you can see dark stains, probably from when this cooker was a solid fuel model. More info on each pic and, as usual, the logo has been digitally removed as it's a trademark.
This cooker has long ago been converted to oil from solid fuel and now it was time for a refresh of the enamel. You can see how dark and stained the lids have become for example!
The enamel on the hob is worn away almost completely and looks dull with a 'matte' finish.
The hinge is a good example of why this was needed - beyond hope!
Top is off and messy top blanket insulation removed. We've also removed the mid left air control panel (totally redundant in a converted cooker) and the doors.
Naked cooker! You can see the oil pipe snaking its way to the burner bottom left!
Tucked up like a bug in a rug - layers of cosy insulation! The new front is now on.
Looking stunning if I do say so myself! This is our 'Royal Blue' and its a touch brighter than 'Oxford Blue'. The logo has been removed digitally but the numbers on the now redundant air dial (front mid left) we have stencilled in again - they are there if you look closely! Every part that is blue has been fired together to ensure a perfect colour match!
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