For quite some time I’ve stared at this brown stove in my Shasta Compact and it stuck out like a sore thumb. Not that brown is a completely awful color but it’s really not a fun color and it certainly doesn’t do much to brighten up my little kitchen.
So with that said, I sent my stove top and door off to be re-porcelained. Applying new porcelain requires stripping the old porcelain, coated them with a new porcelain finish and firing the pieces at 1200 degrees. This is NOT the same as simply repainting it. If you want to actually use your stove to cook with I highly recommend against simply using appliance paint or any other type of paint for that matter. If you do and end up cooking on it, you run the risk of the stove giving off some toxic fumes. Now if you know for sure that you’ll never use it to cook on then repainting is fine. In our case, I think there could be a time when it’s used for cooking. I prefer cooking outdoors and in such a tiny space such as inside a Shasta Compact I really don’t want to smell it up with cooking smells. However, I can see us stuck indoors during a rain storm and opting to cook something on the stove if simply sandwiches were not available. OK, now I’m rambling….the point is I wanted the option to be able to cook on it if I needed to.
I went with a color they call robin blue. I think it’s more of a baby blue but that’s OK by me. It’s much better than the brown and I pretty thrilled with it!
So here it is. I hope you like it! Click the image for a larger view.