I sure hope everyone had a really nice Memorial Day Weekend. That everyone got to spend time with their family, barbecue (weather permitting), and just relax.
They are both in need of some TLC. First I am going to get all that old makeup off of them. They need lessons. All that makeup is really aging them. Second, I am going to fix all the holes and dents. Make their skin all smooth again. Then it is off to be primed (man do you not wish it would be so easy for the rest of us.. smooth us out and spray on some primer then paint... ). Then both Mabel and Hortense are going to be painted blue or cherry red. I really like this harbor blue color, so that may the color we go with. I cannot wait to get them all cleaned up and on our back patio.
I bought them for a song, a whole $15 dollars. We even, as you can see from above have them named. Emma's is Mabel, the name she chose, and mine is Hortense. They just sound like two ladies that would sit on the patio drinking lemonade and having fun talks while crocheting.
This is Hortense, she is mine. I wish I could find a way to date these girls.
Cleaning them up will not be too easy. It will require taking them out in the backyard, wearing a mask and gloves and coating them with this gel paint remover (which, I am sure most of it will just fall off). Then to get the car epoxy out. My dad restored a 1964 Chevy pickup that was in way worse condition, so anything else is possible. They are in really good shape except for a few little holes where they have rusted through. I cannot believe the previous owners did not take better care of these two ladies! Shame on them.
This is Mabel. She is Emma's. She wanted Mabel the minute she saw her.
I will be sure to take pictures along the way. I may just have to start a Flickr group -- "How Mabel and Hortense got their groove back."