Friday, March 29, 2013

my orange fire hydrant

several years ago, i bought a fire hydrant that i found on craigslist. it has been sitting, untouched, in our backyard ever since. a couple of weeks ago hubby finally found time to restore it. i forgot to take a picture before work began but looking through my image library, i found one that i took a couple of years ago. it was faded, rusted and in much need of some tlc.

i'm so excited! the work has begun. this was taken after the first day of work.

hubby stripped off all the paint, layer... by layer... by layer.

as always, bailey is there to supervise.

after the hand work, he pulled out his electric drill with a wire brush attachment, to get into all the nooks and crannies and around the letters. who knew there were so many words under all that paint!

bailey gives his progress two paws up.

bailey likes how it looks next to our doghouse.

after all the old paint is gone, it gets a couple of coats of primer.

then the exciting part. it gets color!!! of course i wanted it orange!

the caps still need to be attached but the girls were eager to give it the once over.

and there you have it. my orange fire hydrant. I LOVE IT!
do i have the best hubby or what?

did you notice i dressed bailey to match the hydrant? BOL

it is now the focal point of our backyard.

quite a difference, wouldn't you say?

until we meet again my friends-


  1. WOW that is wonderful. Bailey has her very on hydrant. And it looks GREAT!

  2. OMD...that is tooo cool and I LOVE that it's orange!!! I want one too!!! Bailey's little outdoor paradise it beautiful too!!! And love the matching outfit - this is just a wonderful post to kick-start my today!!! Thanks!

  3. OMD I LOVE it!!!! What a cool conversation piece in the yard. Now I want one. BOL
    Have a great weekend.

  4. That is amazing! I so love it! I'm lucky to have a "handy" husband too - but I don't know if he'd go along with a project like this with all his other priorities. So yes, I think you are VERY lucky indeed, and so is Bailey. Great photos! I'm pinning it!

  5. Very very cool!! I love you match Bailey!

  6. Bailey that is the COOLEST thing EVER! Your own ORANGE fire hydrant! My MOM loves it!!
    We saw your name "coffee dog" and it intrigued Mom (cause she is a coffee freak) so she clicked on it. That is how we found your blog (saw your comment on Toby's blog)
    This is showing me as a cat (cause it's mom's OTHER BLOG) but I am actually a dog with MY own blog too! I am Dakota!
    I am now following you!
    I LOVE Chihuahuas!
    Barks and licks and love,

  7. That's awesome! Bailey & Aoife look so cute checking it out.
    Your hubby is the best, love the round base under the hydrant. The Mr. thought it looked cool too, he refinished the desk I'm working on right now. :)

  8. OMD Bailey!! I have a fire hydrant in my back yard too! We have lots in common! The only thing, my dad has not redone my think your dad would come and fix mine up??

    xoxo Higgy