New year new look. And sometimes it’s time to just remove …I am talking about the accessories in my house. With lean budgets this time of year it’s a good time to clean, paint and sometimes just dust the accessories. Why do we dread cleaning when it feels so good. Like when I finally took on the challenge and figured out how to remove rust on metal accessories.
Who knew galvanized metal would be all the rage (again). Do any of you remember your grandparents and parents pulling out the metal lawn chairs with nylon straps?
I love oversized trays, but so does the rest of the family and not everyone is a fan of a coaster or even a dish towel to clean up messes. And, during football season my trays took a beating with spilled bottles, cans and glasses. It is a struggle to teach the guys in my house that water (or beer) does not evaporate without consequences.
For a few months (closer to a year) I convinced myself that rust added a vintage look to my favorite metal trays. And, if you are hiding in a closet you may not know of this daily deal site where I purchase most if not all my metal accessories.
Over time I used my tray where I could disguise the rust.
Rust Removal Supply List
And, the best part of this tutorial is you likely have the cleaning products under your kitchen sink. Yep, just a cup of baking soda (thank you Costco for the 10-pound bag of baking soda) and a new steel wool pad. And, have a bowl of warm water and rag to wipe off the tray to check on your progress.
Oh, and some good old muscle. Repeat. Repeat.
Anyone notice the upcycled Snapple bottle?
And, after a few repeats of baking soda, steel wool and warm water I had a visibly cleaner, rust-free metal tray.
I was psyched with the results and love that everyday staple cleaning products worked great. Keep this in mind when thinking about ditching some tired metal accessories or when checking out the spring garage sales that will be popping up before you know it.