recently, james and i were in new jersey visiting my parents. we were all meandering our way through countless vintage shops, in search for vintage odds and ends for our reception centerpieces. it was in one of these shops, that i stumbled upon this perfect little brunch addition. a TOAST server. visions of grandeur danced in my head as i daydreamed of having this little piece strategically placed on our dining room table. my own problem – it was filthy! cobwebs, rust, dirt, grime. you name it. but it was just too good to pass up. so i snagged it for a whole $10 and vowed that i would restore it to working condition.
fast forward to yesterday, my first day of april vacation. i made it a plan to tackle my new little treasure and spruce it up a bit. before beginning, i knew i wanted to clean it up in the most natural way possible. no chemicals. so i did some research and found that i could make it squeaky clean with just the use of lemon juice & baking soda. knowing i had those in our kitchen, i set to work.
things i needed:
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp baking soda
1 cheap (soft) toothbrush
gentle dish soap
lots of paper towels
step 1: i juiced the lemon into a small bowl – removing any stray seeds.
step 2: i then gradually added the baking soda to the lemon juice. this caused a fun bubbly/fizzy reaction.
step 3: i stirred until a soft paste is created.
step 4: then i took a paper towel and removed any grime i could before adding the paste.
step 5: next i took the toothbrush and a little paste and started cleaning. i worked one letter at a time, and slowly cleaned in one direction. this process took about an hour to do because of all the crevices. in between letter i would use a paper towel and my finger to really get after some tough spots!
step 6: once i sufficiently had gotten most of the grime i could off with the toothbrush and the paste, i made a warm water bath with dish soap and any extra baking soda/lemon juice i had.
step 7: i put the piece in the water for about a minute and then removed it. i used the now rinsed toothbrush to brush away any left over grime or paste.
step 8: i rinsed with cold water under the faucet quickly. and then dried the TOAST server.
step 9: ta da!
now, i’m definitely not an expert. this just worked for me. i was nervous about using water because i wasn’t sure if it would cause more rust. so i tried to keep it limited! but otherwise – i’m thrilled with the end result.
time to have a brunch! who is coming?