We have more than a few bare walls in our house, and the plan is to just take it a room at a time. The first area we decided to tackle was the empty space above our dresser in our master bedroom. So I started to look around the house for just the right item to hang there, and I didn’t really find anything in one of our many “waiting to be hung” piles.
Then I moved onto surveying the walls for items that were currently in use. An old metal tray hanging above the fireplace caught my eye. It was about the right size and I thought the round shape would work well on the bedroom wall.
While I have always thought the tray was sort of neat with its Chinese symbol and intricate details, I never really considered it to be anything special. It was pretty tarnished and the more I looked at it, the less I wanted to put it on the wall in its current state.
So to the internet I went to find a homemade alternative to using store bought chemical brass cleaner. It took me no time to find, and it was really simple. Just a half cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of table salt mixed with flour to make a paste.
It seemed too easy and I was pretty skeptical, but I proceded to rub the paste onto the tray.
To my surprise, it worked fantastically! I even did the infomercial technique so I could compare the before and after.
It’s amazing what a little vinegar can do! The tray is now a piece worthy of being on the wall, and it looks great in its new home. Now I have to fill that empty space above the fireplace!