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Cleaning Chrome

Almost two weeks ago I picked up a beautiful blond with curvy legs. OK, OK, so it was a mid-century blond maple table with beautiful chrome legs. I showed up at a random sale and the guy must have liked me (old guys tend to give “young” whipper-snappers like me who are crazy enough to be interested in old things lots of attention, and lots of deals), because he sold me his beloved table for $40. His friend who helped me remove the legs to fit in my car told me exactly how to remove the surface rust from the chrome legs, which he didn’t have to do, and I love learning new things. I had never cleaned rust off of anything before. Little did I know it is as easy as some coarse steel wool (he recommended 4x, but the highest they had at Home Depot was 3 and it worked great), a flat head screwdriver, some car wax and some elbow grease. I was amazed at how the steel wool erased the surface rust and really made these babies shine. I’ll be selling the table on Craigslist soon! Here are some before and after comparison shots. You can see the caked-up grime and rust on the feet and the spotting of the surface rust all over.

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About Erin Shipps

Life in your thirties can sometimes feel like you're stuck between what has happened and what's yet to come -- like being amidship. But I'm forging through with thrifty household decorating, DIY projects, health advice, and just life. When I'm not crafting my local Kansas City magazine VintageKC, I'm busy being a rock star's wife and mommy to the most beautiful 3-year-old. Welcome to our world amid the Shipps.

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  1. Also check out Barkeepers Friend – works wonders and would probably help out in those small cracks!


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