Friday, January 14, 2011

Magic Before and After

A few months ago I purchased a couple of candlesticks at the thrift store. They were a beautiful shape and size but the finish was a bit confusing. Were they tarnished brass that resembled silver or were they silver plate rubbed down to the brass. Either way I liked them so they came home with me.
Then I stumbled upon an article proclaiming the wonders of an inexpensive product that could easily be found in the automotive aisle.
This stuff really is magic-----that is if you can get beyond the horrendous odor of ammonia. I wore my paint mask while scrubbing away with an old towel that quickly turned black as I rubbed and rubbed.But all of the odor and rubbing and elbow grease was worth it when the results are as dramatic as this little before and after. The new finish is a silver-ish with a gold undertone---a really beautiful combination.Now my thrifted treasures are a real treasure find!

16 comments:

Sheri @ Make It POP! said...

WOW! Thanks so much for the tip! I just learned about RubNBuff yesterday and now this! Now I won't be so hesitant about the tarnished stuff I see at the thrift shops.

Lynn said...

Amazing!! Thank you so much for this fantastic tip!! Your candle holders sure are a treasure, and even more so now! They are beautiful!!

Blessings,
~Lynn

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Wow, what a difference! It's wonderful that you were able to see the potential they had at the thrift!

Nichole@BarillaFab4.blogspot.com said...

WOW, beautiful!!! And I love the shape of them too!

Future Mama said...

GASP! I never would have guessed. Nice work and thanks for the intro to a great new product!

Much love,
Future Mama
http://expectingablessing.blogspot.com/

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I was gonna say "Wow", but it looks like that's been said, Joy! : ) That is an amazing transformation! They are really beautiful. Thankfully, you saw the beauty underneath that tarnish.

Samantha said...

wow, what a difference! I will be on the lookout for that product. The candle holders are awesome now.

Mexico in my kitchen said...

Incredible! I had a collection of brass candle holders that will appreciate some of that stuff on them. Now, if
I just could only buy some" elbow grease". :) that will be marvelous.

Mely

Miss Obara said...

That is amazing. I wonder what the candlesticks are made of? it reminds me of my flute playing days and how it is always really shiny after a good polish. Great finds!

Antiques & Uniques said...

Wow, those are great looking! Congrats on a great find, don't cha just love those??? I do.
Carol in GA

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

wow! that is awesome! the "new" finish is SOOO pretty, and I would have just ruined it buy spray painting it white or something! I'm going to have to look for that little magic tub of stink!

Jackie said...

What a find! They look very old and graceful.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Joy, The candle sticks are gorgeous now. I am on my way to the auto supply store tomorrow.
Hugs,
Sherry

CosmoGirl Carla said...

All I can say is WOW! I'm pretty sure my jaw dropped open as I was reading and scrolling down viewing the pics. What an amazing transformation! I will definitely remember this product. Thanks so much for sharing!

Becky said...

AGH! I am going to buy this TODAY! I have so many thrifted finds that this will "cure." Awesome, thanks for sharing!

Small Holdings Farm said...

I must have 7 kinds of polish-none that would do the job you did on those candle sticks--as soon as I get plowed out of my driveway I will be off getting some Thanks for the tip Sherron

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