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Taking on Chrome at Home

Who knew regular household items could transform rusty, pitted chrome back to its original luster?

My son and I came across this item in the garbage a week ago. I insisted that we leave it there and he insisted that it must go home with us. He won.
At first, I let it sit in my garage. The garbage bin was in view, but something was holding me back. I liked the font on it, “BREAD.” It had the attraction of an old car; classic and original.

So I did some research and found I could restore chrome that was rusted. A glimmer of hope, plus a begging child and summertime ambition was enough to push me in motion. The supply list started out as SOS pads, Blue Magic polish and liquid glass. I didn’t have any of those items. More research. New supply list: tin foil and WD-40. Hey, worth a try, I thought, since these two things I had on hand.
Now enter begging child’s intro to elbow grease. We squirted on the WD-40, crumpled up a ball of foil and worked it back and forth in a linear motion (circular motion is said to show minor scratching). The result was more or less instant gratification. My lazier child wanted in on the action so he was assigned to buffing, which was accomplished with utter glee and satisfaction.
As you can see for yourself…

For me, the best part is the front of the bread box opens down to feature a cutting board on the inside. Brilliant. I personally like to keep my bread in the frig, which is why this box upcycles nicely into craft supply storage complete with cutting area for my X-acto work.
As for my kids, they make silly faces in front of it like they’re in the “Magic Carpet” fun house at the old Crystal Beach amusement park.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

One Response to Taking on Chrome at Home

  1. Lucy November 19, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    I’m late to the party (there is a party, isn’t there????) and came by way of Remodelholic. This idea is brilliant (pun intended) and I plan to try it out. Maybe my mother’s toaster would be a good candidate. I don’t want to ruin mine if it doesn’t work…. ;-)

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