After 5 years of updating our house and raising babies, I have finally started to decorate and make our house feel like a home. I don’t know what look I am going for or what my decorating style is just yet so this has been a steep learning curve for me. I am drawn to more traditional looks but I do like some touches of modern here and there.
My mom who also has more traditional tastes has many pieces packed up in my family home that she no longer uses and from time to time I like to help myself and turn something old, new again.
I scooped up an old copper tray, 2 tumblers and a pitcher the other day with the hope I could use some of these pieces to style a shelf in our living room. However, the copper items has years of tarnish and stains on them. I planned to buy some cleaner and call it a day, but I decided I would try cleaning it on my own before I filled the house with a harsh smelling fume. I few google searches and I narrowed it down to 2 methods, salt and lemon or salt and vinegar. I was all out of lemons so salt and vinegar was my cleaner of choice.
My copper tumblers and tray were in decent shape, dirty and a few stains but nothing too bad. The pitcher was very tarnished, like an old penny.
You will need:
Sponge or scrubber
I put the items in the sink and wiped everything down with a sponge and vinegar and then generously sprinkled salt all over it. More vinegar to soak and left it in the sink for about 10 minutes.
Almost immediately I started to see the grime come off the copper dishes. With a few applications of salt and vinegar and a lot of elbow grease, almost everything came clean! It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close to it.
I also didn’t fill the house with fumes and a few new decorative items cost me zero dollars to restore.
I love how these items cleaned up and I am looking forward to finding them a nice place to live. Do you have any tips on polishing up copper, silver etc? Tell me your secrets!