Cleaning Vintage Brass to Look Like New

Since our summer programs ended, I took a few days off to just relax before the hustle and bustle of the Fall starts.  With my quiet time, I decided to go downtown and walk through some of the antique shops.  There are quite a few great antique shops around here, and I am always looking for interest pieces to add to our 1900’s home.  There have been a few things I have been on the hunt for like small night stands and vintage brass candle sconces for the dinning room.  I didn’t have any luck with either of those yesterday, but I did find three awesome milk glass pieces. One of the pieces was in perfect condition, the milk glass candy bowl, but the two candlestick holders needed some TLC due to the brass tarnishing over time.

Once I got home, I set out to clean the brass and some small stain on the marble on the milk glass candle sticks holders.  Here is a before:

In order to clean the brass I used the following supplies:

  • 2 small bowls
  • Warm water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Baking soda
  • 2 clean cloths

In one small bowl I placed warm water.  In the other small bowl I juiced 1/2 a lemon and added baking soda, about 3 to 4 spoonfuls, until I made a paste.  I then used one clean rag and the lemon juice/baking soda paste to scrub the brass really well.  It also worked well to clean the marble.  This took a lot of muscle.  Once I was done scrubbing, I used the other clean rag and the warm water to remove all baking soda and lemon juice from the candlesticks.

milkglass collage

After my candle stick holders were done, I was ready to add them to my decor.  I added candles to my candlestick holders and greenery to the candy holder.  I decided to add these pieces to the dining room, since I felt like they were fancy.  I also liked that I was adding some white into the decor in the dining room since I feel like there is a lot of grey.

milk glass DR collage

The dining room is looking pretty good!  Once we get the wainscoting and the room painted it will be good to go. What have you found lately at the antique stores?

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