With so many projects yet to be completed in the house (and so little project money) I am trying to concentrate on low cost/no cost projects these days. The other day I finally tackled cleaning my Indian brass lamp [which was scored for just $5!!] and the transformation is astonishing!
The funny thing is that I never considered trying to shine it up (or even clean it for the 9 months I had it) until I saw this picture. After that I was psyched at this lamps potential and was motivated to start scrubbing.
I was going to buy some Brasso until I remembered I had a can of Bar Keepers Friend which I originally bought for my stainless pots & pans.
A big thanks to my sis for working up a sweat shinning one pan and proving it does in fact work. (Unfortunately I didn't follow through and clean the rest of them) I am happy to say that there was absolutely no muscle required in cleaning the brass lamp with BKF. As a matter of fact, I made a little paste and spread it on the lamp with my fingers and immediately saw years of grime start to fade away.
I rubbed my finger on one area and when I saw the "real" color peaking through I got so excited. I had struck gold (er..brass) on this bargain.
Because of all the carvings, I went over the whole lamp with a little scrub brush before wiping it down with a damp cloth. Are you ready for this?
I know, you can pick your jaw up now. It's unbelievable, right?
Here is a side by side look at the before and after:
Now, if I can just get that perfect 17" black tall lamp shade. Craigslist/thrifting don't fail me now!