One of our favorite things to do is scour junk stores for old stuff and restore them. One thing we always look for are old Cosco kitchen carts and chairs. Etsy buyers go nuts for them, especially if it’s got trendy colors. Well, we found a couple the other weekend. If you’ve been following our Instagram feed, you know that our current project is restoring this rusty piece of junk on the left:
That’s a post in itself, but we’re still working on it so we’re not ready for that yet. But one thing we stumbled across (well, Leslie did, I just got schooled in the process) was how to restore those chrome legs. See, you could prime and paint them chrome again, but you’d end up with a really uneven surface that would show pretty bad under shiny chrome paint. That can cost you money in the end in a lost sale or reduced price.
Leslie showed me this trick and it seriously blew me away. I honestly couldn’t believe it did what it did.
Check out these before and after shots:
Same leg. Seriously!
Are you ready to know what it is? I know I’m getting all click-baity here but seriously it’s going to wierd you out.
Aluminum Foil and Water. No kidding. Just dip the foil in water and scrub the chrome. The rust comes right off and the chrome is as shiny as ever.
Now on this one specifically we’re still going to have to come in and give it another coat of chrome paint because the rust has damaged it so badly. But you can clearly see how much better it looks already!
Here’s a super quick video we shot to show you how it works: