Asked on Apr 13, 2019

How can I spruce up this 16” tall accent piece?

Shirley PottCarolJulie


This brass accent piece is in bad shape. The top is bowed in and the brass is in bad shape. I’d appreciate all advice on what to do with this piece to get it into presentable shape. Don’t know whether it will stay inside or go outside.

q how can i spruce up this 16 tall accent piece
7 answers
  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Apr 14, 2019

    Here are some cleaning tips for brass that you might find helpful. You can place the stool upside down and see if you can the bowing with a rubber mallet.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Apr 14, 2019

    You can use a rubber mallet to try and get the bow out of the top. If you lay it flat side down on a smooth flat surface and hit it from below. You could also try and polish it up with brasso and a polishing pad.

  • Paula Meek
    on Apr 14, 2019

    Brasso may help polish the brass.

    May need to cut a new piece to ft the top.

    Even with bow out it may return without underneath support to kerit there. May need to do that to.keep it from bowing more.

    Use as is. Have seen whereni is filled with clear resin that is self leveling

  • Joy Walsh
    on Apr 14, 2019

    You could get a nice thick round butchers block chopping board and glue it to the top to make it into a really pretty plant stand?

  • Julie
    on Apr 14, 2019

    Add a mirror top. Use a clay type epoxy to attach mirror and fill in where it needs to be filled in to level.

  • Carol
    on Apr 14, 2019

    Brass is a very pliable metal, so it should be pretty easy to reform the bent metal. Next I would find some nice tile and do either a tile top or a mosaic top on it. This will also help with the bowed top on it. You might want to shine the metal up with Brasso then find a nice metal sealer so it won't tarnish anymore. Here you can even you a spray clear varnish or shellac. Just check with the people at the hardware store to see which was better or online!

  • Shirley Pott
    on Apr 15, 2019

    Might check with a nearby metal shop to have it dipped (to remove discolorations) and spray sealed. Had a couple pieces of brass done 29 years ago and still as shiny as new.

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