Vinegar and Citrus and 30 Drawers

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Had acquired this wonderful Metal Cabinet at a Garage Sale.. $15 yea!.. It was Vintage and the chrome on all 30 of the handles was peeling off and some places were showing rust..
These are the before Handles, I had taken them off to clean. But it was too hard
I gave up and lived with the cabinet and just stuck taped labels on the drawers..
Yuck taped Labels ...
I had made a jar of Vinegar and Orange peels and it had been sitting on my kitchen counter for a couple of weeks and had not gotten up to clean anything, so disappointed
I Threw all 30 Handles into a container with the Vinegar and Citrus peel mix and let it set a few days.. The handles were so flakey and rusty.
Oh My ! What a Difference.. They came out of the mixture and I used a soap pad a bit and they were down to the original steel and no chrome or rust ... I did use the Rotor Tool to polish up.. and then I learned how to use a Rivet Gun.. which was soooooo simple...
Put a tile boarder on the sink cut out I had been using for the top. Used the computer to print out the labels and it is now again, my favorite piece...
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  • 30 steel drawer pulls, Vinegar and Orange peels   (Garage sale find)
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  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jul 30, 2017
    Thats such a cool trick, came out great!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Lauren Lauren on Jul 30, 2017
      Thank you, that solution really works.. I'm soaking an old wire bale handle in vinegar now.. I'm hoping for the best..:)