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Polished Brass Platter – from Trash to Treasure

Digging through my diy “stash” in the garage a few months ago I pulled an ugly looking platter out of the cabinet.  It was gross and grungy.  And honestly, I don’t even know where I got it.  It might have been included with a bunch of stuff at a yard sale or thrift store.  But seriously it was so gross I’m sure I wouldn’t have bought it on purpose.  I decided to do a little work on it before I tossed it in the donation box.  Turns out, there was pretty under the crud so today I’m going to show you how beautifully polished brass turns that trash into treasure.

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Polished Brass – Supplies to make Treasure from Trash

Normally I would search for the best way to polish brass with natural products but after reading the ingredient list online I feel comfortable using brasso.  One note, because it contains ammonia do not use this in your house.  If you’ve never polished brass before do so in the garage with the door cracked for ventilation.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

This picture does it too much justice, it looked a lot worse in person.  You can see in the pic above where I gave it the tiny polish to see what was under all that crud.

I followed the directions on the Brasso bottle and shook it up well.  Instead of spreading it on the rag I opted instead to spread on a first coat with a chip brush.  Almost immediately the creamy color brasso started turning blue.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

I let it sit for about 10 minutes and let it work before returning to wipe it off with the cloth.  Here’s what it looked like after an easy wipe of the cloth.  Much better but not perfect yet.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

I applied another light coat and let it sit for a few more minutes.  After wiping that layer off I began really giving it some elbow grease and the beauty of the treasure really started to shine.  Even with the yucky black spots on the same cloth it was really shining.  Applying some fresh brasso to clean sections of the cloth I polished until I thought it couldn’t get any prettier.

I finished up the polished brass with a clean cloth to buff and polish the platter until it was ready for its new home.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

I just started experimenting with mixed metals and gain more confidence in how it looks all the time.  While the Living Room Shelves may not be the permanent home this intricate polished brass platter looks good next to the simple gold elephant.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

In this close up so you can see all the beautiful details.  I love the little birds and temples that circle the platter.  As best as I can tell this was made in India.  There are no markings on the back so it’s hard to know for sure.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

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Polished brass from tarnished junk is a quick trash to treasure decor item.

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sara s syrett

Friday 24th of February 2017

What a pretty piece!

leanne with divaofdiy.com

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Toni, I love playing around with mixed metals. This brass piece is a true gem! Great job!

Lisa

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Toni!!!!! Aren't you glad you didn't donate this? It looks amazing. I totally forgot about Brasso. I have a lamp my mom found for $3 and maybe with a little Brasso we can restore it.

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

I am so glad I gave it a chance. It's beautiful. I bet it will make your mom's lamp beautiful!

Carol ("Mimi")

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

I love your brass platter and also how you styled your shelves with the brass piece and other items. It looks great. I think the shiny gold tone against your white walls and other darker-colored pieces really pops. I recently published a post about cleaning and displaying brass items in home décor. You might enjoy it: http://www.homewithmimi.com Thanks!

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Thank you Carol, I look forward to reading your article :)

Denise

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

What a transformation. I love it on your shelf with all of your collection too.

Toni Harvey

Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Thanks Deise, I'm still learning about putting some things together. It's an art for certain.