We like to eat outside when the weather is warm, and I enjoy having cookouts. One thing that is a constant with outdoor dining is the breeze that will take all the napkins off the table before you can catch them. So, when I found this lovely iron napkin holder at a thrift store for $1, I nabbed it. The lady behind the counter had to ask me what it was, LOL, they just don’t make these things anymore. It was in really rough shape, the surfaces which at one time might have been a brass color had significant rust. But I knew I could do something about that. DH had a solution he wanted to try soaking it with, so we found a bucket that it would fit in.
But the etching solution didn’t work. He had a wire brush and a dremel tool, and he set to work removing as much of the rust as he could. I actually planned to do this part myself, but I think he wanted a project, so I let him run with it.
After cleaning it up as much a possible, the two pieces were separated and a coat of rust covering spray paint was applied in glossy black.
Then a second coat, and turning it upside down to get all the surfaces painted.
A third light coat was added, and it was allowed to dry thoroughly.
Reassembled, it now is ready to use, looking almost new.
It holds dinner size napkins nicely, and will come in quite handy at our next buffet cookout.
I like the graceful lines of the piece, and in black it looks like wrought iron.
Spray paint is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? I have another paint project coming up soon for another DIY thrift store find.
Do you like to rescue old things and give them new life?
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