Hey! How are you all doing?
I am loving the milder weather we’re having here in Iowa! We’ve had a lot of storms on and off but some milder temperatures and I’m so excited to get a few more projects done in the garage with the milder temps! Most recently, I decided to work on an old rusty arrow that I picked up at one of my favorite places to go! Tweaked Too! I’m telling you! If you haven’t been there and enjoy some of the same things that I show on my blog, you NEED to go! I have never walked out of there with less than a half-dozen items to take home with me! I love that place!
My most recent visit, I was on the hunt for a sign to put over my kitchen sink and window. I just don’t know what I want and am having trouble finding something that just says, “Take me home!” But I spied this rusty arrow. And my mom, was like, are you sure?!? And of course, I was like, “YES! I love it!” Then I got it home and put it by the place I wanted to hang it and… It’s not the right thing for that space. It just looks weird and out-of-place. So now what?
Trust me, I knew I’d eventually find a place for it! I thought about hanging it outside but I was afraid that it would eventually start rusting again being outside and I don’t really have any place that I can put it that the rust wouldn’t ruin the siding, decking or foundation. But I do have a game room downstairs that needs some décor added to it. It’s a little bare right now except for a few miscellaneous sports things.
But I also decided that I really wished it wasn’t quite as rusty as it was. So, after researching ways to remove rust from metal, I realized that this was a perfect opportunity for me to try the old Coke vs. rust experiment that I’ve always wondered about. The only place I had that I could do this experiment that would hold enough Coke and be big enough to fit the arrow in was the boys’ bathtub. And one day when I knew they’d be gone for most of the day, I filled the tub with Coke and laid the arrow to soak. Have you ever tried this? I was shocked!
I really thought it was going to be one of those things like the “As Seen on TV” items that never work like they show on TV. But I was surprised to see the rust coming off right before my eyes. And then when I needed to flip the arrow around to soak the other end better, there was a definite line on it. WHAT?!? Well, if it was going to work that well on taking rust off, I wondered how well it would work on the grimey bathtub. (We have hard water in our little town and it’s a bear to get some of that off!) And before I knew it, the bathtub was clean! The grime was gone! The hardwater spots were gone! AND my arrow looked better!
I’m more of a Pepsi fan but I will be keeping Coke on hand from now on for those tough to clean areas in the house! Have you tried it? If so, I want to hear about it! What did you use it for? And were you as surprised as I was?
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