The other day I was browsing in the kitchen section of our local thrift store. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular…but I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for unique pieces that I never knew I always wanted! ;-)
On the floor that day were boxes of small, white bowls that were labeled .25 cents each! These were nice, sturdy, fiestaware-type bowls and looked like they would be perfect for serving desserts. Since I currently didn’t have ANY bowls like that…and these seemed to look like they would go nicely with my current set of dishes (Mikasa French Countryside) I thought I might pick up a dozen or so. (Hard to beat .25 cents each!)
But upon closer examination, I noticed they all suffered from “black mark syndrome”. You may remember I did a post about this problem on my own white dinner plates back in March of this year.
In their CURRENT condition…they weren’t really even worth the .25 cents they were asking for them. BUT, I had a secret weapon that I knew would get rid of black mark syndrome AND make these dishes look like new!
They call this stuff Bar Keepers Friend, but I have renamed it “Girls Best Friend” due to all the dishes it has helped me “save”! :-)
I already had a container of BKF from the last time I used it on my everyday Mikasa dinner plates. Pretty nice transformation huh?
So I was all set to make these white bowls (and a few pretty Mikasa plates I found for $1.00 each) into “stars” again!
<Insert a weeks worth of procrastination here!>
I finally buckled down with “my friend” and a scrubber about a week after I purchased the dishes.
I don’t know why I procrastinated for so long…it’s really not hard. It’s just that there were SO many of them…it took a chunk of time to finish. But once I DID….well, look for yourselves!
Nice huh?? Definitely a “treasure” to me now. Love the design of the plates now that they are spiffed up…
and I know I will get LOTS of good use out of the bowls! They are a very versatile size and design.
I could just look at these all day long! :-)
Now it’s YOUR turn! Go find some “trash” to turn into “treasure”!