Monday, March 14, 2011

New Sink (Almost)

It took comments for all my wonderful readers to see that I have a theme going on in some of my blogs.  I use what I've got.  First there was Making Do, then I reused an old window for Better Than Pottery Barn, and most recently there was my big Project Brighten Desk.  There were a bunch of little things I did in between as well, like making my own valentines paper, and painting various objects to fit my new style.  The point is that I have been taking what I have and finding ways to make it work for what I want.

This next project fits right into my theme.  I made my own soft scrub and cleaned my kitchen sink.  OK so this may not seem like rocket science to some of you, but I was truly amazed by the power of my homemade cleaner.

This is what my sink looked like before I washed it (the other side was worse but I had already cleaned it).
The photo is not great, but this is pretty bad.  You can see all the scratch marks and tea/espresso stains.

I thought the sink was ruined.  I had renters in my house before I moved in in August and the sink was even worse.  I thought they had ruined it and I would need a new one (OK I wanted a new sink, and while we were at it we could get one with a bib?)

Today I mixed up some white vinegar with a bunch of baking soda* (the baking soda I was about to throw away from the fridge).  It reacted and created a sort of paste.  With my little scrubby sponge and some elbow grease (love that elbow grease), I got the sink to this:
Looks new right?  Now compare:
I put all my little sink stuff away and I quite like how it looks.
Like my little scrubby lady?  I got her for Christmas because she looks like me.  :)
It's like a whole new sink and I didn't have to buy a thing.  It will be a while before I can justify getting a new sink.  That's OK, I like my sink now.   

* correction- I used baking soda not powder. 


  1. This is a project that I really need to do. Like you, my house had renters in it before we purchased it. They were not very tidy. I've tried other cleaners to get rid of the stains, but I think a little home-made soft scrub would probably be best.

    Thanks for the idea!

    P.S. I want a sink with a bib too!

  2. I think you mean baking SODA not powder. I don't think baking powder would clean too well, but yes, I have also found baking soda to work well for a lot of things. Thanks for the encouragement to go and clean my tub!
    Saskatchewan, Canada

  3. I have a cast iron sink, too, that tends to get stained. Thanks for the tip; I'll give it a try.
    Glad you joined my party!

  4. I love your sink! I have a stainless one and would much prefer white! But I do have a white stove, so this paste might work on that without scratching it!

  5. Looks great! I used to battle my white sink.
    (I have stainless in this house.)

    Great tip!



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