I got up this morning with a plan. To date, I have never successfully completed at to do list, but I keep hoping. It was a great plan, I had gathered my supplies, I had the list, and I was motivated. And as with all my plans, it rapidly descended into chaos beginning with step one. One thing led to another, and not much got done.
My To Do List
Let me give you the background story first. The picture above is a roll away buffet that I use as an island in my tiny kitchen. It is a vintage piece with beautiful detail, it’s too big for the space, but I love it…… A LOT!
Over the holidays, my daughter was helping me clean up and pushed the buffet out of the way to sweep the floor. The problem? She pushed it against the running dishwasher. And this is the result. Heat marks on the old varnish.
I can fix it, and it was the first thing on my to do list. Believe it or not, you can iron these marks off furniture. Ironic isn’t it that the way to remove heat stains is with more heat, but I digress. I pulled out the iron, and there was no way it was going to touch my baby.
I decided I had better clean the iron first to remove the mineral build up. This iron has been a faithful and abused companion for many, many years. This particular iron no longer touches clothes; I use it to strip veneer, remove heat stains, steam off labels, that sort of thing.
Anyway, the best method I have found to clean my iron is Salt and a Lemon. Cut a lemon in half and dipping it into salt, scrub your iron. Wipe it clean then for extra oomph I generously sprinkle salt over a brown paper bag and run over it several times with the iron.
This iron will never look like new again, but like I said I’ve had it for over 15 years, and now is was as smooth as a baby’s butt. The iron was ready to go, and I placed the lemon half and salt that I used down the garbage disposal to freshen it up a little. I just knocked off a couple of jobs in 20 minutes, neither of which was on today’s to do list, but nevertheless. I was so proud of myself. Then I realized I still had half a lemon. So I decided to clean my cutting board, do you see where this is going?
A Cut Above
When I clean my cutting board, I again use salt and half a lemon to scrub it down and wipe it off. Spray it with hydrogen peroxide, wipe it off, then with vinegar and wipe it off. Finish it by applying a thin coating of Mineral oil. It turns out this was a two lemon half job, so once again I was left with half a lemon, which led to…..
Cleaning a cast iron skillet that I let a male borrow. I posted how I clean and re-season cast iron HERE. Finally, I had used all the lemon slices and was ready to begin the first project on my list.
Using a low/ medium heat setting (permanent press, NO STEAM) and a very damp cloth, gently iron over the cloth constantly moving and lifting both the iron and the cloth.
The Heat stain will magically disappear. Now this doesn’t work on all pieces of furniture, and some stains seem to vanish while others just lighten, but this time I scored a win! I applied a coat of my Magic Furniture Repair (you can find that recipe HERE), and that’s it I’m done for the day!
Out of a list of 5 projects, I was able to check off the first one, but I still feel like I won a gold medal in the Project Olympics. And being a big fan of the eternal optimist, Scarlet O’Hara, “Tomorrow is another day.” I’m sure I’ll get Project #2 knocked off in no time…..right?