Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Little "Secrets"

 Well, not really secrets.
You all know I share everything I learn with you.=)
So, I got these two bags of new little clothespins. (above)

New just does not cut it in my little vintage shop,
so I wondered how I could make them look old.
Yes, we could just lay them out in the sun, and in a few months (years)
 they would probably be grayed up like old ones.
But I wanted them to look old NOW!

 So I wondered what would happen if I dunked them in my
old rust/patina vinegar/salt solution... (TUTORIAL HERE)
And guess what......

It worked perfectly! (always test with one item before you do a whole batch)
I left them in a couple of days, kind of 'mixing' them around
every so often.....

and they are perfect.
Well, except for the vinegar smell. ew!
So I rinsed them. still smelled...=(

Then I laid them out in the sun for a couple of days.
That did it!!!
Now my 'aged' clothespins not only look cool
but they smell good now too.
Just like they'd been on the line for years. =)

disclaimer, sort of:
I have not tried this with new vinegar, just my old dirty stuff. 
If you try it with new, please let me know how it works.

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Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those turned out great--love the aged look. I hate the smell of vinegar--good to know it goes away!

lynn said...

they look great! have a great weekend, barb!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

They look great! I use a similar aging solution of apple cider vinegar and steel wool to get that color. I love the idea of aging clothespins. :)

Have a great weekend!

Nook and Cranny said...

Thanks for sharing, I am inspired.
I will visit your solution post and get started right away.
I love old clothes pins.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Jean, visiting from Common Ground. Great way to age clothes pins, I pinned too. Thanks.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Sorry, should have written you full name, Barbara Jean, when I commented.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

What great timing Barb! I just purchased an Old unopened bag of these at the JUNK BONANZA in MPLS. So I will use your tip on distressing them. Enjoy the weekend. We are hoping for WARMTH..snow last night, hight winds and COLD.

Karen L. Bates said...

Smart girl. I just leave some out on the line through the winter....ha, ha!

Okio B Designs said...

Totally going to try this! I see a company that sells lavender infused clothes pins and I'm so dying to try something like that too!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

LOve this, they look 100 years old!


Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Hahaha...yep, i know that smell :) I made some too a while back. The smell went away in a couple weeks...or maybe I got used to it ;)

Shopgirl said...

now you have done it! I can hardly wait to age something. Thank you for sharing this. They look great and old. Have a sweet spring, Mary