All About That Brass.

Owning an older home comes with its fair share of surprises. Some good, some not so good (I’m looking at you, galvanized plumbing). Luckily, this surprise was a good one. We have an Arizona room that we’ve mostly been using as placeholder for other stuff we don’t know what to do with. We finally decided it’s time to turn it into a family space.

The room is in fairly good shape, it just needs a little elbow grease and a professional tile cleaning company. What had me stuck the most was the fireplace. It’s pretty worn and I figured the adornments needed to be kicked to the curb. I’m glad I waited because last week I gave the fireplace a second look and noticed it was just really tarnished metal. Then I thought, “Maybe a little Brasso would help?”

I wasn't sure this would even work, so I just slathered it with Brasso!

I wasn’t sure this would even work, so I just slathered it with Brasso!

This thing was in bad shape. It took several applications, a lot of washcloths, and some tunes to keep me motivated.

A little history to the house!

A little history to the house!

After polishing a little further, I noticed the word “Flexscreen” start to appear. Upon additional research, I discovered it was a fireplace company in the 50s, but appears to no longer exist. All I can find now are ads for sale, but it’s fun to time travel a little! This is my favorite part about owning an older home – there’s so much character to uncover.


Finally showing its true colors!

Finally showing its true colors!

At this point I felt like a mad scientist. “It’s working! It’s worrrrrkkkiiing!”

It should also be noted that at this point, my arms were pretty tired. I took a break and conquered the rest the next day.

Look at dat Brass.

Look at dat Brass.

It’s so shiny. It glistens. It gleams. It brass-ifys the whole room.

There’s still a bit of work to do with the fireplace. The screens are rusting and starting to break, so we’ll be ordering a new set from eFireplaceStore here shortly. I also need to get into the brick grooves with a bristle brush to clean out the excess Brasso, but it’s progress and I’ll take what I can get!

Now with more Brasso!

Now with more Brasso!

I know this post seems like a crazy advertisement for Brasso, but it’s a legit rave review. We’ve used it on doorbell chimes, dresser handles, candlestick holders – it’s a staple in this tarnished house.

Do you have any tips for polishing old, dingy items?


  • I too just found the trademark Flexscreen on my old 50s fireplace. Did you ever find any replacement parts for the retractable screen? Can’t wait to try the brasso on the brass irons.


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