For the love of ironstone…

Since junking season is in full force I wanted to share a way to clean up ironstone pieces that have those brown stains.  Recently I picked up an ironstone cake stand for $5 it was severely stained on top and had a little on the side. I knew I had cleaned a bowl, years ago so I wanted to try it again! The cake stand was in perfect condition other than the stains.

The secret to getting rid of the stains is hydrogen peroxide! You will need enough to cover your piece in a bucket or pan that your piece fits into. 

There’s nothing special about the peroxide, I got mine at the dollar store! Pour enough to completely submerge the piece then put a cover on the bucket or pan and let it soak for a couple days. After it has soaked set the piece in the sun for a few hours to completely dry out. You will be amazed at how well this works! I will say the stains aren’t completely gone but they are so faint no one would ever notice especially if there’s a cake sitting on it๐Ÿ˜‰  


Can you believe the transformation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ So, now when your out at a flea market or tag sale and see that ironstone piece with stains snatch it up and give this a try I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! 

Shrimp boil packets….

Wanted to do a quick post on a really easy quick recipe that has tons of flavor! I saw this recipe on Facebook so we tried it out tonight…it was so yummy!

You will need some heavy duty foil to make the packets. I used the Reynolds Grill Non-stick foil but you could use any wide heavy duty foil and just oil, or spray with Pam. 

Ingredients: 

  • Uncooked shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Spicy link sausage (I used Oscar Meyer Selects roasted pepper& onion)
  • Potatoes
  • Corn on the cob
  • Onions
  • Chopped garlic
  • Parsley (optional)
  • Old bay spice
  • Salt 
  • Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Butter

Slice the sausage in bite size pieces, cube the potatoes, cut the corn into 1-2″ pieces 

Divide all ingredients into 3-4 packets, season, drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and put a pat of butter in each package


Fold over and crimp the edges of the packets tight

Cook on the grill for 10 minutes or until all the ingredients are done


Serve! Can’t beat a quick, easy and tasty supper that doesn’t disappoint! Enjoy! 

DIY Two Tiered Tray…

I have been loving the look of these trays for some time, but to buy one they are rather expensive…I think! A few days ago my new IG friend Jennifer of @downshilohroad posted a tiered tray she had DIY’d. 

She inspired me to make one of my own!….

I bought my wood chargers and finial at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon (I was too impatient to wait on them to go on sale) I bought the spindle and the feet at Menards. The home improvement stores have a few different options for parts, porch spindles, furniture legs, dowel rods, stairway ballisters. So let your imagination run wild and think outside the box!

I chose to screw my pieces together. (Partly because DH always wants things built like a tank…) so I used 1/4″ x 2″ plain dowel screw (that is a screw with threads on both ends) between the finial, top charger and top of the spindle. Then a 1/4″ lag screw between the bottom charger and the bottom end of the spindle … 

I did however use gorilla super glue for the feet and they seem to be attached securely. So if you don’t want to get the drill out and buy the special screws try some super glue! 

We drilled pilot holes in all the pieces before screwing the pieces together for a ‘dry fit’ . 



After I was happy with the configuration I took it apart to make it easier to paint. I just used some old white flat paint we had leftover and did a couple thin coats.


After the paint dried overnight I distressed the edges on all the pieces. 

After they were all distressed I topcoated it with a walnut stain making sure to really rub it in on the distressed areas. 


After the stain dried I put it back together, then had some fun styling it!I really am happy with the way it turned out. I think it has a Restoration Hardware kinda feel to it!  Plus I have less than $20 in mine!!! So don’t be afraid to make yourself a tiered tray and you can paint or stain it any way you want to fit into your home! 



Would love to see your tiered trays if you decide to make one of your own! Post a picture in the comments or you can find me on Instagram @karen.says