I love finding a great deal. I love getting something old and dirty, applying a little elbow grease, and finding something beautiful underneath. Big Man and I decided that it was time for a bigger grill. We've been BBQing at a friend's house lately and I'd like to be able to return the favor, but our little grill just wouldn't handle enough meat for 2-3 families.
This is our "new" $75 grill after I cleaned it. I wish I had taken a before picture. It was filthy and probably hadn't been used in over a year. Big Man took his car degreaser and the hose to it, but that left horrific water streaks. The steel looked more white than shiny silver and the black parts were gray. I almost made him take it back. Yuck.
I re-washed it to no avail. I tried vinegar, but as soon as it dried, the streaks reappeared. Then Google came to my rescue. The BEST tip I've ever heard for cleaning a grill: polish with mineral oil. It's like magic. Yes, it leaves fingerprints and smudges, but they wipe right off. And it LOOKS nice. Shiny. I like shiny.
Like I said, I didn't think to take a "before" picture. But I did take a few shots of the back of the grill. Look at the difference it makes!! It still has rust spots and isn't this shiny on the inside, but I'm no longer embarrassed to have it in the backyard.
I'm beginning to think that I have a serious chemical imbalance because this. makes. me. happy. I love clean and shiny. I love the satisfaction of a job well done. I can't wait to see the look on his face when he comes home!