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How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl

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How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl

It’s hard to believe that just a couple of days ago I was basking in Florida sunshine. Not to mention the salt sea air, swaying palm trees and delicious umbrella drinks. While I was away our local weather was all about tornado warnings, a tiny bit of snow and freezing temps. Everyone is okay in our area, but Honey Bee and I did feel a tad guilty about being on a beach getaway! We got over the guilt very quickly! LOL Even though I was on vacation, my mind was abuzz with creative ideas and things I wanted to do when I returned home. Like how to remove faded design from a vintage Pyrex bowl.

Yes, I know this seems crazy and random. But right before I left home I went to a local antique shop and found a vintage Pyrex bowl for just $1.00. The problem is, it looked like this.

When it should have looked like this!

Take a chance

Being that this was just $1.00, I took a chance that I could remove the faded design from the vintage Pyrex bowl.

This is truly a great bowl that I can use over and over again in my kitchen. It was definitely worth the risk and it gave me a chance to try doing something I’ve never done before.

Full Disclosure

In this particular case, the design was very damaged. Therefore, there wasn’t a lot of old design to remove.

Here are all of the details with the steps I took:

How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl

How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - this bowl looks fabulous now
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Zero

Materials

  • Vintage Pyrex bowl with faded design
  • Fingernail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Raw sugar or mild abrasive cleaner
  • Liquid Barkeeper's Friend
  • Sponge with a scrubbing pad
  • Hot Water and soap for cleaning

Instructions

  1. Determine that vintage Pyrex bowl design is irreparably damaged.How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - this bowl has a lot of damage
  2. Use fingernail polish remover and cotton balls to begin removing design. Some or most of the design will come off this way.How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - wipe with fingernail polish remover and cotton balls.
  3. Next, use some raw sugar or mild abrasive with a tiny bit of water. Begin rubbing this on the design - like an exfoliant. You can really press hard here.How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - scrub with raw sugar or other abrasive
  4. Rinse the sugar off with warm water and dry well.
  5. Add Barkeeper's Friend over the design. Using the scrubbing pad side of a sponge, run very hard to remove final part of design.How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - use barkeeper's friend.
  6. Wash and dry Pyrex bowl.
  7. Admire your handiwork!How to Remove Faded Design From a Vintage Pyrex Bowl - beautiful now - all clean bright and shiny white

Notes

*This method worked very well for our bowl, but please keep in mind that the design was very damaged *

Totally worth all of the scrubbing time! It turned out beautifully and there is nary a hint of the old design.

The bowl looks like it was always plain, bright white! I couldn’t be any happier with my $1.00 purchase! I’m not saying that you will have the exact same result as I did, but it’s definitely worth a try if you have a damaged bowl like mine.

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3 Comments

  1. So glad you enjoyed your trip but am glad you are back to making life beautiful. I did not k ow that bar keepers friend has a liquid form. Thanks again for the wonderful blog!!!!!!!!

  2. This looks like a completely different bowl now – that is so cool! I had no idea you could even take those graphics/images off but now that I know I won’t be passing up pieces like this while thrifting any more. Thanks for the awesome tip! Hugs, CoCo

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