A long time ago I read a post on one of my favorite blogs about cleaning vintage paintings with bread. You can read all about their success story here. So when I found these paint by numbers for my lovely friend, I thought it was time to break out the bread.
Now you know just a bit more about me. We make our own bread. And clearly don’t eat the heels. They’re gross.
So after scrubbing around on the painting for awhile, my bread was definitely discolored. But not with the yellowish brown stains of nicotine I anticipated. This is just general dust. The entire painting just had some aged yellowing varnish or paint!
Here’s the after shot for you. Not a difference. While not all of our stories are success stories, I thought I’d share this one because I had such high hopes for a dramatic transformation. After the bread failure, I did try a bit of dish soap with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. No dice. Then I tried just a touch of Windex. Fail. The next time I find an entirely filthy painting I’ll try the bread trick again and see if I can have more success. Until then, it’s off to feed the birds.