Laissez les bons temps rouler!
That means, let the good times roll! It’s time to dig out your plastic beads, don your gold, green and purple clothes, and cut into the king cake. It’s Mardi Gras (AKA Fat Tuesday) and as a tribute to this unique holiday, we’re paying homage to the home styles of New Orleans.
If you take a trip to the crescent city, you’ll find more than imbibed revelers and colorful costumes. Look up, and you’ll see intricately decorated iron balconies, which are as unique to the city as chicory coffee and flame throwers.
Ironwork in the classic French New Orleans style has become popular throughout the United States. If your home is decorated with ornamental iron, follow these quick tips to keep it maintained:
1. First, remove rust. Add a few drops of kerosene to a steel wool pad. Apply pressure as you scrub, and rub the rust spots until the rust loosens and falls off the wrought iron.
2. Apply wax to your wrought iron to protect it from water or snow. Use a soft cloth, and apply an even coat of wax, which you can find at your local hardware store. Check the weather, and give your wax coat ample time to dry. We recommend you wax in the evening, and let the iron dry overnight.
3. If you’re interested in changing the color of your iron, be sure to use paint that’s intended for wrought iron use. You’ll find suitable paint at your local hardware store.