Chip & Joanna Gaines Just Gave Us the Best New Use for Pickle Juice

Dec 6, 2017 at 10:20 a.m. ET
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If there are two things I unequivocally and irrevocably love, they're pickles and HGTV. Throw any veggie in some salty brine and there is a 100 percent chance I will eat it. Can you blame me? They're healthy and delicious. But did you realize pickles can also be a key player in adding some rustic charm to your home too?

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On their recent episode of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines gave pickle lovers a whole new reason to worship the briny, crunchy little treats. Chip needed to age some copper (because new copper is so 2016) for a client's roof and mentioned he had heard salt is pretty darn good at giving new copper the patina effect he wanted. Later in the episode, it was revealed that the only concoction that was able to achieve Chip's desired patina look was pickle juice.

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Now, any true pickle lover knows the brine that gives pickles their delicious flavor is full of salt. But vinegar and lemon juice are usually found in the brine as well. All of these brine ingredients also seem to pop up in a number of popular online tutorials on how to give copper a patina effect. Given how popular the patina look is, I'm kind of amazed no one has tried pickle juice before. Thanks, Chip and Joanna, for bestowing upon us this simple hack that will surely save any patina-loving DIYer a whole lot of time, money and stress.

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