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Get Ready to Powder Your Noses my Friends, the Downstairs Bath is Complete (!!)

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

After 6 long months without a downstairs bathroom, we finally finished ours in April.

It wasn’t an easy job, after gutting the entire bathroom (right down to the studs and floorboards), we started with a clean slate. You wouldn’t think such a teeny tiny (about 12 sq. feet) would be so much work.

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

We got everything in working order in April, we’ve since gotten most of the finishing touches done on the room and I’m ready to say we’ve crossed the finished line this weekend.

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

I found this awesome weathered, chunky mirror at HomeGoods. It’s half distressed nautical wheel and half rusty mechanical wheel.

(Sorry for all the cut off photos… it’s hard to photograph such a small room!)

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

It’s big.

Most people would choose a smaller mirror because it’s a smaller space. But, I love it. Sometimes you need to just go with your gut.

The wonderful invention of light has finally returned to our bathroom as well. We ripped out the old wall sconces and installed this overhead 3-light fixture. The white opaque shades modernize the weathered mirror.

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

For a splash of artwork I hung a barnwood frame (to go with the mirror) and put in some of our UK trip landscape photos in sepia. It’s a small room and I didn’t want anything too bold too compete with the mirror. And of course the necessities – the towel bar and paper roll holder (which we finally hung!)

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

For now, for privacy, we have a white sheer hanging. I plan to add a plantation shutter like this:

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovationvia

But we need to have it custom made because that window is so narrow! For now the white sheer with the tension rod does the job.

But my favorite part is our faucet.

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

We found this baby on the clearance rack. While this Price Pfister faucet normally retails for around $150, we got it for $20 because it was missing all the screws to hook it up. We called Price Pfister and they sent us those parts in the mail for FREE! I’ll take that $120 saved and take it right to the bank, thank you very much.

While it may not be the easy route, being willing to take a few extra steps in your renovations can help you save a lot of money.

And just because I love a good old before and after:

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation

DesignLively - our DIY small bathroom renovation


DIY Homemade Non-toxic Silver Cleaner

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for all the love! Last week I was Freshly Pressed for the third time (this time for my Day Trip to St. Andrews, Scotland post) and every time I am blown away by all the friendly people out there in the world. Thanks for visiting and leaving all your little love notes!

It’s been a sad week here in these parts.

This week my Granddad has joined my Granna in heaven after 93 very full years of life. This is a picture of him (on the very left) and my Granna (the woman in the middle with the dark hair). They met because they were in a radio singing group – isn’t that cool?

Along with the dresser I am currently working on, in the fall I received some other pieces that belonged to my grandparents. One of the other things I brought home was this sterling silver mirror and brush set that belonged to my Granna.

It always sat on top of her bedroom dresser (the one that I am actually refinishing). I was thinking about it so much while I was sanding down the dresser, it forced me into finally getting around to do this project.

As you can see, the mirror and brush were pretty tarnished.

Enter: sterling silver cleaner!

After repeatedly forgetting to purchase silver cleaner at the store, I decided to look up some alternative methods online. One being a very basic, one ingredient, non-toxic method: pure baking soda!

I took an old toothbrush, a small bowl of water and about 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

I wet the brush and started scrubbing baking soda on to the mirror. Nothing fancy.

Then I started to just use my hands, dipping my fingers in the water and then in the baking soda. My hands were gray by the end!

After I was satisfied with the cleaning, I gave it a rinse with tepid water and thoroughly dried it immediately.

It shined up pretty well!

And I’m glad I saved the $5.00 on silver cleaner.

Now it’s sitting on MY bedroom dresser. I love being surrounded by family things and remember my grandparents every day. : )