gold kitchen hardware

the perfect bath (on a budget)

This month we have the pleasure of hosting a Waterworks Pop-Up shop in Nashville at Redo on September 20th 9am - 5pm. If you haven't already been ogling their gorgeous line of bath fixtures, tubs, and stunning bath furnishings, it's time to check them out! They have some swoon worthy options for anyone looking for a magazine-worthy, luxury bath.

So what makes a perfect bath if you are on a budget?  

Designed by Summer Thornton. 

Designed by Summer Thornton. 

For me,  a perfect bath combines clean lines, timeless finishes, bright natural lighting and a luxurious feel. And you don't have to break the bank!! I recently helped my parents with the renovation of their 1920's craftsman main bathroom. We started out with these photos as our inspiration:

Via  Dwell

Via Dwell

Although we were working within a very strict budget, my parents wanted the bathroom to feel timeless, modern, and fresh. At Redo we often refer to this as the "black Target dress, with Jimy Choo shoes." Splurge on some things to keep the room looking rich, but save on the basics. The way we accomplished this in their bath was by starting with classic white subway tile. White subway tile will never go out of style. I had them straight-stack the tile (as seen in the photo above) to keep clean lines, and give it a non-traditional feel. Then we chose a dramatic 10" black hexagon tile from The Tile Shop. This added a lot of character and texture without blowing our budget. 

For the vanity, we chose an inexpensive floating cabinet from IKEA, but added some richness through our drawer pulls and faucets. Furthermore, we added texture through natural wood shelving, a patterned shower curtain, and a vintage rug. 

You can find some of our selections below:

Unfortunately, the only picture I have of the end product was taken with an iPhone. At night. And features a tiny kitten and a dirty floor. So, you're welcome!! I will post some better pictures soon! 

What tips and tricks do you have for an affordable bathroom renovation?



hardware the hard way

Sometimes when you can't find what you want, you have to take matters in to your own hands.  This is often the case for me when it comes to finding the perfect hardware for a kitchen or bath project.

Case in point:  In the below picture is a bathroom renovation from two years ago that was in desperate need of sleek glass doors, but the hardware available didn't come in the brushed gold finish that matched our plumbing fixtures.  So you know what we did? I'm not kidding here. We had them plated.  We took the shower door hardware to a local plating shop and voila. Matching hardware.

Once I had a taste of that idea, I was hooked.  So when it was time to select my kitchen hardware, and I couldn't find the style I wanted in brushed brass, I knew just what to do!


custom gold plated hardware

custom gold plated hardware

I selected Liberty Artesia pull and knobs and ordered them in one of the available finishes and had all of them plated to the perfect brushed brass.



The cost varies depending on the finish you choose and the number of pieces to be plated.  For a large kitchen with knobs and pulls, our local plating cost is about $600.

Happy plating!

xoxo, lori