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. : )