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Inexpensive Ways to Redecorate Your Bathroom

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Frugal Bathroom Makeovers:

Home redecorating can be very costly, especially if you want to completely change the look of a room. Oftentimes, the expenses can reach up to several thousands of dollars. Unless you’re well-endowed financially, redecorating even just a room in your home can put a strain in your family budget. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your rooms a makeover without spending all that much. For instance, if you want to do a bathroom makeover and you’re on a very limited budget, here are 5 inexpensive moves you can make:

1. Replace old faucets.

Outdated faucets can make a bathroom look older than it really is. If you can afford it, replace your old faucets with new ones that have a chrome or brass finish. They’ll give the bathroom a trendy but elegant look.

Replace Old Faucets

2. Change the lighting.

Lighting can be a huge factor, especially if you’ve got a small bathroom. If you want to make your space look bigger, you can do so by using brighter lights. You can also use sheer curtains to let in more natural light, or install more mirrors to reflect the available light and make the room appear larger than it really is. On the other hand, if you want your bathroom to look cozier and more welcoming, go with softer lights.You can also add a few candles and curtains to change the glow in the room.

3. Update cabinets.

You can replace your bathroom cabinets with newer ones, but this can still be a hard on your budget. Here’s an even cheaper way: If you have wooden cabinets in your bathroom, update their look by staining them a different shade. You can also replace the knobs and handles to give the cabinets a fresher appearance.

Replace Your Old Cabinets

4. Change the bathroom tiles.

Among the biggest and most eye-catching features of any bathroom are the tiles on the floor and the walls. Install new tiles and you can immediately change the entire look of your bathroom. Bathroom tiles are generally not expensive but if you’re working with a truly limited budget, simply change the tiles in a few key areas instead of retiling the entire room. Another cheap alternative is to change the grout’s color and retain the old tiles.

5. Repaint the walls.

If changing the bathroom tiles is going to cost a lot, repainting the walls is the next best thing you can do. It’s a much cheaper option but just as effective in changing the general appearance of your bathroom.

As you can see, you can actually redecorate your bathroom without spending thousands of dollars. You can save more money by doing the redecorating yourself instead of hiring someone else to do the job. If you’re not that handy or don’t have much experience with home redecorating, you can always ask your friends and relatives to help out.

Repaint Bathroom Walls

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Consider a Spa Tub For Your Home

Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Beautiful Pool Spa Combo

Beautiful Pool Spa Combo

If you want to give yourself the best and most advanced bathroom possible then one of the most impressive features you can get for it is a hot tub. A hot tub is a great installation for a bathroom that will not only help to make your bathroom more impressive to look at (it will make a great first impression on guests) but that will also help to make it more exciting to use and more pleasant. There is nothing quite sitting back in a hot tub and relaxing while you listen to your favorite music or while you surround yourself with candles and this can give you the benefit of visiting a health spa but from the comfort of your own home.

However that’s not all a hot tub is good for – and as well as being highly relaxing and impressive, a hot tub is also actually very therapeutic and is an installation that can do a lot of good for your health. Here we will look at some of the health benefits of a spa tub and what you can get from them.

Psychology: First of all you should recognize that it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself and to unwind from time to time. In fact it is very goo for you and it’s something which can help you to avoid a great many psychological conditions. When we go through our normally busy and hectic lifestyles it is not uncommon for us to find ourselves becoming very stressed and panicked. If this is allowed to go on then we can find ourselves eventually having a nervous breakdown, developing depression, or even becoming ill (it takes a great toll on our immune system). Taking some time out to be just ‘you time’ is a fantastic remedy for this and highly recommended.

Muscles: Relaxing in a spa tub is a lot like having a massage. Not only do you get the warm water lapping up against your limbs and torso, but you also get the gentle massage from the jets which will caress your various joints and muscles. This is ideal for relaxing again, but also very useful for helping to avoid trapped nerves, and helping to avoid muscle tears and knots.

Skin: Relaxing in a hot tub is very good for your skin and hair. The reason for this is that you will find you sweat a good amount in the tub which helps to clear out your pores in much the same way as being in a sauna does and which helps to provide your skin with the essential oils it needs to thrive. This is also good for your hair and will promote a healthy and glossy looking shine. At the same time being in hot water will help to improve your circulation and bring your blood to the surface which not only nourishes your skin, but also helps to promote a more even skin tone.

Heart and Circulation: When you’re in warm water your heart rate will speed up as you try to keep yourself cool. This increased heart rate is mild but can help to keep your heart healthy as a form of exercise.

Weight Loss: Taking hot baths and spas can help you to lose weight by promoting an increased heart rate and increased metabolism that goes along with this.

Breathing: Being in warm water releases a lot of warm air and this is perfect if you have a blocked nose or throat as the warm moisture can be enough to break up phlegm and other build ups in your sinuses and to help you breath more easily once again.

Miguel Salcido is a home improvement advisor for Premiere Bathroom Vanities. He likes to inform people on the availability of discount bathroom vanities in order to obtain a cost-efficient attractive bathroom.

Proper Material For Creating a Bathroom Oasis

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Beautiful bubble bathtub, small tiles

Beautiful bubble bathtub, small tiles

Just like a long soak in a luxurious whirlpool tub, your bathroom should offer a look that relaxes and renews-whether you’re waking up to start the day or winding down after hours on the run. Surround yourself with colors, textures, materials, and accessories that make you feel comfortable, happy and relaxed. Success comes from making choices that can be enjoyed day in and day out.

To create a mountain fresh bathroom for example, search out textured materials that look as though they have been harvested from the Rockies. If cool and sleek is a more suitable style, choose tile or stone finishes with a smooth, polished look.

Setting sail for your own island oasis can be as easy as opening a can of paint. To create an illusionary island oasis, choose vibrant colors such as those commonly found in Caribbean resorts-warm sunny yellows and soothing sea blues. For added flavor, dot in the vibrant hues from tropical fruit-such as papaya pink and kiwi green.

Trim and other accents in white teamed with generous doses of sunlight are essential ingredients as well. Banks of windows always provide a plus-the more real sunshine the better. Use windows to frame the view to emphasize the connection to the outdoors.

Feel free to creatively mix materials. Exotic getaways frequently blend textures and shapes. Mixing of matte slate floors and glossy Italian ceramic tiles with deep wooden moldings, a tongue-and-groove ceiling, and smooth, shapely pedestal sinks can make a dreamy tropical paradise in your home.

For centuries, blue and white delftware has captured decorators’ fancy and remained a popular vintage collectible and decorating theme even today. If that’s your passion, bring it into the bathroom, surrounding yourself with the things you love.

Create your own special look using today’s enormous range of hand-painted tiles. Or create a one-of-a-kind pattern using varying solid colors and relief tiles from off -the-shelf sources.

Choose cabinetry that plays up the feeling formed by the tile. Elegant designs can be created by cabinetry that has a white washed finish that keeps it from appearing new. Big 12×12-inch floor tiles with repeating tones of the cabinetry that continues to the shower, can provide a subtle stage that allows the delft elements to provide the drama.

In creating a classical setting, choose accessories to enhance the theme for example you might try to color match the delft with blue and white trimmings such as a flower pot, or vase even a tissue holder, all of these items team up with towels and fabrics in the same palette to sprinkle the colors throughout the bathroom.

Bathroom Skylight Overview

Friday, December 17th, 2010

bathroom-skylightNatural lighting for bathrooms can come from two different sources. The first is a window in an exterior wall. The alternative is a skylight. These can look like a window in the ceiling; or they can be a bit more inconspicuous, such as a solar tube.

It’s often simply inconvenient to have a normal window in the bathroom. It takes up too much wall space that can be used for other things such storage, mirrors, etc. For a bathroom that is centrally located, a window isn’t an option at all. In contrast, skylights are out of the way and do not require an exterior wall.

Some people suggest installing skylights with venting units that can be opened to increase airflow and reduce humidity in the bathroom. Often, such systems are inconvenient to operate. They simply don’t get opened nearly as often as they should. A completely sealed, fixed skylight unit is usually a better choice. A separate vent fan unit should be installed to control the ventilation in the bathroom properly.

Additional Considerations in Skylight Selection

If a roof has load bearing trusses in the area over the bathroom, a large skylight can be a significant problem to install. While conventional rafters can be adjusted, trusses should be left alone. An improper redistribution of the loads could cause the roof to eventually warp or even collapse. A possible solution to avoid this is to install several small skylights instead of just a single large one.

Tubular skylights can be more efficient at capturing the sunlight from any angle and diverting it into an interior bathroom. They’re typically easier to install than rectangular types and will fit into most tight spaces.

Don’t buy the cheapest brand. Over several years seals can break. Condensation can build up on the glass. Rain can seep into an already humid environment. It’s best to buy a brand with a lengthy warranty that is durable enough to last for most of the lifetime of the house.

Upgrading Bathroom Electrical Outlets

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

119929591_a0ec3a641d_tIt is always a good idea to install GFCI outlets in bathrooms for the highest level of safety. These ground fault circuit interrupter outlets provide an added level of protection from short circuits in areas that may get damp. These are essential for reducing the risk of electrical shock. Many newer homes have these in place already, but older houses require an upgrade.

Along with your GFCI outlet terminal, purchase a circuit tester plug or analyzer. These are available at hardware or home improvement stores. You will use this device to check for any potential problems with the existing wiring. If you find that an outlet has been incorrectly wired, you need to fix it before installing a new GFCI outlet. Most GFCI outlets have test and reset buttons for periodic maintenance. These are not the same thing as the circuit analyzer and don’t serve the same purpose.

Replacing a Receptacle

  1. Test the existing outlet with the analyzer to make sure it’s wired correctly
  2. Turn off the power to the receptacle at the circuit breaker box
  3. Remove the outlet cover
  4. Unscrew the receptacle plug from the electrical junction box
  5. Pull it out of the junction box to gain easy access to the wiring
  6. Mark all wires so that you know which ones are which. There should be 3 types of wires: positive, negative, and ground. Additionally, there might be 2 or more sets of these in the box. It will depend on whether there are additional outlets on the same circuit. Keep track of which are line wires and which are load wires too.
  7. Disconnect the marked wires from the old receptacle’s terminal screws
  8. Connect those wires onto the new GFCI outlet terminals. The line wires coming directly from the circuit breaker box should be connected to the appropriate line terminals. All other wires need to be connected to the matching ones that are marked ‘load’.
  9. Mount or screw on the new receptacle to the junction box
  10. Install a new electrical outlet gasket that fits over the receptacle
  11. Reinstall the cover
  12. Turn the power back on
  13. Retest the outlet with the analyzer
  14. Test all outlets on the same circuit to make sure they all work properly too