To guests, your bathroom is quant and charming. However to you it feels too small. There are some simple things that you can do in the bathroom to make it feel bigger without breaking down a wall or thinking too hard about remodeling ideas.
Layers of light
How many lights are in your bathroom? Having just an overhead light will make it feel like you have a small bathroom. Add a side light on the wall near the bathroom mirror or over by the toilet. A couple of different lights will add light and variety to the bathroom.
Certainly you have one mirror in your bathroom. What if you added a couple of smaller mirrors, increased the size of the biggest mirror or did a combination of both? Hollywood uses mirrors all the time to make things appear larger than they really are. Even if you added some small, different shaped mirrors you’ll notice that the room appears larger.
A new light fixture
If you can only have one light in the bathroom why not look at getting a new light fixture? If you’re looking at a new fixture and you have a small bathroom think about getting one that has jewelry or reflective surfaces surrounding the light bulb. Depending on the color of your bathroom, this could really add more light and thus the appearance of more space.
What color are your walls?
In some small bathrooms a dark color may work. If you have enough light or are near a window then you might be able to pull off a dark red or blue, which can look very pretty. However, if your walls are dark and you don’t have the light to compensate for that then simply paint the walls a lighter color.
The floors fall into the same category. The dark marble may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but now you realize that it just makes the bathroom seem small.
When decorating your small bathroom, be sure to keep it simple and place a couple of color contrasts in the room. If you have molding, paint that just a shade lighter than the walls. Put up a picture or two that have colors that contrast the main color on the walls. If there is clutter in your bathroom, then get it out. Clutter and knick knacks don’t really add to the room and in some cases can actually take away.
One option to get rid of clutter is to add a bathroom corner cabinet. That way you can still have the toilet cleaning supplies, extra toilet paper and such in the bathroom without having it on display.
Over time, all the cooking you do in your kitchen will add up to dirty cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets are new then you want to be careful to keep them as stain and scratch free as possible. But if your cabinets are old then you want to keep them clean in order to give them more life. Either way, here are some basic steps for keeping your kitchen cabinets looking good.
What will you clean your cabinets with? Dish soap is an effective and affordable choice. Try mixing up a little bit with water, and use it to wipe the cabinets using the non-abrasive side of a sponge. If there is caked on junk, simply scrub it a couple times and it should come off.
If you need a little more muscle to get your cabinets clean, try using vinegar. Dilute the vinegar 2:1 with water and it will kill any germs, get rid of grime and dry without any streaks. Plus, since it’s all-natural you don’t have to worry about it being harmful to pets or children.
In some cases, for really stubborn stains, you might have to use mineral spirits or a product like ‘Goop Off’ to get the surface really clean. Be careful with these, if you’re too aggressive with them they’ll create a dull spot on the wood.
Exterior cabinet cleaning
Every once in a while you should do a very thorough exterior cleaning of your kitchen cabinets. This means taking off the hardware that is on the front of each drawer or cabinet. Don’t put the hardware through the dishwasher because the jets might wear off the paint or dull the color. Instead, soak the hardware in a small pool of dish soap or vinegar. After they’ve soaked for 10 minutes, dry them off and screw back onto the cabinet.
If you notice that any of the exterior areas are starting to look dull, either due to too much sunlight, harsh scrubbing or wear, you should apply some furniture polish.
Interior cabinet cleaning
Maybe twice a year, depending on how busy your kitchen is, it’s a good idea to clean the inside of the cabinets. If you don’t have paper on the bottom of them it’s also a great chance to get rid of the dirt or food that might collect back there.
Updating or changing out your kitchen cabinets can be a major undertaking. If your cabinets are looking dull, just try cleaning them to see if it does the trick. Regular maintenance to your kitchen cabinets can help them looking new longer. No remodeling required.
Solid granite countertops in your bathroom can be a durable option for what some people call the second most important room in the house. Before deciding on granite bathroom countertops you need to understand how they should be maintained. Granite has a timeless appearance but does require regular cleaning if it’s going to maintain its good looks.
Granite is a natural stone. Natural stones are porous, allowing water to penetrate them. Some types of granite will require periodic sealing.
Determining if your granite countertops need to be sealed or re-sealed is simple.
- Just put some drops of water in an area that gets lots of use, like where the toothbrush holder or soap dish is located.
- Let the water sit there for 15 minutes and it should bead up. If the water does not bead then it’s time to re-seal the granite.
Once you’ve determined that the granite countertops need to be sealed just purchase some sealant from the hardware store. There are lots of different sealants for sale, just follow the directions on the back and you’ll be fine.
Cleaning your granite countertops is something that you must do from time to time. A quick and affordable way to do this is to use a mix of denatured alcohol and water in a 1:4 ratio. Lightly spray the solution on the granite and wipe dry. The mixture will dry quickly, kill any germs, and is safe around pets and kids. It can also be used in other areas of the house.
Pardon the pun, but granite rocks when it’s used in the bathroom. We’ve got 15 different color choices in stock for sizes between 25” to 73”. All of the granite tops are drilled, polished, and ready for installation.
If you have any questions about how granite countertops could work in your bathroom, please ask. It’s a rock solid investment that you (or potential buyers) will really notice.
Remodeling the kitchen is a big investment. Once you’ve decided on the color of cabinets, the counter, sink options and door style there are still several sometimes overlooked accessories that can add value to the room. If you use these accessories they can make your kitchen life go much smoother, cleaner and maybe make you a better cook.
Lazy susan trays
The awkward corner of your lower kitchen cabinets can be a dead zone or a moving square of activity. The lazy susan tray is the two or three tiered shelf that spins around. It’s a convenient thing to have in the corner because it utilizes much more of that space and keeps it cleaner. If you don’t have a lazy susan and instead opt for shelves, you may regret it once the kitchen is finished.
Without a lazy susan, you’ll end up using the same pots and pans; ignoring the bigger sizes, steamers or bamboo wok that you got as a gift that cooks vegetables much better. Factor a lazy susan into your kitchen plans and you will use it over and over, we promise.
How big is your trashcan, really? If you don’t need the 4 foot tall one that gets in the way and looks out of place, simply get a smaller trashcan and use the trashcan pullout. It’s a rack that holds the trashcan and slides out when you open the door. Hint: if the cabinet is big enough you can hold two trashcans, one for the garbage and one for the recycling.
You think there is some dried parsley in your spice cabinet, but aren’t really sure since all of your spices are jammed in one cabinet like little spice soldiers? The jar of garlic salt or parsley is maybe 3” tall, yet your cabinet is 24” tall. You can’t stack spices on top of one another, so the spice pull out drawer is an excellent answer.
It’s a narrow drawer near your waist that pulls out with enough space for all of your spices. You may not use enough spices to merit it, but think about resale.
Crown and light rail molding
Crown and light rail molding are truly the accents of your kitchen. The extra crown molding at the top of your cabinets really helps finish off one of the signature rooms in your house. Look at kitchens without crown molding and then one with crown molding and you’ll be a believer too.
The light rail molding is the smaller molding at the bottom of your cabinet that hides accent lighting. Sometimes you don’t want the big overhead light on and the more subtle accent light does the trick. It also adds an understated element of class to your kitchen-and who doesn’t want that?
We have all of these accessories and more in stock. Which one of them would make the biggest impact in your kitchen?
Do you need a kitchen update? Thinking about whether to get new cabinets or simply paint the old ones? You want to save money, yet want a new look for your kitchen-so what do you do? Simply painting your cabinets may not be the money saver that you think it will be. Certainly it may save money it the short term, but in the end it all comes down to how they look and is that look worth the time or money? Let’s look at what’s involved in painting.
Remove all hardware
This is simple, but time consuming. Take the doors off the cabinets and the hardware off the doors.
Sand then scrub
Even the person with a clean kitchen has dirty cabinets. All of the grease and splatter spots don’t just go on the floor. They’ll go on the cabinets and be stuck on. Just rub your hand over you cabinets now, they’re not exactly smooth, are they?
Any of the holes, dings or imperfections need to be filled with wood putty or caulk.
Next, you need to prime the doors and cabinets. Obviously the cabinets you’ll prime in the kitchen, were do you plan on priming the doors? Remember that the sides of the doors need to be primed too. Once the primer is dry, caulk the lines or dings in the wood.
You’ve chosen the color that you’ll be painting the cabinets. It matches the appliances and reflects the way that the light enters the room. Be sure to hang the doors from something, if you paint them flat it’ll have a different appearance than the cabinets.
The cabinets are hanging from the wall, so just hang the doors up using a coat hanger or string and you’re good to go.
Check for paint runs, spots that need a second coat and consistent paint lines in the ridges. If they don’t need any correction then put the doors back up, install the hardware and you’re finished.
Those are lots of steps. It may save you money, but will cost you in time and effort. Painting your kitchen cabinets because you think it’s cheaper may not be the best way to go. It can end up taking much more time, which in the end will cost you money. Come see our selection of affordable, finished kitchen cabinets. You’ll end up with a professional product, and save yourself the effort of painting.
There are several options available when it comes to countertop materials. Each provide several pros and cons, but which is the best option for the best value? Here is a thorough examination of the three most common countertop materials with the pros and cons for each.
Pros: Natural stone is durable and long lasting. It is also a classic material and so it will rarely go out of style, despite the changes in decorating trends. It is also heat resistant and so hotpans and trays may be placed upon it.
Cons: Natural stone is naturally porous and, therefore, requires sealing when being installed. It also requires regular maintenance and regular resealing. This is for food and health safety as well as for aesthetic upkeep. It is also the most expensive countertop available on the market.
Pros: Concrete is very heat resistant and can hold any hot object without experiencing any damage. If sealed, it is also a very durable option. It can also be fully and creatively customized (for example, you can add recycled glass or stone pieces into the mixture) and it can be made to look seamless with a filler.
Cons: It MUST be sealed to protect it from stains, water and heat damage, and bacterial growth. However, even with sealing moisture or oil can make the countertop look "wet" and sloppy. It can also be very expensive, depending on the customization. Also, if cracks in the concrete occur, it must be totally replaced, which can also be expensive.
Pros: Laminate is the most affordable option when it comes to countertops and, with hundreds of colors and patterns (as well as edging options), it is pretty much guaranteed that you will be able to find exactly what you want. It is also very low maintenance and very easy to clean. Because it is non-porous, there is no risk of food or bacteria getting caught in the countertop and no need for continual resealing.
Cons: Laminate is a strong material, but it won't resist a determined attempt to cut it with a knife. Like tile, granite and engineered stone, if you chip it, you can't repair it completely. But it's a lot less expensive to replace if the damage is severe! You also have to be careful placing hot items on Laminate, as it it more prone to burns.
After examining the pros and cons, it seems that Laminate is the best and most affordable option for countertop material. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is durable and easy to maintain. Although it is not as strong of a material as natural stone or concrete, it is exponentially less expensive to repair or replace.
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Modern kitchen designs combine color and texture to create warm, inviting spaces. When you choose paint colors for your kitchen, you want to coordinate them with your wood cabinets. Many cabinets have earth tones such as oak, maple and walnut, that harmonize with neutral paint colors. Bright paint colors and deep hues add visual interest to a kitchen design. A color wheel is a valuable tool for choosing wall paint colors to coordinate with your cabinetry.
Coordinate wall paint and cabinetry by selecting paint colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel. Because most cabinetry is made from brown or golden wood varieties, select paint colors that are opposite browns and golds on the color wheel. These include medium blue, soft gray, light blue, turquoise, teal, gray-green and aquamarine. If your cabinetry is cherry wood or has a slight red tint, shades of true green are appropriate wall color choices. According to design experts, contrasting colors complement each other because they appear cleaner and brighter than if they were paired with neutral colors.
Be sure to also choose a wall paint color that harmonizes with your cabinetry, backsplash and countertops. Because those features are permanent, you need color-friendly paint that blends all of those elements together. Opt for a shade of paint that closely matches one of the wood grains in your cabinetry, a fleck in your countertops or a piece of tile in your backsplash. Select muted paint colors that make a statement such as soft mocha, taupe, ivory, light gray, pale aqua, subdued yellow or salmon. Avoid dark paint colors that could visually shrink the size of your kitchen and clash with your permanent features.
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The kitchen is one of those rooms in your home where you find yourself spending a significant amount of time. It is also one of the rooms in your home that can increase (or decrease) its value in terms of resale or building equity. This is why kitchen upgrades are always a good investment. However, they don’t always have to be costly. Here are some kitchen upgrades you can make without breaking the bank.
Replace or repaint the cabinets. The cabinets are usually the first thing a person will notice when they walk into the kitchen (besides, maybe, the refrigerator when it’s full). If your cabinets are fairly old and outdated, then it’s probably time to replace them. Buying from a store like Builders Surplus will allow you to replace the cabinets at an affordable price. If your cabinets are in good shape, then you can simply repaint them to give them a fresh new look.
Swap out lighting. Stylish new pendant lights can easily become the new focal point of the room. Adding these lights can also brighten up a kitchen that is otherwise dimly lit while also bringing style. This is also an affordable upgrade as you can usually get a group of pendant lights (or something similar) for under $200.
Add new hardware. Classic hardware is a worthwhile upgrade, subtly enhancing the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it adds up fast — especially if you have a large kitchen with lots of cabinets.
Count the number of pulls and knobs in your kitchen so you can quickly determine if the hardware you have your eye on will fit your budget. You can easily find exactly what you want for less than $10 a piece.
Use chalkboard paint. This is a fun way to add a unique style upgrade to your kitchen. You can use it to paint a wall for putting notes and to-dos, paint your refrigerator for toddler-doodles or grocery lists, or even a cabinet for sending messages to your loved ones.
Investing in your kitchen is a worthwhile endeavor. Luckily, not all improvements have to cost a fortune!
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When it comes to choosing cabinets for your home, there are several different options when it comes to wood. Different woods have different qualities and can give a different feel to your kitchen or bathroom. Apart from the obvious differences in color, there are other subtle differences that a consumer may want to know about before making the decision to put it into their home. Here are profiles of seven of the most popular types of wood used for cabinets.
Alder- Alder provides a brighter tone than other woods. It is a softer hardwood, and ranks second only to oak as the most commonly used wood. Alder offers the look of many fine hardwoods at a value price, which makes it one of the preferred woods for furniture use.
Birch- Birch is a stiff, close-grained hardwood widely used for chair and stools. A heavy wood, it has a high shock resistance. Birch is very light in color (predominantly a light yellow) and takes any stain well.
Cherry- Cherry is a strong, fine-grained hardwood with a pink undertone. Its rich coloring darkens with age and exposure to light. Cherry resists warping and is often considered a luxury wood.
Hickory- One of the hardest, heaviest, and strongest woods, it is distinguished by extreme contrasts of light and dark colors. It has a dramatic natural look and, for more even coloring, hickory can be easily stained.
Mahogany- Mahogany is a medium to hard wood. It has a uniform pore structure, a medium grain, and less defined annual rings. Mahogany ranges from tan to reddish-brown in color, and may display stripe, ribbon, rope, ripple, or blister figures. Its stability and resistance to decay makes the wood ideal for high-quality cabinetry and furniture.
Maple- This is a very light-colored medium-to-hard wood. Known for its shock resistance, maple has diffused, evenly-sized pores that give the wood a fine texture and an even grain. Maple can be finished to resemble walnut, cherry, or other more expensive hardwoods.
Oak- Oak is the wood most commonly used for finer, more durable furniture. It’s a very hard, heavy, open-grained wood found in both red and white varieties. Prominent rings and large pores give oak a coarse texture and prominent grain. It stains well in any color.
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A nice bathroom doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are several ways to get that high-class look without sacrificing quality or emptying your pockets to be able to afford it. Here are a few simple and affordable ways to upgrade your bathroom.
Use white for your main bathroom components. All manufacturers make and sell more white-colored sinks, tubs and toilets and so always sell them for a fraction of the cost of a custom-colored component. White is also the standard and adds a clean-looking base note to any bathroom decorating.
Update the cabinets and/or the cabinet hardware. Fresh cabinets bring new life to a bathroom. Many older homes have bathrooms with cabinets that are outdated, peeling, and generally falling apart. Low-cost options include buying from a wholesaler (such as builders surplus). If you feel your cabinets are still in good shape, then a fresh coat of paint and a new set of knobs will also help create a visual impact with minimal cost.
Freshen up the walls. Painting your bathroom walls is a simple way to update your bathroom's look. Be sure that you buy moldproof an mildewproof primers and paints as steam from the shower can be a mold and mildew proponent. Your paint color can set the mood and brighten the room. You can also add more color with towels, candles and soaps.
Upsize your mirror. If your bathroom has an outdated medicine cabinet, replace it with a good-size mirror with a frame. It's amazing how this little change can dress up the room. The larger the mirror, the more light and color it reflects, making the room seem bigger.
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