Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bathroom Photoshop

If you've ever visited Worth 1000, you've seen the many photo-altering contests. Contestants are presented with an untouched image and are to create a more interesting image using Photoshop or other software. One contest featured a simple bathroom with a toilet, pedestal sink, bathtub, and mirror.

Bathroom
See the new bathrooms created below.

Messy BathroomBathroom GraffitiBathroom UnderwaterBathroom with Man in Mirror
View the rest of the contest entries at Worth 1000.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Benjamin Franklin and the Bathtub

Benjamin FranklinAmong the invention of Bifocals, the Odometer, and the Armonica, Benjamin Franklin is also credited for bringing the first bathtub to America. The bathtub he brought from France is said to have been constructed of copper. The tub, which was shaped like a shoe, did not have a faucet but filled by hand with water from another source. Since he is an inventor, Ben Franklin studied the tub and then made his own improvements. It is also said that he spent much time reading and writing while in the bathtub.

The oldest bathtub is said to have existed in the Minoan city of Greece. The five-foot bathtub may have belonged to the Queen and also had no faucet or drain.

Sources: Professional Bathtub Refinishers Association
The Plumber
The Bath Tub
NYU

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Recycling a Clawfoot Bathtub

Choosing a new bathtub to replace your old clawfoot tub is a difficult choice.
Once you have made your decision, you are suddenly faced with another. What will you do with your old clawfoot bathtub? Some good suggestions on how to reuse clawfoot tubs include:
  1. Make room in the backyard for a pond. Seal the drain hole and fill the tub with water, plant life, and fish.
  2. Give plants and flowers a new home by using the bathtub as a giant planter in your garden.
  3. Remove one side of the clawfoot tub and add cushions to create a small couch or chair.
  4. Convert the bathtub into a racing machine and enter a clawfoot bathtub competition. Or, create a clawfoot tub kayak, motorcycle, or automobile.
  5. Donate it to a local thrift store or make a profit at a local furniture consignment shop.
Sources: Green Daily
Recycle This
Geekware

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Friday, May 01, 2009

Snake Bath

Water SnakeA woman in Florida claimed that a snake made its way out of the faucet and crept into her bathtub, while she was bathing. The woman's boyfriend heard her screaming and came to the rescue by removing the first snake from the tub. Later, a similar snake appeared, identified by a Palm Beach Zoo employee as a possible rat snake.

According to experts, it is likely that the snakes entered through the drain or outflow as opposed to the faucet since snakes are drawn toward cave-like environments.

Since the incident, the couple decided to purchase an aquarium and keep the snakes as pets.

Source: WBIR News

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Replacing an Old Bathtub with a Clawfoot Tub

Thanks to television On Demand, I was recently introduced to short home renovation video clips from the DIY network. I checked out the DIY network website and found several other informative videos and step by step instructions on how to complete various household projects.

I came across instructions on how to replace an old bathtub and install a new clawfoot tub. The site discusses the difficulty level (a 3 on a scale of 1-5), the necessary materials, and exactly what to do. The site also displays a photo for each step of the way.

Old Bathtub Before RenovationBefore the new clawfoot tub was installed. (Above)

New Clawfoot Bathtub After RenovationThe finished product and new focal point of the bathroom.

To complete the installation of a new clawfoot bathtub from beginning to end you will need to:

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New Acrylic Clawfoot Bathtubs

66 inch Acrylic Clawfoot Bathtub
You probably don't get as excited about bathtubs as we do, at Vintage Tub and Bath. However, if you plan to remodel your bathroom in the future and like the look of clawfoot bathtubs, you will be able to relate to our excitement.

71 inch Acrylic Pedestal Bathtub
We now exclusively offer a premium line of acrylic bathtubs from our Randolph Morris collection.

60 inch Acrylic Clawfoot Tub
So why should this excite you? Since these acrylic clawfoot tubs are built from high quality, lightweight materials, they do not weigh as much as traditional cast-iron bathtubs. The new bathtubs are much lighter, resulting in a less stressful transportation and installation process. Another reason to become enthusiastic about these tubs is that they are less expensive than other acrylic clawfoot tubs.

62 inch Acrylic Clawfoot Tub
Now you can fulfill your clawfoot desire while saving money and time!

68 inch Acrylic Pedestal Tub

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

10 Quick Fix Ideas for Small Bathrooms

After dying my roommate’s hair the other night, I managed to get dye everywhere but her scalp. Blame it on my inexperience or our small, cramped bathroom. I chose the bathroom size. If only we could ditch the toilet, tub, or sink, our bathroom would be more spacious. For obvious reasons, we decided to leave them, but plan to make other adjustments. My mission was to find the best way to make our bathroom LOOK bigger with some quick fixes. Knowing my bathroom isn’t the smallest that needs change, I hope these inexpensive, easy improvements inspire you to do the same to your tiny bathroom while you’re still in the active spring mode.


Top 10 Small Bathroom Visual Enlargements

  1. Color Conscious- Brighten and cool the room in both paint and fabric. Keep the feel light and airy; use the 60-30-10 Rule. 60% Dominant Color, 30% Secondary Color, 10% Accent Color
  2. Wallpaper- Stick with textured paper and one that uses vertical lines to add the height illusion; nothing busy.
  3. See Clearly- Substitute the opaque glass shower enclosure and for a clear, frameless one. Don't hide the little room you have. Use sheer or delicate tonal drapery fabrics.
  4. Merge- If you have both a shower stall and bathtub, eliminate the shower by adding a Shower Head to the bathtub. Clawfoot Bathtub are as short as 48"; giving your bathroom more room, style, a bath and a shower all in one.
  5. Get in Sink- Use a Pedestal Sink to give more floor space, Wall Mount it to clear the floor or add a Vessel Sink to give more counter space.
  6. Don't Cut Corners- Replace your large out-dated toilet with a small modern Corner Toilet to avoid wasted space. Corner Sinks are also available as a wall mount and pedestal.
  7. Mirrors- Reflect the space with multiple mirrors. Mirrors make any room look bigger. Use at least one with a built-in Medicine Cabinets to help with storage.
  8. Clear the Way- Only leave out what is absolutely necessary; the bar of soap. Remove the small accessories and organize to give everything a home.
  9. Board the Floors- Light colored flooring, such as birch wood, will match the cool colors and aid in the eye trick of appearing larger. Ask a professional about the best wood and sealant to use in bathrooms. Tile is a safe alternative, working well on counter tops, walls and floors.
  10. Cut the Carpet- No wall to wall carpeting. Use runner carpets to give length to the floor rather than those stumpy, rectangular bathroom carpets.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Whatever Floats Your Love Boat

The beauty of a bathtub is that it can be enjoyed both sensually and visually.

Fill the bathtub with unexpected surprises for splash of romance this Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect last minute idea that looks like it took days of dedication.

Let rose petals lead the path of love from land to sea. Sprinkle petals across the bathroom floor and gently float them in the water. Roses should be incorporated in Valentine’s Day some way, but don't always have to be given the same way. The petals will add vibrant color and texture to the bathroom while completing the picture perfect romance scene.

Feel guilty for destroying beautiful roses? This will be remembered much longer than the average bouquet of flowers.

Rose petals too expensive? Try...

  • Fewer petals. The amount is your discretion
  • A less expensive flower with large, colorful petals. Florists will advise you with the best option.
  • Fake rose petals. This allows you to reuse and recreate at a later date.

Melt your honey’s heart with floating candles.

Floating candles give the bathroom warmth and romantic lighting. Floating heart candles, either plain or available with sayings on them add an extra touch to the theme of love.

Saving the best “floater” for last is a message in a bottle. Make the bathtub personal and express your feelings through writing. When the candles burn out and the water is drained, a letter in a bottle can be saved forever. Little bottles are found at any craft store. Not enough time to make it to the craft store? Just use an empty wine or champagne bottle and make sure the cork is back in tight.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Valentine’s Day Recipe Served in the Bathtub

Most cook a romantic dinner for their loved one on Valentine's Day. Here is a recipe to enjoy after that special meal and doesn’t break any New Year’s resolution diets. Use a pinch of this to transform an ordinary night into a serving size for two of romance.

Need some alone time to yourself? There's no need to look for an excuse for a quiet, relaxing bath. This quick fix recipe can be stirred up for one at anytime.

Romantic Bathtub Potion Recipe
3 cups

5 min prep

1

Cup Baking Soda


1

Cup Epsom Salts


1

Cup Citric Acid (available at drug stores)


3-5

drops essential oils (Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, or Rose, Patchouli for example)


  1. Mix first three ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Gradually add a drop of various essential oils to the mixture.
  3. Lavender relieves anxiety.
  4. Rosemary and thyme revitalize.
  5. Rose soothes and patchouli is very sensual.
  6. Stir ingredients thoroughly.
  7. Transfer ingredients from a bowl into a glass container, such as a jam jar.
  8. Seal tightly and shake well.
  9. Draw a warm bath
  10. Adding 1 to 2 tbs, of mixture.
  11. Sink in and soak for at least 20 minutes with someone special

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spend Valentine’s Day in the Bathroom...

...and we don’t mean on the toilet.

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, Vintage Tub & Bath is finding uses for bathtubs other than strictly bathing. Every year people search for new romantic ideas to do for their significant other that isn’t just a box of chocolate or jewelry. This is the “holiday” that the phrase, “it’s the thought that counts” is actually true. Between now and February 14th, we’ll be offering unique, romantic ideas that will score you major brownie points with that special someone.

Single? Do something special for yourself. You'll fall in love with your creative side.

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