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.

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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, 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 20, 2008

Choosing the Right Faucet


Trying to give your bathroom a quick face lift or a complete remodel? Choosing the right bathroom faucet will either make or break the look. New accessories, floor mats and a fresh coat of paint will go unseen if the faucet is old and tarnished.

Before purchasing a faucet, there are important factors on the style and finish selection to ensure the best buy.

Style- Coordinate! Bathtub and Sink faucets are often available in sets. Matching faucets pull the bathroom together, giving it a seamless look.

Vintage Tub and Bath provides the differences between deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and free-standing to help decide the right bathtub faucets.

The Perfect Match

Minispread and Basin taps match an Art Deco Pedestal sink.

Widespread faucets match Console Pedestal sinks and the latest trend, Vessel sinks

Single Post faucets work best with Basin, Wall Mounted and Corner Wall Mounted sinks.

Bridge faucets in a satin-nickel finish makes the most elegant statement, but be sure this compliments the remainder bathroom.

Finish- From an antique Rustic Pewter to a contemporary Brushed-Chrome, the finish options are endless. White faucets are popular in the kitchen and kids’ bath for it capability of hiding water spots and fingerprints better than chrome and brass. Any bronze (oil rubbed, brushed, rustic, etc.) and polished brass finish brings a warm, vintage feel to the bathroom.

Looking for a touch of class without the clash? A combination chrome-and-brass finish on a lever-handle gooseneck faucet gives a chic look while adding the flexibility for accessories in either finish.

Choosing the right style and finish for your faucet never looked so good.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

I wanted to find a site that explained how to install a pedestal sink in terms that I actually understand. I am not a handy person and I love it when I can find sites that use easy to understand terms and videos. And viola.' I did. It's called DIY for (Do-It-Yourself.com) However, it is best to use a plumbing expert to install your sink it's still fun to try it yourself.

The pedestal sink is broken down into two parts. The base (the stand) and the sink. The sink mounts to a bracket on the wall and sets on top of the stand.

1. Make sure your wall is strong enough to bolt the sink into. If it is only drywall or plaster you might want to install a blocking device under the wall surface to support the sink.

2. Freely set the basin in the position that you want it and prop it up with 2x4's so it is steady. Make sure the sink is steady and mark the position on your wall for your mounting holes both for the sink and the stand.

3. Drill holes corresponding to the marks drilled on your wall. Attach fasteners then your drain and faucet lines to the sink. Then attach your water supply lines to the faucet.

4. Now put the sink and stand back into position on the wall but only bolt the sink into place. Support the sink by your 2x4's and remove the stand from the sink.

5. Finish by attaching your drain and water supply lines and test for leaks

6. Move your stand into its final position and bolt it to the floor. If your pedestal sink doesn't require floor bolts then use adhesive chaulk.

7. To finish, caulk the joint between the sink and wall and smooth and blend.

Some of these steps can be rather complicated and DIY doesnt offer specific instructions. You can contact the other sites offered here in order to better explain how to attach you drain, faucet, and supply lines. If you're having alot of trouble..just call a plumber..thats why they are there!

Good luck!
pedestal sink
Now this was just an overview of the basic process for more information you can contact these following sites: vintagetub.com, Hometime.com, Hometips.com, ThisOldHouse.com.


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