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October, 2009

  1. When to Consider a Single Bathroom Vanity

    October 28, 2009 by admin

    Because I write quite a bit about redecorating bathrooms, I got in the conversation the other day with a friend about the difference between a single vanity and double vanity.  This friend has a huge, luxurious bathroom, with an also-huge, gorgeous double vanity.  She asked me at that time why anyone would want to get a single bathroom vanity.  On the spot, I rattled off several reasons that I’ll share with you here.

     1) People buy single bathroom vanities when they notice that their bathroom is just too overcrowded.  It’s easy to find yourself putting only the best, most attractive things you can find in your bathroom, and making the size of the room itself a secondary consideration.  But remember that, more than anything else, the bathroom is a practical room, meant to help you get certain tasks done.  Space should always be a primary consideration.

     2) People buy single bathroom vanities when they are putting in an extra half-bath. In this case, it’s likely you do most of your hygiene chores in the main, full-sized bathroom. Because there won’t be as much need for soaps, shampoos and towels.

     3) People buy single bathroom vanities when budget is a top priority.  Obviously a single-wide anything costs less than a double-size.  Fortunately there are now many single bathroom vanities that look every bit as lovely as the double.  Even if your bathroom is big enough for the double, you can use this extra room to add other enhancements (a table for a few collectibles, perhaps?).  And you can spend the extra money on other bathroom decorations, also.

     4) People buy single bathroom vanities when expanding the current half-bath or small bathroom.  Yes, that’s correct:  Some people actually install a single vanity as part of a bathroom expansion. That’s because sometimes the tiniest bathrooms have only a sink with medicine cabinet, with towels placed on any shelf available, or even on the sink.  When people get tired of the smallness of that bathroom and decide to expand it, this gives them the opportunity of considering a single bathroom vanity.

    5) And finally, people buy single bathroom vanities when they need to downsize their lives.  A good example is the divorced people who finds him or herself suddenly not needing as much space.  They might move into a small studio apartment.  In that case, a single vanity will better serve their needs than a double will.

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  2. Replacing a Bathroom Vanity

    October 20, 2009 by admin

    After you’ve found the perfect bathroom vanity online and made the purchase with your credit card–what then?  Do you hire someone to install it for you? 

    No need!  With the right tools and a little knowledge, it’s easy (and more affordable) to put in the vanity by yourself.

     The best place to start your project is at a local home-improvement store.  You’ll find experts together with their expert advice overflowing there. So feel free, as you’re buying the tools you’ll need for the project, to ask if anyone there has any experience in this area. Then pick their brain for all the advice you can get.

     So after you’ve measured the space available to you, bought the vanity and spoken with a couple of experts, it’s just a matter of setting aside the manpower and time you need for the project.  The process of installing a vanity will include assembling the vanity cabinets, assembling the countertop and sink, mounting these on top of the cabinets, and placing the whole thing in the spot allotted to it in the bathroom.  The key to successfully installing your vanity rests 99% on the accuracy of the measurements which you took before you bought the new vanity.  As long as you’ve gotten that right, everything else should go like clockwork.

     Here’s the process at a glance:

    First, remember: Safety first. That means you should always wear goggles or safety glasses if working with power tools.  After you’ve made all your measurements, mark the location of the pipes on the back of your new vanity. Now cut pipe holes in the back of the vanity, making sure there’s enough room for the pipes.

    Take off the vanity doors from the front before you install the vanity; this will help to minimize damage.  Now slide the cabinet carefully into place. As you do so, make sure the vanity is level from front to back and from side to side.  If you find that it isn’t level, then put a wooden shim beneath it to level it.  Now check to make sure it’s square and plumb.

     After everything is level and square, fasten the vanity through the nailer to the wall studs, using 3″ wood screws and washers. After you’ve done this, re-check to make sure you haven’t knocked the vanity un-level.  If so, reposition it so it’s level again.

     Finally, use a hammer and chisel to cut off the shims’ edges. Be careful as you do this so you don’t damage your floor.

     And that’s it!  Your new vanity is installed and ready for years of use.

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  3. Before You Buy That Modern Vanity…

    October 19, 2009 by admin

    Think about buying and installing a modern bathroom vanity? Stop!  Before you hand over your credit card, there are several factors that you must consider.  It’s important to plan before making your buy. If you do, you’ll enjoy that modern vanity that much more.  Here are the tips you need to consider.

     1) First, get accurate bathroom measurements.  If you’re replacing an old vanity cabinet and want a replacement in the same size, you should already know the space available to you. However, it never hurts to measure it.  And if you intend to do a complete overhaul of the entire bathroom, this is especially important. If that’s the case, you’ll find that you have lots of options available to you.

     2) Draw a plan of your bathroom to scale, then cut out shapes representing the significant items in the bath (such as toilet, vanity, bathtub, etc.).  Now you can have fun playing around with the different possible locations for each item.  After you’ve decided where everything should go, draw your plan to scale and refer to it as you’re trying to find the perfect modern vanity.

     3) Consider what the function of your new vanity will be.  There are several typical uses of a vanity, and before you decide which one is right for you, you’ll need to know which purpose yours will serve. Is it simply the support for the sink basin? Will you store towels and wash cloths. Decide these things before you make your purchase.

     4) Select the decor and style of your vanity.  Since the vanity will be a primary focal point when people first enter the bathroom, you must make sure it blends in well with the bathroom’s overall decor and color.  You can maintain your bathroom’s current style or try to create something totally different.

     5) Consider what kind of materials you want the modern vanity to be made of.  Do you prefer timber, laminate, granite, glass, marble, ceramic?  All of these and more are available.

     6) Do you want your vanity to have accessories? Some available ones include mirrors, lights, shelves, and more.

     Once you’ve taken all of these preliminary steps, you should be in a better position to make your purchase.  A modern home demands a modern vanity, but that doesn’t mean you should select the first one you see.  Do your homework and you’re sure to find one that will give you and your family years of happiness.

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  4. Double Vanities and Other Kids’ Bathroom Decorating Ideas

    October 15, 2009 by admin

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    A lot of people, when it’s time to redo the kids’ bathroom, just plunge right in and treat it like any other bathroom remodeling project.  But there are special needs that come with a kids’ bathroom that wouldn’t necessarily come with an adults’ bathroom.  So let’s talk about the best way to redo your kids’ bathroom.

     1) First and foremost, if you have more than one child in your house, then you need to make sure there’s plenty of room for them. This almost certainly means you’ll need a double vanity.  This way, when it’s time for them to get ready for school in the morning, two or three can share the use of the sink and cabinets at the same time.  Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful looking double vanities available today; some of the best are available online. You can find double bathroom vanities in just about any style, from traditional, to modern, to traditional, and more.

     Double sink bathroom vanities are perfect for the family with many children, not only because two or three can brush their teeth at the same time, but there will be plenty of room for towels and washcloths and soaps for all of them.

    2) Another thing to consider when remodeling the kids’ bathroom is to make sure it’s safe for them.  This means you should install a non-slip floor to decrease the chance of the little ones having a big fall.  Also, make sure you put locks on cabinets which contain potentially dangerous items.  And choose a tub with a non-slip surface.

     3) Make sure that everything in the bathroom is kid-sized.  This means, for instance, that towel racks should be hung at heights which make them easy for the kids to reach.  Same with the shelves and cabinets (And fortunately, the double vanities we mentioned usually have low-lying cabinets). 

     4) Remember that kids’ tastes change as they get older. For this reason, when you’re selecting a theme and color scheme for the bathroom, choose those that are easy to replace a few years down the road. 

     5) And finally, this is the kids’ bathroom, so make sure you decorate it like it’s there bathroom. That means you should talk to them and find out their tastes.  What is the consensus among the kids as to what kind of theme and decorations should be used?  Is there a color each of them likes? In all of the above steps, remember that the kids’ bathroom should reflect their unique wants and tastes.

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  5. Creating An Antique Look for Your Bathroom

    October 15, 2009 by admin

    fw-90401When it’s time to re-do your bathroom, there are lots of different styles available for your remodeling plans.  You could choose to create a contemporary, modern or traditional look. However, one look that’s gaining in popularity throughout the home is the antique theme. This has crossed over into the bathroom as well, as a perfect, even elegant, look for the bath.

     At the center of creating an antique look for your bathroom, of course, is installing an antique bathroom vanity.  That word is in quote marks because when you’re getting an antique vanity for your bathroom, it’s better to get one that has been created to look antique rather than installing one that is truly decades or even a century old.  While true antiques can be made to look quite nice through proper restoration, their durability is not really meant for the kind of abuse a vanity receives in a 21st century house, especially since it’s already so old and fragile.  Plus true antiques aren’t created with modern plumbing systems in mind.

     The better option is to shop around online for an antique looking vanity. And there are some that, from the looks of them, are virtually indistinguishable from actual antiques.

     In creating a bathroom with an antique theme, there are some pitfalls you should watch out for.  First and most important is to understand the difference between antique and traditional. They’re similar, but not the same. Antique refers to a bathroom which portrays the look of many decades ago.  A traditional design might be reminiscent of many years ago, but does not exactly resemble something from the past.  It’s usually simplistic.  When you think of traditional, you should think of something rustic, or classic Americana–something like a farm house design.

    But back to the subject:  Creating an antique themed bathroom. Once you’ve got your antique looking vanity installed,, it’s a matter of building your other design elements around it.  This means that your tile, wallpaper and curtains–and perhaps even linens–should match. The easy part should be curtains, since an hour spent online should yield many curtains with a design from the 19th or early 20th century–a perfect fit for your antique look.

    Another great suggestion is to buy an antique mirror (or a few smaller mirrors) for the bathroom.  Unlike the vanity, you can use actual antiques here with no problem, and they will provide an excellent touch to the room.  Finish it off with some actual antique items displayed around the bathroom.  Now you’ve got a bathroom with a classic appearance that you’ll appreciate for years.

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  6. Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanities

    October 15, 2009 by admin

    T 1150If there’s one complaint most people have about their bathrooms, it’s that the room is not big enough.  If that’s true for you, you need to take some measures to maximize the space you have. One good idea is to replace your big, bulky vanity with a wall mounted bathroom vanity.  Because this is basically a cabinet and sink without legs, your vanity will appear to be hanging, giving an illusion of spaciousness.  But it’s not all illusion.  This actually does give your feet more walking room as you’re doing your bathroom duties.

     The bad news is that it’s hard to find a good selection of wall mounted vanities if you’re relying strictly on local home-improvement stores. The good news is that, if you do your shopping on line, the selection is almost as varied as floor mounted vanities

     Searching online is better for other reasons, too.  If you’re at a physical store, it’s easy to exaggerate in your brain how big your bathroom is, only to find out later it’s not big enough for the vanity you’ve selected. When you’re shopping online, you can make regular trips to the bathroom to make sure you’re getting just the right vanity. Certain models are no wider than 16 inches, making them perfect for the bathroom with a tight fit.

     If you do plan to buy your vanity a local store, keep in mind that you’ll probably have to settle for one or two boring styles, since wall-mounted units haven’t yet become as popular or wide in variety as regular vanities. Once you start searching on the Internet for your wall-mounted vanity, you’ll see that there are different sizes, styles and colors.

     When dealing with wall mounted vanities, you’ll be buying mirrors that are separate from the vanity itself. The preferred look is to have mirrors about as wide as the vanity itself; that means a narrow mirror for a narrow vanity and a wide one for a wide vanity. 

    One other point: While a wall mounted vanity is great for smaller bathrooms, they work well for larger bathrooms too.  There are actually a number of excellent units, even those that boast double basins and mirrors, for those who just enjoy the modern, sophisticated look of a wall mounted unit. Again, however, make sure that when you’re shopping, you don’t exaggerate in your mind just how big your bathroom actually is.

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  7. Bathroom Vanities

    October 13, 2009 by admin

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    One of the best ways to give your bathroom a facelift is to install a new bathroom vanity.

    Home Design Outlet Center carries different types of bathroom vanities like traditional bathroom vanities, modern bathroom vanities, contemporary bathroom vanities, double bathroom vanities, antique bathroom vanities, glass bathroom vanities, wall mounted bathroom vanities.

    No matter what your budget, no matter what style you’re seeking Home Design Outlet Center is here to help. The choice is yours and the options are many! 

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