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Bathroom Backsplash Ideas

Adding a backsplash is a great way to enhance the appearance of your bathroom. Many homeowners think about using a backsplash in their kitchen, but don’t realize how many options there are for the bathroom too. It’s simply a matter of deciding what your taste is and how much you want to add.

There are so many different backsplash materials, colors, designs and trends to choose from, that it can be overwhelming if you aren’t fully informed before you start shopping. This article outlines exactly what you need to know about bathroom backsplash, so you can pick a style that’s right for you and your home.

Think about what features you care about most when selecting a material. Is it ease of cleaning, durability or visual appeal? Below are some different ideas to get you thinking about what you might like.

Natural stacked stone and stone river rock tiles create a textured and natural look in the bathroom. Get creative with the color, design and type of stone or rock. If stone isn’t your thing, you can aim for something similar like brick. Ceramic tile is always a popular option with homeowners because it’s cost effective, environmentally friendly and easy to clean and maintain. If you’re looking for something a little more glamorous, Corian is a solid surface material which looks a lot like tile. It’s visually appealing, easy to clean and built to last a lifetime. Believe it or not, stainless steel is also being used as a backsplash in the bathroom!

Retile A Shower

Nothing in the home lasts forever, including tile, and since the bathroom is the most trafficked room in the home, retiling a shower is a project one must consider. Even more so, a shower gets rid of dirt, sweat or any other unwanted growths on your body. As such, it deserves to be as clean as possible.

Existing tile can only be cleaned so much. Many choose to revitalize their bathroom by retiling the shower. It can be a lengthy and sometimes timely project, but those who do bite the bullet almost always agree that it is well worth it.

 

How to Retile A Shower

Retiling a shower consists of completely knocking out the existing tile and installing new tile. For those of you with larger showers, this is by no means a short project. However, before you can get started, you must first choose your existing tile, which I will get to later, and gather all your tools. The tools you will need to retile your shower are:

  • New tile
  • Utility knife, chisel or putty knife
  • Hammer
  • Sander
  • Scrub brush
  • Grout
  • Grout trowel
  • Mortar mix
  • Mortal trowel
  • Paint remover
  • Tile spacers
  • Caulk
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

First, remove the shower head and shower handle. You may need a drill or screwdriver. Then, cover the shower floors to prevent damage from falling tile. You can use multiple towels or cardboard.

Take your hammer and chisel and start from the bottom corner. Gently place chisel on side of tile and use hammer to push the tile out. Start gently. As you move on, you may have to use some real elbow grease to get these tiles out.

Some of the shower tile may chip, but your goal is to get each individual piece off by itself. As you move your way inside the shower, you may have to the use putty knife or flat bar instead of a chisel. Go across one row first and then move your way down. It makes the process much easier.

Once all tile has been removed, chisel off any remaining mortar as well.

Tip: Be very careful with tile along the wall and ceiling. Use your utility knife and make a cut along the top, bottom and side tile along the ceiling, floors and walls. Be very careful with these tiles. You don’t want to ruin the walls, ceilings, or floors.

The Most Of Your Medicine Cabinet

Bathroom storage space is a wonderful thing, for those of us who are lucky to have it. Many homeowners have limited bathroom storage and are looking to make the most of it. Your small bathroom may puzzle you when it comes to keeping useful items out of sight, but let’s not forget the value of the classic medicine cabinet to help in your need for storage.

If your medicine cabinet is under-utilized and less than organized, you’ll be amazed at what a few little updates can do for your bathroom. Here are a few tricks you can use to take advantage of the space.

 

1. Clean It Out

Like any bathroom organization project, the first step is to clean out the space. Medicine cabinets specifically tend to quickly gather empty containers, small items and more. Before you can organize the space well, you must throw out what you don’t need. This is also a great time to sort through pill bottles and toss what is expired. For any other medicine you can keep, write the expiration date on the top so you can easily identify when it’s ready to toss.

 

2. Determine What You Use Most

Medicine cabinets are usually an array of three to four shelves that are just about eye level. Generally, what you need to use regularly is habitually put in the same place while other items might be tossed astray when you use as needed. The simple solution to better organization of your items is by determining what you use first and working your way up from the bottom. Toothpaste and daily items should go on the bottom shelf while as needed medicines and bandages might be helpful on an upper-middle shelf, as those are typically used as needed. This will help you easily create a habit of organization for your medicine cabinet.

 

3. Medicine Cabinet Organizers

If space in your medicine cabinet allows, a small organizer can be very helpful. Certain types are made to fit the small shelf size and can easily fit small bottles, Q-tips and more. This helps eliminate empty containers and allows for easy access to the items you need. Small cups can also work as containers for miscellaneous items. This is an easy and affordable way to organize your bathroom.

Did you know it’s more sanitary to keep your toothbrush away from the sink? With the help of a small toothbrush holder, you can store your toothbrush out of sight, protected behind the medicine cabinet.

Easy Tips for Update A Bathroom

If your bathroom is less than glamourous, you may not know where to start when it comes to your bathroom makeover. Of course, you want it to be affordable, but sometimes it’s hard to look beyond the outdated fixtures and colors.

Thankfully, our friends at MyFixItUpLife are here to show us how. In this video, they take on a few projects that transforms this outdated bathroom into a room that’s chic and beautiful. From updating your cabinetry to adding a few colorful curtains, see how they transformed this old bathroom.

If there’s one room in the house where innovation has changed the way we use it, it’s the kitchen. From connected cooking to smart appliances, there seems to be a gadget for everything in the kitchen. Incorporate some of the new kitchen technologies this year and create a more connected home. Here are a few you may find useful:

  • Genican is a garbage can that scans barcodes as you throw them away, adding those items to your digital grocery list.
  • The Smart Crock Pot is connected to WeMo home automation so you can control temperature and cook time from your smart phone.
  • Various oven brands now have features allowing you to control settings from your smartphone.
  • Whirlpool now offers a dishwasher model that connects to Amazon Dash that will order detergent refills when needed.

A Fresh Shine On Old Countertops

Countertops are the foundation of your kitchen. The cleaner and shinier the better, however, there isn’t a universal method for putting a fresh shine on your countertops. This is why it’s important to not only learn general cleaning techniques, but also instructions for cleaning your specific type of counter.

The cleaning method you use to make them shine depends upon the materials in the countertop. From laminate to granite countertops, applying the right cleaning techniques will give your countertops back their shine. See tips for putting a fresh shine on old countertops and instantly improve the look of your kitchen.

Solid surface is typically available in matte, semigloss and gloss finishes. These countertops do require a bit of extra care and maintenance and, depending on the quality of materials, can cost more than other countertops. See below for shining specifics depending on the surface type.

 

Glossy

  • Clean the surface with soapy water and an ammonia-based cleaner (i.e. Softscrub, and avoid cleaners that leave behind residues.)
  • For extra shine, clean with an abrasive household cleanser like Ajax or Comet and apply gently with a sponge. The bleach in them doesn’t hurt solid surfacing, but it does take five or six wipe-downs to get rid of the residue.
  • Do this once a month to maintain the original level of gloss.

 

Semigloss

  • Increase the frequency of cleanings with an abrasive cleanser and sponge.
  • It’s a process that’ll take time and repetition to reach a higher gloss.

If you want a super polished gleam, your counter will have to be refinished. This isn’t an easy job, but it’s usually easier and cheaper than replacing the countertop. If you’re not willing to maintain a glossy surface, maybe you’re better off leaving it matte or semigloss. If you’re looking for something quicker and shiner, then hire a professional countertop fabricator who can bring the surface to a high polish for you. This typically includes sanding and thorough polishing.

Living room basic

The living room is arguably the most important room in the house when it comes to decorating. It’s the room where you entertain guests and loved ones, and it’s where families tend to spend the bulk of their at-home time together (after the kitchen). In order to make sure it looks its best be sure to follow these living room do’s and don’ts.

DON’T choose the paint color first. Paint is available in thousands of colors and can easily be changed. In most cases it should be one of the last things you do.

DO choose your most expensive or favorite item and decorate around it.

DON’T use an area rug that is too small. This is the number one mistake people make when decorating living rooms.

DO make sure that all the pieces of furniture fit on the rug. Ideally all four legs of major pieces should be on it, but if this simply isn’t possible make sure to fit at least the front legs on the rug (the back legs can be off). But all the legs of smaller pieces should be on the rug whenever possible.

DON’T push all the furniture against the walls.

DO pull the furniture away from the walls when possible in order to create intimate conversation areas.

DON’T hang artwork too high. People have a tendency to hang art closer to the ceiling than it should be. This goes for every room in the house.

DO hang artwork at eye-level. Obviously this varies from person to person, so use your judgment. But it’s better to err on the side of lower rather than higher.

DON’T ignore the importance of dimmer switches. Each and every light in a living room should have a dimmer switch on it.

DO have a mix of overhead, ambient and task lighting. Use table lamps, floor lamps, sconces – whatever you like. Just be sure to use a mix. It will provide more light as well as make the room and everyone in it look better.

DON’T use too many throw pillows. Throw pillows are great decorative accents but don’t use so many that you have to move them all off the couch before you sit down.

DO use pillows thoughtfully. Choose a few that enhance the piece of furniture and overall look of the room. And don’t be afraid to invest in some high-quality pillows. They’re small but they have a big impact.

Bathroom Trends That Match On Your Home

Your kitchen and bathroom are two rooms in the home that get used most often. Guests and family alike will frequent these areas, so it’s important you have them looking their best, regardless of their size.

Whether your old bathroom or kitchen needs a quick update to refresh the look, or you’re planning a complete remodel, you’ll want to see what’s trending in 2017 before you begin.

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As the heart of the home, a kitchen is an area that should be welcoming and functional. If you have an outdated kitchen, you may be considering a kitchen remodel this year. While it has larger costs upfront, it can have a great impact on the ROI for your home. The average cost to remodel a kitchen is $18,727, with most homeowners spending between $12,986 and $21,306. Materials tend to be the costliest items when it comes to a kitchen remodel.

However, if you’re just looking to make a few changes, there are plenty of DIY options to update your kitchen quickly. Whatever you decide, be sure your kitchen incorporates a few 2017 kitchen trends.

If you’re looking for a kitchen color trend that will stick around, black and white is your answer. This clean and timeless style is impacting kitchens this year in a big way. White walls and cabinetry with black hardware are perfect ways to get this look. The best news about this trend is its versatility. As kitchen décor trends change, you can easily incorporate the look.

Gorgeous Bathrooms Ideas

Celebrities grab our attention because of their extravagant clothes, complicated relationships and, most notably, their stunning homes. The size of their houses and celebrity lifestyles they live are pretty remarkable.

Although most of us will never experience this lavish way of life, it’s fun to see where our favorite celebs spend their time and learn about their taste in interior design. Join me as I take you inside the bathrooms of five of the most admired celebrities of our time.

We all know her as the star of Sex and the City and love her for it. Sarah Jessica Parker is no stranger to the camera and celebrity scene. According to Variety, the actress and husband Matthew Broderick recently purchased two side-by-side townhouses on a prime, tree-lined block in the heart of New York City’s wildly pricey West Village, for $35 million.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s two Manhattan townhouses both feature classic brick façades and bathrooms any woman would want to own. One of their bathrooms features a large white tub with nearby floating wood shelves and a newly installed shower with glass doors.

Aren’t the duel matching vanities adorable? Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband get ready for the day in front of their identical wood vanities and delicate lamp sconces lights. Her taste in home décor makes you want to love her even more!

Beauty decoration for easy

One of the things that makes decorating so much fun is the huge amount of resources that we can go to to learn more about how to make a beautiful room. We can read books and magazines, watch TV shows, read online articles, and visit decorating showhouses to find all sorts of wonderful advice on things to do to get a beautifully decorated room.

But even with so much advice and inspiration on what to do, it can still be hard to learn what not to do or what mistakes you can avoid even before you even start a decorating project.

So to help fill in a few of those gaps, here is our list of the 20 easiest decorating mistakes to make and the best things not to do in order to get around them.

1. Don’t Let Someone Make Choices for You
Your home is your personal space. Don’t let someone else tell you what you should do. If you need help, ask for suggestions.

But when the time comes to make decisions, they should be yours. It’s your home and you should feel comfortable with the choices.

2. Don’t Paint First
You can buy paint in every color under the sun. In fact, you can have paint mixed in any imaginable color you might want. Choose fabric, carpet, and upholstery first.

3. Don’t Choose Paint From a Paint Chip
A small chip of a paint sample might look great in the fluorescent light in the paint store. But a whole wall of it might be overpowering. When you’ve decided on a color, purchase a quart of the color and paint a small section to see how the color looks in the room with natural light. If you don’t want to mess up the walls, paint a piece of cardboard and tape it on the walls in the room where you plan to use the color.

4. Don’t Decide on Colors in a Store
Never buy fabric, flooring, or paint on your first visit. Ask for samples of paint and carpet and swatches of fabric so you can see what they look like in your home. Check them out in natural light and in the evening with lamps.

5. Don’t Settle for Blah If You Love Bold
A gallon of red paint doesn’t cost any more than a gallon of white.

Bath Space Savers Worth Trying

No matter how big or small of a house, all homeowners want to know how to save on space, especially in their kitchen and bathrooms. Regardless of how much room you have, it’s likely you’re always collecting and, therefore, utilizing your square footage to its full capacity.

Smart space savers declutter your home, make it easier for you to find what you need and improve the aesthetics of any room. Before knocking down your walls, see eight kitchen and bath savers worth trying.

Looking for easy, budget-friendly bathroom storage ideas that don’t require installing cabinets? Well, look no further. One crafty solution is to purchase a few inexpensive crates, or hunt them down at a craft store, and slap on a fresh coat of paint in the color of your choosing. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity. This will create a decorative and functional storage solution in your bath.

Another option is to take inventory of any free floor or corner space in your bathroom. Blank space is your friend when searching for storage enhancements. Collect, paint and arrange multiple crates from the ground up and display your items in attractive containers, or use them to store towels.

This is one of my favorite storage ideas, because it’s practical, and also looks attractive. On a side note, it can be used to hold your items in any room of your home, not just in the bathroom. Once again, paint or style the ladder tower to fit your personal preference, or that of the surrounding room décor. Wicker baskets add another level of charm for organizing and displaying on the individual shelves.