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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Designer Bathroom Mirrors

Designer bathroom mirrors are mostly available in round, oval, and rectangular shapes. The ability of a mirror to reflect both natural and artificial light makes a bathroom look more spacious. One of the main advantages of installing a mirror (especially a large one) in a bathroom is that it helps to brighten up the bathroom. These mirrors are called so because they portray a look that is different from ordinary mirrors. They are available in frame and frame-less styles. Such mirrors best suit simple bathrooms, as then they look more appealing. Before deciding on the type, consulting an interior decorator always helps. Once you have made a choice, you can add to the beauty of the mirror with chandeliers, crystal glassware, metal picture frames and candlesticks, etc. For the best deal, spend some time getting to know the different types and prices of the mirrors that would suit your bathroom decor, without affecting your budget.

Art Deco Bathroom Mirrors

Art deco is defined as a style of design that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It is identifiable by its geometric designs and unconventional forms that are suitable for mass production. A variety of art deco bathroom mirrors are available for your bathroom so you will have a plethora of designs and styles to choose from.

Illuminated Bathroom Mirrors

Illuminated bathroom mirrors are manufactured by sandblasting a mirrored glass. The glass is sandblasted on the back to take off the silvering of the glass. This silvering causes the light behind the glass to shine through the frosted glass. Illuminated mirrors are available with tungsten-halogen lamps and with fluorescent lamps also.

Framed Bathroom Mirrors

Most people prefer adding framed mirrors to their bathrooms. Frames give a sense of completeness and protection to the glass, and can be designed to blend with other items in the bathroom. Frames are available in both traditional and contemporary styles. These types are available in wrought iron frame mirrors, polished nickel or thin bronze frame mirrors. Hardwood frame mirrors and anodized aluminum framed mirror are also at your disposal.

Contemporary Bathroom Mirrors

Contemporary or modern bathroom mirrors are built with characteristics of the present times. They provide convenient and practical features. The frames of such mirrors are painted with plain color and they are simple in their design. Such types of mirrors usually have long-lasting durability.

Oval and Round Bathroom Mirrors

Oval and round bathroom mirrors are available in both frame and frame-less styles. Certain companies offer mirrors in polished chrome, brushed chrome, brushed nickel, etc. Some round and oval mirrors are wall-mountable, and can be placed at convenient heights of the bathroom wall. They are the most preferred ones, due to their ability to reflect and retract light in a better way than other mirrors. This is due to their smooth edges, unlike square or rectangular bathroom mirrors.

Large Bathroom Mirrors

Large bathroom mirror look good in homes with bathrooms which have enough room to spare. These mirrors are available from hand-crafted wooden mirrors to modern glass designs. Large bathroom mirrors also offer a spacious look to a smaller-sized bathroom. If you have two basins in your bathroom, then opting for a large bathroom mirror is more feasible than installing two separate mirrors.

Bathroom Magnifying Mirrors

These mirrors are a great buy for those with bad vision. For such people, using regular mirrors becomes frustrating at times. Magnifying mirrors are available in types such as magnifying lighted makeup mirrors, 10x magnifying mirrors, magnifying shaving mirrors, suction cup magnifying mirrors, magnifying wall mirrors, illuminated magnifying mirrors, etc.

Wood Bathroom Mirrors

Wood bathroom mirrors are available in certain types of woods such as mahogany, cherry, oak, walnut, pine, tulip, ash and maple. These mirrors, when coated with wood sealants, promise long-lasting durability. Wood bathroom mirrors are available in designs ranging from plain to elaborate. They have wood stains or metallic finish to enhance the bathroom’s look.

Standing Bathroom Mirrors

Standing bathroom mirrors offer a wide range of variety and designs. You can stand in front of the standing mirror and use a handheld mirror to see difficult-to-view areas of your body like your neck, upper back and shoulders. Getting dressed in front of them is much easier and more comfortable. American standard bathroom mirrors are also available in more than one design and type. The manufacturers are the best source of information of the features of these mirrors.

Unusual Bathroom Mirrors

Such mirrors have unique designs. For example, a modern bathroom mirror can be have a blue wave-like design on its glass. To add to this, a tulip-shaped light shade will make the mirror look different and unusual. Another creative example is of a mirror with a pink glass background. This background could have three clear glass shelves to the left and a white cut mirror on the right. Likewise, you can find a variety of such unusual but great-looking mirrors in the market.

Ideas for Ceramic Tile Showers

While bathroom remodeling, the most difficult task is choosing ceramic tiles for your shower, because you need to decide the color and pattern of the ceramic tiles and also the number of tiles you will require. Ceramic tiles, being non-porous and easy to clean, make one of the best shower tile options. With their wide range of appealing designs, they fulfill your need of color and pattern. You can choose simple designs, made up of two colors, or opt for a special pattern based on a particular theme or picture.

If you do not want a traditional ceramic pattern for your shower, you can install ceramic tile murals in your bathroom. Ceramic tile murals are custom tiles that are used for kitchen and bathroom backsplash. Ceramic tiles are hand painted by artists who are involved in the mural business. There are a number of designs that can be made from ceramic tile murals that include art themes, scenes, abstracts of animals, trees and many more. These tiles are durable and resistant to moisture, heat, etc.

Enhance the beauty of your bathroom by using simple colors and patterns. You can choose a simple pattern with a color combination of two or more colors. You can install chair rail pattern, border pattern or one of the many other ceramic tile ideas. For a chair rail shower idea, all you need is two different types of tiles with contrasting colors. A border shower idea is the best idea to give your bathroom a simple yet sophisticated look. Borders enhance the beauty of ceramic tiles.

Themes for the ceramic tile shower are a great option. You can give a traditional or customized look to your shower area with various themes. A theme can be anything that reflects your interests, be it in music, sports or other hobbies. Themes can include graceful designs that depict garden themes, lakes, traditional pictures, and many more. You can easily customize the ceramic tiles as per your interest.

Before you choose the ceramic tiles to embellish your bathroom, you must:

  • Research a little on the different types available. You can search on the Internet and get information on different shower tile ideas and the approximate cost.
  • Since ceramic tiles come in all shapes, decide how you can use them properly
  • Ceramic tiles have a broad array of colors. If your bathroom is small, choose light-colored tiles to make the bathroom look larger. If your bathroom is large you can try out various combinations of colors.
  • Consult an expert before you finalize your ceramic tile shower design.

Steps for Repair Stucco

Repairing stucco is not a difficult job, and it only requires some practice to do it perfectly. In order to practice, you can try repair work on boards that contain holes on it. Once you heal those cracks successfully, you can move further to do the actual job.

Material Required:

  • Portland cement
  • Polyvinyl acetate (PVA) boarding agents
  • Dampened rags
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Latex paint
  • Bitumen
  • Some garden hoses and attachments
  • Paint rollers
  • Primer
  • Hammer
  • Cold chisel
  • Caulk
  • Bucket
  • Fiberglass cloth
  • Builder’s sand

Procedure:

  1. The first step in repairing exterior stucco is to completely soak the crack area with the help of a hose. By doing so, the stucco would not separate water from the new mortar and thus would prevent crumbling.
  2. The next step is to prepare the mortar by mixing some water to one part of Portland cement and about four parts of builder’s sand. Ensure that the mortar has become thick enough to be used for the work.
  3. Further, take the polyvinyl acetate bonding agent and cover the cracked area.
  4. The bond would remain a little sticky for some time, so apply the mortar to the crack at this time itself. This would fix the bond-and-mortar mix properly to the crack.
  5. Now, cover the cracked area with the help of bitumen-coated fiberglass. Further, the fiberglass needs to be fixed in its place. You can do this by pressing a paint roller over it.
  6. Apply bitumen to the crack area and let it dry. On drying the first coat, apply the second coat and spread it uniformly with the help of a soft-bristled brush so that the coat does not stand out as an odd spot on the wall
  7. Painting a stucco is not difficult. Use the primer to paint the patched area and let it dry. Apply another coat of primer and take care that the newly painted area should look a part of the rest of the wall.

Some Tips

  • If you ever find vertical cracks from the bottom of the wall to the window or from the roof of the wall to the door, have these cracks repaired from a professional. As such, cracks indicate a fault in the foundation of the wall.
  • Very tiny cracks that are less than ⅛ inch can be stuffed with a superior quality caulk. Prefer using a caulk that allows painting on it post application.
  • For painting a stucco, always prefer an acrylic-based paint which prevents moisture from accumulating in the paint.

Bullnose Corners

Bullnose corner is a common term used in the field of home improvement to indicate outward turned (convex) and inward turned (concave) pieces of tiles and trims. These type of designs are extensively used in households and various historical monuments. Bullnose corners have three basic uses–tiles, corners, and trims, and they are used for increasing the durability, safety, and artistic or aesthetic value of a selected section of the home decor. Sharp edges of walls or certain furniture articles can damage your body and clothing, as well as the texture of other home furnishing articles that come in contact with it. Since they are round and smooth, they are largely used in place of sharp edges of walls, countertops, tables, and the like.

Installing
Furniture that is made with the bullnose structure is readily available in the market–which means that installing it is not the only option. If you want to install the same on the walls or the furniture pieces by yourself then you need to have an idea of the varied types that are available. The types are determined on the basis of the angle in which they are cut. Some common ones that are available include–outside 90 degree, inside 90 degree, ¾ inch , ⅜ inch, ½ inch L trim, 135 degree ¾ inch, and ⅝ inch among others. They are available in the pre-cut form, and some of them don’t even require any masking during the installation procedure. Since they are made of drywall, they are durable, and can easily withstand peeling, cracking, and chipping that occurs with time.

There are a few techniques that are used for the installation. Some popular ones are: the dry fitting technique, spray adhesive technique, mud setting technique, and stapling technique. As the names suggest, all these techniques are quite easy to understand and practice as well. The tools used, vary according to the method of installation that you select. For instance, if you are going to apply dry fitting technique, then you will need corner beads and a pair of heavy duty scissors. If you are using the mud setting technique, then you will need corner beads, a taping knife, and a compound solution that sticks them together. If you are using the stapling technique, then you will need corner beads, a staple gun, and a spray adhesive. Among all these, the stapling technique is found to be the easiest and most durable.

Painting
These surface areas are made of subtle angles, and hence, when it comes to repainting them, it gets even more difficult.

Always get the entire wall painting done before you begin with this surface. Also, choose such color shades that are contrasting to the wall color; so that they can remain the focal point. This applies to the crown molding as well as the baseboard. Once you are done with it, then you can start gathering materials for painting it. Materials that you need include, house paint of the desired color shade, painter’s tape, rollers, paint brush, and a tarp. After gathering all these materials, apply painter’s tape above the area that you want to paint. The tape will prevent the color from spreading to the wall decor surface. As a part of precaution, lay down tarp on the floor below the painting area. Once you are done with these steps, you can start the painting process with the help of smaller hand brushes.