Adding Tiles To Your Built-In Pool

 

I know It’s difficult to imagine summer when winter just came upon us but, for those of you who plan on installing built-in pools this up-coming year, usually have to get a good head start in pricing and design in order to have everything ready to go by early spring.

Some people like to get fancy with their tile work in their built-in pools, while others like to keep it simple. It really comes down to personal taste and also what your budget is. Don’t feel too intimidated by the installment photos below, most belong to multi-million dollar homes in wealthy countries.

Vidrepur, a vendor we work with here at MyKnobs.com and CoolTiles.com, has a very nice collection of tiles for your built-in pool project. With a wide variety of sizes and colors to choose from, Vidrepur definitely has what you’re looking for. To give you a quick background on Vidrepur, they are a large tile manufacturer based out of Spain, with head quarters in both Mexico and the States. All of their tiles are made from 99% Recycled glass, which is awesome that they care about the environment, as well as a design standpoint.

Featured below are some of their popular glow in the dark tiles. Now, not all of us can afford such an amenity as glow in the dark tiles but, they sure are cool to look at!

 

Glow in the Dark Tiles

Glow in the Dark Tiles

Vidrepur offers other material-based products such as, Titanium, pearl and glass.

Featured below are both standard and more extravagant tile work for built in pools. If you visit Vidrepur’s website directly, you can find step by step instructions for installation.

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Vidrepur

 


 

 

Now that 2015 is in full swing, most of us are looking for a fresh new start. Renovations are common place around the start of a new year as new home decor trends start to surface. With that being said, here are some top trends in home hardware for this year.

 

Bronze

Brass has made a big comeback, recently. Sticking with a more European but, rustic look.

RK International is one brand among many following suit with this growing trend recently, by introducing their new line of Valencia Bronze pulls and knobs. Bronze has also become prominent in both bathrooms and kitchens as well, from faucets to accent pieces.

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Another growing trend is a “worn” or “distressed” look with home hardware pieces.

Again, RK International released a brand new product line of appliance pulls comprised of Worn Nickel.

Most of us are used to seeing brushed, polished or satin finishes so, this is a refreshing look for those of you who want to really stray away from the typical finishes.

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Brass

Brass has made its own come back as well. Although many still prefer a more polished brass look, the growing trend seems to be a more rustic or, antique brass finish.

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Two-Toned

Appliance pulls with two tones also seems to be gaining popularity as well.

The two contrasting finishes can really be the right hardware piece to make a room or kitchen have that “wow” factor.

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Accenting a Room With Cabinet Hardware

When it comes to accenting home furniture with cabinet hardware, you don’t always have to go with the bold and colorful styles and finishes. This is especially true for those of you who have a large sized room with a need for multiple pulls or handles for your furniture. Choosing the right finish and style is imperative for decorating your furniture, without overwhelming a space. If you have light colored furniture, you may want to stick with a lighter finish for your cabinet hardware as well. Polished Nickel, or other nickel finishes tend to be light and blend well with lighter colored furniture. Some people enjoy the contrast between light furniture and darker colored knob or handles. The only problem is that the focus tends to go directly toward the darker colored objects which, takes away from the room’s ambiance on a whole.

If you have darker colored furniture, having a finish that’s not too light but does have a slight contrast works well. Perhaps using a brushed pewter finish or an antique brass finish would work nicely together.

A recent customer of ours submitted a review of a few cabinet pulls they had purchased for their walk-in closet.

The customer raved about cabinet pulls they chose and how each one seemingly disappeared into the space, which is precisely what they were aiming for, to avoid their space looking like a series of ladders.

With the right cabinet pull choices you can truly transform a space into something that doesn’t take away from the other aspects of the room.

 

Via Customer Sharon Warburton of New Zealand.

Via Customer Sharon Warburton of New Zealand.


5 DIY Christmas gifts using Re-purposed Cabinet Knobs and Pulls

 

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If you go to Etsy’s website, there are a ton of vendors that sell gifts for Christmas, that are actually re-purposed items you can find lying around your own home. Recently, cabinet hardware has become a hot item to re-purpose. Here we have comprised a list of 5 gifts you can make to give to that special someone in your life, this holiday.

 

Courtesy of CondoBlues

Courtesy of CondoBlues

Courtesy of RustiqueArtBlog

Courtesy of RustiqueArtBlog

 

    1.- Cabinet Knob Bottle Stopper

     Did you know you can turn an ordinary wine cork into a decorative bottle stopper with new or old cabinet knobs? You can use whatever type of adhesive you like but, I,      myself, am a KrazyGlue kind of girl. I find it gets the job done quickly and efficiently for most mediums used. You can either use cabinet knobs you may have replaced        or, you can buy new knobs for relatively cheap. 

     Crystal door knobs add a really nice, antique touch to the cork. 

    These make a really great addition to gift baskets, with a touch of creativity.

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2.- Cabinet Pull Key holder 

Take old or new cabinet pulls and screw them onto a wooden platform or directly into the wall for a quick and creative method for hanging keys. 

If your home already has an antique design element , the antique-style pulls will really accentuate the room. Cabinet cup pulls, are also another option to place keys in. The cups will act as a key dish, when flipped upside down.

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    3.- Tie and Scarf Hanger

        I don’t know about you but, I always seem to just toss my scarves into the abyss, aka, my closet. I’ve even started using my jewelry tree as a scarf holder. Of course, this tends to look messy. I thought this idea was         brilliant. Take an old or new cabinet pull and screw it into the wall. Voila! Now you have a place to neatlyhang scarves and/or ties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Craft Scrappy Happy

Courtesy of Craft Scrappy Happy

 

 

 

4.- Coat and Hat Hanger

Most people just hang their coats in their closet but, what does the single person living in a small studio apartment do with no closet space and a room full of coats? Coat hangers seem to be making a popular comeback for many DIY-ers. Especially with all of the cool and creative ways you can make one yourself. All you need is a piece of wood for the backing and some cabinet knobs. Screw the knobs into the wood and screw the wooden backing into the wall. Since there are tons of really cool knobs, you can literally match your knobs to whatever theme your room may be. I personally think crystal and brass knobs on a piece of worn, painted wood looks very artistic and cute.

Courtesy of RockiesCrafts.blogspot.com

Courtesy of RockiesCrafts.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.- Mason Jar Travel Mug

     Anyone who knows me knows that my love for mason jars continues to grow every day. I love when restaurants utilize them as beer mugs but, the only downside is holding the mason jar without dropping it (especially after a couple of drinks). 

That is why this idea is pure genius. Using Gorilla Glue, mason jars and the cabinet pulls of your choice, you can create your own travel mug! After applying the Gorilla Glue to the side of the mason jar, use rubber bands to make sure the cabinet pull really adheres to the glass. Allow time for it to set and dry.

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            As the holiday season rapidly approaches, many of you will probably be looking to renovate kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms. A popular and also pretty affordable renovation that I see a lot, are accent tile backsplashes for kitchens. Accent tiles come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and materials. Whatever look you are going for, you can most likely achieve with all of the options out there for you.

            Let’s start out with the dimensions of the area you are looking to install the tile on. Making sure you have the right measurements is critical in how the end result will turn out. Next you need to choose which style you would like to go with. There are literally hundreds of textures, materials and patterns you can choose form, depending on what look you are trying to go for. Also, keeping within your budget is always important too.

Tiles usually come in glass, metal, stone, ceramic, porcelain, pebble, marble, granite and also combination materials such as, stone & glass, stone & metal and metal & glass.

            Alot of people tend to stick with a certain color theme for their kitchens and bathrooms, which is why tiles can come in so many differently color combinations and styles.

Shown below (left), is a customer’s installation shots from  their kitchen. As you can see, they decided to stick with a bronze theme and went with the HotGlass- Aventurine Blended 3/4″ Glass Tile in Black Velvet Blend (HAK-34288). CoolTiles.com has quite the extensive collection of tiles. No matter what you’re looking for, they will most likely have exactly what you want. The site even offers an installation guide for those who are willing to install the tiles themselves. What’s even cooler about these tiles is that, many of them aren’t only meant for kitchens but, can also be used in bathtubs, pools, jacuzzis’, etc. Many of the tiles sold on the site are waterproof, which means you can clean them in order to maintain appearance, without fear of ruining them. That is also why glass has become one of the more popular tile choices when choosing a kitchen backsplash. Not only is glass easier to clean, it is also more affordable than some of the other materials out there.   

            When you do come to the final step of installation, you could do one of two things. Either do it yourself, or have a professional come in and install it. Of course we would all like to think we are handy enough to put up a few tiles but, sometimes hiring someone to do the manual labor for you, ends up saving you the frustration and time in the long run.  Remember, there are certain tiles that are easier to install than others. Mosaic tiles come with a mesh backing, making it easier for first time installers. With that being said, good luck and happy decorating! 

 

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Metal & Glass Tiles in customer installation in kitchen. Courtesy of MyKnobs.com Diamond Tech Glass Tiles – Impact -Staggered Glass and Metal Mosaic Tile in Midnight Metal – ( DT-87157 )

Customer installation shot, courtesy of MyKnobs.com HotGlass – Aventurine Blended 3/4″ Glass Tile in Black Velvet Blend (HAK-34288)