Install Bath Hardware and Fixtures Properly

Learn to install bath hardware the right way.
Learn to install bath hardware the right way.

Towel bars, clothes hooks, and even bathroom shelves are available in various sizes, materials and degrees of sturdiness. The choice of visual appeal is wide. But, unfortunately, visual appeal is not the only consideration when purchasing hardware for the bathroom.

While a dainty rack to hold a lace guest towel can look lovely near the sink, the reality is that sooner or later it will be expected to support the weight of wet towels and even a heavy bag of personal bath products. Even if the rack survives the weight, it’s possible that the wall that is supporting it won’t Going Here.

Bathroom shelves often accumulate cosmetics, hair styling equipment, and even books and magazines in addition to the decorative candles and figurines that were visualized when the bathroom was designed.

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How to Install Recessed Hardware

So you got all the new recessed hardware for your kitchen cabinets but you do not have a clue how to install them.  You need an upgrade in the kitchen but could not afford to buy brand new cabinets.  The good news is that installing the hinges and pulls is incredibly easy to do and only takes a few short steps.  With these few steps, your new recessed hardware looks as if a contractor came to install them instead of it being a do it yourself project.

Installing new recessed hardware on your cabinets can be a fun and easy way to get new looking cabinets without paying the price for brand new ones.  The best part is that learning how to install recessed hardware is not much different than installing any other type of hardware.  You just need a few tools to get the job done.  The rest is just having someone to help you hold them while you install the new hardware.

1.  Tools Needed – In order to do the recessed hardware replacement, you need to have a few tools available.  You may also need a friend to help remove the cabinet doors if you cannot lift them on your own.  The tools needed are:

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Sandpaper

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DIY Tips for Replacing Hinges

Many think that replacing hinges is easy.  While this can be true in most cases, there can be some instances when replacing a hinge becomes a major chore.  There are many variables that need to be taken into consideration when discussing replacing hinges.  Calling a contractor is not necessary as there are only a few screws to remove.  The following are some of the aspects that need to be taken into account as well as some DIY tips for replacing hinges:

  • What Hinges are Being Replaced? – If you are changing the hinges on a door, you may find it very difficult to do without help.  You should have someone there to help you switch them out.  Doors can be very heavy and can cause injury if they fall and there is no one there to hold the door in place.  Cabinets can be replaced with one person but it is easier if there are two.
  • Match the Existing Hinge to the New One – This is one of the best tips to replacing hinges.  If you match the hinges perfectly, you do not have to worry about fit.  This can save a great deal of time.  When the new hinges are a different size then you have to drill new holes and plug the old ones up.  That can be time consuming but it is not always possible to get hinges that match perfectly if the existing ones are very old.

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Choosing the Appropriate Home Theme

Home ThemeIf you have just purchased a home or are tired of your existing décor, you may be thinking of a new home theme.  There are so many new ideas and DIY kits out there to make a home truly memorable that it can be difficult deciding on just one. There are many ways to create a theme for your home.  Some may be more appropriate than others.  You may need to take into consideration how much of your home bears this theme such as if the theme is going to include the outside of the home as well as the interior.

Many gated communities or condominium complexes have strict rules regarding the decorative aspects of the exterior of the home.  They want a unity to all of the exterior colors so check with your homeowners association before doing any projects to the outside of the home.  You may find your home looks great on the outside just to be told you have fines to pay and that you need to repair the home back to a state that conforms to the rules of the homeowners association.  This does not mean you cannot make improvement to the exterior; you just need to do them within the guidelines.

The interior of the home offers much more leeway.  There are usually no standards to go by when choosing a theme for the inside of the house.  Just figure out what is appropriate for your theme and you can work away on it.  You can find pieces that fit the theme as well as cabinet hardware that matches and follows this theme.  The following are a few themes for a home that can be used:

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Spruce Up Your Bathroom with Bathroom Accessories

bathroom accessoriesBathroom accessories can make all the difference in your home bathrooms. Whether it is a master bath that you will mainly be the only one using or a guest bathroom that is meant to help your guests feel comfortable and at home, there are accessories to suit every need and décor style.

Bathroom hardware and accessories can make all the difference in the overall appearance of the bathroom. They are also a great way to give your bathroom a mini makeover. If the bathroom is looking old and outdated, changing the hardware and accessories can make a world of difference, even if you are on a budget.

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Glass Bathroom Shelves Can Help Modernize Your Home

Glass bathroom shelvesThe bathroom is often one of the most neglected rooms in the home when it comes to decorating. Some homeowners are limited for space, making it difficult to make major changes. One of the best ways to add extra storage space in your bathroom and make it more modern at the same time is with glass bathroom shelves.

Glass bathroom shelves are beautifully designed. They can enhance any décor and add the extra space needed to make the bathroom more functional. Shelves can be placed most anywhere in your bathroom and they’re easy to install. Therefore, you can put them in yourself with a ruler and screwdriver or small drill. Just be sure and measure the distance before installing to make sure you place it in the right position.

Glass bathroom shelves come in a variety of sizes and designs making it easy to find something that suits your personal taste and needs. Some of them have corners while others are designed with rounded edges. Some are wide, others are narrow and there are many sizes in-between.

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Decorative Hardware Styles and Colors

Crystal Knobs
Crystal Knobs

Many people simply use the same hardware for their drawers that they use on their cabinets.  When the drawers are in the bedroom or dining room china cabinet, it is not common to switch out from the stock ones that come with them.  When redecorating, do not forget that you can create a new look by simply changing the decorative hardware styles to match the new décor.

If you are changing a child’s room to a more grown up look, when they transition from toddlers to school children, you may want to give the room a more grownup look that can easily transition to the teenage years.  For a boy’s room, you may want to choose the colors of blue and green.  The great news is that there are drawer pulls in many variations of these colors which are also made out of stone and other materials.  Use more feminine colors when decorating a girl’s room such as lilac or peach.

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Tips for Decorating with Switch Plates

Switch platesThere are many small changes that you can make within your home to enhance your decor and one great way to make a difference is by installing decorative switch plates. The switch plate was originally designed as a way to protect you and your family from the electrical wires within the walls. They still serve this very important function but they’re not all just plain and simple anymore.

Decorative switch plates come in a variety of styles and colors. For example, some of the finishes include antique bass, copper, flat black, satin pewter, marble, nickel plated and chrome but there are still other options available. They’re also available in many different designs from the simple to the extravagant. They come in a variety of prices but most all of them are very affordable making it possible for you to choose a designed that suits your needs and décor perfectly.

Some of these are plain while others have designs etched into the edges and some of them are themed orientated to make them more decorative. For example, you can buy switch plates designed for nurseries, children’s rooms or ones that are animal or sport themed. Some are designed especially for bathrooms and kitchens and some can be used anywhere. There are many options to choose from.

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End of Summer Home Improvement Projects

As summer is coming to an end, you begin to realize that your summer renovation and home improvement projects haven’t been finished or haven’t even been started. No need to worry, these quick and easy tips will make it seem as if you spent your whole summer remodeling.

Cabinet Knobs and PullsAs summer is coming to an end, you begin to realize that your summer renovation and home improvement projects haven’t been finished or haven’t even been started. No need to worry, these quick and easy tips will make it seem as if you spent your whole summer remodeling.

 When it comes to a quick kitchen spruce up, I’m not looking to start replacing or painting cabinetry. The easiest way to make your kitchen look brand new is to start with the details. Updating details like hardware, lighting, accessories and your paint job will surely give your kitchen a face lift, while saving a buck!

1. Let’s see what you have to work with. Take a look at the elements of the space that can’t change. Typically these would be your countertops, cabinetry and appliances. See if you can notice a theme or design style that is already there. Look for details in the shapes and colors of your space. Since we are not going to be changing these elements, we need to make everything work as cohesively as possible. Do you have knotted, rustic cabinets; reminiscent of an old world villa? Do you have sleek modern countertops with a bold color screaming contemporary bistro? The bones of your kitchen are there, it’s up to you to decide what to dress it up with.

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Custom Knobs Add Pizzazz to Bathroom Cabinets

Custom knobsIf you are like me, you may want to update your bathroom but do not really have a great deal of money to put into an upgrade.  I wanted to really make a statement in my bathroom so I looked around for some knobs that could add that element that was simply missing.  As I was looking at the different knob types, I found that there were more choices than I could ever imagine. There are not only many different styles and colors of metal, wood and glass knobs, but they come in so many different shapes too.  My bathroom décor is an underwater scene.  There are shells everywhere and the shower curtain has a coral reef pattern with brightly colored fish on it.  I painted the walls light blue and used a sponge with a darker blue to make the walls appear as if they are made of water as well. The only thing I had not done was the cabinets and I really wanted to do something that would make the counters stand out more than they did.  I decided to paint the cabinets in the darker blue to set off the walls and it looked great. 

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