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.

Vidrepur
Vidrepur

 

Hot New Home Hardware Trends For 2015

 

 

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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How To Clean Door Knobs with Different Finishes

 

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is now upon us. It is known to many as a joyous time, spent with family and friends. A time for enjoying all that the holiday season has to offer. Unfortunately, it is also now the heart of flu season.  But fear not, we have a comprised a list of various ways to clean and disinfect the most prominent area of the house known for passing on germs; Door Knobs!

Today, doorknobs can come in a wide variety of finishes. Everything from brass to nickel, stainless steel, bronze, chrome, painted aluminum and even crystal. Knowing how to clean each of these surfaces efficiently without ruining their finishes, is the tricky part check this site out. Lucky for you, we have researched the various ways that you can effectively clean your door knobs to bring out that original shine, and also disinfect in time for flu season.

 

Brass

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Baldwin© Brass door handle, courtesy of Myknobs.com

 

Brass is quite the popular finish and has been around since ancient times. Made of alloy, zinc and copper, brass has been used for various things over the years. Maintaining its popularity are brass door knobs. Since brass is a durable metal, many people choose that over any other finish. Its acoustic properties prevent rust and corrosion. One of the easiest ways to clean and disinfect brass is to use simple items you can usually find sitting around your house. Lemon juice is great for cleaning. Its acidic properties work very quickly in breaking down any dirt and grime build up. The plus side, it smells great too! Another favorite household item that seems to continuously make its rounds in various cleaning articles, is white vinegar. White vinegar is not only a safer alternative to using harsh chemicals but, it leaves brass with a beautiful shine, making it look the same as it did the day you installed your doorknobs.

  • Fill a large bowl with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part warm water.
  • Let door knob soak for 15 minutes.
  • Gently rub with a soft rag.
  • Rinse off with warm water and buff dry with a clean rag or cloth.
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Nickel

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Baldwin© Nickel Door handles, courtesy of Myknobs.com

 

Nickel tends to have green tarnish that can build up on its surface. WD40 comes in handy when handling nickel. Special metal cleaners are also good to use as well. Remember to test small spots out on the surface first, as to assess any damage should there be any.

  • Grab some WD40 and fine steel wool.
  • Spray a small amount of the WD40 onto the area you want cleaned and apply the wool to the surface, making small circular motions.

If you have thin nickel plating, or are simply afraid of taking the chance using fine steel wool, you can always use our good friend, white vinegar.

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  • Fill a large bowl with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part warm water.
  • Dip a cotton rag into the solution and apply to the knob.
  • Use circular motions as with fine steel wool until surface appears cleaner.
  • Repeat until desired look is achieved.

If neither of these options work for you, you can always clean your nickel door knobs/handles, with pure ammonia.

  • You must use pure ammonia, not the diluted kind.
  • Make sure the area in which you are cleaning in, is properly ventilated.
  • Pour the Ammonia into a large bowl and submerge the knobs in the solution.
  • Leave the knobs in the ammonia the several hours or, overnight depending on preference and type of nickel.
  • Upon pulling the knobs out, wipe the dirt and tarnish with a soft cloth under clean, warm water.

 

Stainless-Steel

 

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Baldwin© Stainless Steel knob, courtesy of Myknobs.com

Stainless-steel, although beautiful in appearance can be quite a pain in the neck to maintain. Most people don’t realize how often you really should be cleaning stainless-steel household items and appliances.

Cleaning stainless-steel knobs will help protect them and also maintain their appearance.  If you have stainless-steel door knobs in your home or office, follow these directions below.

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  • Fill a bucket or bowl with warm water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of detergent to the water until suds begin to form.
    • Dip a soft rag into the soapy water and squeeze out the excess liquid.
    • Wipe knobs with soapy rag until dirt appears to come off.
  • Once desired look is achieved, rinse off with warm water and buff dry.

(If you have stains on the steel door knobs, you can use a mild abrasive cleanser on them. )

 


 

Chrome

Baldwin© Chrome door handle, courtesy of Myknobs.com
Baldwin© Chrome door handle, courtesy of Myknobs.com

Chrome is one of those finishes that is really eye-catching. It’s also very easy to get dirty. Because of its smooth surface, chrome tends to show every single smudge,fingerprint and scratch. That’s why it’s important to really maintain it regularly. Luckily, there are many chrome cleaners out right now. A popular favorite is, Mother’s which is actually meant for chrome rims but, it will work just as well for your door knob.

Another way to get rid of stubborn stains and dirt on Chrome, is to use baking soda.

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  • Take 1 tablespoon of baking soda and pour into a bowl.
  • Add water to the baking soda and mix until it forms a paste-like solution.
  • Next, take either a rag or a soft-bristled tooth brush and gently rub the surface of the chrome.
  • Gently rinse off the baking soda with clean, warm water.
  • Wipe dry with a micro-fiber cloth.

If you’re looking to clean and sanitize your chrome knob remember, you can wipe down the knob with vinegar and water as a finishing product.

 


 

Black Matte Coated

Black Matte Coated
Black Matte Coated, courtesy of Myknobs.com

Black Matte Coated door knobs are typically comprised of either a zinc alloy metal or solid brass as a base, which is then plated with the black matte finish. A protective lacquer is then applied in order to preserve the black matte finish.

Because of its delicate composition, only mild soap and water can be used on these door knobs.

  • Mix two parts of mild detergent with warm water (You can use antibacterial soap if you wish to disinfect, as well).
  • Take a soft cloth or rag and submerge into the detergent solution. Make sure to ring out any excess liquid, as to not saturate the knob.
  • When finished removing dirt and disinfecting the knob, take a clean, damp cloth and wipe clean.
  • Dry with a soft, clean cloth or rag.

 


 

Crystal

Baldwin® crystal door knob, courtesy of Myknobs.com
Baldwin® crystal door knob, courtesy of Myknobs.com

Crystal door knobs are very popular, and very beautiful if you can afford them. Like anything else, with beauty comes a price. Crystal is a magnet for dust but, what makes crystal tricky, are the translucent properties which make it difficult to really ascertain the level of dirtiness. Crystal is also very delicate. Much like the black matte coated knob previously discussed, crystal needs to be cleaned with a mild detergent or white vinegar. You can combine both solutions together in a bowl, in order to get that shine you desire. Since crystal mimics glass, vinegar is the better choice for cleaning/sanitizing the knob. White vinegar eliminates streaking and water spots which is why it is also a great solution for cleaning mirrors and glass tables.

  • Fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of detergent.
  • Add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar.
  • Use a lint-free cloth and submerge into the solution (you can also use a baby’s bottle brush).
  • Rinse clean with warm water and pat dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.

 

Well, now you know how to disinfect and remove dirt, safely from each finish.

 

–Happy Cleaning!

Transforming Your Child's Bedroom on a Budget

 

 

 

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We have all seen those extravagant bedrooms for children, whether it be on Pinterest or other home-decor blog sites. They are literally what dreams are made of. Pictured above, is a pirate-themed bedroom. As you can see from the pictures, the creator of this fabulous bedroom utilized faux brick, for the sides underneath the draw-bridge. The pirate ship itself is made of stained wood, as is the draw-bridge. The ceiling was painted in mural-like fashion, while the walls have sea-life decals.

For us common folk, this bedroom seems impossible to create, right? Well, what if I told you that you could achieve a more affordable, under-water themed bedroom? Even though a pirate ship is seemingly impossible to incorporate into your child’s bedroom, it doesn’t mean you can’t try to get as close to an underwater fantasy world as possible.

Let’s start off with the basics. The first step you would need to take is painting over the bedroom walls. The blue pictured above is a nice color to go with or, you could go with a different hue, based off of what you think would best fits your child’s bedroom.

Next, we have the wall decals. After doing a little research of my own, I came across a handful of websites that carry a multitude of wall decals. First on my list, is AllPosters.com. They carry quite a few marine decals, specifically geared towards children’s bedrooms. I’ve used them in the past for many things therefore, I’m a big fan. All orders come in a timely fashion and are packaged nicely as well. The only downside is that, their marine decals are a little more flat with a cartoon look and feel. If your child is out of that Sponge-Bob phase, I would suggest venturing onto the next site on my list.

WallDecorshops.com has many wall decals to choose from. Sticking with our subject, they have really great marine life decals, all highly-detailed. Depending on what you are specifically looking for, this site has a good variety of die-cut adhesive decals. I would also like to warn you that, walldecorshops.com get a little pricey. I’m not sure if I would necessarily pay $40.00-$100.00 for a dolphin’s face, unless of course it sang me the Flipper theme song.

Which brings me to my third site on the list. WallStickerOutlet.com, is one of the better sources for this specific theme. The wall decals on this site are a pretty close match to those pictured above in the pirate room. The best part is the price of the decals featured onWallStickerOutlet.com With each order you receive 4 sheets of 10×18 inch decals. Not only that but, shipping is free for those in the U.S.

 

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So now we have our wall colors down and our decals to really bring the pirate/nautical theme to life. What’s next? Well, since we can’t build a pirate ship, we are going to have to improvise here. Rather than throwing out your child’s perfectly good furniture, why not accent it? MyKnobs.com has a variety of knobs and handles for doors, dressers, knight stands, etc. You name it- they supply it. What I like about their website, is how they give the consumer the option to choose a category by theme. This cut the time down for me and enabled me to find what I was looking for rather quickly. I will say, I am actually a bit surprised that most of the other websites that manufacture specialty home hardware/decor items, lack this feature on their websites. Anyway, getting back to accenting our furniture– I found a wide variety of specialty cabinet hardware to accent the room. There’s a nautical category which carries knobs that range from pewter to antique brass, brushed chrome and many other finishes. The price range can vary, usually from $3.00- $15.00 per knob.

Next comes the switch plates. Opting for a more decorative switch plate is honestly, a great way to spruce up a room and add a nice accent to your theme. I’m going to go ahead and group switch plates and lamps into the same category. SwitchPlateGallery.com has some really cute switch plates to match the nautical theme. They’re relatively cheap, ranging anywhere from $3.00-$5.00 on their site.

So now we venture on to lighting. The complexity of what you are looking for will certainly impact the pricing range. Unfortunately, lighting in general isn’t cheap. Whether we are talking about floor lamps, desk lamps or chandeliers, they are all going to cost you a decent amount of money but, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank in order to achieve your end goal. I stumbled upon a site called Bellacor.com They have really beautiful lighting fixtures. Relating to our theme, they do have some pretty cool coral lamps, comprised of resin material. The website’s price has it listed at $127.46, which is actually on sale right now for the upcoming holiday.

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Courtesy of Bellacor.com

 

Another accent you can add to your child’s bedroom is a bedspread, throw cover, or a duvet. Of course every child would love to have a race car bed or something resembling a pirate ship, we all were there once. Unfortunately, specialty beds like that can really run up the bill of redecorating a room. What I did for a tropical themed kids room, was research specialty comforters and bedspreads. I ended up finding a retailer that shipped directly from Hawaii. The bedspread was really affordable and was also reversible! Houzz.com, had a really cute duvet cover. It’s a little pricey but, it’s worth it for the amount of money you save in total for renovating your child’s bedroom. I also came across many others, ranging from the hyper-realistic to a more flatter, vector-themed style. When choosing a bedspread it’s all about personal taste, comfort and also, affordability.

 

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Adding all of these accent pieces to your child’s bedroom will really transform the space tremendously. If you find decorations that fit the theme you are going for, then by all means, add it to your room.

Good Luck and Happy Decorating!