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How to Choose a Bathtub Faucet

When it comes to choosing a bathtub faucet, there are practically no limits on what is available; every style, finish and price point is out there for homeowners to consider. So how do shoppers cut through the clutter to find the perfect piece(s)? eFaucets can lead the way.

Installation*

For tub/shower combinations, installation is typically on the wall, though there are some tub-mounted options, too. Sets most often consist of a shower head, one or two handles and a tub spout.

Free-standing tub faucets are not drilled through the tub but instead come up through the floor and hang over the rim of a tub. These faucets include two handles and a tub spout. Some of them also feature a handheld shower head for easy rinsing.

Deck mounted tub faucets are designed for drop-in tubs, and the faucet is either mounted directly to the tub or on the deck surface surrounding the tub. Homeowners who enjoy taking a relaxing bath will appreciate these fixtures because there’s more room in the tub.

*Make note of how many holes the faucet will require and prepare accordingly.

Style & Finish

Even if the bathtub faucet stays hidden behind a shower curtain most of the time, matching the style and finish of it to the bathroom faucet is usually a good idea.

If there’s a polished chrome angular faucet sitting above a vessel sink, the shower faucet should also be polished chrome and angular. Likewise, a more vintage satin/ceramic combination with cross handles at the sink should be replicated at the tub and/or shower.

Valves – Out of sight, but not out of mind

If the new bathtub faucet is more of a replacement upgrade, shoppers need to know the brand of their current faucet and purchase a new fixture of the same brand to avoid having to replace the valve hidden behind the wall. Valves are brand-specific, so having this knowledge before shopping can help avoid unnecessary headaches down the road.

But, if the tub faucet is part of a new configuration, choosing a new brand and the valve to go with it is relatively easy. eFaucets provides a prompt at checkout to be sure shoppers are buying the appropriate parts and accessories with their new faucet.

eFaucets Sports the Google Trusted Stores Badge

eFaucets, your leading online retailer of kitchen and bath fixtures, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the eFaucets website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

“eFaucets is proud to offer customers even greater peace of mind when shopping with us,” said company co-founder and CEO Mike Fox. “The Google Trusted Store badge gives shoppers reassurance at a glance that their online shopping experience at eFaucets will be safe and successful.”

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with eFaucets and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like eFaucets attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

Solve Your All-White Kitchen Blues with Shots of Color

All-white kitchens have remained popular for decades because they invoke a feeling of openness, cleanliness, and they never go out of style. But for homeowners who feel like their bright, white kitchen is leaving them a little washed out, a much-needed jolt of relatively inexpensive – and changeable – color could be in order.

Accessories

Use brightly colored towels and dish cloths; display a rainbow of decorative plates, vases, and other cookery; and hang colorfully framed prints on the walls.

Paint pick-up

Choose a favorite hue and paint the pantry door(s) or the back door. If there’s an island, maybe adding a punch of color there is the answer; either by painting the entire base or even just the door and/or drawer fronts. If there are glass-front cabinets, painting the inside can provide just enough of a break from all the white.

Painted ceilings and the trim around windows can also add personality and color in an all-white space.

Fabulous fabrics

Up the wow in an all-white kitchen by changing window treatments and recovering counter stools and chairs. Solid colors, patterns, mix-and-match; the choices are really only limited by an individual’s imagination.

Or, purchase bar stools already painted a bright shade of the same color being used for other accents in the room.

Light it up

Spice up kitchen lighting by choosing fixtures with a daring dash of color. Pendants in pink, chartreuse chandeliers, or cerulean ceiling lights can change the entire personality of the kitchen from a little stand-off-ish to ready to party.

Punch up appliances

Bright green, radical red and retro pastels are creeping back into the kitchen through thoroughly modern appliances. Making the choice to go with a royal blue range definitely makes a statement and breaks up a white-on-white kitchen to make the space feel brand new.

Bold backsplash

Ceramic tile isn’t the only material available for a backsplash that takes a kitchen from blah to bold. Back-painted glass can be a good option because it’s relatively easy to install without the permanence of tile. Having said that, though, using tile strategically – just behind the range, for example – can add just the right amount of zing to bring an all-white kitchen up to date and carry it forward for years to come.

Celebrate National Painting Week; Let’s Paint!

Completely changing the look and mood of a room doesn’t have to involve a total tear-down, new flooring, furniture and fixtures. Instead, grab a gallon of paint and a roller and transform a space – any space – in about a day.

This week (May 11 – May 15, 2015) is National Painting Week, so celebrate by changing the look, the mood, and the light – yes, the light – of a room or two.

Go from “meh” to marvelous; here’s how to properly prep for the best possible outcome:

1. Remove smaller furniture and take everything off the walls. Remove the blades from the ceiling fan if there is one. Otherwise, place blue painters tape around light fixtures to protect them.

2. Move larger pieces of furniture to the center of the room and drape with cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from splatters. Make sure the floor is covered, too.

3. Dust and wash the walls with mild soap and water to remove any dirt, greasy residues, or moisture streaks from humidity.

4. Patch any holes in the wall with spackle and smooth down; caulk any gaps between baseboards/trim and the walls; and putty any exposed nail heads in the trim.

5. Prime the walls (and trim if wood work is getting a fresh look, too) with either white or a primer tinted the same color family as the paint. This is especially important covering white with any color in the red, blue and purple families.

6. Prime the ceiling to help make sure the ceiling coat goes on evenly, even if white is covering white.

7. After the primer dries for an hour (or according to instructions), cover the walls with the color of choice, let it dry and apply a second coat.

Once the second coat dries, stand back and admire the way sunlight bounces off that brilliant new shade of blue or how a formerly beige room full of blah is now full of smiles and a bouncy shade of berry.

Every room in the house should feel welcoming in its own way, and paint can help make it happen.

 

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