How many times have you watched a home improvement show and thought, “I can totally do that?” We know we have, but if we’re honest, we know our ambition exceeds our ability when it comes to more complicated projects like installing/refinishing wood floors, installing tile and certain plumbing projects.
Before you decide to tackle a home improvement project on your own, it’s important to be honest about not just your capabilities, but also what your time and the materials will realistically cost. There is an enormous amount of pride and satisfaction knowing every time you look at your beautiful wood floor that you did it, but if it took you three times as long as it would have taken a professional, was that really time well spent?
2. If you have the room for a little extra elbow room in the shower, take it. Pam Kueber from Retro Renovation went with a 34-inch wide shower stall when she really should have gone with a 36-inch. Kueber also said that had she been aware of the availability of an enameled-covered cast iron shower base, she would have chosen that over the solid surface base she installed.
Before Haynes got her hands on the space for this final incarnation, though, she said it was a dark and dreary space she and her husband tried to make work by changing things here and there.
“First makeover included painting upper tiles dark maroon and the ceiling panels and grids white, added green floor tile, plus mirror and light fixtures, and took out the shower doors,” she posted on her Prodigal Pieces blog. “Second makeover, yanked out the tub and toilet for new fiberglass tub with surround, and put in new floor tile.”
After living with her decorating band-aids for a few years, Haynes finally took the bathtub by the horns and pulled the bathroom apart with a plan to make it light, airy and completely functional for her large family.
We first got in touch with Haynes when she tagged eFaucets on Twitter asking for our advice about a matching shower head for a lavatory faucet she purchased. After speaking with her and learning more about her remodel, eFaucets was happy to help.
Haynes and her husband worked hard to infuse the right amount of vintage-farmhouse charm in their bathroom:
Painted beadboard ceiling with trim to make it appear coffered;
Re-purposed chest-of-drawers with lots of storage for the new vanity;
Re-finished light fixture Haynes found at a sale for $1;
Classic, white subway tile with grey grout;
Two-handle lavatory and tub faucets in brushed nickel finish; and
White hexagon tiled floor with grey grout to match the tub/shower.
To make sure we stayed true to Haynes’ vintage-farmhouse theme we shopped together and found the perfect match: a Danze shower arm mount handshower. Despite being a modern piece of engineering, the design retains a hint of vintage charm and the finish matched Haynes’ new faucets perfectly.
“Not only does this new shower head and accessories look better, but I’m happy to say that it does a wonderful job – this coming from someone who has returned several shower heads in previous years because their spray was weak,” she wrote on her blog about the bathroom project.
In the end, it may have taken a few months, but Haynes and her husband spent only $1,100 on their remodel, and their attention to detail is certainly evident. We were happy to help and look forward to following Haynes as she moves onto her kitchen.
Little ones with messy hands turning handles so they can wash up can turn into a messier adventure, but touchless faucet technology can help eliminate some of the extra clean up for parents.
Children who are trying to be big kids like to wash their hands by themselves, but reaching across the sink to turn on the water can often result in a big mess. Soap ends up everywhere but on the child’s hands, water pools on the deck of the sink, and there’s always the danger of hot water potentially causing burns.
Top-notch brands like Delta, Kohler, Grohe and Moen have done away with old-school handles to control the flow and temperature of water and rely instead on a single lever on the side of their faucets. Parents can position the handle to set how fast water is delivered and at what temperature.
Touch faucets respond to either the wrist or forearm to tap the top of the faucet to summon the water, eliminating the need to include the entire fixture in clean-up.
Smart sensors positioned at the base and sometimes also on the top of the faucet neck respond to objects waving in front of them. Swipe a hand past a sensor for on and again to turn the faucet off.
Kids of all ages will like how easy touch and touchless faucets are to use, and parents will appreciate how smaller messes don’t grow into larger ones.