DIY projects: 3 creative uses for old household items

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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When household items get old or are no longer needed, we have the habit of just throwing them out. But what if you could turn that old product into something better? Repurposing household items is a great way to save money and give your home some character. Get inspired with these four creative uses for old household items and let your crafty side take over!

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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1. Turn a light bulb into a candle

Even a burned-out bulb can still be used as a light source. Simply upcycle the old bulb and make it into a unique-looking candle! All you have to do is fill the bulb with lamp oil, use hemp string as the wicker and glue a washer to the bottom to make the light bulb stand up straight.

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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2. Hang up a small step ladder as a display shelf

Ladders can be used for more than just reaching that hard-to-reach shelf. If you have an old wooden ladder that you aren’t sure what to do with anymore, hang it on the wall and use the ladder to display decorative items like pictures. Depending on the style of your home, you can choose to paint the ladder or not.

DIY projects: 4 creative uses for old household items

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3. Create a medicine cabinet out of old luggage

Feeling really creative? Then make your own medicine cabinet out of old luggage. A vintage luggage medicine cabinet will give your bathroom space a unique look that will intrigue guests. All you have to do is add the mirror of your choice, insert a shelf, if necessary, and hang the suitcase above the sink.

Ready to get crafty? Start putting your old household items to better use with these easy-to-do projects.

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Gold, Silver or Bronze: Choosing the Right Color For Your Bathroom

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Whether your bathroom is traditional, modern, or eclectic, finding the right color fixtures that match the overall style of your remodel can be a daunting process. Today’s fixtures are available in a variety of different metals, finishes, and price ranges, but are dominated by three main colors: gold, silver, and bronze. While each have their own advantages and disadvantages, matching your fixtures to a room’s lighting, budget, and theme will ensure that your bathroom will reflect your taste level and personality.

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Gold-colored fixtures, particularly polished and satin brass, have seen a rise in popularity over the past several years and help give a bathroom a romantic, vintage look. Brass fixtures are generally more expensive than other finishes, and matching gold-colored fixtures to other metals can be more challenging than with silver or bronze-colored finishes. On the other hand, brass is easy to find, easy to clean, and extremely durable—brass fixtures catch the eye and can act as the “wow factor” in your bathroom—classy and bold, without being overly showy. Brass and other gold-colored finishes look best in bathrooms that use lots of porcelain, white marble, and warm lighting.

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SILVER

Timeless, clean looking, and available in a variety of finishes—silver fixtures polish up nicely and look great under a variety of lighting conditions. Silver-colored finishes such as polished or brushed nickel, chrome, and stainless steel offer the most variety of these medal-themed metals and go well with basically any style bathroom whether it be contemporary, modern, traditional, or eclectic. Silver-colored finishes tend to go very well together, and a mixture of matte and glossy finishes (chrome faucets with brushed nickel lighting fixtures, for example) allows you to highlight certain elements of a room while blending others. While generally the most affordable of the three metal finishes, glossy finishes like chrome can be susceptible to water spots and fingerprints and have to be cleaned often—something to keep in mind before purchasing.

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BRONZE

Rustic, classic, and elegant, bronze-colored fixtures have always been loved for their bold, warm look. At home in a traditional, Tuscan, or Mediterranean setting, finishes like copper and brushed or oil-rubbed bronze are great at adding an old-world feel to any bathroom. Best matched with more intricate lighting that features scrollwork, French, or classic styling, bronze fixtures are durable, easily matched with existing pieces, and will naturally color with age, developing a rich, unmistakable patina. Some bronze finishes, like copper, require a bit more maintenance than others but have natural antimicrobial properties (most germs eventually die after contact with copper surfaces) and will actually “heal” scratches over time—after a short period, blemishes on copper blend and disappear as the fixture’s patina darkens.

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Remember to take some time to consider factors like lighting, style, and the practical use the room will see—if you have kids in the house, finishes like chrome may smudge too easily; if you are on a budget, stainless steel is a great option; if you’re going for a bright, eye-catching look, consider polished brass or another gold-colored fixture, but for a more relaxed, rustic approach look to bronze. No matter which color fixtures you choose, knowing about the pros and cons of each can help you make a smart, informed decision that will leave your new bathroom looking medal-worthy.

Looking to add an addition to your home? Here are some things to consider first…

 

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It’s a new year, and for many homeowners, that means it is time to start thinking of ways to revamp their home! Some might change up their interior design by purchasing new décor and painting their walls a different color. Other homeowners will decide to remodel a room and furnish it with all new items. And some people – maybe even you – will choose to expand their home and add an addition.
Expanding one’s home is a big project that should not be rushed. You want to be satisfied with the results! If you’re looking to get one step closer to your dream home by adding a new room, be sure to carefully consider these things first:

1. Location
Whether you’re adding a bathroom, a bedroom or a living room, the location is usually the most important factor that you will want to consider. You want to make sure that the room’s location makes sense with the rest of the home. For example, would you want the master bedroom right next to the living room or would you rather have it tucked away? These are things you’ll have to decide.
2. Windows
Do you want the room to be well-lit or are you going for a soft, more romantic glow? If you’re trying to create a light and airy room, you will definitely want some larger windows. If, on the other hand, you don’t want a lot of sunlight, opt for smaller windows and install dimmer switches so you have more control over the brightness levels in the room.
3. Ceiling Height
If you love low-hanging chandeliers or pendants, you want to be sure your ceiling is high enough they don’t hang too low; especially if you have taller people living in your home. You don’t want to hang up a light fixture and force family members to duck every time they walk underneath it!

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Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

4. The Overall Style
Many homeowners don’t consider the style they want for a room until they’ve reached the decorating process. However, architectural elements can also have a huge impact on a room’s overall theme. Establish the style you want right away at the beginning of the process so every decision you make reflects that theme.

A home addition is an exciting project, but also a lot of work. Take the time to carefully plan out the addition and the hard work will pay off big time!

5 Places you can now Install a Chandelier

If you love chandeliers, but feel you don’t have the “proper” place to install one, then we have good news for you. Thanks to recent design trends and the fact that many of today’s homes are less formal than before, chandeliers can be used in any room of the house. That’s right – no longer are chandeliers reserved just for the dining room or the foyer. Now there are casual, elegant, and modern designs to fit in with any style of room. Here are just 5 unique places you can now install a chandelier:

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1. Over the bed: Want to give your master bedroom a more romantic and elegant feel? Well, one of the simplest ways to transform the look of the bedroom is to install a chandelier right above the bed. Depending on your bedroom’s design, there are many styles of chandeliers that could work including crystal chandeliers or fixtures with soft-glow bulbs.

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2. Outdoors: Out of all the places you might have considered installing a chandelier, you probably never thought of outside! With a chandelier hung up on your patio, you can enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine with family or friends. If you have a front porch with a couch or chairs, create a relaxing atmosphere by installing a casual chandelier. If you have to use a chandelier that operates on candles, use flameless candles for better safety.

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3. Walk-in closet: A walk-in closet has a way of making a room feel luxurious and now you can make it appear even more lavish by hanging up an elegant chandelier. While you might choose to install an elegant and classy chandelier, make sure it isn’t too big so that it gets in the way. A walk-in closet may be bigger than your average sized closet, but it still isn’t as large as most rooms.

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4. In the bathroom: Create a relaxed atmosphere in the bathroom by installing a chandelier above the bathtub. The soft glow of the chandelier will make long, hot baths even more enjoyable and you’ll come out feeling refreshed.

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5. Over the kitchen island: Just because the kitchen is a highly functional room, doesn’t mean you can’t make it stylish! Try installing several mini chandeliers over the kitchen island or just one large chandelier to give the kitchen a more unique look. Friends and family will be more drawn to the island countertop and it will become the heart of the kitchen.

Where in your home can you install a chandelier? Try out one or more of these ideas and add some style to your home!

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Choosing the Right Window Treatments

Selecting window treatments for your home seems easy enough. After all, anything that covers your window will do, right? Wrong! Every room in your house is different, with unique needs and the opportunity for its own style. The window treatments you choose, therefore, need to match the functionality and design of the room. When selecting window treatments, there are several things you should consider:

Privacy

Everyone likes their privacy, and certain rooms require more of it than others. You probably already know which rooms of the house you prefer private, such as the bathroom or your bedroom. In the bathroom, try using cellular shades. Cellular shades offer privacy but also let in natural light so you can still look your best in the morning.

In areas like the living room, privacy may be of little concern. This opens the door to other possibilities, such as pretty sheer curtains or stylish valances.

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Light

The amount of natural light let into a room largely depends on the window treatment. To make a room feel light and airy, such as the kitchen or living room, use sheer fabrics to cover the windows. Sheer materials are great for letting light in, but also keeping the sun from feeling too harsh.

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In the bedroom, you might consider using a thick curtain to cover your windows. That way, you can completely block out the sun in the morning and let the natural light flood in during the day. If you want more flexibility and control over how much light is let in, try using shutters or blinds.

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Style

Window treatments can blend in with a room or stand out and take the room’s style to the next level. Style considerations include the actual window treatment (curtains vs. shades, etc.), the material, color and design.

The style of the window treatment should match the overall design of the room. Rich colors and materials like velvet look great in elegant rooms. Sheer, lacy fabrics give off a vintage or romantic feel, while simple cotton materials look casual. To create an earthy and natural look, install bamboo shades or shades made in organic colors.

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To select the right window treatments for your home, remember to consider the privacy, light and style needs of each room.

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Bar Stools Around the House

Bar stools have already made their way into the kitchen — where will they end up next? Well, that’s for you to decide! As people get more creative with their décor, many furniture pieces, including bar stools, are becoming much more versatile.  No longer do bar stools have to be accompanied with a bar counter-top. In fact, they don’t even need to be used for sitting!

Wherever you need seating, or want to have extra seating, you can use a bar stool. It doesn’t even need to be paired with a table or countertop. Try bringing out bar stools on your patio, in the game room or even in your garage. People don’t think to put any seating in work areas like the garage, but they definitely come in handy when people get tired and their backs hurt.

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If you have a vanity in your bedroom or bathroom, sit on a bar stool every morning while getting ready. You’re probably thinking, “I want a chair with more support or that is more comfortable.” Bar stools, however, are not always the circular wooden stools you normally see in actual bars. The style of bar stools has evolved and now there are a variety of designs and shapes for you to choose from. There are even stools with chair-backs and arm rests.

Not only can bar stools be placed in any room of the house, but they can also be used for more than just sitting. Use a bar stool as a bedside table or an accent table in the living room. You can use the “table” to place personal items like a book, glass of water or even an alarm clock. Bar stools are smaller than the typical accent table, so they are perfect if you’re working with limited space.

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Another idea is to use bar stools to display decorative items. Instead of hanging a plant, set it on a stool so that the leaves drape over the legs. Or, feature your favorite family photo. You can even stack a pile of older, worn-out books on top of an antique stool for an old-fashioned look.

How will you use your bar stools? Get creative and have fun trying new ideas!

 

Achieve a luxury bathroom without remodeling

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a luxurious bathroom that you can feel good about every morning; a place that you aren’t embarrassed to show guests? There is always an option to design a new bathroom, but remodeling is expensive, stressful and often very inconvenient. Luckily, there are certain changes you can make to transform the look of your bathroom without tearing it apart. Just incorporate some of these techniques into your bathroom’s décor and see how small details can make a huge difference.

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Throw away your dirty or plastic shower curtain
Sometimes we hold on to a shower curtain for too long, never getting around to finally replacing it even though it’s old and stained. Or, we opt for a plastic alternative to save some money that day. Well, now it is time to throw those old shower curtains away and spring for a new one. Buying a new shower curtain is a chance to add some color and design into the bathroom, making it more visually appealing.

Make the bathroom appear larger
People love large bathrooms. While you can’t change the size of your bathroom without tearing down a wall, you can make some changes to make it seem larger. The easiest way is to remove the clutter and design a storage solution so everything has a designated spot. You can also switch to lighter paint colors to make the space feel more open.

Think about the details
From lighting to linens, the details can make or break your bathroom design. Plush towels and rugs that are rich in color will look great in the bathroom. Plus, they will feel a whole lot better than rough or overused options.
While you need a well-lit mirror to get ready in the morning, you also want to incorporate ambient lighting for VigoLiquidCopperGlassVesselSinkrelaxation. One way to do this is to install dimmers. Otherwise, install a decorative pendant or small chandelier for a soft overhead light. Decorative lighting is an easy way to add style and sophistication without taking up space.
Even faucets can have an impact. Replace your stainless steel faucets for something with a little more punch. Copper, oil-rubbed bronze and polished brass finishes are all great options too if you want your faucets to stand out and make a statement.

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So even if you can’t afford a complete bathroom makeover, there are several little things that you can do to make your bathroom welcoming for you and your guests.

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Remodeling your bathroom? Don’t forget about the faucet finish!

Whether you’re remodeling the bathroom or starting from scratch, there are a lot of decisions to be made. During this sometimes chaotic process, people often get caught up in their bigger purchase decisions like vanities or showers, and then leave the details as an afterthought. What they might not realize, however, is that small details like faucet finishes can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the bathroom. Give yourself some time to select the right faucet finish for your bathroom—you’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

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The numerous options and possibilities for faucet finishes can sometimes seem daunting. Some of the options include polished or brushed chrome, polished or brushed nickel, stainless steel, brushed or oil-rubbed bronze, copper, polished brass, matte black and white. To help narrow down your choices, think about the style you want to achieve. The right faucet finish can be the key element in creating a specific style or it can be used to blend in with the rest of the bathroom décor.

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In contemporary bathrooms, the look of stainless steel or chrome is often popular because they are so versatile and work well in almost any bathroom. If you need something to fit in, rather than stand out, this look is for you. Opt for a brushed finish for easy maintenance. You won’t have to spend a lot of time wiping down your faucet because it won’t show water spots or fingerprints.

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Faucet finishes can do more than blend in. If you want your faucets to stand out and become the dominant design element everything else is centered around, select a more bold finish such as a copper, oil-rubbed bronze or polished brass. These finishes are perfect for antique, vintage or Tuscan styled bathrooms. White and black are dominant colors in a modern environment. If modern is the style for you, install a faucet that has a white or matte black finish. These finishes are also great because they too hide water spots and fingerprints.

Whatever you decide on, the finish of your fixtures will have a definite impact on the style of your bathroom!

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Five Steps for Furnishing Your Bathroom

Designing a bathroom from scratch should be a fun process, but it often becomes overwhelming and stressful. Every fixture, furniture and accessory you choose for your bathroom is like a piece in a puzzle, and when you’re all done, the pieces should fit together.

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Make the challenge a little easier by breaking it down into the following five steps:

1. Determine the overall look you want for your bathroom. Do you want something contemporary, vintage, elegant or modern? The style you aim to achieve becomes the foundation for every purchase decision you make because different styles require certain designs, materials, textures and colors.

2. Purchase the shower, vanity, toilet, tile, mirrors and any other furnishings that you want for your bathroom based on style and size. Looks are important, but so is size, and it is important that every item is scaled appropriately to the size of the bathroom along with other furniture.

3. Create a lighting plan. Unless you don’t intend to get ready in the bathroom, you should always have a well-lit mirror. Whether you choose to get a lighted mirror or add some task lighting on the sides is up to you. Since the bathroom is also a place for relaxation, you should also incorporate some ambient lighting. An easy way to do this is do install a dimmer. Otherwise, hang a decorative overhead light to add some flair.

4. Select your linens. The shower curtain, rugs and even towels are all important elements in your bathroom’s design and are a great way to add color, designs and patterns.

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5. Add your personal touch. To make the bathroom truly yours, add some décor that might not be necessary, but make the bathroom cojarsmplete. This could be your favorite scented candle, a fun or stylish clock or maybe a decorative jar to hold your cotton balls and Q-tips.

 

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How to choose the right vanity for your bathroom

Every room should have a designated focal point, and in bathrooms a vanity is sure to do the trick. Bathroom vanities can be large or small and are found in varying materials and designs.  With so many options, it is easy to feel overwhelmed—but don’t give up just yet! Choosing the right vanity for your bathroom depends a lot on the room itself; consider the bathroom’s size, who will use it and the overall look you want to create.

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Size of bathroom

The size of your bathroom will determine how big your vanity should be. A large vanity in a small bathroom wBelleForetBathroomVanityould look very out of place; plus, you might not have much room to walk. In bigger bathrooms, take advantage of large vanities that can store all of your personal items. If you have a tiny bathroom, there are plenty of vanities that will be the appropriate size and still have storage space.

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A bathroom’s storage needs generally correlate with who will be using the bathroom. In guest bathrooms, you will only need the basic necessities and therefore can opt for a vanity that is more decorative than functional. Get creative and have some fun picking out an interesting design! Avanity’s Wenge Vanity and Mirror Cabinet is hung on the wall and provides space for needed toiletries. The unique style of the vanity is sure to impress any visitors.
Bathrooms that are used by multiple family members need to provide storage to hold a number of personal items such as hair dryers and makeup. Select a vanity with multiple cupboards and drawers. No longer will you have to deal with a cluttered counter-top.

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Overall look

For the bathroom to look complete, select a vanity that matches the overall style of the room. Minimalistic and sleek looking vanities would look best in a modern bathroom. If you’re going traditional, wooden vanities with marble or granite counter-tops will fit in well with the style of your bathroom.