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Bathroom Essentials For 2016

bathroom essentials 2016Our bathrooms are deserving of more attention than we normally give to them. With the right combination of design and stylish accessories like the ones at Best Spy, the bathroom can be a place to relax. It can also be highly efficient and practical at the same time.

Here are some must have items for your bathroom in 2016 that will make your life easier, safer and more comfortable.

Opening Up a Tiny Bathroom

Tiny bathrooms are common today in many apartments and in some homes, which leaves the question of where to store necessary bathroom items.

Instead of a classic sink, try installing a pedestal sink, which will give the illusion of extra space. Stand-alone shelves can be placed anywhere a little extra storage is needed, even in the corner of a wall. Use the back of the bathroom door to hang multiple towel racks or a shallow shelving unit. Try a covered straw basket to store extra items on the top of the toilet tank, or place them on top of a small bathroom table.

Add more lighting to your small bathroom. Extra lighting in a tiny bathroom gives the illusion of additional space, and makes the area seem brighter and more cheerful.

Fragrance in the Bathroom

One way to make the ordinary bathroom seem more elegant is to include fragrance. There are so many ways to do this today. In addition to an endless variety of liquid hand soaps, you can incorporate bathroom candles, essential oils and old-fashioned hanging pomanders to give your bathroom an appealing fragrance throughout. Colorful bathroom salts stored in locking Mason jars are a pretty addition to any bathroom, even if you don’t like taking baths.

Better Safety in the Bathroom

Consumers today are more concerned about including safety features in the bathroom, especially because of the dangers of slipping while taking a shower or bath. Bath mats and safety handles are a good idea not only for seniors but for other ages in the bathroom. A colorful nappy rug placed just outside the bathtub or shower collects drips and eliminates the problem of wet feet on bathroom tile, another cause of bathroom falls.

Take a little time to think about ways to improve the look and feel of your bathroom. A little bit of effort can do a lot to make this small part of the home a more inviting place to be.

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Garage Remodelling As A DIY

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Remodelling your garage is a great way to update the exterior look of your home, and it also adds value to your home. If you think if it is really necessary to remodel your garage with the help of a professional, you should know that you can do the work as a DIY project as well. Here are some ideas of garage remodelling. Wondering why need to remodel the garage where you park your car? A garage can be remodelling into an awesome and comfortable space than all the other rooms.

Create zones in your car such as one for your car, one for kicking back, one for the workshop and space to enjoy. Use smart storage to hide the tools and other items. You can use stained wooden cabinets for an upscale look and paint things to be interesting. If you have a workshop, create a workbench as per your require. Have enough outlets to handle your tools that require power and have an on-wall storage unit to store the tools.

Garage Remodelling As A DIY

The garage floor should be decent. You can give a good power wash, fill the cracks using a mortar repair substance and paint it. Before painting, you should check if the water is absorbed by the floor. If it is not, you should get it etched and let the flooring dry overnight. Later, you should paint the floor with a primer and a floor grade epoxy paint.

Read also : DIY To Install Laminate Flooring

DIY Wall Art With Silhouette Photo Display

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Decorating your house with family photos is the best way to get a personalized feeling. It is easy to pop the printed photos into the frames. However, you can try to turn these precious photos into an attractive focal point in your home. There are many options to do this and silhouette photo display is one of them. It is a simple project that you can do as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project. With this project, you can transform a plain wall into an impressive graphic display. You can choose family portraits or photos in which your loved ones are in action. Arrange the photos in a collage and you are done. Your wall will have a fresh and crisp feel, and your sweet memories will be on display.

There are two options for doing this DIY project. One is to use a colourful wall point in many shades as you like. The other one requires glue, coloured cardstock paper and a brush or sponge to apply glue.

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First, purchase the frames that you like to use for the collage. Make use of a photocopier to shrink or blow up the images that you want to use in the collage to make sure they are of the perfect fit. Using a pencil or any other sharp tipped object, you should trace the edge of the image or portrait by pressing the graphite transfer paper that will leave an outline of the image on the cardstock paper.

Then, place the white cardstock paper on a flat surface and place a graphite transfer sheet on top of it. Place the image on top this. Repeat the same set for all the photos that you like to include in the collage. Use a craft knife to cut the stencil that is created on the cardstock paper.

If you opt to use coloured wall paint, you should finish the project by pasting the images on the coloured cardstock paper and place them inside clear glass frames. Arrange the frames on the floor and then hang them. Paint the boxes with colours of your choice on the wall behind the frame. This way, your silhouettes will pop up attractively.

In the other method, you should match each silhouette with coloured cardstock paper and glue them to the frame sized cardstock cut out. Then, place the image in the frame and arrange them on the floor before hanging them.

Either way, you will get appealing and impressive wall photo collage that will make your home look good. You can also enjoy your work.

DIY To Install Laminate Flooring

DIY To Install Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is ideal for rooms that have low or high traffic. The laminate is durable, and it comes in various wood grains as well as colours. Are you interested in installing laminate flooring in your home? Well, you can do it as a DIY project by following the instructions given in this content. This way, you will get the new laminate floor in no time. To install laminate flooring, you need to buy or rent the tools such as utility knife, hand saw, hammer, miter saw, tapping block, measuring tape, pry bar, spacers, and vapour barrier paper that are needed. These tools will make your job easy and less time consuming. Follow the steps given below.

Use the measuring tape to estimate the square footage of the room that you want to install the laminate flooring in. Based on this, you should purchase the laminate and vapour barrier paper. Include the baseboards and closet area to take the edge to edge measurement.

When buying the laminate, add 20 percent to 25 percent more to balance for the wrong measurements. Sometimes, the laminate flooring will come with a piece with a chip that you do not like to use. You can purchase it extra when you want to replace or repair. Open the boxes and let the flooring sit for two days to prevent buckling of this new laminate.

Remove the baseboards and furniture and sweep the room to get rid of trash or dirt. Make sure the flooring is checked for pieces that might have damage.

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Choose the wall that is the most prominent in the home. Lay the boards leaving almost 5/16th of one inch at the wall. This is for the expanding and contracting of the floor all through the room.

After setting the first board, apply one after another by snapping them in their places. Do not press too hard or do not break the groove. Continue adding another row by joining the groove and tongue. Carry on the process as all boards are laid tightly. The miter saw is used to cover the current angle in the board.

You can replace the moulding on the walls by starting with an edge of the room. Remove the spaces and the moulding and tack into the place with the help of hammer and nails.

Check to know if the boards are tightly placed together. There should be a snug fit and see for any chips or crafts. You can repair the spaces with coloured caulk.