Bathroom Remodeling Tips For Bath Remodeling Makeovers

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Tips To Make Your Bathroom Makeover As Painless As Possible

Does your shower curtain bore you? Do you feel embarrassed every time a guest asks to use the rest room because your decor doesn't match or just reflects the how many decades have passed since you last even considered remodeling your bathroom? Bathroom remodeling doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, and thanks to technology and the World Wide Web, you can virtually do most of the work from the planning to the designing to the implementation yourself.

Media has played a huge part in how individuals are remodeling their homes. Thanks to networks like TLC and HGTV, America as well as the rest of the world have vast resources for great ideas without ever dialing up their local designer. They can see designs from New York City to San Francisco born from the minds of creative geniuses all over the country. And while many husbands regret the fact that their wives can now draw on this inspiration and call on their help to install a new sink, families as a whole appreciate the vast resources and ideas available on shows like "Room by Room" and "This Old House".

A few shows and ideas have recently caught my attention while I was considering remodeling my own bathroom. I'll have to admit that while I don't want my wife to know it, I actually felt compelled to change our own bathroom according to the nautical look that I saw on television with the sailor's knots and navy and white pin-striped shower curtains. The room just looked cool. And as I saw the room take shape, I thought to myself, "I could do that".

When considering remodeling the bathroom, start out with a strict budget. The bathroom usually ends up costing more than any other remodeling project, so keep this in mind and know exactly what you'd like to change, from the paint color to the wall texture to the placement of fixtures. Consider everything when considering the budget.

Once you have your budget down, you can begin designing. We no longer have to rely on the cost of a professional designer thanks to the plethora of designing ideas in the world today. Just run some searches on the Internet and you'll find what you are looking for.

Consider outside costs also when considering the whole design and cost of the remodeling project. For example, if you do not absolutely have to switch out fixtures like tubs and sinks, then you can cross the plumber off your list of expenses.

You can even search for your supplies online. Once you have determined your design, you can literally get just about everything you need from the comfort of your own office. Remember to measure your room carefully. You'd hate to order a tub that's a few inches too long for your space.

Thanks to the World Wide Web, you no longer have to stress out over your bathroom remodel. So get started and start clicking.

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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as bathroom design at http://www.exclusivebathroomaccessories.com

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Remodeling Your Kitchen

One of the most timely and costly home improvement projects any homeowner can take on is a kitchen makeover.

Whether a homeowner desperately needs a kitchen revamp, or is tired of the dated look of the kitchen, there are several options to freshen up your kitchen.

The easiest fix for a sparkling new (ish) kitchen is a good thorough cleaning. Over years of use, kitchen cabinets take on food, heat, and grease that tends to build up. Though it might seem simpler to leave cabinet doors attached to clean them, taking time to remove the doors allows for easier access in the long run, though it's advisable to number the doors to keep track of which goes where. There are many cleaners on the market, but trisodium phosphate, known as TSP, has a great track record as a heavy duty degreaser and cleaner.

After cleaning your cabinet doors and cabinet sides, the kitchen hardware will also need a good soak. Remove the hinges and drawer pulls, and let them sit in a good soapy water mix for 30 minutes. Giving your cabinet hardware a light scrub and polish can make them look brand new. If the kitchen needs some updating, changing the hinges and handles or pulls on cabinets is inexpensive, and can dramatically change the look of a kitchen.

For those looking to make a bigger change on their kitchen, and spend a greater amount of time on their cabinets, the cabinets can also be refinished. Before refinishing your cabinets, it's still advisable to clean the wood thoroughly, as sanding them down could embed dirt and grime even further without a proper cleaning before you apply the finish to your stripped cabinets.

To remove old stain or paint from your cabinetry, the easiest way is with a chemical, or paint stripper. By following the directions of the stripper, the chemicals end up doing most of the work of removing your cabinet's finish, and the old varnish should easily peel from your cabinets. After the stripping is done, it's time to sand your cabinetry.

Starting with 120 grit sandpaper should help remove any of the old paint or stain left behind by the stripper. Afterwards, smooth out the wood with 220 grit sandpaper. After your kitchen cabinets are properly sanded, apply a primer if painting, or a sanding sealer if staining (which works much like primer, allowing your cabinet's stain to penetrate evenly). Once the paint or stain is applied to your cabinets, add a final finish, such as varnish or lacquer to protect the wood. Water-based polyurethanes also do a great job, and are environmentally friendly and easier to work with although the finish will not be as durable long term for your kitchen.

If refinishing cabinets won't help the kitchen's appearance, and an entire renovation is out of the question, there are companies that specialize in refacing. After measuring the sizes of the current cabinet doors, a refacing company will custom build new cabinet doors, with a wide choice of stains, finishes and hardware to choose from. This is a good option for those living in older homes whose kitchen cabinets are sturdier and well crafted compared to today's modular cabinet options.

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Ki is a realtor in Austin. He helps people in the market for Austin real estate. He also provides a free mortgage calculator and a free search of the Austin MLS. A few articles lost valid link backs. If you are the author please let us know a valid return link - Thanks!

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