Bathroom Renovation on Budget

When you are considering a bathroom remodeling project, a lot of ideas must be running through your mind. Before you start your planning or doing anything else though, do take your budget into consideration. While a major bathroom remodeling can cost thousands of dollars, you can actually give your bathroom a face lift with a little more than a thousand dollars and you might be surprised to have a bathroom that feels almost new.
You can lower the costs of changing your bathtub or shower by changing some key component and make it look newer such as replacing your shower curtain and curtain rod, shower head, bathtub spout and water levers. Next is the cabinet. If the base to your vanity looks old, you can try sanding it down and refurbishing the finish. You can either use the same color or try using black for a modern look. A little extra you can do is by replacing the old, plastic cabinet knobs or handles with new, metallic ones.

If your toilet is still functional, you don’t need to change the entire toilet bowl. Getting a new toilet seat with a matching cover is all you might need in sprucing up your bathroom’s appearance. New towel racks are also helpful in changing the style of your bathroom. After the new paint job on the cabinet, your vanity might look like new. Changing the faucet completes the package and can make your vanity look cleaner and more up to date. Replacing you big mirror with a smaller one can provide style at a much lower cost and at the same time frees up more space in your bathroom wall.

bgop00Changing the whole bathroom flooring can cost hundreds of dollars. An inexpensive way to do this is by adding rugs. They can add in color and style to and older floor. Although replacing all the tiles in your bathroom is expensive, you can replace selected tiles to create borders. Tiles are a good choice as they are durable, stain resistant and they don’t retain odors or bacteria. Changing the grout between your tiles can also bring in a new feel to your bathroom. A grout saw, sealant and replacement of grout is all you need to do the job. A cheaper alternative would be to use grout dye.

An easy way to give your old bathroom a new look is by installing a new array of lighting and giving it a new paint job. So, start keeping an eye out for big sales at your hardware store. Complete the look with well-placed décor. Wrapping up the whole thing, remodeling your bathroom doesn’t mean exhausting your bank account. You do not have to necessarily start from scratch when actually you can come up with design ideas to improve the look of your bathroom. All you need is a little bit of creativity and have fun with it.

Which Flooring is Right for You?

When it comes to flooring, you now have more options than ever before. The only thing that you have to decide is, which one of the options is right for you. You could go with the timeless option of hardwood flooring. You have the laminate option which gives you more variety. Finally, you can stick with carpet which is great especially when you have children or seniors in your home. Is one option better than the other option? Is there a difference in price and quality? When it comes to cost, laminate and carpet flooring always wins out hardwood flooring as the more cost-efficient way of putting in a new floor. You now have more options than you did before. According to an article, laminate flooring is made of much better quality than it used to be. No longer is laminate flooring loose fitting with ripples and a gross color. Laminate flooring comes in so many varieties that you can even get laminate that gives the illusion of being hardwood flooring. When it comes to which option is right for you it will basically boil down to your preference as well as how much money you set aside for the project.nj997

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Why we must hire home renovation contractor

Home renovation not just improves the value of your house, but it also greatly improves the elegance of your house and your home becomes a more leisurely place to live. If you want to achieve the renovation project done flawlessly, it is advisable to hire an experienced home renovation contractor. Since there are so many contractors available in Toronto, make sure that you hire the contractor that can deliver an excellent home renovation project.

Before remodeling your property, it is necessary to consult with your contractor regarding the scope and scale of renovation that you want and how much the allocated budget you really can afford to spend. The contractor can provide a quote of the renovation cost, and to let you know whether it is really worth to spend. it is also important to ensure whether there might be any unanticipated cost along with the work can be finished on time . Professional renovator will provide you services, based on your financial budget and taste. They allow you to customize their services to fit your specific renovation needs. Hire only skilled professionals who have extensive knowledge of alternates that can meet the allocated budget for your home renovation project.

Also home remodeling projects like creating an additional bedroom , replacing your flooring , kitchen renovation or even bathroom renovation are complicated projects which might be difficult to complete without the help of renovation contractor . DIY renovation will result in exceeding your allocated costs . That is the reason why you must hire a professional contractor to complete your home renovation project. The professional contractor of home renovations Toronto can eliminate all the stress of the homeowners. All you need is to explain what you want and he will manage the rest. Additionally, a reliable contractor will help you greatly reduce your home renovation costs.

Reasons to Rearrange Your Kitchen with Post-It Notes

ghqaI had some trouble deciding what goes where in my new kitchen. So, rather than pulling EVERYTHING out (as some organization techniques suggest), I discovered a much easier game plan and it doesn’t waste my time either. I labeled the doors and drawers with Post-It Notes.  On each note, I wrote the various kitchen contents I own.  Then, I moved the little notes around until I found the most logical fit.

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What I love…

1.  No kitchen clutter all over the counter tops.   With a Little One in the house, my kitchen is used all. day. long.  Performing kitchen tasks with all our contents strewn around would be stressful and chaotic.

2.  Allows for frequent (and easy!) changes until the perfect spot is found.  I’m of the tradition that everything has a place to belong AND that place should be convenient to the task at hand.

In other words, if I’m baking muffins, I don’t want the bowls next to the fridge, the wooden spoons in the island’s drawer, and the muffin tins over in the pantry. Arrangement should be in logical groups to complete a task efficiently.  (Mmmmm, anyone else have the urge to go bake blueberry muffins?)  🙂

cb7653.  A bonus discovery: things are easy to locate with a temporary labeling system on every door and drawer.

While the labels won’t remain there forever (I’ve already removed most of the tags), they have helped me get accustomed to my surroundings as I learn the new layout. No more opening 5 drawers just to find the cheese grater.

4.  Cost effective.  Please don’t waste your hard earned money on kitchen arranging kits available for moving.  Post-It Note labeling is the same concept but costs only a few pennies in comparison.  Nuf said!

5.  Simple enough and does NOT waste time.  Sure, pulling everything out to evaluate the contents has its place in the organizing world, just not here in my heavily trafficked, frequently used kitchen.

6.  A declutter strategy.  As I moved around the cabinet contents, it was a perfect opportunity to send unused items packing (aka the donate pile).  Which, let’s face it, every once in a while we just need to purge the innards of our cupboards and closets.  This is an impromptu way to get it done.  🙂

And there ya have it, Rearrange with Post-It Notes

nu89It really helped me get settled!  Whether moving to a new home or just rearranging your own kitchen’s “trouble spots”, I’m confident you will find this solution helpful.

Making A Game Out of It

78wqThere have been a few challenges that have accompanied moving into our new home.  Many of them involve trying to fit old familiar things into new places.  This doesn’t cause too much stress for me because I’m secretly excited about the organizing opportunities ahead.
Hmmm, that might have something to do with my burning passion to reunite with my label maker; it’s been packed in a box for the last 6 months.  Is it possible to go through label maker withdrawal? 🙂

In our last home, we had a convenient corner hutch that perfectly fit and stored all of our games and puzzles. Sadly, that hutch is no longer with us *sniff, sniff*.  So, I was forced to find our collection a new spot, which turned out to be the coat closet.  It just needed a little customization but it was a logical choice for two reasons.

First, the side of the closet was deep enough for storage, yet shallow enough to easily pull out what we need.  And second, it was underutilized because we only wear cold weather coats about 3 months out of the year.

bh90PLUS, I knew I could manage some way to store our overgrown mess of games and puzzles ORDERLY.  Yep, organization ended up being the solution that allowed both our pile of family fun and our infrequently used outerwear to share a small space.  Dual efficiency, my dream come true.  🙂

One more consideration was our pre-school aged daughter. I’m trying to guide her independence in some areas.  I want her to be able to access the games she is able (and allowed) to play.  On the other hand, I do NOT want her getting into some games I consider too old for her or have too many pieces to lose/break.

I find training independence runs a fine line between teaching new skills and avoiding temptation for my Little One.  🙂  So, storing everything shallow and vertical on shelves solves my problem by keeping what is too old for her out of reach.gt78

After a Home Depot run, some detailed measuring, and my PATIENT husband’s help, we had ourselves a homemade shelf system.  I customized it to our specific gaming needs; (3) 11″ deep Melamine shelves for the upper levels and (4) 16″ deep shelves below.

I chose Melamine covered shelves for the durability I anticipate this closet will need.You can see I was so excited to snap a picture that I forgot to paint the unfinished wood supports.  At least you get a good idea of the transformation that took place. In case you’re wondering, the top two green boxes are also game related.  One holds all our Play-doh, conveniently out of reach and out of sight for a certain 4-year-old girlie.  The other contains all our miscellaneous items like playing cards, dice games, etc.
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Oh, and the white basket down on the floor holds all the Play-doh toys/supplies.  I don’t mind if she gets those out by herself or brings the whole basket over to the table. Play-doh toys are no big deal if they get strewn around the room when I’m not looking.  Play-doh, on the other hand, has a nasty way of smooching itself into the carpet if played with unsupervised… and will therefore remain up high.  🙂

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FYI:  I purposely did not detail our shelf construction to keep the post short (and because there are so many talented blog writers out there who educate perfectly in this department), but please feel free to remark in the Post a Comment section below and I’ll answer any questions!

Making an Art Cart

If you have children, chances are you have art supplies floating around your home. Formerly, I kept things like crayons, markers, coloring books, etc. on a shelf up high to avoid messes.  It recently occurred to me that my preschool age child should be able to access some of these goodies to busy herself while I’m unpacking.jk09
May I introduce to you (imaginary drum roll) the Art Cart. Container Store cart organized with supplies. It was a quick project after a trip to The Container Store and the Dollar Store for all my needs. First, I set to work sorting and grouping items I thought were age appropriate and wanted to include in my project (ie nothing terribly messy or damaging to the furniture).

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After I took inventory of our arts/craft supplies, I was off to snag this Silver 3-Tier Siena Rolling Cart from The Container Store.  You could get the larger size if you have tons of art supplies and need the extra room, but the smaller one was a good fit for our purposes.

I also grabbed a couple packs of plastic containers from the Dollar Store to corral the loose supplies.  Then I arranged everything into cart, easy-peasy!  The cart assembly took the most time, and even that was simple and didn’t require any tools.  Truly an easy organizing project!
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The top shelf holds coloring books, miscellaneous craft packets, small notebooks, watercolor paints, markers, glue sticks, tape, and googly eyes. The second shelf holds a bucket of crayons, a small construction paper pad, puff balls, and glues.  The bottom shelf contains foam stickers, a bin of regular stickers, colorful ribbon, and our favorite Melissa and Doug stamp collection.
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FYI, this Melissa & Doug stamp set is perfect for young children.  The stamp tools are designed for little hands, the ink is washable, and everything is stored in one of their trademark wooden boxes. I love using a cart for art supplies, it’s easy to wheel around wherever we want to spread out.  I also love that the compartmentalized bins allow us to set out individual supplies on the table next to her project.

That about wraps it up, folks.  I’ll leave you with a shot of our Art Cart in action. When we’re done, everything gets packed up and wheeled into the closet.  Easy clean-up and out-of-sight!

UPDATE:  I’ve updated and upgraded our Art Cart for several reasons, mainly because our supply stash was growing over the course of birthdays and Christmas gifts.