Where to Put the Towels

IMG_2738The age old problem in a bathroom seems to be where to put the extra towels. You could hang some on the towel on the back of the door or on the towel racks, but what about the remaining ones. Too, since towels do seem to take up a lot of space, you don’t want all you storage area going to the towels either. Well, below are some ideas on what to do for your towel overflow:

  • You can have a custom cubby made for your bathroom. If you have two made, you can run a towel bar from the end of one cubby to the other. With all these cubicles for storage, you’ll have more than enough room for all your bath towels, face cloths and hand towels then. Plus; when the towels are rolled up nicely and placed in a cubby, this can add color and a sense of warmth to your bathroom.
  • If you have space on your bathroom vanity or the back of your commode, in an attractive bathroom these places can be the perfect place to corral your bath towels.
  • Another option is having a towel storage space built in next to the bathtub. If it’s placed along the side, then the bather can easily access to clean towels.
  • If you have radiators in your bathroom, install a marble ledge above it and place your towels on there. You will not only have space for your towels; they’ll be warmed up and waiting to be used.
  • Another solution is to have a shelves made for towel rolls like a wine rack. The shelves are hung on the wall, and the rolled towels inserted in the slots.

There are ways to make room for your towels; sometimes the answer is a unique one.

How to Use Pool Sealer on Your Pool Deck

pool-deckSealing your pool deck around your swimming pool is the best way to keep your deck looking new. It also will make it easier to clean it when it becomes dirty, and sealing it will help to prevent the deck from absorbing water, salt and pool chemicals from splashed water. Too, it will help to prevent staining when your swimming pool is invaded by Kool Aid cup carrying kids. Additionally, sealing your deck enhances and preserves its color as well. Now all this deck work isn’t difficult, and below are the steps on how to do it. So you will need the following materials to start with:

  • A stiff brush on a pole so that you can scrub stained or dirty areas before applying the sealant.
  • A 2500-3000 psi pressure washer for cleaning the deck after the stains have been scrubbed with the brush. You can rent this.
  • A container of Trisodium Phosphate for cleaning the deck
  • A pole with a paint roller on it, a five-gallon bucket and a paint screen
  • A good quality pool deck sealant

Next you prepare the pool deck by removing any planters, pool furniture or other items which would be in the way. Patch any cracks in the deck and remove any flaking that’s apparent also. The next steps are the following then:

  • Make sure you pressure wash the entire deck thoroughly and evenly. Get all the corners and hidden spots.
  • Next scrub the entire deck with 1 pound of Trisodium Phosphate added to 5 gallons of water in the bucket.
  • Then pressure wash the entire deck once again to remove all the Trisodium Phosphate residue.

When preparing to actually seal the deck, it should be dry with no rain in the immediate forecast. If the deck is wet, this interferes with the penetration of the sealant. This is because a sealant penetrates deep into a deck, not like paint, which is why the deck needs to be thoroughly dry. Now when the deck is dry as in 2 days dry; and rain is not forecast, then you can seal the deck. To do this saturate the roller with the sealer and roll it across the deck with overlapping strokes so that you can see a visible coating.  Work on each section individually, wait 5-10 minutes and then apply a second coat. It will dry in about 1-2 hours to touch, but wait a day for use.

By resealing your pool deck every 3-4 years, you will keep in new looking.

Ideas for Storage in a Small Bathroom

bathroom-displayA small bathroom has its own space issues for storage areas and in dealing with bathroom cabinets. So, finding a place to put your extra towels, makeup and personal items can be frustrating; not to mention almost impossible. But there are ways to add to the storage space in your tiny bathroom.

  • You can add a shelf above your sink for things you use every day or decoration.
  • Above your toilet is the perfect place for a cabinet and even some shelves. But if the space is still too small for those items, baskets can be used for storing toiletries or even extra towels.
  • Speaking of towels, if you don’t have the room on your walls for a towel rack, using the back of your bathroom door is an option. You can then hang items on the back of the door with an over the door towel rack or by using pegs, whichever will work for you.
  • What about mounting a shelf above your door? You can use this for the storage of items used less frequently, but they will still be within reach when needed.
  • Even if you do have a cabinet in your bathroom, you can hang your hairdryer on a peg on the inside of the door to free up cabinet space. Then it’s still easily accessible; or better yet you can buy an organizer which will hold styling products and your hairbrush.
  • If you buy cabinets with drawers inside the cabinet, it will maximize your storage space; plus you’ll be able to find things faster.
  • Another thought is to have a custom cabinet made for a narrow space. The cabinet can also have shelves and drawers. The shelves could be used for towels and the drawers for other items which need to be stored.
  • Something else in line with a custom cabinet is to have a built-in storage tower installed. Open shelving can be used to add splashes of color by placing your clean rolled towels in them.

In the end what may be best is having cabinets made to fit your small bathroom to give you the storage space you need.

Are Rolling Shutters a Good Investment?

Roller shutters are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. This is because they offer the option of security, but they are more attractive than other options along this line. So below is some information about rolling shutters.

Advantages of rolling shutters

One of the advantages of rolling shutters are that they offer protection from both the weather as well as burglars. With weather, they are both a barrier and a deterrent against rain, wind, hail and storms as well as brushfire embers. With burglars, they make entry through them very difficult.

These shutters also come in an array of colors, as well as materials, designs and textures. They are practical too because they are easy to open and shut so you can decide how much light to let into your home. Some of these shutters are also electrical also so you just push a button and they go up and down easily.

In addition, these shutters are simple to install along with the ease of use. There aren’t any dangling cords to entangle a child or pet. Plus because of the many styles, these shutters can be used with curtains, drapes or by themselves. Then you can customize your look however you choose.

Disadvantages of rolling shutters

If you have a Victorian house, these shutters may not be a good idea. Since the shutters have a contemporary look, they wouldn’t be suitable for a house that has a historical look to it.

The mechanism that moves them up and down could fail and would need to be fixed, a warranty may be a good idea. The alternative is though is to have the shutters which shut manually.

When weighing the pros and cons, it’s a great method of security when you want to feel safe at home.

Storage in the Bathroom

family-bathStorage in the bathroom is a common problem most homeowners face. Believe it or not, there are actually hidden storage spaces in your bathroom though that you may not have even thought of.

  1. A pedestal sink is lovely to look out, but there’s not much storage space. One suggestion; however, is to use a round towel bar which is designed just for pedestal sinks. It fits around the sink and can hold up to six towels at a time. In addition, an under-sink organizer will wrap around the sink and will give you more storage space. This can be used to store the smaller toiletries and keep clutter under control. Another thought; if you love pedestal sinks, is to choose one which has extra surface space along its side. This can be used for your toothbrush holder and soap.
  2. You can also install spice racks for your small storage items as well as shallow caddies for more storage on the back of your bathroom doors; or inside on the door of your sink cabinet.
  3. If you’re having custom cabinets installed, think about having rollout shelving installed to double your existing storage space. Also, the sliding drawers will offer an easier access to the spaces which are hidden in your cabinets.
  4. You always have a mirror in your bathroom, but what about instead having a mirrored medicine cabinet for storage of everyday items such as cosmetics. Plus; with a recessed cabinet, it makes the bathroom feel more spacious.
  5. If you don’t like your towel hanging next to someone else’s towel, think about installing a wall coat rack with four to six hooks. This way you can hang each towel separately, keeping everyone’s towel germ free.
  6. How about a installing a shelf above the bathroom door. It’s the perfect place to put chemicals and other items children shouldn’t get into. This also frees up the space under your sink where you would normally put the chemicals.

Just by looking around your bathroom, you may be surprised where extra storage space shows up.