Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bring It Home

Yes it's true! We have recently been featured in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. On page 82 of this magazine you can find Indoor Inspirations on how to Relax with Sink-In-Style. On this page the magazine features four items.

Our item is featured as number four on this page. This item has classic charm and is a perfect accessory to a vintage style bathroom. The item is a Roll Rim clawfoot tub with a british telephone faucet. You can find any of these products on our website.

The next item we will discuss is a Fuego Modular furniture cabinet. With this piece you can find the right combination of drawers, cabinets, and shelves to fit your own personal needs. This item has a tremendous amount of functionality because you can mix and match these pieces to achieve any look you want. You can place the drawers side by side to create a bench or stacked to create a tower unit (as shown in this picture). The prices range from $14.99-$89.99

The third item is a Diamond wicker chair with a cushion. The great way to offset white cabinetry is to use woven pieces that water can't damage. You can even order a love seat designed in the same way. All pieces are available in brown or white wicker.

The last item is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor Finesse rug. The best place for this type of rug is in the bathroom because it is a good choice for high-traffic areas. This item comes in pewter, black, bleu, cranberry, coffee, and terra cotta.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Charitable Giving Program 2007

As you know throughout this blog we like to periodically update you on our community giving program. Our most recent charitable giving program was the WWII weekend in Reading, PA. This event took place from Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd, 2007. My company, Vintage Tub & Bath, was a sponsor at this event.

The WWII adult tickets were priced at $16.00, children 6-12 were $7.00 and children 5 and under attended the event for free.

What does the WWII Memorial Reenactment have?

You can see more than 1,000 WWII military and civilian re-enactors and dozens of combat and support units, representing many nations.

See up to 200 military vehicles, from motorcycles to Jeeps to tanks - the biggest gathering in the country. This year the tanks and artillery pieces were fired.

You also get to see live air-shows and home front displays.

It was great to be a sponsor at this event and show our support for the veterans. If you want to learn how to be a sponsor you can click on this link. If you just wish to support by attending the event you can look forward to the 18th annual WWII reenactment from June 6-8th in 2008.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

How to Install a Pedestal Sink

While Vintage Tub & Bath always recommends having a professional plumber install any fixtures in your home, we wanted to share these step-by-step directions from Easy2DIY for installing a pedestal sink.

The pedestal sink is broken down into two parts - the base or stand, and the sink. The sink mounts to a bracket on the wall and is set on top of the stand.

1. Make sure the wall is strong enough to bolt the sink into. If it's only drywall or plaster you should consider installing a blocking device under the surface of the wall to support the sink.

2. Freely set the basin in the position you want, propping it up with 2x4's so it's steady. Mark the position on the wall for mounting holes for the sink and the stand.

3. Drill holes corresponding to the marks drawn on the wall. Attach fasteners, then the drain and faucet lines to the sink. Next, attach the water supply lines to the faucet.

4. Now put the sink and stand back into position on the wall, but only bolt the sink into place. Support the sink using 2x4's and remove the stand from the sink.

5. Finish by attaching the drain and water supply lines. Then test for leaks

6. Move the stand into its final position and bolt it to the floor. If the pedestal sink doesn't require floor bolts, use adhesive caulk.

7. To finish, caulk the joint between the sink and wall, and smooth and blend.

Some of these steps can be rather complicated and Easy2DIY doesn't offer specific instructions. Once again, Vintage Tub & Bath recommends having a professional plumber install all fixtures.

Good luck!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Flavour Design

I was trying to think of new ideas to blog about when our SEO intern Dan Moon led me to this awesome website. It's called Flavour Design and is located in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia in Canada. This company was founded by a woman named Elan in 1999. Flavour produces contemporary home accessories carried in North America and Europe. These pieces strive to be elegant and clever combined with a certain amount of functionality. Some of their products include cards, kitchen supplies, and living accessories. I would definitely check these out....all of them are so creative.

The Savon
The product I really want you to check out is called the Savon and it is an antique clawfoot cast iron bath converted into a loveseat. Now we aren't saying you should deface a brand new tub; but if you have a tub that is old and isn't worth much why not make it into something more useful? This tub is upholstered in icy blue suede with matching down pillows. This piece is $2900.00 but most of the pieces in this collection go for around $4800.00

If you are a retailer and are interested in carrying the flavour collection you contact them here. Since only some of their products are on the website; they can provide you with images of each of the items in their collection here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's Time To Vote for America's Best Restroom 2007

The five finalists are in and now it's time to cast your ballot! This prestigious honor has been bestowed upon public bathrooms since early 2002. Each year this award is presented by Cintas. The voting process ends July 31st and the winner will be announced in early August. (so get voting) The winner will receive a plaque of recognition and a place on America's Best Restroom "Hall of Fame" portion of the website.

And the nominees are:

Catch 31 located in Virginia Beach, Virginia located in the Virginia Beach Hilton Oceanfront. This bathroom has cool blue walls, high ceilings, mosaic tiles, and sports a nautical theme.

Fandangles' in Flushing Michigan. A bathroom for an artist; it has art decor hanging on the walls, fresh flowers adorning the sink and countertop, and a curtain that decorates the ceiling of each bathroom.

Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield Ohio. This bathroom is really creative. It has a door that looks like an entrance to a port- o- potty but when you open the door it reveals a spacious bathroom. It also has a jungle theme that decorates the hallways. (This one gets my vote because I love creative stuff)

Mix Lounge at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This bathroom is the favorite of people with contemporary style. This bathroom is equipped with sleek black walls, toilets, and fixtures. It also features an amazing view of the city right from your bathroom stall.

Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor Vermont. The main component in this bathroom is of course marble. All countertops, doors, floors, and stalls are marble all come in shades of black and white. It also has lacy curtains and flowers to soften this edgy design.

Intersted in casting a vote? Well click here and you can do it in one easy step.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rub a Dub Dub - Get Your Pet in The Tub

I absolutely love animals, especially dogs, but we all know how they hate taking a bath. I have a husky/german shepherd mix named Sadie and it's always a big production to get her into the bathtub. Plus she is extra furry so it doubles the mess and cleanup time. However, summer is the perfect time to tackle this messy and unpleasant task.

Here are a few things you will need:
- pet shampoo
- brush
- towels
- toys and treats

1. Collect all materials before bath time. This way everything will be easy to find and within arms reach.

2. Groom your pet's coat before bath time to loosen all the debris within their coat.

3. Decide whether the kitchen sink or bathtub is better. It usually is a question of size and convenience. If you have a small dog I recommend the kitchen sink. It's a smaller space, which might help them feel more comfortable. A larger dog would definitely feel more comfortable in a tub or even outside. If your dog is a little on the wild side, use a tub because they'll be less likely to jump out and hurt themselves.

4. Put a rubber mat or small towel on the floor of the tub to prevent them from slipping.

5. Test the temperature of the water. Lukewarm will be the most comfortable.

6. Shampoo your pet. Be careful not to get it in their eyes or ears. You will want to use a warm washcloth for those areas.

7. Rinse off the shampoo. You want to do a thorough job because any leftover shampoo in the dog's coat will leave it dry, flaky, and itchy.

8. Dry as best you can. If you're washing your pet in the summer, let the dog air dry or take them for a long walk. This will significantly reduce the drying time.

9. Reward your pet with treats and praise. This way they can associate bath time with positive reinforcement.

Keep Your Bathroom Mold Free

July showers bring August flowers, and moldy bathrooms! Here is a little overview of how you can keep your bathroom dry and mold free during this hot and rainy season.

What is mold and what does it look like? 
Bathroom Mold
Black mold collecting around a bathtub.

Mold is a fungus. Molds are plants that make spores instead of seeds, which float in the air like pollen. They are a common trigger for allergies. Molds are found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in the grass, piles of leaves, hay, and mulch.

Here are some tips to help prevent mold in your bathroom.

  • Always keep the bathroom window closed, and use a vent fan instead. If you leave the window open it will blow the moisture back into the room.
  • Use flooring like wood, ceramic, or tile, which can easily be wiped down after getting wet.
  • Use a bath mat when getting out of the shower. To further prevent mold, hand the bath mat up between uses. 
  • Use after shower rinses, such as Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover, which will prevent the increase of soap scum and mold building up.
  • Purchase a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air, preventing condensation build-up and mold on cold tile and porcelain surfaces.
  • Repair any leaks, and use grout sealer around the edges of your tub and sink. This will prevent mold from forming on grout. 
  • Keep potted plants out of the bathroom. Their soil is a breeding ground for mold.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Going Green

Global warming and the environment have recently become a hot topic of debate in 2007. Since this is a bathroom blog, I thought it would be beneficial to talk about eco-friendly bathroom cleaning supplies. I found this great website called Natural Choices, which provides a lot of information on safe cleaning supplies.

Why use products from Natural Choices?
1. The products are non-toxic upon decomposition
2. They are based on naturally derived raw materials
3. Products contain no fillers

Which products should you avoid?
Products that contain chlorine, bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals, and VOC's. These products emit harmful chemicals into the air and may cause damage to the person using them or breathing them in. They also damage your air quality.

Here are some of the products they offer:

  1. Household Cleaners 
  2. Laundry Detergents
  3. Outdoor Cleaning
  4. Pool & Spa 

Good luck going green!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Make Your Bathroom Look Larger

Here are a few tips to help make a small bathroom look bigger.

1. Always use lighter colors on the floor and walls. Dark colors close off spaces and make them look smaller than they actually are. Instead, stick with whites, grays, and beiges. If you prefer color use light green or blue accent tiles.

2. Use a pedestal or wall mounted sink. They're a great and attractive way to save space. Just remember with these sinks you'll have little or no counter space.

3. Choose simple solid patterns like glass and wood.

4. Hang a large mirror. I know. Why would you want a large mirror in a small bathroom? Well, they reflect space and make a small bathroom seem roomier. Also, you can try a recessed medicine cabinet. This way you get a mirror and extra storage space in one fixture.

5. Storage saving bathroom accessories are a must for eliminating clutter. Wall hanging storage accessories are a great way to save countertop space and conceal a lot of items in a little space.

6. The more light you have in your room the better. More light gives the illusion of additional space. Make sure you put the windows near the ceiling to avoid using up valuable storage space.

7. Pay attention to the little things. You should use a shower curtain instead of a glass sliding door. You can push the shower curtain over when you're not using it so you can see the wall, giving the illusion of more space.

8. Use your corners wisely. You can find bathroom cabinets and fixtures that fit into angle styles.

9. Clear extra floor space. Avoid protruding objects that stick out onto the bathroom floor. This will disrupt the flow of traffic through the bathroom and make the room look smaller.

10. Use crown molding for the illusion of a higher bathroom ceiling. However, make sure your ceiling and crown molding is painted the same color. This will create a more continuous flow through the room, rather than a choppy broken up feel.

Finding Feet for Your Antique Tub

Recently, we received an email from Jackie Thomas, asking us a question about clawfoot tub feet. Below, we've included Jackie's question, as well as our response. 

Refurbishing a Clawfoot Tub

I just can't tell you how pleased I was to find your blog. The miracle of Google. In fear of boring you, I will make this short and sweet. My son dug this tub up from our old horse property. Right now it's sitting on a cart at the sandblaster awaiting my further instructions. Although the picture makes the tub look very rusted it's not in terrible shape and worthy, I hope, of a total rehab. My question is, how do I know what size and type of feet to buy? It's a jungle out there for the tub-ignorant. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. I will heed your learned advice.


Dear Jackie,
If you can make out the manufacturer's name and any numbers on the bottom of your tub; you can search architectural salvage yards in your area or find salvage yard listings at Salvage Web and Old House Web but this could take a lot of time because claw feet are manufacturer and style specific. 

If you have any of the original feet and are able to send them to us, we can make hand cast reproductions from a silicone bronze, which is stronger than cast iron and won't rust. We will send it to you with a wire-brushed cast bronze finish or for an extra charge, we can plate, prime or paint your feet to your specifications - call us toll-free at 877-868-1369 for more information or to order this service. 

Clawfoot Tub Feet

Other great options that fit most tubs are Strom Plumbing Ball & Claw or Lions Paw Tub Legs. Each includes a set of 4 beautifully designed solid brass feet, steel strapping and hardware to form a cradle (29.5" x 15.5") for your tub to rest upon. Either style foot is 9 1/2" tall and tub sits 6" from the floor. Available in a super coated brass or chrome finish that you only need to wipe with a soft cloth to maintain. 

Monday, July 16, 2007

3D Bathrooom Planning Tools

Today, the hot topic is tips on remodeling. I've looked around and found some very interesting tools to help with a bathroom remodeling project.
HGTV's Bathroom Design Center

The most interesting tool I found is from HGTV's Bathroom Design Centerwhich allows you to take some pre-made bathrooms and adjust them to your liking. I found it to be very useful to match colors for your bathroom. It helps most matching up colors for your faucets and countertops or your sinks and bathtubs.

Some downsides to the Design Center are the choppy graphics. You can't make out all the details in the products. Also sometimes it's difficult for it to run properly on your computer. In addition, you can only choose Kohler products. So if you aren't a fan of Kohler then you won't be pleased with this tool. I couldn't change the tub faucet on the tub either, which bummed me out a little.
HGTV's Bathroom Design Center

Kohler also offers a bathroom design tool on their website. Kohler's program is more in-depth than HGTV's. Allowing you to customize your room size, and put add whatever Kohler products they have on their website into your bathroom. 

Here are the products I used in the bathroom designs featured above. 

  1. Kathryn Elongated Toilet
  2. Memoirs Self-Rimming Basin
  3. Memoirs Widespread Sink Faucet
  4. Drop-In Whirlpool Bathtub
  5. 24" Towel Bar
  6. Toilet Tissue Holder

New Look with Less Stress

Refurbishment, restoration, redevelopment, or renovate. Call it what you will, but remodeling your bathroom can be expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. With some help from HGTV, I found 10 steps you should take to have a successful remodeling experience.

Bathroom Remodel Before
    Bathroom Remodel After
  1. Inspiration - Be creative and think outside the box. Inspiration can come from photos, TV, websites, or friends.
  2. Budget - Yes, you should stick to one. The average remodel costs around $26,052. Since this is always a large concern for consumers you can go to NARI where they can provide you with a budgeting worksheet. They also have awesome before and after photos to help with your creativity.
  3. Hire a Contractor - Ask for help. Just make sure you check their references. You don't want them to start your bathroom project and leave with your cash.
  4. Layout - Functionality is the key to a great layout. Make sure you pay attention to the International Residential Codes.
  5. Durable Flooring - The bathroom creates a lot of foot traffic and is characterized by wet surfaces, high temperatures, and a great deal of humidity. An aesthetic appeal is important, but shouldn't be the deciding factor. If you're looking at flooring you should consider tile, wood, laminate, or vinyl. This way you can ensure your flooring will last as long as possible.
  6. Countertops - These will take as much of a beating as your floor. Make sure you choose a material that won't stain and is strong. Granite is always a number one choice because it comes in different shades and finishes.
  7. Shower and Bathtub - Customization can turn an ordinary bathroom into an extraordinary one. There are so many options when it comes to showers and bathtubs, you should take advantage of them. If a vintage bathtub is your style, you'll find a variety of options online at Vintage Tub & Bath. 
  8. Fixtures - Pay attention to detail. There are great quality fixtures for your bathrooms and they can be the perfect accessory to your shower and tub.
  9. Toilets - Size, height, and functionality are three factors to consider when choosing the right toilet for you. Oh yes, and comfort.
  10. Proper Lighting - No one likes going into a bathroom where they're blinded by fluorescent lighting. Make sure you install several lighting structures to create a delicate contrast. The top four lighting types are task lighting, ambient lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting.

If you follow these steps you can have a beautiful stressless remodeling experience.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Community Giving Program - Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center

We thought with all the recent blogging about funny news stories and unique toilets we could use this post to give you an update on our Community Giving Program. Last time we blogged about it we donated to the local West Hazleton Fire Department. With that being a huge success our next project was adopting a horse from Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center.

Monkey Biz
Monkey Biz
Horses & Horizons is a non-profit organization located in Tamaqua, PA. They are a therapeutic program for children and adults who have a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The therapeutic riding center helps with coordination, balance, posture, attention span, concentration, speech, learning, and the forming of interpersonal relationships.

This program is staffed by volunteers and owners, Harvey and Elaine Smith, who cover all operating expenses through fundraising and donations.

Vintage Tub & Bath recently made a donation to the Adopt-A-Horse Program for this center and was named the proud parent of Monkey Biz, a 26-year-old horse who's been involved in the program since he was four years old.

Looking to get involved? There are many volunteer opportunities and ways to give. This week, July 9th-13th, there is a Horses & Horizons Summer Day Camp and volunteers are needed! You can also donate any amount or even sponsor your own horse. And don't forget to check out Horses & Horizons on Facebook!

Monday, July 09, 2007

A Lulu of a Loo

You may think you've seen it all, but think again. In Chongqing, China a new bathroom has come to our attention. With more than 1,000 toilets and covering a total area of 32,290 square feet, and four stories, this is the largest bathroom in the world. At least you won't have to wait in line anymore! In addition to the numerous toilets, it also features Egyptian decor with soothing music.

Some toilets are shaped as open crocodile mouths while others are topped with the bust of a woman resembling the Virgin Mary, but the designs don't stop there. The sinks also provide plenty of eye candy. They're sculptures of women's buttocks! The buttocks were originally naked, but have been mysteriously covered up with ladies underwear. Hint taken.

Check out these other great stools and sculptures you can find in the city.