Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Allan's "Escalator Pitch" at NY SES Conference

Did you use the bathroom today?

A man of many words shortens them into 25 seconds. Last month, Vintage Tub & Bath's General Manager, Allan Dick, climbed his way to the with an "escalator pitch" at the New York 2008 SES Conference and Expo. This spin-off of an elevator pitch, hosted by Greg Jarboe, SEO-PR co-founder, forces people to simplify their business and products even further due to the speed of Hilton's escalators. 

Allan knows the industry well, as do many others because, throughout a life time, people spend over a year and a half in it; the bathroom. Why not enjoy it? Which is the exact reason to buy from Vintage Tub & Bath.

If you have not used the bathroom today, please, take this time and go now!

You can check out other Escalator Pitches on the SES Conference YouTube Channel.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Get "Greener" with Paint, Not Color

Looking to make your house greener without painting it green? Our customers are asking for ways to “Go Green” in the bathroom and kitchen without looking too modern. I've found a variety of tips to benefit the serious renovators as well as the quick-fixers, from easily implemented and inexpensive energy savers to kitchen altering renovations. Best part, saving energy saves money too. Go green to save green.

The first of my many tips found deals with paint, because, no matter what kind of remodel, renovation or simple update you're doing, it’s inevitable you'll be repainting and resealing walls and floors.

How can adding more chemicals to your walls improve the environment? Even after regular paint is dry, it can off-gas for up to 3.5 years. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in most paints are a major source of indoor air pollution. Look for the Green Seal on paint products to ensure only the lowest VOC paints are used in your home. Low VOC paint uses a water base instead of petroleum-based oil solvents.

AFM Safecoat's is a leader in the green-building industry. They offer a full line of paints in every finish; Matte, Eggshell, All Purpose Exterior Satin, Cabinet & Trim Enamel, and Semi-gloss. Just like regular paint, these are all tintable to virtually any color.

Stains and Seals- OSMO and Velvit Oil stains are good for both wood and concrete, starting as low as $25 a gallon

Not planning on repainting? Stop the off-gas from the current paint with Finishes & Off-Gas Stoppers.

Going "Green" looks better than you think. You'll be surprised of the many other ways to be eco-friendly during your upcoming and even already started projects.Eco-Friendly Paint

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

10 Quick Fix Ideas for Small Bathrooms

After dying my roommate’s hair the other night, I managed to get dye everywhere but her scalp. Blame it on my inexperience or our small, cramped bathroom. I chose the bathroom size. If only we could ditch the toilet, tub, or sink, our bathroom would be more spacious. For obvious reasons, we decided to leave them, but plan to make other adjustments. My mission was to find the best way to make our bathroom look bigger with some quick fixes. I hope these inexpensive, easy improvements inspire you to do the same to your tiny bathroom.

Top 10 Small Bathroom Visual Enlargements
  1. Color Conscious - Brighten and cool the room in both paint and fabric. Keep the feel light and airy; use the 60-30-10 Rule. 60% Dominant Color, 30% Secondary Color, 10% Accent Color
  2. Wallpaper - Stick with textured paper. Choose one that uses vertical lines to add the height illusion; nothing busy.
  3. See Clearly - Substitute the opaque glass shower enclosure for a clear, frameless one. Don't hide the little room you have. Use sheer or delicate fabrics.
  4. Merge - If you have both a shower stall and bathtub, eliminate the shower by adding a shower head to the bathtub. 
  5. Get in Sink - Use a pedestal sink to add more floor space. Mount it to the wall it to clear the floor, or add a vessel sink to provide more counter space.
  6. Don't Cut Corners - Replace your large out-dated toilet with a small modern corner toilet to avoid wasted space. Corner sinks are also available as a wall mount and pedestal.
  7. Mirrors- Reflect the space with multiple mirrors. Mirrors make any room look bigger. Use at least one with a built-in medicine cabinet to help with storage.
  8. Clear the Way - Only leave out what is absolutely necessary. Remove small accessories and organize to give everything a home.
  9. Board the Floors - Light colored flooring, such as birch wood, will match the cool colors and aid in the eye trick of appearing larger. Ask a professional about the best wood and sealant to use in bathrooms. Tile is a safe alternative, working well on counter tops, walls and floors.
  10. Cut the Carpet - No wall to wall carpeting. Use runner carpets to give length to the floor rather than those stumpy, rectangular bathroom carpets.