Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bathroom Photoshop

If you've ever visited Worth 1000, you've seen the many photo-altering contests. Contestants are presented with an untouched image and are to create a more interesting image using Photoshop or other software. One contest featured a simple bathroom with a toilet, pedestal sink, bathtub, and mirror.

Bathroom
See the new bathrooms created below.

Messy BathroomBathroom GraffitiBathroom UnderwaterBathroom with Man in Mirror
View the rest of the contest entries at Worth 1000.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Customer Gallery - Bathroom

Whether you've stumbled upon our blog or are a loyal Vintage Tub and Bath customer, you probably did not know that we have a customer bathroom gallery.

The photo below was sent to us from Rose B. who resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

Customer Bathroom Gallery PhotoRose's bathroom includes a 60 inch classic clawfoot bathtub from the Randolph Morris collection, clawfoot tub straight supply lines, a deck mount handshower, an American Standard elongated toilet. Another fixture not pictured is a widespread lavatory faucet by Pegasus.

View other photos submitted of Rose's bathroom and browse the rest of our customer bathroom gallery. If you would like to showcase your own photos, send them to emily@vintagetub.com. Be sure to include your name, location, a description of the photos, and of course, the before and after shots.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Lover

Does your Dad love spending time outdoors or in his backyard? If so, this list of Father's Day gift ideas will help you choose something that your Dad can enjoy outdoors.

This bird feeder is a great gift for a Dad who enjoys bird watching or just likes to relax in the yard.

Bird Feeder
Help Dad complete his backyard by giving him this galvanized weather station. The weather station features a temperature gauge, humidity gauge, and a barometer.

Weather Station
Dad can spend his nights tending to the fire with this fireplace tool set. The set is made of hammered steel and can be used for an indoor fireplace as well.

Fireplace Accessories

Friday, June 19, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Entertainment Lover

This year, Father's Day falls on June 21st. If you are struggling to come up with an idea for a gift, you may find this series of blog posts helpful. The following gifts are great for Dads who like to be entertained, and to entertain guests.

This vintage style entertainment center is a three disc CD player, record player, turntable, AM/FM radio, and cassette player. Other similar gift ideas include other entertainment centers, radios, turntables, and this vintage style tabletop jukebox.

Vintage Entertainment SystemIf your Dad would rather be the one entertaining rather than being entertained, he may like this wine cellar. The humidity and temperature controlled wine cellar fits neatly under a kitchen counter-top, and can hold 54 bottles of wine.

Wine CellarIf you Dad enjoys having people over for a barbecue or drinks, he may enjoy a set of bar chairs to create seating for guests in the backyard.

Bar Chair

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Choosing the ideal Father's Day gift can be difficult. Finding an item that is meaningful and enjoyable for your Dad can even turn into a frustrating task. Unless your Dad has a specific hobby that can supply you with endless gift ideas, you may need some help brainstorming. Below I have compiled a list of gifts that can be enjoyed any father.

The first item is a fog free shower mirror. This mirror can be set up inside the bathroom shower so Dad can multi-task in the morning.

Fog Free Bathroom Mirror
Next, a Towel Spa which warms towels and robes. Come fall and winter, Dad will be quite thrilled to have one of these luxurious warmers.

Towel Spa
Another good gift idea is a vintage style clock. This desk clock will bring classic style to his office or any room in the home.Vintage Style Clock
Another good gift choice is a Vintage Tub and Bath gift card, which are available in various denominations. View other gift ideas and check back for more Father's Day gift suggestions.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Benjamin Franklin and the Bathtub

Benjamin FranklinAmong the invention of Bifocals, the Odometer, and the Armonica, Benjamin Franklin is also credited for bringing the first bathtub to America. The bathtub he brought from France is said to have been constructed of copper. The tub, which was shaped like a shoe, did not have a faucet but filled by hand with water from another source. Since he is an inventor, Ben Franklin studied the tub and then made his own improvements. It is also said that he spent much time reading and writing while in the bathtub.

The oldest bathtub is said to have existed in the Minoan city of Greece. The five-foot bathtub may have belonged to the Queen and also had no faucet or drain.

Sources: Professional Bathtub Refinishers Association
The Plumber
The Bath Tub
NYU

Friday, June 12, 2009

Classic Bathroom Trends

I was recently reading an article called Kitchen and Bath: A Longing for the Past which was featured in This Old House. The author of the article stated that homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens and bathrooms are "choosing traditional and classic styles over the trendy or unproven". Also discussed in the article were some older trends that are being made new. Below are some products with similar characteristics of those listed in the article.

Cast Iron Bathtub


Cast Iron Bathtub
Handcrafted Copper Sink

Handcrafted Metal Sink
Semi-Vessel Vanity Sink

Vanity Sink
Vintage Inspired Hot Water Dispenser

Hot Water DispenserRead Kitchen and Bath: A Longing for the Past at This Old House

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Aga Saga

Aga Legacy OvenYou may already know how an Aga appliance works, but what you may not know is the meaning of Aga Saga. The term is used to describe a certain type of novels about middle class families living in rural areas of the United Kingdom. These Aga Sagas are written about characters that are likely to own an Aga oven, a popular luxury appliance in Europe.

The name was introduced by Terrence Blacker in an article in Publishing News specifically targeting author, Joanna Trollope. Though only two of her twelve books could be described by this term, she is still the main Aga Saga target. She has been quoted saying "I am fairly tired of such an inaccurate and patronising tag" and "I will be queen of the Aga Saga to my dying day. Its jolly annoying".

Browse Aga products including ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers and wine bottle cellars.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Energy Selling Bathrooms

In efforts to save money and energy, a small town in the United Kingdom recently shut down its public restrooms for renovation. The new bathrooms were equipped with two solar panels, one to power the water system, and the other to convert sunlight into electricity.

What is interesting about this improvement, is that it produced above and beyond the amount of energy needed to power the restrooms. So much, in fact, that the excess amount of energy was sold to the National Grid. As a result, the company who commissioned the project was able to not only save money on those specific restrooms, but on other operations as well.

Source: BBC News

Friday, June 05, 2009

Toilet Prank

Using a portable toilet is usually not a pleasant experience. The only thing worse than having to use one is being stuck in one. Check out the portable toilet prank below. In the video, people enter a portable restroom and upon exiting, they find themselves interrupting a business meeting.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Historic Bathrooms - The Eisenhower's

Our 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie Eisenhower lived in the White House longer than any other house. However, they called their farmhouse in Gettysburg home. Purchased in 1950 and completed in 1955, the preserved house, has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

Below is Mamie Eisenhower's bathroom featuring a one piece toilet and bathtub, showcasing her iconic love of the color pink. View a larger photo.


Mamie Eisenhower's Pink Bathroom
Ike's bathroom was green but he couldn't escape Mamie's love of pink as you can see below. Take a look at a larger photo including a different view of his console sink and one piece toilet.

Dwight D. Eisenhower's Bathroom
View more photos and floor plans of the Eisenhower's Gettysburg home.

Sources: Eisenhower National Historic Site
National Register of Historical Places