A lumpy caulk job not only detracts from the appearance of
your bathtub, it can fail to serve the purposes you caulked it for in the first
place. As with all things, caulking a bathtub is something that gets easier
with practice. But if you’re a DIYer, how much practice can you realistically
expect to have? And without that practice, should you just accept
There are really two choices here: you can lower your
expectations, or you can learn how to caulk like a pro. The latter, of course,
provides the larger benefit and, believe it or not, is actually not difficult
at all. You just need to know the proper steps.
How to Caulk a Bathtub
·Tape your joints – using painter’s tape,
carefully line the area just above the joints you are about to caulk, much as
you would around windows when painting
·Create a small, rounded opening – using a very
sharp knife, create a 1/8 inch hole by cutting your caulk tube at a 45-degree
angle. Using 100-grit sandpaper, gently round the opening
·Prep your caulk gun –squeeze the handle of your
caulk gun until caulk shows at the opening of the tube. Release the pressure
and clean the tip with a damp rag
·Set your pace – caulk at a steady pace, applying
consistent pressure as you follow the joint. If you miss a spot, keep going. It
is easier to make a second rapid pass than to clean goopy caulk off of your tub
·Smooth your edges – wet your pointer finger and
run it along the length of the caulk bead on all sides. Clean excess caulk off
of your finger at regular intervals using a damp rag.
Once your caulk has dried, carefully remove the masking tape
from around the joints. Do not remove the tape when caulk is still wet.
In addition to tubs, this caulking technique can be used for
tile, sinks, and other household items, and is well worth taking the time to
learn. When you know how to caulk properly, you can produce professional
results at a fraction of the cost, and earn some well-earned bragging rights
along the way.
The half bath is common in many homes and, while these
restrooms offer a significant amount of convenience, they can also feel cramped
and unwelcoming, which makes updating them a perfect way to add style and
comfort to your home.
Things to consider for a half-bath remodel include:
Sinks – pedestal sinks are best in a half bath,
though small vanities can sometimes work as well. This depends greatly on the
amount of space you are working with
Shower stalls – stand-alone showers come in a
range of placement options. Choose one that meets both the size limitations and
overall flow of your half bath. Consider adding a steam shower for optimal relaxation
Cabinetry – recessed medicine cabinets take up
no additional space but offer storage for toiletries. These cabinets often
include mirrors which both enhance convenience and help produce a more spacious
feel in half-baths
Storage – slim linen cabinets, particularly
wall-mounted options, can give much needed storage. Shelving can give space for
some toiletries and allow for decorating flourishes such as sculptures,
flowers, or whatever items speak to your unique tastes
Many bathroom fixtures come in matching sets or
complementary styles. Look for cabinetry, storage, vanities, and sinks that
look natural together. Taking this step helps ensure your half bath not only
provides the comfort and convenience you deserve, but improves the appeal and
flow of your entire home as well.
Even medium sized bathrooms can begin to feel cramped when
you begin to add shelving, cabinetry, and vanities. However, these things can
help produce a clean appearance while adding significant convenience, making
them an attractive addition to many restrooms.
One of the best ways to guard against a cramped feel is by
choosing bathroom furniture and fixtures that are ideally sized for your space.
If your washroom is small, get creative with shelving and cabinetry or consider
hallways adjacent to the restroom for some of your bathroom storage needs.
Lighting and reflective surfaces can also produce a more
spacious appearance. If your bathroom has little to no natural light, consider
adding windows or a skylight. If these options are not available, look at
installing additional light fixtures on walls or overhead to produce a brighter
look and feel.
Simple additions such as mirrors on bathroom doors can help
a room appear much larger. So too can chrome fixtures and glossier surfaces on
Your bathroom is where you start and end your day. Taking
steps to produce a roomier feel can extend into other areas of the home for an
overall more open, relaxing, and inviting aesthetic.
Double sink vanities are an ideal way to functionally enhance
bathrooms used by multiple members of a family. Regardless of whether it’s more
than one child trying to get ready for school in the morning or bed at night,
or partners vying for tooth brushing space and shaving room, a double vanity gives
freedom for multi-use, helping speed grooming and get everyone where they need
to be on time.
Double vanities offer more storage space than single
options. Often large enough to allow for the storage of hand and bath towels as
well as toiletries, double bathroom vanities can greatly enhance convenience by
organizing all bathroom necessities in one spot. Adding storage in this way
prevents needing additional bathroom furniture for many families, a factor that
can help free up space for a more open and flowing aesthetic.
Speaking of aesthetics, double bathroom vanities come an
incredible range of styles and many include customizable features such as
sinks, hardware, faucets, mirrors, and even additional cabinetry. This allows
you to choose a double sink vanity that not only serves your family’s practical
needs, but speaks to your aesthetic sensibilities as well.
Lastly, a double vanity can increase the resale value of
your home. Even if you do not currently have a large family or require space
for more than one person, the future buyers of your home may. Larger washrooms
with attractive features such as double sink vanities are appealing to many homebuyers, allowing this addition to be a long-term investment in the worth of
Your bathroom should offer the ultimate in both style and
function, and medicine cabinets are a fantastic way to add both. Medicine cabinets
increase storage and help de-clutter counter space – making them ideal for
smaller areas. However, your bathroom needn’t be on the small side to benefit
from the many features offered by modern medicine cabinet design.
If you are beginning a bathroom remodel, signs you should
invest in a medicine cabinet include:
·You have limited counter space
·You are currently storing toiletries outside of
·Lack of space requires many of your personal
items to be exposed
·You do not have a bathroom mirror
Medicine cabinets come in a range of styles and many include
advanced features such as additional lighting, pivoting mirrors, and
compartmentalized storage spaces. These bathroom storage units also come in a
variety of mounting options, enabling you to choose the solution best for your
No matter if you are building a bathroom from scratch or
remodeling for style and space, a bathroom vanity can truly enhance an entire
room – adding beauty, function, and distinction to you home.