Bathroom Demolition! (And Nine Tips To Do It)

Woman Doing Bathroom DemolitionSo you’ve found your brand new bathroom cabinets. You’ve decided on the beautiful mosaic tile for your shower. And, you’re itching to order that new freestanding bathtub! But before you can install all that…

Demolition is the first step to achieving your fantasy bathroom. Unfortunately, demolition itself is as real as it gets. The process is often long, arduous, and takes a lot of patience. The upside is, that you will probably experience an extremely satisfying delight in removing that hideous pink tile or ripping out those old dirty cabinets you’ve hated for so long.

Before embarking on your dream bathroom remodel, check out these nine helpful tips for making the demo journey as easy as possible:

1. Design a plan for the final layout. Do not begin demolition without a clear idea of what you want your dream bathroom to look like, final measurements, and exact products you will be purchasing to fill the space. Are you tearing down a wall? Make sure you have a blueprint drawn out so everyone is on the same page.

2. Assemble a team. Do you have siblings or awesome friends who’d volunteer a Saturday helping you out to get one step closer to your dream bathroom? Don’t forget to offer beers or dinner afterwards and definitely order lunch for the group! This most likely won’t be finished in a day, so wisely schedule your friends so you have someone coming to help out every weekend.

3. Discover what’s behind that wall. Generally, it’s safe to assume that there’s some type of electrical wiring back there. There could also be water pipes, or even You can knock out a small hole and use a flashlight to scope out what you’re working with.

4. Have a “Trash Plan of Action.” Will you be renting a rollaway dumpster? These are cost-effective if you have a lot to demolish and will save you time and money instead of driving to a landfill. You could also do research on a hauling service and see how much it will cost for you to hire someone to pick up items like plaster and lathe from you home to dispose of.

5. Turn off water supply and power. This will prevent leaks and electrical injuries.

6. Remove objects like shelves, mirrors, light fixtures, and cabinets first. Simply unscrew and make sure you don’t leave sharp screws or nails lying around on the floor – it’s hard but try to keep your demolition area as hazard free as possible! For extra protection, wear industrial boots. Do not wear thin sneakers and never open toed shoes.

7. Equip yourself! Tools every DIY demolisher will at least need are: a sledge hammer, crowbar, a prybar, a clawhammer, and get a pack of disposable dust masks. You never know what might be poisonous, especially as lots of old homes have asbestos.

8. Be prepared for the flooring. If you’re installing a gorgeous new tile, keep in mind that ripping out the flooring is often the most labor intensive part. There will be A LOT of debris, plaster, and dust that accumulates. If you were to hire a professional for to help out, it would be for this part, hauling away debris, and navigating anything electrical or water supply related.

9. Anticipate changes. Even though you’ve begun your project with a plan, be prepared that some things may change. A part that you thought might have been salvageable might not be, or who knows, you might discover some attractive red brick underneath all that mortar in your wall! Go with the flow, and leave some breathing room in your budget for surprises.

Have you gone through a successful bathroom demolition yourself? I’d love to hear your tips and experiences!

(Photo via DIY Network)

This post entitled Bathroom Demolition! (And Nine Tips To Do It) is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen and bathroom cabinets on the internet.

Gorgeous & Eco-Friendly Bathroom Tile

Tile is one of the simplest and most exciting ways to rejuvenate a tired bathroom. With the all the selections available today, there are plenty of quality green, eco-friendly, and sustainable options as well. All of these featured tiles are made from recycled materials, utilize green manufacturing processes, or give back to the community. Discover my picks below and find out what makes each one so special besides being eco-friendly!

Barcelona Mosiac

Barcelona Mosaic Tile

Getting ready in a bathroom tiled with this iridescent mosaic sounds positively glamorous. The multifaceted neutrals have a subtle sheen that will reflect light around your space. Use these versatile tiles to cover an entire wall, or just to create a border for a hint of shimmer. Learn more Barcelona Mosaic Tile.

Blazestone Glass

Blazestone Glass Tile

Don’t you just love how the tiles are all different shapes? This refreshing, vibrant tile would be perfect in a bathroom with tons of natural light. Plus, there are no additional colorants added, just all post-industrial, post-consumer glass – awesome. Learn more about Blazestone Glass Tile.

Handpainted Fireclay

Handpainted Fireclay Tile

This handpainted tile was made using the cuerda-seca method, which originated in Spain to keep colors separate with dark lines. Go with this Tuscan-inspired look, mixed with simple white tiles, for a romantic master bathroom, or customize your own! Learn more about Handpainted Fireclay Tile.

Las Vegas Mosaic

Las Vegas Mosaic Tile

Light to dark blue/purple tiles will add serious drama to your bathroom. Make this glitzy mosaic part of your everyday routine by pairing it with sleek, dark cabinets for a truly upscale feel. Learn more about Las Vegas Mosaic Tile.

Little Diamonds

Little Diamonds Tile

For your powder room, consider this cheery geometric pattern. This would be so fun as an accent wall behind the mirror and paired with rich oak cabinets. Made to order and entirely customizable with your favorite colors. Learn more about Little Diamonds Tile.

 

Eco-friendly bathroom tile in action!

Eco-Friendly Bathroom Tile in Action

South Beach tile by Daltile

Can you believe these beautiful products are basically made of trash? Have you thought about using eco-friendly bathroom tile in your home? Did we change your mind? Do you have a favorite? We’d love to hear what you think!

This post entitled Gorgeous & Eco-Friendly Bathroom Tile is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets on the internet.

Be Bold and Sophisticated with Dark Cabinets

Create a kitchen that really makes a statement by using dark cabinets, either throughout the kitchen or as accents. Without a doubt, deep, dark cabinet finishes make an stunning impact. Use them in a new home or a remodel for sophisticated, timeless result.

Care of Dark Cabinets

Dark cabinets do require attention and frequent cleaning. Dust, water spots, and food splatters will show up more easily on a dark cabinet. Wiping the cabinets down frequently with warm water and a mild soap with take care of most of those issues. Dark cabinets will also show dings, scratches and dents easily, so purchase a cover stick from a hardware store when you have the cabinets installed.

Light and Color

When installing dark cabinets, think about contrast, light and color. To avoid a heavy look in the kitchen, consider extremely light countertops to contrast the cabinetry. If there are places you can leave out upper cabinets, it will brighten the kitchen, as will using more natural light. Opt for open or glass front cabinets in the upper cabinets to provide the lighter, open feel that will balance dark cabinets.

Color Accents

Dark cabinets provide the perfect backdrop for stunning splashes of color. For example, a dark kitchen is the perfect place for an intricate backsplash made of tiny mosaic tile or heavily veined marble. A bright or complex wallpaper looks great on one wall or one area of a dark kitchen, and unique kitchen hardware really shines against the backdrop of dark cabinets.

Accent Cabinets

Consider pairing a lighter cabinetry in the main part of the kitchen with dark cabinets around the island or along one wall of the kitchen for a contemporary, stylish look. Or use dark cabinets around the walls and light cabinets on the island, creating a bright focal point for the entire room.

Contrast Surfaces

If considering dark cabinets, you may be happy using other materials in the kitchen that reflect rather than absorb light. For example, look at stainless steel appliances, bright white tile for the floor, countertop or backsplash, white grout and light colored walls to provide a bright contrast to dark cabinetry.

Our Dark Cabinets

At Kitchen Cabinet Kings we carry three deep, dark cabinet styles. Mocha Shaker is a dark, nearly black, cabinet in a clean, simple style. Use this cabinet with traditional fixtures for a clean, classic style kitchen. Tribecca cabinets look fabulous paired with contemporary, sophisticated hardware and fixtures for a sleek, modern kitchen. Pacifica provides a deep finish in a traditional style, with more detail in the cabinet doors and an elegant, rich finish.

Whatever style of cabinet you choose, you are sure to be pleased with the striking look of a dark kitchen.

This post entitled Be Bold and Sophisticated with Dark Cabinets is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets on the internet. Check out their large selection of KraftMaid Cabinets.

Be Bold and Sophisticated with Dark Cabinets

Create a kitchen that really makes a statement by using dark cabinets, either throughout the kitchen or as accents. Without a doubt, deep, dark cabinet finishes make an stunning impact. Use them in a new home or a remodel for sophisticated, timeless result.

Care of Dark Cabinets

Dark cabinets do require attention and frequent cleaning. Dust, water spots, and food splatters will show up more easily on a dark cabinet. Wiping the cabinets down frequently with warm water and a mild soap with take care of most of those issues. Dark cabinets will also show dings, scratches and dents easily, so purchase a cover stick from a hardware store when you have the cabinets installed.

Light and Color

When installing dark cabinets, think about contrast, light and color. To avoid a heavy look in the kitchen, consider extremely light countertops to contrast the cabinetry. If there are places you can leave out upper cabinets, it will brighten the kitchen, as will using more natural light. Opt for open or glass front cabinets in the upper cabinets to provide the lighter, open feel that will balance dark cabinets.

Color Accents

Dark cabinets provide the perfect backdrop for stunning splashes of color. For example, a dark kitchen is the perfect place for an intricate backsplash made of tiny mosaic tile or heavily veined marble. A bright or complex wallpaper looks great on one wall or one area of a dark kitchen, and unique kitchen hardware really shines against the backdrop of dark cabinets.

Accent Cabinets

Consider pairing a lighter cabinetry in the main part of the kitchen with dark cabinets around the island or along one wall of the kitchen for a contemporary, stylish look. Or use dark cabinets around the walls and light cabinets on the island, creating a bright focal point for the entire room.

Contrast Surfaces

If considering dark cabinets, you may be happy using other materials in the kitchen that reflect rather than absorb light. For example, look at stainless steel appliances, bright white tile for the floor, countertop or backsplash, white grout and light colored walls to provide a bright contrast to dark cabinetry.

Our Dark Cabinets

At Kitchen Cabinet Kings we carry three deep, dark cabinet styles. Mocha Shaker is a dark, nearly black, cabinet in a clean, simple style. Use this cabinet with traditional fixtures for a clean, classic style kitchen. Tribecca cabinets look fabulous paired with contemporary, sophisticated hardware and fixtures for a sleek, modern kitchen. Pacifica provides a deep finish in a traditional style, with more detail in the cabinet doors and an elegant, rich finish.

Whatever style of cabinet you choose, you are sure to be pleased with the striking look of a dark kitchen.

This post entitled Be Bold and Sophisticated with Dark Cabinets is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets on the internet. Check out their large selection of KraftMaid Cabinets.