Wall Fixtures

How To Install a Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

A medicine cabinet can be one of the most important items in a bathroom. Everyone wants to have a mirror in the bath, but medicine cabinets go way beyond just providing a mirror!

They also provide quite a bit of storage for anything from medicines to razors. And, depending on the size of course, you can store lots more than just the smaller toiletries!

Medicine cabinets use to be just basically a square metal box with a mirrored door on the front of it. But, with all of the designs and styles available today medicine cabinets have became an important part of the bathrooms decor!

There are basically two styles of medicine cabinets, there’s surface mounted cabinets and recessed cabinets. And, both can be purchased in a wide variety of sizes, materials and colors.

The surface mounted medicine cabinets are the easiest to install. With a measuring tape, some screws and about 20 minutes of your time, you can have the medicine cabinet on the wall and ready to use!

Installing a recessed style medicine cabinet takes a lot more time and experience with remodeling. It can turn into quite a job and should only be done if you’ve done some carpentry and dry walling before.

A surface mounted medicine cabinet is exactly that, it’s mounted on the surface of the wall. You will first need to determine how high you want the cabinet, the height will mainly depend on your height and the height of other family members that will be using it on a regular basis.

Once you’ve determined the height, you can measure and mark it with a pencil on the wall. Most medicine cabinets are centered with the sink, just measure the length of the sink and divide that by half to get the center and mark it on the wall.

Then you can measure the cabinet and divide it by half and make a small mark on the bottom of the cabinet. Line the two center marks up and use a level to ensure that the cabinet is straight. Secure the cabinet into place with screws, using longer screws will give you a more stable hold.

The main problem that you may run into with a recessed cabinet is that there will be wall joists that are probably going to be exactly where you want the cabinet.

This means that you will need to cut the drywall away, cut the wall boards and build a square frame to fit the medicine cabinet into. The wall will then be supported by the frame that you make.

Just measure the back of the cabinet that fits into the wall. Then make a frame that will fit correctly around the back. Measure on the wall where you need to cut and use a utility knife to cut away the drywall.

You may have to cut the hole larger than needed to be able to cut the wall joists. You will then need to replace the sheetrock around the hole before installing the medicine cabinet.

Once you’ve gotten the hole cut out and the new frame installed, it’s time to screw the medicine cabinet to the frame. A recessed cabinet is more trouble to install, but it also looks much nicer than surface mounted cabinets.

How to Add A Wall Fountain to Your Home or Garden

More and more people are are bringing nature indoors with fountains. They are both relaxing and pleasing to the eye! Anyone can install their own fountains and most will only take about an hour from start to finish.

Decreases in the prices of wall fountains have allowed more people to be able to afford to add them to their homes decor. Most wall fountains require very little space, yet they add a calming atmosphere to any room.

Choosing the right fountain is much more than just finding one you like, one you can afford or the right size fountain you need. When shopping for wall fountains, you will need to consider their weight and whether or not your walls are sturdy enough to support it!

Wall fountains are made from a variety of materials including stone, copper, clay and fiberglass. Fiberglass is probably one of the best choices, it’s lightweight and very durable. Fiberglass can also be textured to look like stone and many other materials.

You should always read the instructions that come with any item that you purchase. Some fountains may have specific hanging instructions or may even require some assembly. But, there are some typical steps in hanging any fountain.

The first step is to of course decide where you want your wall fountain to be. This may be a step that isn’t a complete choice, since you will need to hang the fountain near an electrical outlet or create a new plug-in!

It’s a good idea to have someone hold the fountain on the wall so that you can step back and get a better idea of how it’s going to look. While they’re holding it for you, mark the wall where the top of the fountain will be.

You will then need to measure from the top of the fountain down to the brackets or hanging apparatus on the back. If the measurement is 10 inches for example, you will need to measure down 10 inches from the mark you made on the wall and mark that spot.

Then you will need to measure the distance between the hanging brackets. Divide that measurement in half and measure and mark each spot from the second mark you made on the wall.

Once you have the correct spots marked, use a hammer and gently tap the screw anchors into place. Insert the screw into the anchor and screw it in leaving it sticking out enough to catch underneath the brackets on the fountain.

Now you’re ready to hang the fountain and plug it in! You should never use regular tap water in your fountains. Tap water contains minerals and deposits that will build up and clog the pump.

The calcium and other minerals in tap water will also discolor  your wall fountain and cause unsightly spots. You should always use distilled water when setting up your fountain or refilling the water level.

Most professionals recommend that you change the water in the fountain at least every six months. Other than that the only water maintenance you will need to do is to add about a cup of water every week or so to replace the water that will evaporate.

It may seem like a “cool” idea to add a little dye to the water for some color or even perfumes. But, you shouldn’t add anything to the water as it will eventually damage your pump.

Wall fountains are very nice additions to foyers as a focal point for any guest that enters your home! Color can be added with vases  hung on each side with either live or silk flowers.

Many home improvement centers also sell lights that are made for underwater use. The bulbs can be changed to create different colors of lighting to enhance the look of your fountain.

How to Hang a Shelf on a Wall

You can easily add either storage or display space in your home by hanging a shelf onto a wall. By installing a shelf you can also make the area where you put the shelf more spacious and more organized. (more…)