Bathroom Renovations – Mistakes to Avoid

Are you thinking about renovating your bathroom? If so, then you may want to try and avoid these mistakes which occur often with bathroom renovations. Such mistakes may appear mild at the beginning, but could cause a major disaster long term. Bathroom renovation mistakes can cost a fortune to correct, and also be very time consuming. Many people fail to realize that a bathroom is the only place in the house that is subjected to harsh environmental conditions. Bathrooms can become very humid, and experience a large range of temperatures. Warm temperatures and humid conditions create a breeding ground for mold, especially if the bathroom lacks ventilation. Bathrooms are in constant use, not only by you, but your guests too.
Spend your money wisely. Design your bathroom the correct way by avoiding these top 5 bathroom renovation mistakes:

1. Inefficient Bathroom Layouts

A bathroom should have enough space to ensure one is comfortable while using it. The items to be installed in the bathroom should not occupy the entire space. Sometimes there is not enough space left to comfortably access the shower. It is usually an uncomfortable experience to always squeeze yourself in the shower on daily basis. You should always be alert to avoid this bathroom renovation mistake by having a bathroom plan drawn to scale. It is usually a good idea to have your bathroom design drawn up by a professional designer. Many bathroom suppliers offer a free design service, which involves drawing a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) model of your bathroom design. They will probably come up with ingenious ways to maximize on space that you had not thought of. It will sure help you avoid a lot of sizing mistakes which happen during bathroom renovations.

2. Poor Quality Bathroom Products/Furniture

When it comes to bathroom furniture and fittings, you normally get what you pay for. Although a cheap tap may look nice and shiny, it could have a poor-quality chrome coating. Some metallic coatings may not be durable enough over a long period of time. Some may even be more sensitive to harsh cleaning products such as bleach. It is worth investing money in known brands when it comes to taps and metallic fittings such as handles. If you want the best, then consider using stainless steel where possible, as it is very resistant to corrosion. Another important bathroom item is the shower. Invest money in a decent shower with excellent seals. Simple showers are likely to stay cleaner for longer then ones with lots of grooves and edges.  Frameless showers are very low maintenance as they are constructed from less parts.

3. Inefficient Ventilation

This is a probably one of the most common mistakes which occurs during bathroom renovations, and it is a complex one too. When a bathroom has an improper ventilation, problems will start arising. Inefficient ventilation can be a breeding ground for mold. Also, lack of ventilation may cause more condensation to form, resulting in damp patches on walls. Any materials within your bathroom that naturally absorb moisture such as wood could also become affected over a long period of time. We always recommend using extractor fans that vent directly to the outside, rather than recirculating ones. Although extractor fans are essential, they can be noisy. There are many types of extractor fan which are activated in different ways such as light switch, pull cord, motion sensor or even humidity sensor. Personally, we prefer light switch activated extractor fans because they can be switched off immediately when leaving the bathroom, rather than a 15-minute time delay.

4. Choosing the Wrong Bathroom Tiles

This is another issue that is common among those who are renovating their bathrooms. Did you know that some wall tiles require sealing? If this is not carried out, then mold is likely to grow within the pores of your tile material. Always ask the manufacturer is your wall tiles require sealing before installation. Another thing to consider if the tiling grout. Tile grout is the most likely things in your bathroom to become moldy first. Therefore, it may be a good idea to have less tile grout by installing very large tiles. Also, you should consider of tile grout colors such as dark grey. Not only do other colors look different and fantastic, it will help to hide mold that will grow in years to come.

4. Choosing the Wrong Bathroom Flooring

Bathroom floors get wet on a daily basis, which is why selecting a suitable floor is important. Most people underestimate the importance of bathroom flooring. If you are choosing tiles, then make sure they have a rough surface. Installing smooth tiles on the floor can be dangerous when wet. Non-slip flooring will help you prevent unnecessary injuries, especially when getting out of the bath or shower. Some people think they can use normal laminate wood flooring. However, they soon find out that water can penetrate the wood structure of this flooring, causing it to swell and break apart. If you are after a laminate wood look, then we recommend using Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). They are similar to laminate flooring as they are tongue and groove. But the difference is the material, as they are 100% plastic and therefore waterproof, making it ideal for bathroom renovations!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Warton Woodworks
Enjoy this article about mistakes during bathroom renovations? Warton Woodworks is a Loft Conversion and Home Renovation Company based in Essex, UK. They have extensive experience in the fields of carpentry, loft conversions and home renovation. More articles like this can be found on their Home DIY Blog, which is part of the Warton Woodworks website. Articles are based on their real world projects and experience.

We know those stains that just won’t budge no matter how much you stare at them, wishing they’d disappear. Sometimes you just have to hand it to the experts, which is why we’re bringing you these quick and easy house cleaning tips to help you banish that grime and dirt for good!

Quick and Easy House Cleaning Tips

1. Reach for the ceiling

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Tired of reaching up on your tiptoes or attempting to balance on worryingly unstable chairs… surfaces, or whatever else you can use, just so you can dust? Instead of all that palaver, try wrapping a drying sheet around a clean painting roller and securing it with elastic bands. This should be able to find its way to all those hard to reach places!

2.  For the bin

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Clean your empty bin with a toilet cleaner. This will stick to the sides as it slides down, disinfecting as it goes. Rinse well once finished.

3. Disposer exposed

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Disposer starting to get a very prominent (horrible) smell? Run your tap, and then drop in the rinds of any citrus fruit down it. Run the disposer for five seconds, and then leave for fifteen. The citric acid will soften waste as well as helping kill bacteria. Next, drop ice cubes and run again for a few seconds. The flying shards will dislodge waste. Now all you need to do is fill up your sink to half way, and then turn on the disposer to flush away all the rubbish.


4. Cracking up

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Gaps in your counter space that mean crumbs are always falling down the side? Grab a little clear tubing, and squeeze into the space. This will stop any unwanted crumbs falling to the floor!


5. Pain in the glass

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Shattered glass? We know how frustrating this can be, especially when the glass is.. well.. see through. Instead of looking from above, grab a flashlight and hold it level with the floor. By doing this, you should illuminate the smaller shards and make it easier to clean up.


6. Nailed it

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Sick of coming back from doing any sort of handy work to find your nails full of dirt and grime? Next time, before you begin work, scratch your fingernails down a bar of soap. The soap will lodge itself in the gaps, and will dissolve when you finally wash your hands (unlike grease and soil!)

7.  The great scrape

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Layers of old soap clinging to your tiles? Grab a small putty knife and work to scrape it away. Anything remaining can be cleaned up with a little help from a magic sponge.

8.  Shining floors

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If you spill anything on hardwood floors, first try cleaning it off with water and a microfibre cloth. If this doesn’t work, mix 40ml of vinegar with 1 litre of water, and use this to clean the spill. Tip: when you get gaps between your floor, fill these in by using wood filler, and then sand it down. It will keep your floors neat as well as reducing the number of spaces dust and dirt can collect in!

9. Don’t scuff

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Shoe marks can be removed by simply rubbing a tennis ball over the mark. Magic!


10.  Electric wheel

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If you have large dirty areas of your window or glass that just won’t clean, put some mild abrasive onto your buffing wheel and use this to work away at the grime. Tip: Put on safety glasses – safety first!


We hope these quick and easy house cleaning tips come in handy with cleaning those tough spots. Something we haven’t covered? Luckily for you we have another article – how to clean the uncleanable. Things keep getting dirty simply because you have no space? Why not check out our article giving you 15 useful small space solutions.



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Do you need a side table for the living room? Are you looking for an original piece and do you like Nordic style? If so, do not miss this tutorial to make your own scandi style table with copper pipes.

This small DIY table brings together three keys of the Nordic style: geometry, combination of materials (wood, metal and marble) as well as metallic colours (copper). In addition, its peculiar geometric structure is based on the himmeli technique. This typical technique of Sweden and Finland consists of forming different geometric shapes with thin tubes.

They are usually used as pendant ornaments, but for this project, copper pipes will be used to make an icosahedron that will serve as the base of a side table.

What you’ll need

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To do this DIY project you will need the following tools:

In addition, these materials will be needed:

  • 30 copper tubes 30 cm long and 12 mm thick. Optionally, aluminium or PVC tubes can be used, as long as they are rigid and resistant
  • Pine board (minimum of 40cmx40cm). You can also use a melanin tablet
  • Vinyl adhesive marble effect
  • Copper spray paint
  • Satin spray varnish
  • Polypropylene rope
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic clips for pipes. Mounting brackets can also be used
  • Flanges
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper. You will need medium grain (120) and very fine grain (300 or more)

How To Make A Table With Copper Pipes Step By Step

To make this small table you follow these 5 simple steps.

Step 1: Cut The Copper Pipes

First, we will need 30 copper tubes of 30 cm length each. These tubes will be used to make the icosahedron that will make the base of the table. To do this, the tube is measured and cut with the tube cutters.

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Step 2: Make An Icosahedron With Tubes

Start by joining the tubes with the polypropylene rope. This material is quite sturdy, which means it will not break or fray.

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Work on a surface that is large enough to join all the tubes together (e.g. the floor), so that they form the following shape:

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Then tie the each rope to the points marked in the diagram below. That is, the vertex “1” must be joined with the vertex “1”, the “2” to the “2”, and so on.

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To reinforce the vertices joints, place flanges around the cords. This step requires a little patience, but when completed you will achieve the following result:

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Step 3: Cut The Board Into A Hexagon

The next step is to cut the pine board into a hexagon. To do this, measure out 6 sides of 22 cm and mark them out with a pencil and ruler.

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The shape is then cut out using the saw. One trick to avoid splintering the edges of wood is to place tape over the lines you are cutting.

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With medium-grain sandpaper, sand the edges until smooth.

Finally, sand the entire surface with a fine-grained sandpaper to smooth it and prepare the wood before painting.

Step 4: Decorating The Board

To begin decorating the board, partially cover the wooden hexagon so that only a triangle is visible. That triangle is then painted with copper spray.

Once the paint has dried, the adhesive vinyl marble is placed along a diagonal that goes from the first vertex to the fourth.

Finally, the wood is protected on both sides by applying two varnish layers, except on the area that has been covered with the vinyl.

As a result you will get a tabletop that showcases the union of the different materials: wood, metal and marble.

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Step 5: Screw The Tabletop Onto The Base

The last step is to attach the wooden tabletop to the icosahedron. To do this, begin by screwing the plastic clips onto the back of the board.

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Finally, one of the triangles that form the icosahedron can be attached to the clips.

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After following all the above steps, you will have managed to create your own DIY table with copper tubes!

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Now the only thing lest to do is place in our favorite corner to give it a practical, at the same time decorative use.

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What did you think of this idea? Do you dare to to try creating your own scandi style table with copper pipes? If you follow these simple steps, you’re sure to create your own beautiful side table. If you want more DIY ideas have a read of How To Make A Terrarium.


This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

Today we introduce Paul one of the masterminds behind WoodWork Boss. He has the definitive list of 5 woodworking tips to get you working like a professional. Over to you, Paul!

5 Basic Woodworking Tips To Help You Work Like A Professional

When it comes to something as satisfying as woodworking and carpentry, most are too intimidated by the tools and equipment needed to get the job done. Nowadays, classes to learn these skills and gain experience are too expensive and require a good portion of time that you might not have to spare.

Many of the basic skills should be ones that most of us learned in DT, but not everybody took DT. Instead of doing hours of research on every type of tool and technique, visit your local hardware store. Talk to people. Ask for help and advice on where to start.

What do you want to create? What do you want to build? What skills are you trying to possess or learn? These are the most important things to figure out before starting any project, otherwise, you’ll be going in blindfolded.

Whether you’re a beginner or not, here are some tricks that no carpenter should be without.

First: Always Practice And Promote Safety Precautions

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I can’t even begin to express how dangerous it can be working with tools that can cause serious injuries. Always use the correct safety accessories, including the appropriate clothing and protective eyewear.

I can’t believe I have to add this, but don’t do the work intoxicated. Drugs and alcohol on the job decrease your ability to make decent judgements and slow your reaction time, and let’s face it: it’s just a stupid idea and you’re asking for injuries. Of course, that’s a no-brainer.

Always use a single extension cord and always make sure that anything you have running is turned off and unplugged when you’re finished working. Under no circumstances should you ever use dull tools, such as blunt blades.

Reduce distractions to a minimum. Phones shouldn’t be important when you’re working with electric tools.

Do not reach over a running blade and always work against the cutter. I’ve met a tonne of beginners who don’t think safety is as important as creating the perfect rocking chair. There are also too many experts who assume they’ll never injure themselves on the account of their higher-level experience.

Take my word on this and do not learn the hard way. If you practice and promote safety precautions ahead of time, you’ll already be more professional than many woodworkers I’ve met, regardless of your education and training.

You don’t want to be that drunk guy in the garage with his friends thinking it would be awesome to build a boat without any of the right kinds of tools and not taking the proper precautions.

Second: Educate Yourself On Traditional Woodworking Skills Such As Joinery

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Learn one thing at a time and remember to practice. Practice improves the skills you’ve learned, and even if you don’t have time for classes, there are always free online tutorials.

The best way to work like a professional in woodworking, is to start working with others who are experienced with the tools and equipment. The more experts you talk to and work with, the more you’ll learn about different techniques and how to operate tools. Even if you’re just getting help from a family member or a friend, it’ll be time well spent.

Another great way to learn woodworking like a professional: Just do it. Don’t procrastinate. Maybe volunteer for a housing project where they offer training. I’ve worked on several houses for a popular program, Habitat For Humanity. You do all the work and you’re pretty much babysat by real contractors. I learned all my skills from volunteering. I had zero experience and training when I signed up, but I’ve learned more from hands-on experience than I ever learned from a book.

Third: Check Your Budget If You Need Tools

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You don’t have to buy expensive equipment to do woodworking. Some of the basic tools you’ll work with are table saws, planers, bandsaws, jointers, and a router table.

Learn the correct techniques to use any piece of equipment, whether it’s manual or electric. When you decide what projects you want to take on, you’ll figure out which tools you need for said projects. For example, if you want to build a table, there are certain tools you’ll need.

You have to make sure you know how to use those tools, so as not to hurt yourself. Trust me. It only took one time for me to figure out that no matter how easy it seems to use a hammer, learning how to use it properly and practising your technique will save your hands from being bruised and possibly even broken.

If your budget is too tight for purchasing any kind of products, ask a friend or neighbour if you can borrow theirs, assuming they aren’t currently using it.

Fourth: The Right Materials Are Just As Important As The Right Tools

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If you try to build a shelving unit with low quality wood (or the wrong grade of lumber), you might come to find that those shelves won’t last very long. Go to your nearest lumberyard and ask for tips on what to buy.

The projects you’re working on will determine what materials you need, and the materials you have will determine what projects you can do. Do it yourself (DIY) projects are fun and whatnot, but don’t attempt to do expert projects with the wrong materials, which is what tends to happen with beginners who want to go pro. They have the habit of taking on projects that are too intricate and difficult for their level of experience.

Making a birdhouse to start can be just as satisfying as building a rocking chair. Finally, knowing what screw size you need is probably even more important than the lumber; the screws are one of the major factors that will keep your project from falling apart.

Fifth: Whittling (Carving) Covers All Of These Topics

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It’s something that is easy to learn, and is also highly useful. The materials are inexpensive and you can even turn wood whittling into an art form. No skill in the business of woodwork goes to waste.

The more you improve your carving skills, the more you can increase the difficulty in terms of details to all of your woodworking projects. This skill takes time, patience, and tonnes of practice. This might be one of the few times in which I recommend making a true investment.

If you’re not using high quality tools, it is a lot easier to hurt yourself, and it is much more comfortable and convenient to use better tools. Higher quality tools can make the act of carving relaxing and fun, but only with a decent knife and dry wood. Make sure the wood is dry, as using completely dry wood gives you more control of the carving. Anybody can learn wood whittling. It’s a skill to add to any woodworker’s repertoire.

Make sure to have fun, otherwise you might not enjoy woodworking as much as you’d hoped! If you enjoy what you do, you won’t see it as work. A final benefit of woodworking is adding additional skills to your resume. This creates more employment opportunities in your favour.

If you’ve enjoyed these woodworking tips and want to start your own project have a look at How To Make A Pallet Wood Laptop Stand or How to Make a DIY Drip Coffee Stand.

It’s March and the sun hasn’t really made an appearance yet, making this a great month to get on with some essential household jobs. Try to get these done before it gets sunny so you can be outside enjoying the sun come summer.

Exterior Caulking

Have a look around the exterior of your house to check the caulking around the windows and trim. If the caulk is loose or cracked it’s time to replace it and prevent any water or air leaks. Remove any old caulk using a putty knife and then clean off the surface. Before you apply the new caulk, ensure that the surface is dry so the caulk can adhere easily. Once your surface is ready, apply your caulk using a caulk gun. Apply in smooth motion using even pressure along the seam you are sealing. Use a wet finger to smooth your caulk and give it a nicely finished appearance.

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Check the Roof

On the next dry day, take the opportunity to get outside and check your roof. When checking your roof, ensure that you take appropriate safety precautions. Place your ladder on even ground to avoid accidents; check that it is not wobbly before climbing. Secure your ladder at the top to stop it slipping and always use both hands when climbing. If you are unsure about heights, you can also inspect a roof effectively using binoculars. In either case, if your roof is tiled with shingles, ensure than none are missing, broken or buckling. If you have asphalt shingles, check your gutters for an accumulation of gravel-like granules. A large amount of these granules indicates that your shingles may require changing. Lots of moss and lichen can also be a sign that shingles are decomposing. Finally, take a look at the flashing and prepare to change it if you see any cracking or spots.

Polish Wood Furniture

Wood furniture needs regular love to keep looking its best, but be careful with which polish you use. Do not mix wax and oil finishes as they can react and damage the appearance of your wood. Whatever finish you’re applying, first remove any build-up of old polish and then allow the wood to dry. Once the wood is dry, work your polish into the wood using a soft cloth, following the grain of the wood. Allow the polish to saturate and then add another layer if required, then remove excess with a soft cloth. If you are applying wax use the same approach, but allow the wax to set for an hour.

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Dust Lights

This is a simple task that is often overlooked or forgotten amongst all other chores. Take a couple of minutes to dust the light bulbs and fittings around your home to make sure you’re getting the best light level possible. Before you begin, switch off the light and allow the bulb to cool. Consider whether it is easier to dust in place or removed, and then do whichever feels most appropriate. Use a feather duster or lint-free cloth to wipe dust off the bulb, it is not advisable to use water as this can get into the electrics.


Check Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It’s recommended to check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors once a month. To check both detectors, enlist someone else to stand in another part of the house while you test. The alarm will always sound loud to you, but it may not be at full volume elsewhere. To test the batteries simply press the ‘test’ button, if it doesn’t sound then it’s time to replace the batteries. Check that the sensor is working using either an aerosol for the purpose or smoke from matches. If the alarm doesn’t sound when the sensor is being blocked, it needs to be replaced. To check a carbon monoxide detector, test the batteries by pressing the test button. To check that it is sensing carbon monoxide, you will need to use a testing kit. While you’re checking the detectors, it is good practice to give them a quick clean.

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If you’re interested in other monthly household guides check out the list for February.