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Rustic Bathroom Vanities To Upgrade Your Outhouse

Rustic bathroom style is in right now, and I for one am thrilled. Rustic bathrooms are so cozy, unique and nostalgic. It takes the best of nature, farmhouse chic, and craftsman characteristics and combines them to take a sometimes cold feeling space and makes it feel warm. Here are a few examples of unique rustic bathroom vanities that will upgrade your outhouse in a flash!

1. The Live Edge Slab Rustic Bathroom Vanity

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A live edge is when a slab of wood has not been cut on all sides and the natural edge of the tree is visible. This is an incredible feature to have in your home, whether it is your bathroom vanity, your kitchen countertop, island top, or kitchen table. It can be used in so many ways and is fairly affordable! Look for a local lumber yard to help you out. Now, just find the perfect vessel, undermount or drop in sink and you’ve got a rustic look instantly!


2. Bourbon Barrel Bathroom Vanity

 
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Living in Kentucky, Bourbon Barrels are a big part of our culture and heritage. We live in Bourbon country, and we’re proud of it. One great way to pay homage to our great state is by using bourbon barrels as a bathroom vanity! You can use an undermount or drop-in sink, but the easiest would be a vessel sink, as you only need to drill one small hole, and not much more. Regardless of where you live, this is a great rustic touch for a bathroom.

3. James Martin Driftwood Double Vanity

 
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James Martin Furniture Style Vanities are some of the most well made, beautiful pieces that we’ve seen for bathrooms. One style called “Savannah Driftwood” Is one of my very favorites for the rustic feel that it brings. Shop James Martin Vanities 50% off or more in our store today! Quantities are limited for many styles, but we can always custom order any James Martin Vanity that interests you.

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4. Industrial Farm Trough Bathroom Vanity

 
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This is such a creative idea! You definitely need some space to pull off this bathroom vanity, but how unique! Finding an old farm trough may be the hardest part, but after that, simply create some wood countertops, polyurethane of course, and add a stainless steel undermount sink (found here). Voila! Rustic bathroom accomplished.

5. Distressed Dresser Bathroom Vanity

 
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One of my favorite rustic bathroom vanity ideas is to take an old antique dresser, update it (or not) and add a vessel sink. It is pretty easy and painless. It adds a beautiful farmhouse chic feel to your bathroom that you just can’t find brand new.

Builders Surplus offers many bathroom vanity sink options. While many of our in stock and custom order products are online, the best deals are found in store. Quantities are limited, so stop by today! Bathroom Vanities in Louisville, Bathroom Vanities in Newport and Bathroom Vanities in Cincinnati are also available daily!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd
 

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10 Ways To Create a Spa Bathroom Design

Life is busy and at times stressful, which is why creating a spa bathroom design can be so crucial. Nothing is more important than your mental wellbeing, which can mean spending time to take care of yourself. How do you create the perfect spa bathroom design you might ask? Easy! Just read on below!

1. Stretch Out in a Soaker Tub

Soaker tubs are amazing for many reasons. One of them is the beautiful aesthetic they bring to your bathroom design. The other is the fact that you can truly stretch out! No one likes to be cramped in the tub, and soaker tubs prevent this from happening (to most people). They allow you to fully enjoy your soak and rest your back and neck on a much more comfortable surface.
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2. Continuous Tile For a Spa Bathroom Design

Running one tile choice on the floors, on the walls, and over the tub surround is a great way to create the spa bathroom design. Not only does it create the illusion of extra space, it keeps your eye running from one surface to the next, giving the space a continuous flow that is much more relaxing than a space that is broken up with many different elements.
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3. Captivating Candles

Candles are the ultimate in relaxation. Lighting a few candles, and keeping several for when those run out, will be the perfect way to add ambiance to your bathroom. It will help you ease in or out of the day, add a soothing aroma, and give a dim light that is not harsh on the eyes.
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4. Neutral or Calming Color Choices

This is an obvious choice, but your color choices will greatly impact your mood. A spa bathroom design does not feature bright red, orange, or yellow walls. If blues or greens are used, they are subdued shades, typically on the lighter spectrum. You can’t go wrong with a crisp white, a calming grey, or a subdued tan.
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5. Plenty of Storage

One thing really gets my nerves going, and that’s clutter. The surest way to make sure you can’t relax is to see  products spread out everywhere, with no place to go. Make sure you factor in shelves, closet or vanity space in your bathroom to create the spa bathroom you’re dreaming of.
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6. Sounds of Serenity

Sound can easily change my mood. Consider getting an iHome or some sort of device to plug your phone or mp3 player into. Create a calming playlist for times that you want to wind down. Or, consider getting a sound machine with sounds of the ocean, rain, or forest.
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7. Trey Fun

Setting up a trey with your favorite book, drink or essential oils is a great way to upgrade your bathroom experience. I always keep a clean wash cloth or hand towel to make sure I don’t dampen my pages!
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8. Scrubs & Salts

Having your favorite soaps, scrubs, bath bombs or salts is a great way to add another layer of aroma therapy and relaxation to your bathroom experience. Many of these have qualities that will sooth aching muscles or exfoliate your skin, making you feel super clean and your skin luxurious.
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9. A Beautiful Vessel

Vessel sinks are the ultimate in spa like luxury. They are functional and beautiful, and the sight on one of these bathroom favorites is sure to transport you to the spa mentality in a flash!
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10. Stepping Stones (Or add to walls)

Natural elements like stones in the bottom of your shower, or on your walls, is a great way to upgrade your spa bathroom design. Not only will they feel great on your feet, but they look great, and very zen.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and will use them to create a space that you truly want to spend time in! After all, we should enjoy the spaces in our homes and they should add to the beauty and happiness in our lives.


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of bathroom remodeling and spa bathroom design materials in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

Drop in, Undermount, Vessel, or Farm Sink?

The style of sink that you should choose for your kitchen or bathroom design is often a decision that baffles many homeowners. While there is no right or wrong answer, there are pros and cons to each type that you should be aware of before purchasing. The space that it will be installed also plays a part in the sink mounting option that you should choose. Lets dive in and see which style will work the best for your home and budget!

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Drop In Style:

A drop in sink is a sink that can be lowered easily into the space that is designated in the countertop. The rim of the sink extends over top of the counter, so that it rests on the counter top and supports the sink’s weight. Drop in sinks typically have clamps on them that are located underneath the sink the help to make it more secure. They might have holes for faucets, or the faucets may be mounted onto the countertop instead.
Pros:

  • A drop in sink is not effected by an irregular opening in countertop, such as chips, uneven cuts, etc.
  • If your countertop is made from a soft material such as marble or wood, a drop in sink will protect the edges of your countertops.
  • A drop in sink is typically cheaper than other sink styles.
  • Drop in sinks are some of the easiest to install, making them a great DIY project.

Cons:

  • Many people don’t like the look of drop in sinks. This is all personal preference, but many people like to see the edges of higher grade building materials like granite or quartz.
  • With a drop in sink, pieces of food can swept or stuck underneath the edges of the sink that sits on the countertop. This can lead to mildew, bacteria and a build up of germs that can be unhealthy.
  • They can be more difficult to clean on those same edges.

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Undermount Style:

Undermount sinks are named that because of the way that they sit UNDER the countertop. Instead of being dropped into a hole in the countertop, undermount sinks are installed under the counter and secured. Because of this, there is no rim between the countertop and sink. Undermount sinks come in a wide range of materials and can be found in single and double bowl configurations.
Pros:

  • An undermount sink is thought to be more beautiful than a drop in sink. This is because the line of your countertop is not interrupted by the edge of the sink and instead flows much better.
  • Clean up is easier in undermount sinks. Any food crumbs or spills can be swept right into the sink with no obstruction in the way, such as the edge of the sink.

Cons:

  • Undermounts often take at least twice the time to install as self-rimming models. They are not as easy to install yourself and can often take a professional to correctly adhere the sink and ensure no leaks and a secure bond.
  • They also require solid materials, such as granite or solid surfacing, since the counter material is exposed. You can install undermounts with butcher block countertops, but it is extremely important that the counters are sealed – we would suggest 5 times. This is because the wood edges will be exposed to moisture on a daily basis, which can cause damage.
  • Undermount sinks will be more expensive typically than your drop in sink options.

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Apron Front (Farm Sink) Style:

An apron front sink, also called a farm sink, has a very unique look because of its exposed front. It is a large sink that is fit into the counter top with the front edge of the sink being exposed. The farm sinks were designed to be added to a space cut out of the kitchen counter. This type of sink is traditionally quite large because it is designed to be used for multiple functions and cater to the needs of a large family, like those traditionally living on a farm.
Pros:

  • The look! Most people love the look of these nostalgic sinks. They are cozy and welcoming. It takes you back so a simpler time.
  • Very large, can easily wash pots and pans, along with other dishes all inside the sink.
  • Very durable.
  • Withstands splashes and spills
  • Eliminates leaning over to work over the sink – no countertop space in the middle.
  • If it’s damaged then the drain pipe would be removed and the entire sink could easily be replaced.

Cons:

  • The cost. These high style, high function sinks are often twice, if not more, than other styles.
  • If you don’t have a pull down faucet, it can be difficult to keep clean because it’s so large.

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Vessel Style:

A vessel sink is a design that is traditionally shaped like a bowl that sits on top of your counter, or can be installed onto a drain pipe coming out from a wall! While some people think that they’re a more modern design, they are actually more traditional as they mimic the basin style sinks of the past. Of course, there are many modern takes on this traditional design. Most vessels are used in bathrooms, but they have been used in kitchens as well.
Pros:

  • The look. These sinks are unique, so you can guarantee that they’ll be the focal point of any bathroom. They add a bit of glamour or interest to your space.
  • They can save space. They can open up more countertop space, or can be installed on a very skinny base, or directly out of the wall, making them ideal for small spaces.
  • They are removable. You can easily switch them out with a different style.
  • Very easy installation, ideal for a DIY project.
  • Comfort. They can be adjusted to the hight of the homeowner more easily.

Cons:

  • The splash. They tend to get water outside of the bowl more often than other sink styles.
  • Extra cleaning due to both sides of the sink being exposed.
  • Durability can be an issue. Since both sides are exposed, they are more susceptible to chipping.
  • Stability can also be an issue if not installed correctly.

I hope that your questions were answered and that your decision will be easier when looking for your next kitchen or bathroom sink! If there is anything we didn’t cover in regards to sink styles, feel free to ask us in the comments!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the top providers of kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks in the area. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd