Entryway Mirror Ideas to Decorate Your Foyer

Man invested mirrors for one purpose – to look at so we can preen ourselves.  Well, my video below talks about mirrors in a whole new light:  entryway mirror ideas to decorate your foyer.  Click on the video in the middle (on the arrow) to watch the full video:

Entryway Mirror Ideas

Everyone can agree that the entry or foyer area is one of the most important areas of your home.   Everyone (friends, guests, neighbors) come into your home through this one area.  So let me give some great ideas of how to use mirrors to really jazz it up.  Make that area pop and stand out.

What are Ways to Decorate My Entry with Mirrors

  • Oversized Mirrors:  Use large, oversized mirrors.  This makes a dramatic statement.  
  • Frame the Mirrors: Think creatively by framing any size mirrors uniquely.  They literally transform into a piece of artwork.
  • Multiple Mirrors:  If you aren’t a fan of one large, oversized mirror, then go with many smaller mirrors (framed of course).  And place them either on a collage-type of setting or throughout the whole area.

How to Get More Light in My Foyer

  • Strategically place one, oversized mirror or many mirrors in locations that can reflect incoming natural light from windows nearby.  Natural light comes into and then bounces off the mirror and sometimes even many mirrors.  This gives the area a huge boost in light.
  • Intentionally place mirrors near artificial light such as a chandelier or tabletop lamps.  Instantly, in the evening, the mirrors lite up the entry very well.   The artificial lights are playing off the one oversized mirror or many mirrors on the walls.

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Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on getting your entryway updated such as painting your 2-story foyer, give me a call.  We can hang any mirrors that you have up at that time.  You can enjoy mirrors in your entry in a whole new way.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my video on entryway mirrors ideas to decorate your foyer.

Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile | Key Differences in Bathroom Tile Types

You’ve finally made the choice to remodel your bathroom.  But you are confused on the key differences in bathroom tile types.  Porcelain tile vs ceramic tile is the big question you have to deal with.  Watch the video below to get the full list of which choice is the best for your bathroom.

Porcelain Tile vs Ceramic Tile

So which tile works best for you?  Let’s go over them both and you decide which one is best.

Ceramic Tile

  • cost-effective
  • not as dense – could crack or chip
  • easier to work with for DIY’er 

Porcelain Tile

  • more expensive than ceramic tile
  • Denser – more durable
  • need more skill and knowledge to cut and lay it

Where to Install Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

So if you look at the lists above, you will start to understand where are the best locations to install each bathroom tile type.

Because ceramic tile isn’t as dense and could crack or chip, you should install in areas that do not get heavy use or lots of traffic.  Great locations are:

  1. Countertops;
  2. Backsplash
  3. Accent areas.

Porcelain tile is more durable, so you should be safe to install on:

  1. bathroom floors
  2. Shower floor; and
  3. Shower walls.

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If you need an estimate on updating your bathroom, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my video on the differences of bathroom tile types: porcelain tile vs ceramic tile.

Donating When Remodeling Bathroom & Kitchen

So many of my customers get a sense of overwhelming guilt just tossing out their gently used bathroom vanities, mirror, toilets, and lighting fixtures right into the dumpster.  Donating when remodeling is a great solution to this guilt you feel.  Check out the video below for the full set of ideas of repurposes your bathroom fixtures in a greener manner:  Click video in the middle on the arrow to play it:

Donating When Remodeling

Let’s go over a few questions I get:

  • “Where can I donate my bathroom fixtures?” 
    • Answer:  Habitat for Humanity, Restore storefronts are in most cities.  It is a great place for you to donate and for others to purchase this gently-used bathroom or kitchen fixtures at a fraction of the cost
  • “Where can I sell my bathroom or kitchen fixtures?”
    • If you are willing to store your items for a bit and have a stranger come into your home, post your items for sale on:
      • eBay;
      • Craig’s List; and even
      • Facebook has communities to sell your used items
  • “Will scrappers take my metal tubs and metal sinks at the curb?”
    • If you have a large dumpster, just put your metal sinks, tubs, and anything else metal on the side by the curb area (up on your property, not in the street).  I guarantee the night before garbage day, it will be gone within 2 hours!

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Granite vs Quartz Kitchen Countertops – Pros and Cons When Remodeling

When remodeling your kitchen, you have two choices for countertops:  granite vs quartz kitchen countertops.  Check out the video below [click on the arrow in the middle] to play Mark’s full video:

Granite vs Quartz Kitchen Countertops

There are many reasons to consider when deciding on whether to install granite vs quartz kitchen countertops.  First of all, the quartz countertop is virtually maintenance free [ video link – 0:48.5 ] while the granite countertop you have to seal yearly.  Secondly, both can be stain resistant [ video link –1:16.6 ] if you keep the granite sealed regularly.  If you think you won’t keep up the sealing, then the granite can get stained from food and wine over time.  Quartz would be your best bet.  Granite and quartz countertops can have varying overall looks [ video link 1:44.0 ].  The quartz will have a consistent pattern flow because it is man-made.  The granite will have varying degrees of look due to it being a naturally produced product.

Mark’s Choice – Granite vs Quartz

While I love the natural look of granite, quartz would be my choice.  My wife loves granite and it’s natural beauty but has chipped it over the past 3 years due to how much we use our kitchen for entertaining.  Probably the next time we remodel our kitchen, we will spend the extra money and install a quartz countertop due to its durability.  Just depends on your lifestyle.

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Natural Stone – Which Tile Types Should You Use?

There are so many different tile types to pick from.  The video below will go through the pros and cons as well as where to install the most common tile types:  ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone.  Click on the middle of the video to watch it.

Different Tile Types

  • Ceramic tile is one of the most common of all the tile types is ceramic tile.  It is made from clay, sand, and water.  The biggest downside to ceramic tile is that it breaks and chips pretty easily.  The great thing is that is a good “budget tile” to pick.  Just use this cheaper tile in areas of low traffic and you shouldn’t have to worry about chipping or breaking.  Some areas to consider might be a backsplash, fireplace surround or shower areas. [ video link:  2:10  ]
  • Porcelain tile is also made from clay, sand, and water, but the clay is denser.  This makes it for durable and one of the most commonly installed tiles.  You can use porcelain tile inside and outside, and used for flooring or in shower surrounds. [ video link:  4:15  ]
  • We install marble tile not as often, but typically as an accent in kitchens in a backsplash.  Customers choose marble tile when they want a more natural stone and an earthy feel.  It is versatile and can be used inside and outside. [ video link:  7:24  ]
  • Tile blends such as glass, stone, metal blends (sometimes called mosaic tile blends) are easy to install because of the fiberglass mesh backing. [ video link:  11:10  ]

2017 Tile Trends

Tile trends come and go.  I tend to like to go with a more classic approach to tile, but some tiles you can go with the current trends and switch out a new tile as the styles change over time.  I would say go with a classic approach to your flooring and bathroom surround tile.  But the coolest thing to do a tile trend is for your kitchen backsplash.  It isn’t too expensive to take out and install new backsplash as the styles change over the years, and you feel like you have a new kitchen.  I feel the 2017 tile trends are leaning to porcelain tile with larger tiles for the floor and shower surrounds.  Also, glass mosaic blends are the tile trends for the kitchen backsplash.  [ video link:  12:30  ]

If you need an estimate to replace your existing tile, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick video on the different tile types.  Let me know if you have any questions but hopefully, you’ve seen the pros and cons of the different tile types to choose from.

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Comfort Height Toilet vs Standard Toilet

Is there really a difference when sitting down on a comfort height toilet?  How can 1-2 inches of height on your toilet make it so much better?  Let’s look at the video below and see why!  [Watch the video below by clicking on arrow in middle of photo.]

Comfort Height Toilet vs Standard Height

I wouldn’t have believed it myself until I actually installed a comfort height toilet (sometimes called raised toilet) at my own house.  After using this raised toilet and then using the standard height toilet in another bathroom in my own house, that lack of 2 inches made me feel like I was falling to the ground.  Comfort height toilets are the best!  No joke!

Benefits of Comfort Height & Add-Ons

Let’s go over a few benefits and add-ons that you should consider when updating your bathrooms with new toilets:

  • Comfort height toilets are about 2 inches taller than your standard toilet.  As you go up in age, it is so much easier to get off the throne to stand up.  Trust me.  I have bad knees, and this is a life-saver! [ video link: 0:57.7 ]
  • At the same time of installation, get a soft-close toilet seat.  You will love that it is silent and won’t make any noise at all. [ video link:  1:19.6 ]
  • They now have lighted toilet seats and built-in air fresheners.  Might sound silly, but the built-in seat could be a great “night light” for safety when you are getting up in age or for the younger children who get up in the middle of the night. [ video link: 1:40.5 ]
  • Don’t forget to install a new supply hose upon installation.  [ video link:  2:02.6 ]

If you need an estimate on updating your bathroom, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Restoring Bathroom Vanities and Bathtubs

Let’s take a look at a few ideas of how to do some restoring bathroom vanities and bathtubs.  Check out my video below:

Restoring Bathroom Vanities and Bathtubs

You don’t have to break the bank when remodeling.  Let’s go over a few ideas to restore certain parts of your bathroom to make it updated, with a cost-effective method in mind.

  • Painting – This is a great cost-effective solution instead of installing a new vanity.  If your old vanity is in decent shape but is outdated, then paint.  This is the most cost-effective way to update your bathroom.  [ video link:  2:10.0 ]
  • Hinges & Door Handles – If your cabinets are in good shape or you just painted them, install new hinges and door handles.  This is a great way to update the look in your bathroom, believe it or not! [ video link:  4:45.0 ]
  • Cabinet Refacing – Paint the “skeleton”/frame of the cabinet, and then have brand new doors installed. [ video link:  5:25.0 ]
  • Reface the bathtub.  This is a great solution to do if you are going to move in the next 2-4 years or if you don’t use the bathtub that much at all. [ video link:  8:32.0 ]

If you need an estimate on updating your bathroom, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the St. Charles, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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What are some of the best home remodeling to increase home value?  Watch Mark’s video below for his short list of ways to boost your home’s value!

Best Home Remodeling to Increase Home Value

Let’s go over this short list of ways to boost your home’s value without breaking the bank. Some projects are less expensive than others.  While others you might spend a bit more, but is sure worth the investment.  Let’s take a look:

Front Door – You can go two ways with this.  You can either repaint or restain your front door.  If the door is in bad shape, then having a new front door and storm door installed is an excellent investment. [ video link:  0:20.0 ]

Kitchen Upgrade – I am not talking about a full remodel, but upgrading some of your selections.  You can do your kitchen over a 1-2 year period of time, as your budget allows.  [ video link:  0:39.0 ]

Additional Basement Bedroom – This is super cost effective.  It is also great because it is adding living space to your home, which is great for the future resale value.  [ video link:  1:02.0 ]

Deck & Patio Area – Most people are updating their deck and patio areas with outdoor cooking spaces with granite countertops, outdoor appliances, and wet bars.  [ video link:  1:17.0 ]

Garage Upgrades – This can be a great way to repurpose your old kitchen cabinets if you are remodeling your kitchen.  Take the old kitchen cabinets and have some of them installed in the garage.  Then, you can either repurpose or get a new countertop for the garage.  Another way is to have an epoxy floor put in.  This is a definite resale value booster but tends to be on the higher side. [ video link:  :34.0 ]

LED Lighting – you can have your current lights get switched out with LED lights throughout.  That is the least way to go.  If you want a larger investment, you can install LED can lights.  This is an amazing look!  

Give me a call if you need any help upgrading your home.  My team and I have been serving the Plainfield, St Charles, Naperville, Joliet, Shorewood, Warrenville, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Best Interior Painting Products | Secrets of Pro Painters

Want the full list of the best interior painting products for your DIY projects?  Watch my video below for the list of my go-to Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore products to use.

Best Interior Paint Products

Let’s get right down to business and give you the full list of my best interior paint products I use on most of my projects over the past 30 years.

  • Garz Primer – This is a great primer for grease stains, applying over bare drywall, and after you’ve removed wallpaper  [ video link:  2:02.1 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Extreme Bonding Primer – same as the list above, great for getting paint to really adhere [ video link:  3:03.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams CHB flat latex paint – This is great for ceiling and closet painting.  But not a washable product.  Covers well and levels well.  Note, you will need a 2-coat application.   [ video link:  4:28.0 ]
  • Benjamin Moore Regal Select paint –   I like the matte and eggshell finish.  Use eggshell for bathrooms, kitchens, high traffic areas.  This paint levels really well dries down perfectly.  Great wall paint.  [ video link:  6:08.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Duration Home paint – I love the matte finish.  This paint wears well and levels well.  It also washes up great. I love it.  It gives you a flat look but at the same time has a bit of sheen. Great wall paint. [ video link:  7:38.0 ]
  • Sherwin Williams Pro Classic paint  – This is a great trim paint.  I don’t like a lot of sheen on trim work, so I go with a satin finish.  This paint levels well.  Note:  make sure you don’t put it on too heavy.  [ video link:  9:30.0 ]
  • Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo paint – this paint brushes on well.  It is a water-based product.  It is great for brush-and-roller.  This paint wears well and levels nice.  It looks beautiful if you need to do a spray application.   [ video link:  10:28.0 ]

If you need any help or need an estimate for your interior painting projects, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Plainfield, Naperville, St Charles, Warrenville, Joliet, Shorewood, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Preparing for Professional Painters

It should only take you one to two hours preparing for professional painters.  it just depends on how much you have in your room, and where you will be storing these items for the duration of the project.  Watch the video below:

Preparing for Professional Painters

Let’s go over the quick list of what you need to do to get ready for the painters when doing interior painting projects:

  • Blinds & Window Treatments – Take both of these down and move them out of the room.  Make sure you mark them so you know what window they are to re-installed.  TIP:  This is a great time to clean the blinds and window treatments or send them off to the dry cleaners. [ video link:  0:19.0 ]
  • Electronics – Remove all electronics from the room.  Electronics do not do well with dust, so get the TV, computers, and printers out the room, and cover them up.  [ video link:  0:28.1 ]
  • Pictures – If you want holes filled, take out the picture hooks.  If you are planning on leaving artwork in the same area, then leave picture hooks up.  [ video link:  0:40.0 ]
  • Pets – Arrange for pets to be safely placed in another room or another floor.  TIP:  This is a great time to have the dog or cat go to the groomers or vet for a visit. [ video link:  1:19.0 ]

If you need any help or need an estimate for your home to have some interior painting work, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Joliet, Shorewood, Naperville, Plainfield, St. Charles, Warrenville, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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