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Ancona-Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity-Don Of All Trades

If your budget only allows to make one upgrade to your bathroom décor, consider a new bathroom vanity. Vanities are the focal point of any bathroom. Have you ever noticed how your eyes go right to the mirror? This happens because contemporary bathroom vanities convey the first impression of the room. You gain a great opportunity to get an excellent design return on investment by just simply upgrading one piece.

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently replaced an outdated bathroom vanity including the sink, countertop and faucet and replaced it with this new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model.

The Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity adds a charm to the bathroom décor.  The Seaside Cottage features two cabinet doors and a drawer fitted with soft-closing hardware. The cabinet space and full-extension drawer will help  keep  bath essentials tucked away while the ceramic countertop provides ample room for toiletries. Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters with 100% environmentally friendly rubber-wood; this premium quality vanity offers exceptional quality, durability and beauty.


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Other Features Include:
 Antique chestnut wood finish
  • 5 coats of stain applied by hand
  • 100% environmentally friendly rubber wood (no MDF or veneers)
  • Fully handcrafted by skilled carpenters

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Ceramic Countertop:
  • White ceramic countertop
  • 1-integrated sink
  • Drilled for a 1-hole spread faucet (standard hole size)
Soft-Closing Doors:
The Seaside Cottage is designed with two soft-closing cabinet doors which feature charming antique bronze pulls.
Ancona-Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity-Don Of All Trades
Soft-Closing Drawer:
 The Seaside Cottage is designed with one soft-closing cabinet drawer which features a charming antique bronze knob.
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Assembly required:
 Counter top needs to be affixed to the cabinet base
  • Door pulls and drawer knobs to be screwed into pre-drilled holes
 Mirror not included
  • Faucet and pop-up drain not included
Dimensions (W x D x H):
101.6 cm (40 in.) x 41.91 cm (16.5 in.) x 83.82 cm (33 in.)
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This project involved  removing the sink from the vanity. The  water supply lines did not have  shut off valves so we  install two of them.

The next step was removing  the counter top and the original anchored vanity. New vinyl tiles were installed where the old vanity was originally located.

Our client saved money on flooring costs due to the fact that they had saved left over tile from when the floor was originally installed. The floor was grouted  which resulted in a perfect match.

This new Seaside Cottage Bath Vanity Model was installed including the La Toscana Novello Single Handle Lavatory Faucet Model tie everything together.

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Glass & Stone Mosiac Kitchen Backsplash Tile Install By: Don Of All Trades

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There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Glass and Stone Mosaic Kitchen Backslash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

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Product:  Glass and Stone Mosaic Wall Tiles

Up for a DIY challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
  • When installing tiles, mix and match tiles from different cartons for a natural look.
  • If you are installing mosaic wall tiles in a shower, it is necessary to install a waterproof membrane.
  • Install any trim or profile strips before installing the mosaic wall tile.
  • Modified thin-sets are generally appropriate for mosaic wall tile installations. Pre-mixed thin-sets are not appropriate for bathroom installations, and should not be used for mosaics featuring glass wall tiles.
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions when applying modified thin-set and grout.

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So Here’s What We Did

  1. First step was to come up with a plan of where these tiles were going to be placed on the walls.

With the plan in place, we began our kitchen back-splash install by adding the first tile in the closest centre point of the wall, keeping in mind that the last tiles in each row would be wider than half a tile.

Tip: Always stop and check to make sure your tiles are level.

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There were some moments in this installation process where we had to cut a mosaic tile sheet from the back with a utility knife. With this type of tile, a wet saw with a  diamond blade was used to cut through the tiles.

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Setting material was  applied to substrate while using the notched side of a V-Notched trowel. Using the flat side of trowel, we smoothed out all ridges to achieve a consistent, even (1/8 inch) coverage.

Now comes the fun part!

We applied glass  mosaic sheets, mesh-side down, firmly into the freshly spread setting material while mixing and matching from assorted sell units to achieve a consistent variation. Using a rubber float to gently press the tile into the adhesive to ensure  a complete contact. Spacers where also used to maintain a set distance between the mosaic tile sheets.

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We marked measurement marks on the back of the sheets of tile in order to install the mosaic tile around  the light fixtures and electrical sockets.  Once the tiles where in place, we then measured the gaps around the sockets and used leftover pieces to fill in the gaps.

Spacers were removed once the adhesive had set.  Tiles were wiped with a clean sponge to remove any residual adhesive.

A premium penetrating sealer is recommended for a natural look referred by the manufacturers instructions  and was applied onto the stone only.

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After 24 hours, a mix of non-sanded tile grout was applied with a rubber float. Afterwards, the grout was evened out by wiping the tile with a wet sponge in a circular motion. Residual grout was cleaned with a clean sponge within 5-10 minutes of grout application.

After 12 hours, any remaining haze was polished off using a dry cloth.


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Glass and Stone  mosaics have been used to beautify buildings and homes for centuries. They can be incorporated into many designs to produce a stunning result.

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