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Adding a new, custom vanity is a great way to enhance the look and feel of the bathroom. But there are so many choices when it comes to vanities and cabinetry that it can be hard to narrow down your options. Read below for some tips on how to find the perfect vanity for your space.
Before you can shop for the perfect bathroom vanity, you have to decide where you want to put it. Consider whether or not there will be enough room for the bathroom door, shower door, and vanity doors to open. If you decide to place the vanity far away from other bath fixtures, you may have to change your bathroom’s plumbing before installing the vanity. California building code requires at least 15 inches from the center of the toilet to the edge of the vanity.
A vanity made from laminates, thermofoil, or wood veneers works well in the bathroom. Real wood will look the best, but it needs to be carefully sealed and lacquered to withstand the humidity of the bathroom. As you look for vanity tops, pick something that’s durable that doesn’t have difficult-to-clean grout, such as granite, onyx, and cultured marble.
Take stock of the bathroom items you reach for each day, and what you need to have nearby. This will help you determine how much storage you need. To take advantage of space that often goes unused, consider a hanging vanity with drawers. If you have small vanity cabinets, you can purchase extra cabinets to rest on the counters.
For optimal space efficiency, buy a custom-made vanity. This will allow you to customize the entire design, including the bowl size and placement. A high-quality custom vanity will revolutionize the look of your bathroom and add to the value of your home.
For more tips on how to select a vanity, come to Southern Lumber of San Jose, California. We have been in business since 1904 and have a wide range of specialty woods to offer you. For more information, call us at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website.
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When building projects, the cost of lumber can really add up, especially if you want to use a "premium" hardwood. But, there's an easy to way to create wood projects that look expensive, and still save money in the process. We invite you to check out poplar.
Reasons to Choose Poplar
Compared to softwoods like pine, poplar may seem pricey, but it sells for close to half the price of other premium hardwoods like maple, oak, or cherry. It's stable and it machines well, making it easy to work with. Plus, this wood species has fine grain with very few knots. Poplar is available in a variety of sizes at most home centers and lumberyards. What really makes poplar so special, though, is that it looks great painted, and it can be stained to look like other, more expensive woods.
The smooth texture and fine grain of poplar make it a great choice for any project that will be painted. Poplar takes both oil-based and latex paint extremely well. Paint looks very good on poplar and will easily disguise any imperfections. As with any wood, it's a good idea to prime first, and then apply a couple of light paint coats, instead of just applying one heavy coat.
Poplar also looks great stained. In fact, you can stain it to mimic the look of more much expensive woods. For a project that looks like it's built from mahogany, use light brown stain. To mimic cherry, use a red stain. To create the look of walnut, choose a dark brown stain.
Staining poplar can present some challenges. Regular oil stains can leave your project looking blotchy. Applying a "stain conditioner" to your wood before staining will help, but it will leave you with a much lighter finish.
To get the best-looking finish, go for a gel stain. Gel stain has a thick consistency like mayonnaise, so it doesn't soak right in and leave a blotchy look.
When using gel stain, you'll see intense color right away. It only takes one coat to get a deep, rich color on poplar. When applying gel stain, use a clean cloth with plenty of stain on it. As you apply the stain, streaks may appear. Don't worry; these can be removed with a clean cloth while the stain is still wet.
Apply the stain in a circular motion for maximum coverage. Then, wipe with the grain to remove the excess stain and produce an even color. After the stain dries, apply your favorite topcoat for a great-looking project – and only you may know that you didn't use a more expensive wood.
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Southern Lumber has offered the best service and selection in the San Jose, California area for over 100 years. Our family owned and operated company has a wide variety of specialty wood products in stock. We have interior and exterior doors that come with our worry-free door warranty. We have vanities, cabinetry, and flooring for your new home or remodeling project. At Southern Lumber we carry over 500 designs of mouldings, trim, fascia, and siding, and can custom order hundreds more for you. For your outdoor living space we also carry lighting, pergolas, post caps, deck railings, and more. We even have more than 600 square feet of decking at our new showroom.
To take a closer look at the outdoor living, decks, vanities, cabinetry, doors and other wood products we have to offer, visit our showroom in San Jose, California or our virtual showroom online. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (408) 297-9663.
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If you are shopping for a wood door for a closet inside your home, it’s important to invest in a high-quality design that will hold up over the years. At Southern Lumber we have dozens of closet slider and bi fold door options. We carry bi fold doors from leading brands such as Jeld-Wen, CraftMaster, TruStile, Simpson, T.M. Cobb, and the Millennium Collection. If you want genuine, natural wood, we have many different 2- and 4-panel configurations. You can even get a molded door that is beautiful, environmentally sound, long-lasting, and easy to maintain. Whether you opt for genuine or laminate wood, our quality products feel as sturdy as they look, and are designed not to shrink or split.
Southern Lumber of San Jose, California has sold tens of thousands of exterior & interior doors made from specialty woods for more than 100 years. Learn more about our history and our worry-free warranty by visiting our website. If you have any questions, give us a call at (408) 297-9663.
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If you are shopping for hardwood floors, you have a number of color options available to you. Make sure that the color you pick complements the prominent architectural features in your home, such as the stone on the fireplace or the color of the kitchen cabinets.
Stains can be used to minimize color variation if you want a more monochromatic look for your wood flooring. Darker colors are best if you have more light in the room, while lighter colors are good for creating a light, airy feel in a small room. Watch the video for more tips on choosing a color for your wood floor.
At Southern Lumber of San Jose, California we carry a wide range of wood flooring made from specialty woods. Call us today at (408) 297-9663 or visit our website to learn more about our wood flooring options.