Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Much Ado About What's New from Sunrise Specialty, Reggio Register, & Coastal Bronze

We are still in just the first week of spring but signs of life anew are popping through the snow that remains on the ground.  Yeah, spring is a time for renewal but what does that have to do with Shop 4 Classics?  Well, Shop 4 Classics is the home of old home renewal and new home restoration products are popping up on our website all the time.  So without further ado, here's what's new in old home restoration at Shop 4 Classics:

Sunrise Specialty Double Bowl Console Sink

Sunrise Specialty recently introduced a double bowl console lavatory sink.  This gracefully curved Victorian era reproduction console lavatory features two separate bowls that make it a great choice for his-and-hers bathrooms.  Despite being a spacious 47" wide, the openness of the double bowl console sink creates a sense of airiness that can't be accomplished with vanity sinks.  The Sunrise Specialty double bowl console lavatory sink is a great option for implementing his-and-hers bathroom floor plans without cramping small spaces.

Reggio Register Steel Air Return Grilles

The latest from Reggio Register is solid steel air return grilles.  Suitable for floors or walls, the steel grilles' square grid pattern matches the square grid pattern on the Reggio Register aluminum air return grilles.  Unlike Reggio Register's aluminum and cast iron air return grilles, the steel air return grilles are flat on the back.  The flat back means that the steel grilles are not self rimming but it also allows them to cover unusually sized ducts without modifying the duct opening.  The steel air return grilles have screw holes and include matching screws to secure them in place.  The steel air return grilles are available in black, gray, and silver.  Beauty, durability and performance are the hallmarks of all Reggio Register products and the new steel air return grilles are no exception.

Coastal Bronze Traditional Bronze Hardware

Coastal Bronze has been busy this spring adding new items to their collection of traditional bronze hardware.  New items include a lockable flip-over bronze gate latch, a bronze surface slide bolt, and a bronze cabinet bin pull.  All Coastal Bronze products feature rustic hand crafted designs cast in solid bronze and finished with a rich Arts & Crafts brown patina.  Coastal Bronze's old world restoration bronze gate hardware, bronze door hardware, and bronze cabinet hardware certainly make an impressive statement.

Say sayonara to Old Man Winter.  Spring is here and Shop 4 Classics is the place to shop for your spring home remodeling projects.  Visit the Shop 4 Classics' What's New page frequently for recently added items or just browse our complete catalog for unbeatable selection and discount prices.  And with that, we bid adieu to what's new.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Professional Installation of Wall and Ceiling Heat Registers And Air Intake Covers

Installing wall and ceiling vent covers is so easy that anyone can do it, right?  Sure, but there are a few "tricks of the trade" that can make your do-it-yourself installation look like it was done by a skilled professional.  Today, we will discuss installing wall and ceiling heat registers and air intake covers (or air return grilles) to provide a polished, professional appearance.

Choose registers and air return grilles with screw holes for wall and ceiling installations.  The screw holes will be necessary to secure vent covers to walls and ceilings.  Lightweight aluminum grilles work especially well for wall and ceiling vents.  Aluminum grilles are economical and can be painted to blend in with walls or ceilings or faux painted to provide a unique design element.  Shop 4 Classics recommends Classic Grills white aluminum registers and white air intake grilles or Reggio Register light gray aluminum air return grilles for custom painting.

If you are replacing an existing vent cover, remove it to expose the register box (ductwork).  If the vent cover has been in place for many years it may have paint built up around the edges.  Carefully score under the edges of the current heat register or air intake grille with a utility knife so it can be pulled away without damaging the wall or ceiling.  Unscrew the vent cover and lift it away from the register box.  Recycle.

Clean the inside of the register box with warm soapy water or a household cleaner.  Dishwashing detergent with a degreaser works particularly well for cleaning old ductwork.  Cleaning the register box behind the vent cover prepares the ductwork for painting.

Unless you are going for an industrial look or prefer the metallic gray backdrop of sheetmetal, paint the register box with a flat black spray paint.  The flat black paint will darken and soften the background behind the register or air intake.  Choose a direct-to-metal spray paint such as Rustoleum.  When painting ductwork behind a vent cover, it isn't so much the quality of the paint but the quality of the spray can.  Any ol' brand will work but cheaper paints often come in cheaper spray cans that can spit and sputter causing a bigger problem than they solve.  Mask around the duct opening to protect walls or ceilings from overspray.  Those skilled in the use of spray paint can shield around the register box with a piece of cardboard.

With the new vent cover in hand, run a light bead of painter's latex caulk around the bottom of the vent cover rim.  Latex caulk is recommended because it is easier to apply and clean up than silicone caulk.  Press the register or air intake grille in place over the vent opening.  All Shop 4 Classics vent covers with screw holes also include matching screws.  Secure the vent cover to the ceiling or wall with the screws provided.  Apply latex caulk around the edges of the grille where its edges meet the surface.  Smooth out the caulk seam with a damp paper towel.  The caulk not only helps to glue the vent cover to the wall or ceiling, it also provides a subtle seamless transition between the grille and the wall or ceiling.  This technique is especially effective for hiding gaps created by textured ceilings or uneven plaster and lathe walls.  Professional painters and trim carpenters use this same trick around door trim, window trim, and baseboards to correct for uneven walls.

Often, vent covers are installed as an afterthought that detracts from a room's appearance.  Following these simple tips will instead enhance walls and ceilings to create a professionally finished room.

The supporting images and many of the tips covered in today's post were provided by the vent cover experts at Classic Grills.  Classic Grills produces the finest art quality aluminum and bronze air intake grills and heat registers.  Each Classic Grills vent cover patterns feature a handcrafted look and feel that you and your guests will admire for many years to come.  Shop 4 Classics offers the complete catalog of Classic Grills heat registers and air return grilles.  In addition to discount prices and free shipping for orders over $100, Shop 4 Classics offers the HARDWARE5 promotion code for an additional 5% discount on Classic Grills orders of $500 or more or the HARDWARE10 promotion code for an additional 10% discount on Classic Grills orders of $1,000 or more.