|November 7, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Featured Products, In the News, New at NBS|
We are proud to announce that National Builder Supply supplied product for the latest episode of the hit HGTV/DIY Network television show Bath Crashers! If you’re not aware, Bath Crashers finds unassuming, real-life homeowners in hardware stores and gifts them with a complete bathroom makeover! In the most recent episode (804 – Treetop Tub), new homeowners Emily and James were shopping for a new faucet when they ran into Bath Crashers host and licensed contractor Matt Muenster. Watch as Matt finds Emily and James as they are trying to buy a new faucet.
The geometric Axor Citterio free-standing tub filler is the perfect contrast to the curved soaking tub. The attached handshower is great for washing hair while the chrome finish brings sparkle to the bathroom.
|November 1, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Giveaways|
Is your bathroom stuck in the sixties and full of ugly pink and avocado green tile? Did the previous homeowners describe the bathroom as “vintage” and “retro” when you would describe it as an “eyesore”? Sounds like your bathroom needs a makeover.
National Builder Supply is proud to partner with Pfister, American Standard, and Trans Globe to bring you The Ultimate Ugly Bathroom Contest. One lucky winner will receive the products needed for a complete bathroom makeover. Showerheads, sinks, faucets, vanity, toilet, and accessories can all be yours if your bathroom is the ugliest of them all.
Don’t have an ugly bathroom? You can still enter to win a Pfister showerhead and bathroom faucet of your choice!
Read below for how to enter.
1. Click Here
2. Follow the instructions as you are prompted on screen
3. If you want to win the complete bathroom makeover, be sure to include a photo of your ugly bathroom.
4. That’s it!
Giveaway ends 12/2/13. Grand prize and runners up will be drawn at random. Good luck!
|October 28, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Featured Products|
At National Builder Supply, we love our bloggers! That’s why we’re proud to partner with the best DIY, interior design, crafting, and lifestyle bloggers in the country. With the help of our top of the line brands, we’re able to assist bloggers with their home renovations. We are truly thankful for the outstanding support we receive from each of our blogger network partners. We want to take this opportunity to showcase the beautiful work they’ve done with their homes and introduce our bloggers to all of our readers.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite blogger reviews. Each blogger was send one of our products to review, but all opinions are their own. See what they said below.
Marian of the blog Miss Mustard Seed completed her bathroom renovation with our Moen Weymouth Widespread Bathroom Faucet. Of the faucet, she says “I’ve been dreaming of a faucet with cross handles and I’m quite smitten with it now that I have one.” How charming!
A Lovely Lark deserves a lovely kitchen indeed! Lauren went old school by upgrading her kitchen with this school house pendant from Progress Lighting. “I love the copper/bronze finish – it really adds character and helps to warm up the space” she says. We agree Lauren, looks great!
Documenting the renovations of her first home, Lauren of The Starter Home Diaries paired her new apron front sink with our Pfister Ashfield Bridge Faucet. Lauren gushes, “the faucet has all the bells and whistle of a “fancy” faucet, but with a clean, sleek, look”. We love the French-country handles ourselves.
This stunning Troy Lighting Morgan pendant is right at home in the gold and silver office of Destiny. On her blog, A Place for Us, Destiny writes “gorgeous on screen and gorgeous in person!! I love the way it ties everything in!”. We share your sentiments Destiny!
The four blog posts listed above a just the tip of the iceberg! For more from our bloggers, visit our Blogger Reviews Pinterest board.
If you are a blogger and would like to partner with National Builder Supply, send us a message on Twitter @NBSupply.
|October 25, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Buyer's Guides|
Under cabinet lighting is both practical and elegant. The soft glow of under cabinet lighting can create a romantic atmosphere at night or be strategically placed to highlight favorite dishes and collections. In kitchens, bathrooms, and offices, under cabinet lighting transforms previously unusable countertops into usable workspace without the need for ceiling clearance or wiring. Placed flush against upper cabinets, the source of under cabinet lighting is usually hidden, creating a sophisticated ambiance that increases home resale value.
Are you thinking about adding under cabinet lighting to your home? We’ve created a buyer’s guide to help walk you through the various lighting options on the market so you can compare, contrast, and ultimately be more knowledgeable and prepared when it comes time to purchase.
Under cabinet lighting is just as it sounds, lighting that originates from underneath cabinets. In most cases, under cabinet lights are attached to the bottom of wall-mount upper cabinets, usually in the kitchen, bathroom, or a home office. Of course, under cabinet lighting can also be placed on top of upper cabinets with light directed upward, or under the toe kick of lower cabinets. Under cabinet lighting illuminates countertops, desks, and tables underneath the upper cabinets, providing a useable workspace at night.
Under counter lighting is either battery operated or wired, with the lights themselves and any plugs hidden from view. To accomplish this, molding is usually applied to the bottoms and tops of cabinets to disguise the lighting. Under counter lights are typically low-profile so as not to show below the molding.
Types of Under Counter Lighting
There are several different types of under counter lighting, ranging from the easy to install and affordable to the high-end that may require professional installation.
Under Cabinet Puck Lights
Named because they resemble hockey pucks, under cabinet puck lights are small circular disks of light. Puck lights can range in price depending on the material and range of glow of the lights. Plastic pucks with three small lights, like these lights from Kichler, are more cost-effective than all-inclusive stylish lights like these from Sonneman. Some puck lights come in a pack, already wired together and including a plug for easy installation. Other lights are purchased individually and then wired with others directly into a transformer. Be sure to check if a puck light is sold in a pack of several or individually, as this can really affect your budget.
Under Cabinet Linear Lights
Linear lights are rectangular lights where the light, wiring, and on/off switch is included all in one unit. Usually made of plastic, linear lights are an affordable under cabinet option. One or two long linear under cabinet lights can be enough for a small kitchen and multiple, smaller linear lights can be used throughout a large kitchen.
Under Cabinet Strip Lights
Under cabinet strip lights are thin bands of plastic where small bulbs are built right into the plastic. The most common strip lights are rope lights, which are an affordable option for rentals where lights cannot be installed or wired. For a more permanent solution, LED strip lights are a great option. Unlike rope lights, the LED bulbs of strip lights shine farther and much wider, for a more solid glow. LED strip lighting can be slightly tricky to install as the strip of lights only works above the cut (see below for more details).
LED vs Non-LED
Many lighting manufacturers are now using LED bulbs for their under cabinet lighting. LED lighting emits very little heat making it a great choice for the kitchen, traditionally the warmest room in the home. LED lighting also lasts years (up to 17 years if run 8 hours per day) eliminating the need to replace hard to reach bulbs and fixtures where the bulb is built into the light. LED lighting is also cheap to run and will not significantly increase your electric bill. This is especially important to justify the costs of “non-essential” lighting like under cabinet lighting.
LED Tape Lights
Thin, flexible LED tape lights are sold on a roll. Certain LED lighting can be lit multiple colors for fun during on special occasions and holidays. Available in various lengths, the tape sticks to cabinets and can be cut to fit a specific width. It should be noted, however, that once cut, the rest of the tape is rendered unusable. This means that if a 16 foot long strip of LED tape light is cut from a 20 foot long spool of LED tape light, the remaining 4 feet of LED tape light cannot be used and will not light. It is highly recommended that measurements be taken before purchasing LED tape light to prevent as much left over tape as possible, therefore reducing waste and saving your budget.
Powering and Wiring Under Cabinet Lighting
When selecting under cabinet lighting it is important to consider the power source of the lights. Battery powered lighting is the easiest solution, however batteries must be replaced often which can be a pain as under cabinet lighting is hard to reach. Hard-wired and plug-in lighting is the smart alternative. While hard-wiring takes a little more effort upon installation, once wired, you won’t need to bother with your lighting after the initial install.
Under cabinet lighting is often sold in packs (like these puck lights from Sea Gull), wired together and includes a plug. To use these lights, you will need a hidden outlet somewhere near or inside your upper cabinets. Outlets used for built-in microwaves can also be used for under cabinet lighting. Simply plug in the lights and enjoy!
If your lighting is not already pre-wired to a plug, you will need to hard-wire your lighting. We recommend hiring an electrician for this. The professionals can connect your under cabinet lighting together and hard-wire them so any cords or wires are hidden. Even better, they can connect your under cabinet lighting to a switch for the ultimate convenience. If you attempt to hard-wire under cabinet lighting yourself, be sure to call the lighting manufacturer beforehand for advice.
For an example of a quick under cabinet light install, check out this video from DIY Network:
We hope this guide has left you better informed about under cabinet lighting. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or call our Home Help Team at (866) 355 – 0310 to speak with a trained professional.
|October 18, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Trend Watch|
Take a dip into the cool side of the color wheel with purple in the bathroom! On the walls, towels, and even the tub, purple is quite a versatile color. Pale lavenders paired with rich linens create a romantic atmosphere while dark, rich violet generates a gothic, almost masculine room. Pair with a neutrals to make purple the centerpiece of the bathroom or sprinkle purple around the room through accessories and lighting as an accent color. However you use it, there’s no denying your bathroom will look fabulous with the addition of purple.
We’ve rounded up our favorite examples of purple in the bathroom. Browse below for inspiration!
This Boston bathroom is small on space but not lacking in charm! Because the marble tile reaches halfway up the wall, the bathroom can handle purple paint and accessories without being overwhelmed by the bold color.
Carey Karlan of Greenwich, Connecticut’s Last Detail Interior Design used a shiny mirror, faucet, and accessories to reflect the beautiful thistle color of this powder room. For a similar pedestal sink, click here.
Studio M Interior Design offers this cost-effective solution to creating a statement in the shower. Since colored subway tiles are usually more expensive than white tiles, concentrate your colored tiles to one location like the ceiling for a showstopping bathroom that doesn’t break the bank!
For more bathroom inspiration, visit our Beautiful Bathrooms Pinterest board. Which bathroom is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
|October 16, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Giveaways|
What does the heart of the home mean to you? Is it the kitchen, where everyone gathers during parties, or in front of the fireplace, where the entire family sits on Christmas morning? Well, we want to know!
National Builder Supply is proud to partner with Hansgrohe for their #heartofthehome promotion. And to celebrate, we’re giving away one Hansgrohe Talis C kitchen faucet!
Find out how to enter below. For an additional chance to win, upload a photo of what you think the heart of the home is on Instagram with #heartofthehome in the description!
1. Click here
2. Follow the instructions
3. Receive your discount
4. That’s it!
One winner will be chosen on October 30. Good luck!
|October 14, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Trend Watch|
When you think of green kitchens, water-saving faucets and eco-friendly dish soap may come to mind. But what about the actual color? Whether it’s a small hint of the leafy hue on dishes or the grassy tint splashed across the walls, green is a hit in the kitchen! As so many delicious foods are green, the kitchen is the perfect room to “go green”.
Are you trying to incorporate the color green into your kitchen? Get inspired with our collection of gorgeous green kitchens below!
Designer Barbara Bestor used green on the kitchen cabinets in this Silver Lake, California home. By keeping the walls neutral, the green makes a statement without being overwhelming.
Avocado green shouldn’t be left in the seventies! This kitchen, featured in Better Homes and Gardens, perfectly demonstrates how avocado can appear fresh and modern while balanced with white and wood.
By focusing green to just one appliance, this kitchen truly packs a punch with it’s vintage green stove. As the stove is vintage, it will never go out of style and will be useful for years to come.
When using such a vibrant shade of green, concentrate the color on one section of the kitchen and keep the rest neutral. For a similar light fixture, try the Progress Lighting One Pendant Light.
Paint the walls green! Colored wall paint is a great option as it can easily be repainted when it comes time to sell the house.
By limiting the green to the kitchen island, ceiling, and accessories, this kitchen is country chic!
Small kitchens don’t need to be void of color! This kitchen used green strategically to be colorful without being overpowering. Find similar cabinet pulls here.
By bringing green subway tile all the way to the ceiling, this kitchen is sophisticated and straight out of a magazine (literally)! Quite a commitment to green, this is a classy way to showcase your love for the earthy hue. For a similar faucet, click here.
Which kitchen is your favorite? For more kitchen inspiration in all colors of the rainbow, visit our Kitchen Kismet Pinterest board!
|October 11, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Trend Watch|
Halloween is around the corner, are you ready to celebrate? Have you chosen a costume, planned your party, and decorated your home? Parties and costumes aren’t our specialty, but we can help you decorate your home for the spookiest night of the year! There’s no reason to break the bank to properly celebrate All Hallows Eve. We’ve rounded up some of the easiest crafts and décor options you can do to make your home the scariest on the block. Click the photos for instructions.
Party store crepe paper streamers and poster board were the only items needed to create this mummified front door. It’s a fantastic way to greet trick or treaters without being scary.
Blogger Courtney of A Diamond in the Stuff used three plastic pumpkins, glitter, spray paint, and wood letters to create a Halloween topiary that can be used year after year.
Three black frames from the dollar store and Halloween themed window clings make for bewitching wall art. Swap the window clings to use this art for other holidays!
Black trash bags and scissors are all that is needed to make these sinful spiderweb decorations!
Put your wheelbarrow to work this October! Add plastic skeleton parts to a wheelbarrow full of dirt to give your home the illusion of being an ancient graveyard.
What a “boo-tiful” wreath! Use ribbon and foam letters to create a festive wreath that can be used for years!
A couple used cardboard boxes left over from a recent move to create monsters in the window! Goes to show you don’t need to spend a lot to create a a spooktacular home!
Do you have any crafty ideas for Halloween home decor? Share in the comments below! And for more spooky home ideas, visit our Halloween Decor Pinterest board.
|October 9, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Giveaways|
Introducing Dunwoody Duluth, the newest name in designer luxury sinks! Available exclusively at National Builder Supply, Dunwoody Duluth sinks are top of the line. Made of thick stainless steel, Dunwoody Duluth sinks can withstand the daily wear and tear of the kitchen. Even better, most Dunwoody Duluth sinks include a wire bottom grid to protect your sink from dings and dents.
To celebrate our new partnership with Dunwoody Duluth, National Builder Supply is giving you the chance to win a luxury kitchen sink for yourself! Just follow the instructions below to enter.
1. Click Here
2. Follow the Instructions
3. That’s it!
Giveaway ends 10/16/13. Good luck!
|October 4, 2013||Posted by Rachael under Buyer's Guides, Pro Tips, Thinking Green|
With rising costs and economic uncertainty, we all want to save money on our utility bills. Little changes to our shopping habits can make a big difference. Buying energy efficient light bulbs not only help your wallet, they help the planet as well.
Currently, there are two leading energy-efficient light options on the market – LED and CFL. Both choices have been getting lots of buzz from politicians, industry professionals, and the media lately. But exactly what is the difference between the two and which is a better value? And do they outperform traditional incandescent bulbs? We have investigated so you don’t have to! Read below for our findings.
What are LEDs?
Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs, are semi-conductors that light when charged. LED lights emit a very low amount of heat compared to other lighting options. The lights themselves are designed to dissipate the little heat they give off, which makes them perfect for the warmest room of the house – the kitchen.
The light of LEDs shines through a filter to create the ideal shade for your room. It is not uncommon to see these filters when the light is unli,t however not all LED bulbs and filters have visible filters. It usually does not matter if the filters are visible in outdoor lighting however hidden filters are ideal for pot lights and other exposed bulbs.
LED lighting has a much longer life than traditional light bulbs, with the average lifespan of an LED being 50,000 hours compared to 1,200 for an incandescent bulb. 50,000 hours is given as the lifespan of LEDs because that is when the human eye is able to notice a difference in lighting. LEDs can in fact be used for much longer, they just will not burn as bright as they originally did when first lit.
Pro Tip: Each LED lighting fixture has a Kelvin rating. 2700 Kelvin is the warm color Americans are used to in our homes. 3000 Kelvin is the color halogen lighting gives off. 4000 Kelvin is the white color associated with indoor lighting in Europe, also known as crisp white. Be sure to check the Kelvin rating of your LED bulb or fixture for your preferred lighting.
Today many light fixtures are sold with built-in, non-replaceable LED lights. This is especially true with outdoor lighting. Be sure to do the math before you decide to pass on LED lighting because you cannot change the bulb! As mentioned above, the average LED light has a lifespan of 50,000 hours – that’s almost 6 years if the light is on 24/7/365! If the light is on 8 hours per day, say an outdoor spotlight only on at night, that’s over 17 years! Over 17 years of not having to change a light bulb is a great value, especially when a traditional incandescent bulb will only light for 1,200 hours, or 50 days if lit 24/7.
What are CFLs?
Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFLs, are just as their name suggests, small fluorescent lamps. Like all fluorescent lamps, CFLs consist of tubes filled with mercury vapor that is energized to shine light. The mercury in CFLs make them a health risk if broken and must be properly disposed of once broken or dead. Click here for more details on CFL and fluorescent lighting disposal.
Like LEDs, CFL light bulbs cost more than traditional incandescent light bulbs but last longer. CFLs have a lifespan of 8,000 hours or slightly less than a year if lit 24/7. If lit 8 hours per day CFLs should last for almost 3 years.
Experts estimate CFLs can save over 5 times their initial purchase price due to the reduction in home energy bills. US News and World Report poses this simple explanation of CFL savings: “A household that invested $90 in changing 30 fixtures to CFLs would save $440 to $1,500 over the five-year life of the bulbs, depending on your cost of electricity. Look at your utility bill and imagine a 12% discount to estimate the savings.”
Pro Tip: While most commonly associated with swirled light bulbs, CFL light bulbs are available in a variety of styles, many that look like traditional incandescent bulbs. Visit your local hardware store to see the various bulb options available in CFL.
Just like LEDs, each CFL bulb has a Kelvin rating. Soft White CFLs usually have a range of 2500 – 3000 Kelvin and emit a warm light similar to what Americans are used to with incandescent bulbs. Bright White CFLs have a Kelvin rating of 3500 – 4100 and are like the crisp white lighting usually found in Europe. Daylight CFLs mimic natural sunlight. With a Kelvin rating of 5000+, daylight CFLs are best for reading.
The Pros and Cons
As with any purchase, there are pros and cons to both LEDs and CFLs. One con they both share is price. Both lighting options cost more upfront (starting at $8 for a CFL bulb and $12 for an LED bulb), however they last much longer than incandescent lights and reduce your energy costs, resulting in bulbs being able to pay for themselves in months.
As mentioned previously, a large con of CFLs are their disposal. Because they contain mercury, CFLs cannot be thrown in trash that will end up in landfills or recycled along household goods. Instead, they must be dropped in special collection sites. Home Depot and Lowes both offer CFL drop-offs for disposal.
The pros of both are their energy savings. It is estimated that running 30 CFLs in a home will cost $76 per year while 30 LEDs cost $32 per year (30 incandescents would cost $329 per year). Both bulbs can be used in traditional lamps and do not need to be replaced as often as traditional bulbs.
For more on the pros and cons of CFLs and LEDs, consult the chart below.