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These 3D Floors Will Have You Trippin Out

You thought your fancy marble tiles were impressive enough huh? Imagine walking into a bathroom and feeling like you just slipped into a tropical underwater paradise, or the floor of a sunken battleship.

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There’s a new trend in bathroom flooring and it comes in the form of 3D epoxy polymer, a special material that creates an incredibly realistic perception of depth that just might terrify your young children, not to mention any unsuspecting guest you have over.

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The technique involves layering any desired image on the level floor and covering it with a transparent two-component polymer that gives it depth. Imperial Interiors, the company behind these fantastic installs, says the technique was originally used in mall displays. Now we’re seeing it invade people’s bathrooms, and even extending into their other living spaces in a most creative fashion.

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Your cat will no doubt become incredibly frustrated with your new interior decorator.

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The floors aren’t limited to bathrooms either – consider a tropical paradise theme in your wine bar perhaps.

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The sense of depth in some of the applications is simply astonishing!

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One of my favorites is the flooding water shooting from beneath the bathtub.

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Don’t mind Flipper saying hello while you do your business.

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Take it to the next level by applying images to the walls, cabinets, even the ceiling.

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There’s no doubt how cool some of these floors are. Our biggest concern though is they might be so distracting while taking a leak that you forget where you’re aiming…

How to Make a DIY Pallet Bed Frame

One of the home furniture items in which you might need to invest big money is the bed. Go to any mattress store and you’ll find prices ranging from a thousand bucks on the low end to $5,000+ or more! Bed frames, especially those made of hard wood, are quite expensive, and if you need to furnish several rooms, the cost can make a dent on your pocket. Why not recycle pallet wood to make a sturdy and attractive bed frame instead? Here is how this DIY pallet project can be done.

Here’s a good example using six pallets that demonstrates just how simple it can be to make:

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Commercial movable bed frames are quite costly, but if you know how to use hammer, plane, nails, sander, and paint brush, you can save a lot of money by using pallet wood from discarded crates. For a bed frame, pallet wood pieces that are in good condition would be the best choice. They must be thick and sturdy to support the weight of one or two people. Consider the size of the bed you’re planning on using – a full, queen, or king size will each require a slightly different amount of pallets.

The head board can be made from two pallets put together to form a double purpose headboard, which will be a support and a storage place for items you always want to be close to you when you sleep such as your mobile phone or tablet, headset, charger, books, and magazines.

Determine the size of the bed and make the frame by nailing wood planks together. Then, make the head board from wood planks as well. Design the head board in such a way that there are recesses to contain gadgets, books, and magazines. After finishing the frame and headboard, apply paint. White is ideal, but using a color that matches the paint of the room will be fine. Then, attach metal wheels to make it easy for the bed to be moved.

This DIY bed frame from pallet wood will be a treasure to your home and could last for many years. And if the time comes when you need to get rid of it in a move or something, it won’t be that hard considering you didn’t spend very much on it.

Need some more inspiration for your next diy pallet bed frame? Check out the images below to get some great ideas. Have a questions? Let us know in the comments.

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Man Spends $50k Building Indoor Playland For 15 Cats – And It’s Odor Free!

Living with a few cats is no big deal, quite ordinary really. However, it would be an understatement to say that most people would be quite turned off at the notion of living in a house with 14 cats. However, it might be a bit less insufferable if, like Californian home-owner Peter Cohen, you managed to devise a way to cultivate an odor-free environment despite the frequency of fecal feline activity. Cohen is no stranger to the ins and outs of home building, having founded construction company Trillium Enterprises with his brother Ken in the late 1980’s.

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wenn22128468xHis background in construction came in handy when Peter moved to a previously owned home and inherited two cats who had no interest in being relocated. Rather than condemning the furry pets to a life on the streets, he became emotionally attached enough to not only keep the cats, but to design his interiors based around their well-being and entertainment. He began to outfit walls with ramped ledges, catwalks, and tiny cat-specific staircases.

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But, the most important feature of all? A series of odor-free closets that house an impressive 22 litter boxes, keeping all cat-specific fragrances confined and controlled. Perhaps even more impressive is how he was able to train all 14 cats, a species notorious for their general disregard for authority. Cohen is always looking for new ways to expand his feline empire, and has become an advocate for the rescue of lost or neglected animals. I’m not sure if all cats go to heaven, but finding yourself living at the Cohen house is the next best thing.