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11.04.2012

Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal + CD Towers turned Vanity Storage

Well, here she is! In all of her more modern than cottage (but still a good mix of both) glory, our Master Bathroom Makeover is finally done!!! Oh how sweet the sound; the last part of that sentence. haha! It's always so exciting to be able to check-off another finished room on our huge "spaces to makeover" list, but like I mentioned before, this project threw us for a loop. With a LOT of brainstorming on how to make this bathroom "House of Smiths worthy" (aka: pretty, organized AND functional) we eventually pulled it off, and now we can show you all the fun little details through pictures!


Bird - Down to Earth, Greenery and small Mirror - Ikea, Sink - Villeroy & Boch

Shelf, Silver canister and Yellow box - HomeGoods, Frame - Down to Earth, Monogram print - Brightsides Design

Light and Ceiling medalion - Lowe's

Round mirror - Joss & Main, Bath accessories - World Market, Outlet covers and Hardware - Lowe's

Yellow sign lettering - HofS Design Shop, White rag rug - World Market, Yellow rug - Thomas Paul via Joss & Main

One of the really cool DIY features that we've been dying to show you in this space, are our Ikea CD towers turned  bathroom vanity storage! It was all Cason's idea and it worked SO well!
 

We both knew we needed just a little extra storage in this space, but just weren't exactly sure how to go about it, until we were strolling through Ikea one day and Cason said... "Babe, hear me out... if we're going to build shelves or something for the top of our counter anyway, why not just get these CD towers and cut them down? They've already got drilled holes, shelves AND a notch in the back to go over the granite backsplash!"

Yeah... he's all sorts of awesome, I know.
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Like we do with most of our big projects we started with a sketch idea. Cason came up with the below image at the beginning (before the CD rack idea)... and I must say, I think we did a pretty good job of replicating it!

Here's a quick tutorial on how we did it:

First we assembled the 2 Ikea CD towers, measured how far apart they needed to be on our counter top and then ran a board along the top of both towers, to make one cohesive piece.

Then we built a 3 sided box on top of the first board base, holding the two towers together. Mainly this was done to add height and create somewhere for us to adhere the crown molding to, so the whole thing looked a lot more like a built-in unit.
The small board across the bottom in this photo was just used temporarily to hold the whole unit together, so it was stable and to keep it square.

Lighting came next. We used a hole drilling bit on the end of our drill and made three holes for our integrated lighting fixtures we got from Ikea.

As you can see below, they were fitted into each space, and then wired from the top, into our existing outlet. (that's what Cason's working on in the photo)

Cason does really well with electrical-type projects, but we had to get a little creative with rigging everything up and then had an electrician friend come make sure everything looked okay. If you're just changing out one light for another, straight across, then doing it yourself works awesome!... but if things call for a little bit more maneuvering, you might want to call in an electrician to help do the job.
:)
I love the look on Cason's face as the lights came on and worked for the first time. He looks like a little kid doing a science experiment. ha! Gotta love when things just work like they're suppose to, eh?

While Cason was busy playing electrician, my Dad attached some decorative molding to the front of the cabinet with a pin nailer and he also attached the doors we made to the fronts of the CD towers.
To make the doors we just used a primed MDF board and routered the edges to give them some interest. Easy as that!

Once the whole unit was mounted to the wall in our bathroom, we puttied the nail holes, painted the unfinished parts and then caulked up any gaps or spaces. After that was done my Dad helped create a template for our new hardware and drilled the holes so that I could screw them on.

In the end... This is how it all turned out. We la-la-la-LOVE it!

Visually it's a really cool piece to have in the bathroom, because it totally changes the whole look of the space, but it's also given us the AWESOME additional storage we needed as well! We definitely hit the jackpot here and got the best of both worlds, with minimal work.

I can't believe that this bathroom is FINALLY done. Eeee!
Now... for a nice, long, hot bubble bath.
:)

115 comments:

  1. Wow well done. Looks amazing!!! You'll enjoy soaking in this dream bathroom. Have fun M xx

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  2. AMAZING!! I love Every.Single.Detail in that entire room!! I want it for my own!! :)

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  3. Hello Shelley! I love your Blog! Your bathroom is wonderfull! Greetings from Germany, Raphaela

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  4. Oh my gosh! Talk about clever - that cd tower make over is one of th best I've seen. Thank you so much for sharing how to do it. You guys rock!
    Kate. Mkc1970@aol.com

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  5. That cd tower storage is incredible! It looks just like a custom built in!

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  6. Ok! you guys rock! How creative and talented!
    Beautiful makeover….
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  7. Ohhhhhhh I am soooooooo doing this!!! Thank you so much for sharing and solving some storage issue at the same time.

    Have a great week! May it be as fruitful for you as this post is for me!!

    PS: LOOOOOOVE this blog.

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  8. Wow! I was thinking how much I love the mirror surround. I never would have guessed it was made of CD towers! What an ingenious idea, executed to perfection!

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  9. Love your bathroom...please come do mine? Also love that your dad is working with a dress shirt and tie on!
    Mary

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  10. Great job! It looks so much more grand.

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  11. Wow! Uh-Maze-Ing! Love the makeover....ALL of it....and that Ikea CD tower idea is BRILLIANT!

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  12. It looks absolutely fabulous! You, Cason and your dad did a wonderful job!! I love the idea of using the CD towers.. very creative!

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  13. What is the name of the paint color on the walls?

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  14. Fantastic! What an awesome idea with the CD racks, it is such a great focal point for the room.

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  15. this looks awesome, I love the CD case storage idea!!!

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  16. seriously amazing bathroom!! house of smiths strikes again!

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  17. Love your built-in over the mirror,just beautiful! Also, I just but wainscotting in my hallway, but I think I will take a page out of your book and add half round moulding to soften it a bit like you did. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. So completely love it!!! I wish in Ontario we were allowed to hang lighting over the tub, it's against code here. We can have a light in the shower but it's a certain kind and it's certainly not pretty! Well done, you've made me rethink some stuff!

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  19. I absolutely love this, especially the cozy and chic bathtub area. I love the light hanging down--makes that area feel so special, like you're truly at a spa! You and your husband are tres talented....

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  20. OMG, you guys are brilliant! Cason, I have no words. The CD tower turned storage units are incredible and perfect! The whole bathroom looks amazing but I am just blown away by those! Great teamwork!

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  21. I love the way you guys think! The cd tower idea was amazing! =) I love the final product!
    Alesha <3

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  22. absolutely gorgeous, love the idea with the cd towers. I have a builder's basic mirror in my master bathroom and this would work for me. The whole project is beautiful

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  23. Lovely job! The details are simply perfect. LOVE!

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  24. Love the bathroom, Shelley! And that "life doesn't have to be perfect..." sign is perfect.

    Tina
    singin(at)compuserve(dot)com

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  25. Um, wow! What an AWESOME idea. Major props to Cason for seeing the potential in 2 Ikea CD towers. I am forwarded this to my hubby in hopes I can convince him to help me do this to our master!

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  26. Wow,wow, wow, your bathroom is a perfect blend of glamour, cottage chic, and just plain awesomeness! I love the cd rack idea- I've been wanting to do something like that between our sinks, and this would be a good way to make it happen. Thanks! :)

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  27. That CD tower storage is AWESOME! Your bathroom is absolutely gorgeous!

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  28. Beautiful! Love you enthusiasm, ideas and your blog

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  29. I adore that lampshade and the molding! Stunning!

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  30. I love this! I might have to try the cd tower idea in my bathroom! I noticed that in some of the pictures there appears to be a piece of artwork that is turquoise and yellow and has birds on it, but it is not there in the end. Can you please post a photo of that art?

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  31. Gorgeous! What an inviting bathroom!

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  32. Love the CD storage turned vanity storage. You are right, it gives the mirror a whole new look. What a clever husband you have. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Amazing with the cd cases! I would have never thought of that! I am really not a fan of medicine cabinets (especially bc in our Master bath it throws off the symetry of the double sinks.), this is a great solution. The total makeover is awesome, but of course isn't every HOS project?

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  34. WOW! You guys are amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! The shelves on teh side of the mirror are such a great idea! I love that rug (yellow/white one). You did a great job!!

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  35. How are the lights at night and for doing makeup?

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  36. Is there no shower over your tub? I love the look but dont' think I could do it with my shower? I LOVE the CD tower solution over your sink- it's beautiful! Wish I would have thought of that LOL

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    1. there is a separate shower- you can see it in the mirror's reflection

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    2. there is a separate shower- you can see it in the mirror's reflection

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  37. This is beautiful! And I love that your dad is working in a tie! lol!

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  38. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas..I especially love the CD towers converted into storage and frame around the mirror.

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  39. Your bathroom make over is gorgeous! I wish I had half of your talent....and ambition. You are inspiring me though. Much to my husband's dismay. ;-)

    I love that your father is working in a dress shirt & tie!

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  40. I LOVE the sink cabinet! You both are so creative. It's got my wheels spinning on what I can do in our bathrooms. Love your blog!

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  41. What a beautiful transformation. Cason is genius for coming up with that cd tower idea. What a neat idea. :) I also really like what you've done with the walls surrounding your tub. It is certainly a fantastic retreat. Megan

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  42. Now that's a reveal worth waiting for!! Brilliant idea for the IKEA CD towers! I love how your dad dressed up for work ;)

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  43. Sweet! I saw some clear acrylic cd storage cubes awhile back on clearance and thought about doing something creative with them. Its amazing what you can do with a little ingenuity! I la la love it too. Great job and keep up the good work!
    Liz natelizandthekids@blogspot.com

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  44. This is brilliant and beautiful! I wish I had that bathroom! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  45. Oh, JINGS! I love this! So gorgeous and the mirror surround is TO DIE FOR! Pinned!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  47. Awesome bathroom! Question about the light over the tub... Did you purchase it that way or did you add the picture inside yourselves?

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  48. Love the final product! It looks amazing! I am just wondering if you have a separate shower or did you decide to nix the shower in lieu of the supersweet bath experience?

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  49. Love your bathroom! I love the ingenuity of the CD Tower/storage to frame the mirror-- BRILLIANT! Thank you for your wonderful ideas and tutorials! Just wondering... do you have a shower somewhere or did you decide to nix the shower to allow for the supersweet bath experience?

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  50. That adds some much visual interest it's amazing! Good job! Yeah your dad really dresses up to work in his white shirt and tie!

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  51. Oh my this is brilliant! I love the new fresh look!

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  52. that's awesome! love the over all feel of your bathroom, so very spa like!

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  53. Beautiful job!! Really looks nice.

    Judy

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  54. This is beautiful, great job! I know this is a bit random, but Ikea makes an orange plastic template thingy for installing cabinet hardware. It's maybe $1 or so? It works amazingly well. Just thought I'd let you know for your next project. :)

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  55. This is brilliant! I can't wait to try it in my bathroom (one day)!

    Susan
    http://makeeatwear1.blogspot.com/

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  56. I LOVE it!! What a great way to add storage, without an ugly medicine cabinet!! I also always love to see pictures of your dad, straight from work - without even taking off his tie! Dad of the year for sure!!

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  57. Is the photo-lined lamp shade over the tub from Lowes too? Wondering if it was a DIY or a lucky find?

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  58. This is Great! I love your innovative organizational ideas!
    I have a question -did you build right over the exsisting lights? Do you still use those lights (and they reflect on the ceiling?) or did you take them out? Is the new recessed lighting tied into the wall switch or do you have to plug them in? Thanks for answering! mrsmomomma at aol dot com

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  59. Love how your Dad comes over on Sundays to finish up! I love the look of your new bathroom; I do have a question. What happens when white isn't popular anymore? Will you get new cabinets or strip the paint off? I am too scared to pain new looking cabinets white. Old ones- no problem.

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  60. Your bathroom looks amazing. I love the storage towers. You are so awesome for sharing your hardwork. I really like the calm soothing colors.

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  61. Love it! Looks amazing... you must be so pleased with it!! Well done for all your hard work. It looks very House of Smith now!

    Claire x

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  62. It looks amazing! LOVE IT! Our bathroom needs a makeover... eventually! lol Awesome idea with the CD towers and I love how your dad is working in nice clothes and a tie! :)

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  63. That bathroom storage is seriously the icing on the cake!! Awesome! Love how you guys thought out of the box to come up with this creative storage solution. It's perfect! You totally deserve that relaxing bath :-)

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  64. Turned out so gorgeous! So clever to use CD storage for bathroom storage. Love it!

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  65. Oh I love the Ikea hack for the piece around the mirror. You guys are so creative!! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Another amazing transformation! Great job!

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  67. How nice! Love the creative use of the CD towers. No shower in here?

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  68. Beautiful! I am loving your built-ins and am going to give it a try in my bathroom. We have the same storage issues and even have our electric toothbrushes out on the counter. We only have one bathroom so it doesn't look so great when guests come over. I love that your bathroom looks so calm and relaxing.

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  69. You two are so creative and talented! Your bathroom is beautiful!

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  70. awesome idea - and I your dad drilling in a tie makes me happy!

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  71. Your bathroom is so cute!!! Janice

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  72. Fabulous and so creative to come up with that idea. It looks so high end!! Awesome as usual:)

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  73. So beautiful! And I think I've seen your dad working in a shirt and tie before on your blog! That's dedication! Another job well done, :)

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  74. Gorgeous! I love the CD tower idea! How clever! Don't you just love an inspiration that strikes out of the blue? Congrats on such a beautiful reno.

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  75. Great job! It looks so much bigger now!

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  76. I really love all the molding throughout the room. The space looks so much larger.

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  77. Love that CD tower idea!! I may steal that for my girls' bathroom...

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  78. love the shot of your dad drilling holes in his tie!!

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  79. I absolutely LOVE this and that is the kind of storage I need!!! Way to go Cason!!!

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  80. I know you probably said it a few times.... but, what is the paint color? I fell in love with your mud room color "Wood Smoke" and painted our living room that color and love it everyday! Is this Wood Smoke also?
    Thanks, Janelle

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  81. A-mazing!! Love that smart hubby of yours!

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  82. WOW!! Love it. What a great idea Cason ~ woot!! Love how your Dad is always there to help.... even in his tie and dress-shirt ;)

    Great job!!

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  83. This looks great! I love every inch!

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  84. I love ever inch! Great job, it really has inspired me to rethink my DIY projects.

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  85. Gorgeous girl! Is the unit actually attached to the wall? Did I not see that part in the tutorial?

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  86. Wow!!! Loved the interior. Looks awesome! Thanks for sahring

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  87. Dear Smiths- Please move to my house and perform mind-blowing makeovers. Please also bring your dad. I'll babysit! :)

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  88. absolutely gorgeous!!!!! thanks for sharing with us!

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  89. You are so awesome! I love how creative you guys are with things-I never would have thought to use the ikea CD shelves!

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  90. This looks ah-mazing!!! You guys did so well!!

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  91. That is gorgeous!!! So ingenious to make those CD towers into storage...LOVE it!!!!

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  92. Wow! Looks amazing. Mind blowing idea. Thanks for sharing

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  93. Hello!
    Love the batbroom! In the picture of your dad drilling in his dress shirt and tie, there is an awesome picture with birds on it above the toilet. Would you mind sharing where you got that?
    Thanks!

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  94. I can not describe in words ... the whole house - my dream house. All the details, colors, textures ... all mine! I really want to implement many of your ideas. And, hopefully, some of the details of your home will find life in my house))) Greetings to you all from the Ukraine.

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  95. I can not describe in words ... the whole house - my dream house. All the details, colors, textures ... all mine! I really want to implement many of your ideas. And, hopefully, some of the details of your home will find life in my house))) Greetings to you all from the Ukraine.

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  96. Is the sink hard to clean, for instance where the sink meets the vanity top?

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  97. I love that your dad dresses so professionally when helping.

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  98. Most clever and pretty make-over, congrats. One caveat, though: The lamp over the tub fails electrical code not only in Canada but also in the USA. However, I read recently that a new type of steam-proof but pendant-style fixtures can be bought, though I have yet to find them in real life at a store. The danger is not only splashing but also condensation water from steam in the bath, be that generated by the shower or by a hot bath! Please stay safe and well...

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  99. Love the lamp over the tub! And the quote on your sign!! You did a wonderful job!

    Check out my DIY shelves for extra storage!

    Stacey

    http://www.misadventuresofthecranes.blogspot.com/2013/07/new-bathroom-shelves.html?m=1

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  100. Love this bathroom! I am going to do this in my master. I could use some more storage. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. Are you friggin kidding me!? This is amazing! CD Towers!!!! Hello, awesome! I love it! Now all I want is a house of my own to build stuff! Someday soon I hope!

    Looks amazing Shelley! Keep up the mind blowing projects!

    Hugs, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  102. This is so brilliant!! It looks absolutely gorgeous, Shelley!!

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  103. Awesome!!! that is wonderful,I like DIY too,may I know how much was the extendable wall mount mirror?

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