14 April 2015

Affordable Cottage Bathroom Remodel



This past weekend, we did a quick remodel of our bathroom. My spouse repainted the walls, doors, and trim. He replaced the baseboard and the vanity, because water took a toll on our only bathroom, and the laminate started to come off the vanity.  We have new baseboard that is a type of vinyl, but it looks like wood now that it is painted and caulked. My spouse is so handy from fixing everything around here that he works fast. The vanity and sink that we removed was donated to Stardust: Goodwill's version of a ReStore. The sink was in great condition.

Almost three years ago, we redid the bathroom; it was quite horrible to begin with. We did all the work ourselves except for fixing the plumbing. Fortunately, my sister lives about one minute away, (though about ten minutes to get into the place, because it is gated).





The result then was nice too; in fact, it  is one of my more popular posts. It is a 5 x 8 shoebox bathroom. At the time I liked the vanity because it fit well and looked good with the floor, but it was not "cottage like" because, I could not find a vanity with the correct width and depth that would work. I could not buy custom, so I settled.















Recently, Ikea stocked one that had the look I was going for, and because it doesn't sit so close to the shower, and it's not laminate; it should last longer. 












The new sink is really nice with a high back on it and the lip, which keeps the wall cleaner and the stuff from falling off the sink into the bathtub or toilet. (update: I noticed it has more surface room than the other, which is convenient if you are trying to put on makeup.)





At Home Goods I found a smaller storage cabinet with a marble top that has the same finish and reflects the style of the new sink console to hold the potions. Previously, our products were on a cart, but it was extremely messy and driving me crazy. I replaced all the knobs on both pieces and the linen's closet with Martha Stewart knobs, which were much nicer than the ones they wore.

What I like about the Ikea cabinet is that the plumbing does not take up space. It sits flush against the wall, so that we have large roomy drawers to store things in their organizers that are made to fit the drawers precisely. Any bit of extra space, storage, or organization is so essential in a small bathroom, especially if it is your only bathroom.































I rehung the same prints.


































Linen closet and Charging Station:  This use to be a closet for a swamp cooler, but we removed it, because it smelled musty or worse even with special paint, and we installed an organizer. It had outlets, so we can charge the phones here, and a radio is hidden in a basket.  The curtain is removed, so you can see the knobs now match the bathroom. I found the baskets at Pottery Barn about six months ago.

We are really happy with the new white vanity look. My daughter said the bathroom looks coastal, because the changes look pretty with the aqua glass tiles and the slate floor with accents of aqua slate that we installed previously.

simple and white

Do you think it is sort of beachy or cottagey... neither are words.....



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118 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this! Clean, fresh, heartwarming and organized. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. That's a perfect description. It does feel that way. xoox

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  2. I absolutely love this! Clean, fresh, heartwarming and organized. Beautiful!

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  3. I think it could be either- BEACHY or COTTAGEY....and I love the way it looks. That is a perfect vanity for the room and amazing to find a matching piece somewhere else. Great job! Now you can love it for a long time! xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I think this vanity will last longer.

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  4. Very nice simple makeover Su! I love the soft colors and clean lines! I'm sure you will enjoy it! Blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I just wanted to keep it simple and white, because the bathroom does not get a lot of light.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kindness and sweet visit. xoox

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  6. It looks really great and cottagey to me. It has inspired me as I also have a shoebox bathroom which definitely needs a budget makeover! I love how those tiles look against the wall colour, really classy.

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    1. Thank you, Sweet Auburn. We did the tile a couple of years ago, and it was not that expensive and not too hard to do ourselves with a little bit of patience. The white tile is pretty basic except it has a bit of a bevel so was inexpensive, and because it is small, we didn't need many of the aqua accents. xoxo

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  7. This is gorgeous! Everything is seamless. You have a talent. Seeing your redo was a gift - a peaceful, serene scene before my hectic day begins. I'm guessing that's how this new bathroom makes you feel as well.

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    1. Thank you, Lynda. It's amazing what a little change can do. Since it is the only bathroom, it makes a big difference. xoxo

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  8. I love the expression shoebox bathroom and yours is really extraordinarily remodeled with great and essential cabinets and décor in soft, calming and relaxing colors!

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    1. Thank you, Little Treasure. I hope you are enjoying your vacation!

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  9. Great makeover! I love the brightness of your bathroom.
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. That's why I have always wanted it white, because it doesn't get much light. It really makes a big difference. Thank you for visiting me, Alessandra xoxo

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  10. Muito lindo!

    Sempre me agrada um ambiente clean!

    beijinhos,

    Lígia e =^.^=

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  11. Super cute! I love the shower curtain too! Great job on the makeover, you must be thrilled!

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    1. Thank you, Anne. It looks so much cleaner and more similar to the rest of the place.

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  12. Fresh and clean. It is perfect. I love the look of the tiles floor too. It gives the room more character.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. It's very basic and tiny, and the white makes it look cleaner, which makes a difference because it is the only one. xoxo

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  13. Whether coastal or cottage, one thing's for sure: your new bathroom remodel is very pretty! Kudos for doing most of the work yourselves; it's fresh and fabulous!

    Poppy

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    1. Thank you, Poppy. My spouse is so good with tools.

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  14. Su, Your husband rocks - accomplished all the redo in record time! Your linen closet is pretty and organized. You lucked out finding PB baskets that fit perfectly. How about "cottagey" with a costal vibe!
    Looks pretty, I like a trio of prints being hung and the pictures add to the "beachy" feel.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. He does. I've had those prints a long time, and I love them. There are four of those prints, but it is hard to show the fourth; it makes a turn, and they are all lined up covering the little bit of wall like a pretty box.

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  15. Looks great Su-I think you and hubby worked fast and furious and it is so worth it! LOVE

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    1. Thank you, DD. It's wonderful that he is so good with tools.

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  16. Everything is beautiful. I love the tile, rug and that linen closet is fabulous!!!!!! Hugs, Beverly

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    1. Thank you, Beverly, for your sweet visit and compliment. xoxo

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  17. I can't believe what you have done with a typical older Phoenix home. It's just beautiful! We live on the west side in Peoria, and my daughter is buying her first home here which also needs some work, but after seeing what you have done with your home, I'm not put off by it. I believe it can be turned into something lovely just like your home. Thanks for the inspiration. Your bathroom makeover is both beachy and cottagey.

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    1. Thank you, Joanie. When you walk into a home one kind of has to see it in the future, but I know that is hard! My spouse didn't even look at this house when it was for sale, because he can't tell. He just took my word that I knew what to do, and the inspector's. That's one of the reasons I started this blog. I love older homes, and there are so many older decent neighborhoods with affordable homes that need some fixing, and it is convenient to live in the city. This is the second home I gutted, and we have even built, but the two older homes that I fixed are my favorites, because they are quirky and turn out unique. Have a wonderful day.

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  18. Beautiful, Su! You guys did an amazing job.

    I would say it was coastal cottagey, which is a word in my book ;)

    xo

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    1. Thank you, Rue. The walls and ceiling above the wide bead board are plaster. It was either tile the damaged lower walls or use these planks, because I was not going to replace plaster with with drywall. The lower walls were badly damaged by neglect and repaired plumbing. Have a wonderful day. xoxo

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  19. No matter the label, it is lovely.

    Our bathroom needs a major overhaul and neither of us is capable of what is needed.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. My spouse's father was a carpenter, so he grew up working with him, but he became a chemist. So, he is meticulous, if you know what I mean. My father was a plumber, and if he took me to one of his jobs, I would watch, and I loved seeing the inside of homes. So we both come from "fix it" families, so we make a good team.

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    2. That should be "so (my spouse) grew up working with his father, but he..."

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  20. Very pretty and what a team! Your vision and your husband implementing it, just wonderful. Does having the window over the bathtub a concern for you? Probably for ventilation, like ours. I have a friend that lives in the old section in downtown Phoenix. I love the nooks and crannies in her house. Kathleen in Az

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  21. This is a lovely bathroom. You and your husband did a fine job making it over. I do like your new vanity. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  22. Beachy or cottagey I think it's just peachy! lol! I chose cottage really, because I love that look and live no where near a beach. But, it surely could go either way. Love the Ikea vanity and the cabinet from Home Goods! The storage area is just perfect!
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    Jann

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  23. What a nice transformation!

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  24. How lovely to have a refreshed 'new' bathroom. I think it is coastal cottage in style and my favorite part is the tile floors! The tile goes so well with your new wood like tile floors in the rest of your bungalow. It all turned out beautiful Su.

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    1. Thank you, Kerrie. Thank you on the floor. I considered that transition when I chose, and I'm happy with it too. You are so observant. Have a wonderful week. xxox

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  25. Coastal or cottage, it's lovely. You chose some very nice pieces that look great and give you good storage. That tile work is gorgeous! xo

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    1. Storage is not easy; and I'm still trying to live with less after almost three years.

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  26. Lovely transformation....Coastal or Cottage, you have it covered with all of your lovely details.

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  27. You have lovely taste and it is a beautiful room. That Ikea vanity and sink top are stunning. I may have to go and peek, great look!!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It is really a nice look for the price. The sink is porcelain. It gives us more space on the floor than some of the other off the shelf ones that we could buy. Plus, something custom would cost and bit more, and off course, PB and RH have become so expensive.

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  28. So crisp and white and beachy! LOVE what you and the hubby have done with it, a bathroom should be beautiful and clean and white! You sure have accomplished that : )

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    1. Thank you, Teri. It is on the interior of the house even though there is a window, because there is a porch there, so it doesn't get much natural light, so white makes a difference. xox

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  29. Oh it looks beautiful! I'm loving the new vanity, it looks gorgeous and so beautiful for a cottage style decor!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. Ikea has some really great ideas.

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  30. new follower. Love your style!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I followed you too, via Bloglovin. I love what you did to your kitchen. Great choices. Unfortunately, I can't leave a comment on your blog, because I cannot fix my wordpress. If you had G+, I think I could leave a comment if I add you to my circle.

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  31. Beautiful bathroom redesign. It has such a cottage feel and beachy too. Love the cabinet your found to coordinate. Lovely room so fresh, clean and gorgeous.
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Thank you. I was hoping to find something white, because it is an interior bathroom with not a lot of light, because the porch is where the window is.

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  32. Your redesigned bathroom is so well organized and looks great. Lots of storage.
    Joy

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    1. Thank you, Joy, for visiting and leaving a sweet comment. xoox

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I really like the white, because it's brighter now. The porch is behind that window, so it doesn't get a lot of natural light. Have a beautiful weekend.

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  34. How fresh and pretty it looks. You must feel so happy every time you look at it.
    Amalia
    xo

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  35. Oh, my! I love you! I've been looking for a bathroom cabinet and sink for months and I never thought to check Ikea! But I really love the one you chose. I'm off to check the site to see if they sell it in France. Your daughter is right, it gives a coastal look to your bathroom and I appreciate that you made me notice how convenient the sink was with its little back!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. I've been studying French, so I quickly looked too. They do; I saw it in two sizes there. I think there were three here, because one was too big. They also have the sink with the back, and the sink with the back with two basins, not a choice here. They also have another style not available here that looked cottage, if you change the legs, or the natural wood one if it is painted a color. I hope you find one that works!

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    1. Thank you, Jemma. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  37. Gorgeous!! I love this look! You did an awesome job!!

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  38. Your bathroom is beautiful and I love absolutely everything about that room. You and your husband did a fabulous job transforming it. I'm really glad I found your blog today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend... :)

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    1. Thank you, Dee, for such a sweet message, and likewise. I am now a new follower of yours. xoxo Have a wonderful weekend.

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  39. I love it's cottage chic feel, so serene and peaceful here.
    So need my bathroom done.

    You have a wonderful space to escape to, soak up its spa like feeling.

    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you, Dore. It's such a small space and the only bathroom, that I am glad that it is more functional and neater. My spouse and I did all the cosmetic work this time and the last. It wasn't too expensive, because we didn't move any pipes, and we chose stock, classic finishes. Nothing trendy... It saves quite a bit. We put the aqua glass stripe around the inside, because old bathrooms that have not be repaired around here have a stripe of a different color; we tried to give it a nod to the past with something fresh.

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  40. Your bath is just adorable. You are so good at decorating and could make any room look amazing.
    Ya'll did a wonderful job....

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  41. It looks fantastic! I really like the new vanity...I think it is nice that they are making them to look like pretty pieces of furniture now. And even nicer that the drawers are actually functional!

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    1. Thank you, Olivia. I agree. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox

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  42. The redo is beautiful, light and airy. I love that sink top and also like the window. Too many bathrooms have no window. This is pretty, and those prints complete the theme.

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    1. Thank you, Judy. It's neat how old bathrooms have a least one window. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo

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  43. amazing post :)
    have a nice weekend, kisses :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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  44. Wow you did a great job.I love the new look....the new sink is beautiful<3 .We need to remodel our bathroom too...hopefully this summer.I hope ours gonna turn out as nice as yours.
    Have a wonderful Sunday
    Hugs
    Caroline

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  45. Fantastic job on the makeover on your bathroom!! I love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing all the photos!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  46. I love your new bathroom. It is bright and beautiful. I love the tiles and new vanity. Nice work. Enjoy your new pretty space.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet. I'm happy that it turned out so well.

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  47. Stunning! Love all the light colors to keep the space airy and bright! The tile in the shower is gorgeous and the powder blue is really pretty against the dark brown floor. The linen closet looks great too! Love all the drawers. Hides all the clutter better than shelves! :)

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  48. I think the new vanity is perfect. Even more, I love the sink. Looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Daniela. The sink has a better configuration for a small space than the last one.

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  49. It may be small, but very charming. I love the mirror and the new linen closet, the colours and..simply everything.
    Have a nice week!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I've had that mirror a long time.

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I agree. It's really important that it look clean, because it is the only one. xoxo

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  51. O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem.
    Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.(Fernando Sabino)
    Linda postagem!
    Uma linda e abençoada semana!!!
    Abraços Marie.

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    1. Eu usei Traduz Google, porque eu só posso escrever frases em francês e Spansih. Muito verdadeiro. Aqueles que esperam o mínimo raramente são decepcionado. Obrigado.

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  52. I remember when you redid the bathroom, I loved it then and I love it now. I have a small bathroom as well that I need to renovate but the budget is not available this year so I will have to wait. I love the fact that yours still looks so fresh and great with simple touch ups 3 years later.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. It's much more fun to travel. xoxo

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  53. Your bathroom is beautiful. I love the new vanity.

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  54. Really its looking so different from any other bathroom deigns I really like the architecture of the bathroom. Really nice. Thanks for sharing the new design trend of the bathroom.

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  55. I am very happy to read this article. Thanks for giving us nice info. Fantastic walk through. I appreciate this post.

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  56. Nice and useful information for everyone.There is this one very nice site where you can get ideas for your small bathroom.

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  57. Its really great post you have shared, which is informative and knowledgeable. I appreciate your great work. Keep me more updates. bathroom remodelling Austin

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  58. Gorgeous talent! I love the brightness of your bathroom. Just amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  60. White is always nice to see:):)Especially in Bathroom. Your Bathroom Design was looking good:):)I also going to Remodel my Bathroom with Good
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  61. It is wonderful and great bathroom. The Tiles or Flooring Design are so attractive deferentially people love this type of bathroom or homes.
    Thank You,

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  62. Fabulous job, I love it! Your spouse is a keeper, and I think your bath looks awesomey (*also not a word!) Have a great day! :) Mary :)

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