A long time coming

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Above: The “After”: Cozy soaker tub, luxury finishes, amazing wood work.

When we purchased our Cleveland home over 2 years ago we knew we’d be doing a major overhaul of our bath.  Up to that point it was the only master bath I had had ever owned. It had a lot of space and even more potential. HELLO 1988-chic!

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That double vanity was a ridiculous 96″ long. 8 feet! What is all that surface for, exactly? I didn’t know… so it had to go! The closet was outfitted with adjustable metal shelves that were falling down and the layout was not ideal.

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.. A giant jacuzzi tub that sounded like a jet engine when the bubbles were on (that’s not very relaxing). It took 30 minutes to fill and was cold in ten. Seriously.  The port-a-john shower I just don’t understand. This bathroom is gigantic and the builder shoved this tiny shower in a tiny closet with a toilet. It was dark, ugly and impossible to shave your legs!

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Even before demo started Mike and I took a lot of time to figure out a new layout. I came up with several options, and this one won!

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SO then came demo…and moving of plumbing, and walls and electrical.

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As well as framing, drywall, etc!

Somewhere along there we de-textured the popcorn ceiling. that was fun! Oh wait, no it wasn’t 😉 But at least it was something I could help with, hands-on! A little (or a lot of) water and some scraping tools and you’re good to go (for a few hours)

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A trip to the tile store left me inspired! (after I got over the sticker shock of cool tile!)
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Mike kept plugging away! This project took about 4 months. We slept in the spare bedroom and were lucky enough to have another full bath so we didn’t get sent home from work for being the stinky kids!

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Heated tile floors!

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The shampoo nook tile is by AKDO 🙂 In LOVE. They were $20 a piece but $200 for a unique statement is well spent, I think! The subway tile is 4″x 10″ and the floor is a Carrara marble hexagon shape.

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We found the doors for the water closet and the master closet on Craigslist for about $100- perfect pocket doors (once the glass was etched!)

Mike finally got to do his favorite part of any project: the wood work. And he did an absolutely beautiful job!  He takes such care making sure everything is perfect. Proportioned, plumb, level, sanded and painted just right.
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I painted the walls while Mike was at a concert one night. SW Black Magic.
The black vanity was from Wayfair – James Martin.

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The beautiful chrome faucets are Moen. The lighting and mirrors are from Wayfair.

I really wanted to include a soaker tub in this space. It took me quite a while to find a tub that was small but still functional AND in my budget. This one was just over $1000.

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And the “water closet”as my grandma would say:

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Mike made this custom mirror with hidden jewelry storage. He thinks of everything 🙂

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I must say, out of all the work we’ve done, this is by far my most favorite.  I know Mike worked his butt of to make my vision for this space a reality and I couldn’t be more thankful and proud!

 

 

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