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Bathroom Remodel Makeover Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel I’m Julie interior design expert and really I say that in jest because
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the only thing I’m an expert at is making interior design mistakes today’s video is all about bathroom mistakes
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these are the common mistakes that I see when renovating or remodeling a bathroom I’ve been in the industry now for 16
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years 11 of which I’ve owned my own business so you can imagine how many design mistakes I’ve seen and made when
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it comes to bathrooms and renovations so before we get into the most common design mistakes that I see in bathrooms
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I would love for you to take a minute to give this video a thumbs up if you love this type of interior design content
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comment below with any design dilemmas you might be having when it comes to your own bathroom and subscribe to my
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channel you haven’t already one of the most common mistakes I see when designing a bathroom is not coming up
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with a plan as you remember from my interior design 101 video I always start every process with a mood board a mood
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bar serves as a jumping-off point to gather all of my inspiration my images my samples all the finishes and the
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materials that I want to put in the space with all of the endless selections that are out there there are just too
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many options for them all to swim around in your head the mood board acts as a visual guide to help you collate all of
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your ideas into one place you can start to shop all of your materials online and either print them out or put them
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together on a digital board in Photoshop mock up their lighting options so you can see what works with the different
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vanities you’ve chosen don’t just blindly pick up materials and hope that they go together that is a recipe for
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disaster before you even begin do your research put in the legwork and your bathroom
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will look well thought out in cohesive every time while we’re on the subject of mocking up
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the rooms the next design mistake I see is not getting samples everything looks completely warped online especially when
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it comes to color and pattern you can’t be sure that everything that you see on the Internet
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looks exactly like you see on a physical sample it really helps for you to reach out to the vendor the manufacturer and
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order these samples online to be mailed directly to you once you have all of the physical samples in place you can start
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messing around with all the trim work and the paint hardware and accessories so everything goes together as you
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intend I remember one of my custom home projects where the client had already sourced some materials they love these
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materials so much they found it online and they purchased the entire lawn and had the contractor install it once I was
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hired on the job we took one look at this bathroom and knew that everything was really off the shower pan didn’t
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match the shower tile the floor tile was just too large for the space and the scale seemed totally off the result we
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ended up ripping out the entire shower pan the entire floor and installed brand new tiles that went better with the
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entire bathroom design a lot of the times you just need to do a little bit of legwork so you don’t make these
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costly mistakes down the line and now for the fun part the materials let’s talk about tile and stone how do you
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know what materials to pay shower tile or full slabs I love the look of full height stone slabs installed to a shower
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wall or a bathtub wall of course tile is less expensive but with the full height slab there’s less grout lines which
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means it’s easier to clean if your budget doesn’t permit installing natural stone slabs there are some really cool
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alternatives on the market right now they make porcelain veneer slabs which is basically full height slabs with a
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really thin sheet of porcelain on the face of it the back is a thick substrate that gets installed directly on to the
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shower or bathtub wall so when you’re facing the wall you’re met with a really beautiful
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natural stone looking finish but really it’s made out of inexpensive porcelain one of the biggest mistakes I see is a
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shower with really weird angles now if you have a lot of really weird angles installing small pieces of
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tile looks really cheap especially when you’re trying to match the edges up together however if you have a
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rectangular shaped enclosure you can choose either whole slabs or smaller tiles in this case let’s move on to edge
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details what is an edge detail one of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners make is choosing the wrong material or
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furthermore choosing the right material and not designing how they want the edges detailed if you’re choosing a
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natural stone or slab you don’t have to worry about the edges clearly natural stone is a stone material that a whole
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way through if you cut right into it the first half will look very similar to the second
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half now if you’re dealing with an inexpensive material like ceramic tile or porcelain tile you’ll know that it
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comes with an unfinished edge what does that mean well porcelain and ceramic are both manufactured so they’re a man-made
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material typical edges are unfinished where you can see the unfinished play edge if you are specifying ceramic or
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porcelain tile make sure that it comes with a bull nose which is basically the tile that you see with a little curved
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edge so once you’re laying your ceramic or porcelain tile onto your shower walls you can then install the bull nose at
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the edge and there you’ll have a finished edge where your regular tile meets the bull nose unfinished exposed
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edges are one of the top common designer rookie mistakes that a lot of homeowners make if they don’t do their research
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beforehand if you’ve specified a stone without an unfinished edge and it doesn’t have a bull nose tile to go with
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it you can also specify a Schluter strip what is a Schluter strip I’m sure you’ve seen it installed before Schlueter
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strips are metal trim to install on the edge of an unfinished tile they’re really the exposed band that you see
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when you’re facing the bathroom or shower wall and they gave those unfinished porcelain and ceramic edges a
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nice crisp finish the shrimp’s come in a variety of finishes and colors so you can get the option that best suits your
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hardware and just to warn you your contractor is not your designer your contractor will pretty much install
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whatever you ask them to but it is up to you go into detail about how you want your
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bathroom finished let’s talk about niches what is a niche ameesha is that little rectangular cutout that you see
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in showers that’s designed to put your shampoo conditioner soap and back products the niche cutout is designed
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before you install anything on the walls one of the most common mistakes I see is no clear direction or no design when it
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comes to niches when it’s not thought out it could look like a complete mistake I’ve seen niches that are cut
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too short I’ve seen Nisha’s kind of popped up all over the place on every single portion of the wall I’ve even
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seen it where they have one niche on one wall and unlike another niche on an adjacent wall and it was like completely
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out of place and totally off set now if you don’t want it to look like a design mistake it’s really simple just Center
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the niche on the wall it’s even a good rule of thumb to take out your larger shampoo container measure the height of
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the container and give it about 4 to 5 inches of breathing room and let your contractor know the size you can then
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install a single centered one or one Misha is not enough for your products you can do a double image centered and
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spaced out or my favorite look a really long linear modern niche that spans the width of the shower walls let’s talk
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about patterns one of the most common mistakes I see is putting that accent tile right in the middle of your shower
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wall I think you guys know how I feel about accent walls at this point I really do love an accent wall when it’s
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done right don’t just throw a contrasting accent tile in the middle of a wall and call it design a lot of the
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times it could look really cheap especially when it’s in a contrasting tile that has no visual dialogue to
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everything else that’s going on in the bathroom that’s why your mood board is so important sometimes that accent wall
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looks like hey the shower wall looks so plain so let me just throw on some accent tile over there and then you know
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that was free set up that just doesn’t look high-end guys I mean I know it’s a personal preference but let me just help
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steer you in the right direction when it comes to accent walls you can play with patterns by using the stone that you’ve
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already sourced create a pattern with that specific tile maybe you want to run it in a herringbone pattern you might
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even want to create a runner type pattern on the floor if you have offset subway-tile maybe you
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can change the direction put it in a vertical portrait orientation and line that with a really cool border you can
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also create a striped effect and run it waterwall which actually leads me to one of my previous projects I had specified
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there’s a really beautiful glass mosaic I know you’re thinking I mean glass mosaic is so passe but it was just
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really gorgeous it came in both a glaze iridescent finish and like a matte cone finished I thought to create this really
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cool pattern on the wall with the glaze and the mat and the glazed and the matte wear when the light hits it you could
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see all of the iridescent tile shining through and the matte tile just anchors the look of the wall I love that
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variation between a matte home finish which is just a fancy way of saying not blocky
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and an iridescent glossy finish so try thinking about using the same material that you love and just switching up the
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finishes between the two for variation let’s talk about ground make sure once you receive your physical samples of
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tile that you go on and get your samples of grout to lay right next to it grout always changes the look of the tile so a
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hot tip if you want the grout to disappear get the closest match you can to the tile
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moving on to common mistakes I see when choosing paint or wallpaper you’ll remember from my favorite neutral paint
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video that I always advise getting samples before committing to the pain you want to paint samples on every
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single wall in that bathroom remember that natural daylight and your synthetic overhead lights always changes
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the color of the walls remember to specify your paint color last after you specified all the
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materials of finishes and hardware in the space you can choose your wall color to help enhance the materials or choose
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a contrasting color to give it a bold look don’t forget to paint the ceilings you can give it the unexpected pop of
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color that your room deserves wallpaper is one of my favorite things to install in a powder bathroom it’s a perfect
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space to make a really huge impact because of its size it’s generally on the smaller side and
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the perfect spot to make a really Wow moment but a common mistake I’ve seen with wallpaper is that really hideous of
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wallpaper border don’t be afraid to use wallpaper to line all of the walls if you feel that that’s too much of a
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commitment they make peel and stick wallpaper that’s temporary before you decide to
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commit to the real thing [Music] do you hate those builder-grade mirrors
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that came with your home you know the ones that span the entire width of the vanity with no frame no edges and you
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can even see those little plastic fasteners that hold the mirror in place while that is not necessarily a design
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mistake I’d like to offer you some really cool inspiration when it comes to upgrading those basic mirrors my first
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tip is to install your lighting directly over the mirror of course in this case you’ll need to
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have holes already cut out but the end result looks really elegant and luxurious in a small space imagine
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having a bathroom with really little natural lighting since the vanity sconce is now installed directly over the
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mirror you’ve just doubled the amount of light filtering through another trick I like to use is placing a mirror directly
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over that builder-grade mirror in this case you can source a smaller sized mirror or something really decorative
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and if it’s not too heavy you can simply use double stick mounting tape to secure it right on the mirror I also love
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installing freestanding mirrors with really beautiful frames if you have a bathroom with really weird windows
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awkwardly placed on the walls freestanding mirrors are the perfect solution to those awkward windowed walls
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they don’t need to span the entire width of your vanity try just using your state to gauge the size if you’re still
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confused about the correct mirror size use painters tape or masking tape to mask out the section right on your walls
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that will give you a good idea to scale the size of the mirror and in proportion to your lavatory and finally let’s talk
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about decor and accessories keep the course simple so there’s not a lot of fuss the focus of your bathroom should
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be all of the beautiful materials and finish that you’ve sources don’t neglect those bare walls those bare walls can
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become a design opportunity for you to place artwork on the walls we can even flank a ladder that then becomes a
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makeshift towel bar or purchase a little garden stool that you can place right next to your bathtub so
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you can place your phone on it to listen to music or even put a fresh vase of flowers ancient punctuate techniques
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actually advise against decorating the bathroom but I am a modern designer so of course I’m gonna want to spruce the
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bathroom up and you always have to remember to put that toilet stick down a little disclaimer to my common mistakes
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video do what you guys love of course if your design was intentional it could never be considered a mistake all of my
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tips are simply given as a result of seeing what drives property values down I’ve made a lot of these common mistakes
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early in my career and it was only through a lot of experience a lot of trial and error and seeing what clients
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are doing wrong in order to get her right some of the things I discussed are one of the first things that homeowners
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go in and rip out when they’re endeavoring on a renovation or remodel but if you love it you can make a case
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for it please disregard anything I say and go with your gut your bathroom like any other room in your home should feel
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inspiring and inviting and just energizes you to tackle your day I want you to think about the bathroom that you
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spend the most time in what can you do right now to make a space more functional and inviting I would love to
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hear your answers comment below and let me know if you have any other questions when it comes to your own bathroom
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remodel give this video a thumbs up if you love this type of content and of course don’t forget to subscribe to my
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channel I am so excited to share with you guys that I recently did a poll on my Instagram make sure you’re following
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me on instagram at julie underscore KU if you aren’t already I gave viewers a sneak peek into one of
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the bathrooms that I absolutely hate in my home it is the guest bathroom the bathroom that I never used before
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komari it is the only room with a bathtub in it so now that we’re actually bathing her in a tub I can’t stand this
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bathroom I’m seeing it so much it has this really hideous like black and white checkered like retro tile on the walls
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and at first I was like oh you know what honey let’s just keep it because you know she meets up for her brain
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development the contrasting colors is gonna you know make her smarter but anyways now that she’s getting a little
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bit older like I hate it I want to rip it out and do this like complete information I took a poll on my
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Instagram and I asked you guys what you would rather see if you wanted to see a big-budget full-scale renovation from
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top to bottom with contractors plumbers electricians basically any professionals that I would hire to get the job done
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and with a bigger budget versus a DIY renovation where clearly I would do it myself and with the help of my husband
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of course and the results were so close it was probably by like a really small margin 10% but the majority ruled and
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you guys want to see a DIY renovation so I am so excited to tell you that that is coming up this summer I don’t know where
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I’m gonna find the time or the effort or the energy to do it with an infant but I’m gonna do it guys I’m so excited to
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take you on this journey with me so if you have any ideas of what you would like to see in a DIY bathroom renovation
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leave me a comment below and I will be sure to address it thank you so much for watching I’ll see you guys in the next
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