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Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat

Master Bathroom Spa Retreat

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat with plants

There is nothing more satisfying than lying back in a warm scented bath, feeling those expensive but delightful essential oils soaking into our tired skin as we enjoy a spa day. Sadly, these wonderfully relaxing treats are pricey, meaning that we have to save up in between spa visits so that the benefit of all that pampering is long gone before the next visit! However, you can makeover your bathroom so that you can have a spa bath whenever you want to, with just a few simple adjustments and changes to your bathroom.

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat tropical

First of all, clean and, if necessary, paint the bathroom from top to bottom. It is hard to relax and unwind in a grubby, unwelcoming environment and you will not feel that you are sitting in the lap of luxury if you can see an immense spider web swaying in the corner every time you look up! Choose a good quality, neutral color paint for your bathroom walls as this will allow you to dramatically change the appearance of the bathroom simply by changing the accessories and soft furnishings.

Put a plant or two into the bathroom. Plants often thrive in the damp steamy environment of a bathroom and having a touch of nature in the room can enhance the spa feel of the room as well as making the whole space look fabulously polished and well-finished.

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat counter top

Establish a zero tolerance stance regarding bathroom clutter. The less mess you have to contend with getting in and out of the bath and as you apply your moisturizer or face-mask, the better you will feel about yourself. That may sound ridiculous, but it is a fact that having a clean, clear and well-lighted space in which to work, play or even bathe can have a salutary effect on your mood. To hide your bathroom clutters invest in some good quality bathroom cabinets available at My-Bathrooms. Having no clutter in the bathroom also makes it easier for you to indulge, every now and then, in a special pampering session in the bathroom, allowing you to pretend that you are in a luxury, five star establishments!

Next, stock your bathroom with a range of scented candles or a bowl of potpourri and make sure that you have a small, waterproof music player. Only put these out on special occasions to prevent them becoming commonplace and normal. When it is time to have a pampering session, put out the candles and get a playlist, lasting anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours, all loaded up and ready to go on your music player. Please note, if you are using your phone or similar device for your music, make sure that you purchase a waterproof cover for it before subjecting it to the steamy damp atmosphere in the bathroom!

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat Feature

Invest in some thick fluffy towels and hide them from everyday use and, selfishly, from everyone else! If you can, also invest in a headband or bath cap, similar to those used in spas and do not forget to get a thick toweling robe for after the bath! Take the opportunity to upgrade your bathroom accessories, making sure that you have a thick absorbent bathmat to step out on, rather than chilly wet flooring or tiles! You can also have a spa basket from Pro Flowers, they have many varieties of products in it for your spa treatment at home.

Create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat soaking with candles

Once your bathroom is ready, run the water, add some bubbles and a drop or two of essential oils (lavender is perfect for relaxing before bed while grapefruit will rejuvenate and refresh you). Pour a glass of wine, hit play on the music, light the candles and step into your very own private spa for a long relaxing and remarkably cheap spa bath!

Guest Blog written by Sue Jason for My-Bathrooms, shares how to create a Master Bathroom Spa Retreat.

Hello I Live Here 2013 Projects

Hello I Live Here 2013 Projects

Happy NEW YEAR Everyone!  Let’s take a look back at Hello I Live Here 2013 projects of the year!  These are the projects you all viewed the most between our blog, Hometalk, Bob Vila Nation, RyobiTools Nation, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  Here we go!

First up, $3 Table frame goes bench

Finished bench

Second, Old Shutters Become DIY Shutter Towel Rack

Shutter Towel Rack

Third, Board & Batten Wainscoting

Board and Batten Wainscoting Fourth, Mirror Framing Master Bathroom

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Fifth, DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

Sixth, Wood Frames from Scrap wood

Frames from scrap wood

Seventh, Master Bathroom Storage unit

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Eight, Easy DIY magazine Rack

DIY Magazine Holder

Nine, DIY Christmas Art

DIY Christmas Art

Ten, DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments.

Painted Christmas Ornaments

We hope you all enjoyed our 2013 projects.  Hello I Live Here is major excited to get started on our 2014 shares!  Thank you all for helping make Hello I Live Here a success – We appreciate all of our readers.

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year’s everyone!!!

Linda 🙂

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

Hope your holiday was great everyone – Today’s post is about our DIY Tile Project. We are still working in the Master Bathroom as we make our way to our DIY Tile Project.  We finished up our other 4 posts in the master bathroom with Storage, board & Batten wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), framing the mirror and our magazine rack (featured on Bob Vila Nation).  We are completing part V of the bathroom makeover by showing you how tiling a vanity back-splash can change the whole feel to your room.

DIY Tile Project

We purchased Daltile 3 in x 12 in Snow Illusion Decorative Accent tile that is timeless, gives that cottage feel we were going for, and the best part – our readers helped us choose the tile!  We started by finishing our board & batten wainscoting by bringing it around the sink area to tie all the walls into together in our master bath.  After we framed the mirror, we wanted to add a pop with some tile, so we came to our readers and asked your opinion on a tile choice that could help give the vanity that subtle pop we were looking to achieve.  We gave you two tile choices, and the small mosaic grey/white/dark grey won with an over whelming 89%.  Thank you all who stopped by our Facebook page to join in on the voting fun.  Once we had our tile choice we got to work gathering what we needed to complete the job.

Project time:

Our DIY Tile Project is a moderate skill level, took us a weekend to complete (due to dry time), and cost us about $75.00.

Here’s what we used:                                                                                                              Thin set, Tile, trowel, rubber grout float, spacers, white grout, sponge, large bucket, caulking, black sharpie, and tile saw.

Here’s what we did:

First we figured out the pattern on the back-splash area of how we wanted to lay out the DIY tile project.  We drew our lines using a black sharpie marker to cut our tiles.  We then cleaned and prepped the areas were we tiled.

DIY Tile Project

Next, we cut the tile pieces (this is our first tile job, and we do not have a saw for this job so we cut them with the help of our good friends at Lowe’s).  Once the pieces were cut, we refitted the pieces and marked the backs with a number pattern to remember where we wanted them.

DIY Tile Project

Then we buttered the back of each tile with the Thin set product we purchase from Lowe’s and set the tiles directly to the back-splash – we started behind the sink faucets first so we could set the first row of tiles.

DIY Tile Project

Once we set this row, we cut the extra tiles down the middle into rows of two’s and added the pieces above the first set of tiles we installed.

DIY Tile Project

When we finished the back wall area, we moved to the right side and then the left side of the vanity, installing each set of Tile the same way. (Note: We made sure to use spacers to give the bottom of the tiles the space we needed to fit in the seal at the bottom to prevent water from absorbing under the tiles.  And we cleaned our grout free of Thin Set to make sure it did not dry on the tile overnight.)

DIY Tile Project

The following day, we removed the spaces and grouted the tile with a Bright White simple grout purchased from Home Depot.  We used an unsanded grout with our tile to prevent scratching. We applied the grout using a float made for our area size.  Using a 45-degree angle, we applied the grout working it into the tiles, removing the excess grout with a damp sponge.  We continued to clean until all the grout was gone, changing our water a couple times to make sure the grout would not stick in the sponge.

DIY Tile Project

Our project came out just as we wanted.  The new tile helped give that little amount of pop our master bathroom needed to bring part V to a close.

DIY Tile Project

We hope you enjoyed out Master bathroom DIY tile project Part V of our Master bathroom makeover series.  We will be wrapping up our series in a couple days to show you the whole bathroom and all we did in one post with all the finishing touches.  Until then, happy DIY tile project!  Post you soon and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here to read our posts.

Linda 🙂

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Welcome to Framing Bathroom Mirrors – Part IV in our master bath remodel series.  Last night, I shared the ripple effect story – guess what we are now rippling over to framing bathroom mirrors portion of our remodel.  Framing bathroom mirrors is an easy project that should take you no more than 1 hour to complete, plus the time to paint in the color of your choice.  We are going white since our board and batten wainscoting featured on Bob Vila Nation is a bright white.

Make sure you gather everything you need to complete your project before you get started.  Hello I Live Here used the following items:  Ryobi Miter saw, Ryobi Cat Sander, white caulk for bathroom/caulk gun, Stanley tape measure, pencil (2), Liquid nails adhesive, Scotch painters tape, and 3 ¼ in x 8 ft white casing.  We purchased all our products from Lowe’s for this project.

Here’s what we did to get this look:

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

First we cleaned the mirror with Windex (every time I use it, it remind me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding – “put some Windex on it!”)  Next, we measured the bottom of the mirror to 77 5/8” for our project and cut our bottom casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then, cut small amounts out of the top and bottom back of the casing so it will go over the clips and lay flat to the mirror.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Adhere the casing to the mirror with Liquid Nails adhesive and the painters tape to keep the seal.  I also added a bead of caulk around the top, bottom and sides before I set the casing, I wanted to prevent moisture from getting behind the casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then we measured our sides by adding a scrap piece of casing to the top, getting our 33 5/8-in measurement for the side casings.  We cut, added the bead of caulking as we did with the bottom board, and liquid nails.  We set the side casings, and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Note:  we did not like how the casing from the side hung over the bottom, so we used our Ryobi cat sander to round the edges so that wonderful bottom inlay could be seen better.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

The last piece of the puzzle was to cut the top casing to 77 5/8-in, adding the liquid nails adhesive, caulking for protection.  We affixed the casing to the top of the mirror and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

That was pretty easy right?  It took all of 1 hour to complete the whole project.  There were no problems when installing, making our project smooth sailing.  Look at the difference a little molding can make.  From builder drab, to home owner fab 😉

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

We hope you enjoyed Part IV – Framing Bathroom Mirrors in our master bathroom make over.  Tomorrow we will have the last part in our five part series to wrap up the master bathroom (that is until the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect appears again!)  Happy DIY everyone and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here.


Master Bathroom Storage

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Need Master Bathroom Storage?

You guessed it – it’s all about getting the most master bathroom storage at Hello I Live Here today.  As most of you know, we have started to spruce up our master bathroom.  Last week on my face book page, we discussed paint colors.  Thank you all for your input, we went with the Valspar color, Shaken Not Stirred for the walls, and the vanity color will be unveiled next post 🙂  They are both beautiful and give our master bath that spa like feel we were looking for.

Before we painted the walls, we added some new master bathroom storage.  This storage was placed in between the wall studs and we love the outcome so much we thought we would share that piece with you today.  Keep in mind that we have not picked the hardware for the outside yet as we want everything to match when we are complete.

We all know it’s a big deal anytime you can discover master bathroom storage or any type of storage.  This project took us a weekend to complete, moderate in skill level and cost us less than $100.  I am sure we could have done it cheaper, but I am fussy about using Select Pine Wood from Home Depot when I do a build.  I love the straightness of the wood and the way it sands.

Using the plan from The Family Handyman, we got started following each step.

1. First, we went to our bathroom wall and determined the space we would use.  We then cut a small whole into the dry wall and inserted a mirror to make sure we had no plumbing or electrical behind the wall (after all a small whole to patch is way better than a whole wall)

2. When we knew all was clear we determined the size we wanted our storage and cut out the drywall. The hole for our master bathroom storage shelf spanned a stud, so that was also removed.

Master bathroom Storage -Wall before and after hole cut

3.  We went to the garage and got started by building two simple box cabinets.  To ensure a consistent gap between the two storage cabinets, we added a spacer. We then joined them together with a 1×3 center trim and attached a 1/4″ Purebond cabinet back.  This gave us the double-sided storage cabinet we desired.

Master bathroom Storage - Case and Backing

4. We used or Kreg PH jig to join the storage cabinets, our craftsman saw for cutting the plywood, and our Ryobi nail gun for attaching the cabinet back.  We also used Gorilla Glue for extra hold power.

Master bathroom Storage - tools we used

5. After building the frame we wanted, we took the frame into the bathroom space and dry fitted into the cut out.  (This way we knew if we were square on for our cuts or if we needed to enlarge the hole.)

Master bathroom Storage -Dry Fit in the wall

6.  Once we were confident the master bathroom storage cabinets fit the wall hole, we filled the Kreg holes using wood filler (which I make myself).  The next step was to cut and add the shelves.  For our needs we decided to add fixed bathroom shelves vs movable shelves.  We also wanted to assure the shelves were aligned to each other.

Master bathroom Storage -Shelving

 7.  Next, we moved onto our master bathroom storage door frames.  This was a little tricky since we have not built many door frames, but The Family Handyman did not let us down. We used a saw stop to cut door frame parts to a consistent size.  We then used Kreg to join the door frames.  Using scotch tape we attached dimes to each side and the top and bottoms of the storage case.  This provided a perfect 1/8″ per side gap we need around the door frames.   Once we completed our door frames, we dry fit them to make sure they were perfect for our master bathroom storage.

Master bathroom Storage -Door frames

Master bathroom Storage -Door contruction

8.  Moving on, we flipped the door frame over, filled the Kreg holes and routed a 1/4″ trim the depth of our Plexiglas.  This ensured the glass fit flush to the storage door frames.  We then adhered rice paper, available from Home Depot, to keep the inside private.  Finally we adhered the Plexiglas to master bathroom storage doors with clear caulking.

9. We primed and painted the entire master bathroom storage cabinets and doors with Valspar Bare Wood Primer.

10. Once the painting was complete we added the hinges as plans show, and hung our doors, inset the box and screwed the new master bathroom storage to our framed out studs in the master bath.

Master bathroom Storage -routed door frame and paint

We also did an extra step.  We took the time to add some insulation behind the piece due to the shower from the other bathroom being on that wall.  This just helps keep the noise at bay between the walls.   And we are trying to decide if we should leave the inside white or do the back grey for contrast in the piece.  (the small grey patch shown through the glass 🙂 Opinions on this would be nice!

Hello I Live Here - Master Bath Storage

Well, this was the first part of the Master bath re-do and this great master bathroom storage idea.   For our other projects checkout the vanity upgrade, master bath tile and board and batten  🙂

Share your master bathroom storage ideas below – we would love to hear them 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Linda C.