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Small Decor Changes Make a BIG Difference

Want A Decor Change Without Breaking The Bank?

When looking to spice up a room or take it to ‘another level’ you don’t have to spend a fortune.  I’m going to tell you how I made small decor changes that made a big difference in my beauty room.  I recently used a room in my house and changed it into a beauty room.  I started with sanding and varnishing the wood floor then I started painting the wall.  I purchased my paint from Home Depot and the paint department was very helpful.  If you’re like me, and you go into the paint department, walk the aisle and all you see are paint cans, then do what I did, just tell the associate what you need & they’ll choose the right can for your purpose.  So I chose to go with the colors gray, silver and turquoise.   Check out my blog entitled Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls to see the finished product.

So with the walls and floor completed, I needed to add small touches to give the room decor a ‘POP’.  I’ve been working on my beauty room for some time now. I feel like it’ll never get done, but I am making progress.  First I customized a Billy Bookcase from IKEA by attaching molding to the top and it totally looks like a new bookshelf.  I also painted the back wall to match my Silver Chevron wall img_4749paint pattern (img_4747without the glitter). That little upgrade was harder to do than the molding (the bending over was taxing on my back).  In order to paint the back wall I had to lay the bookcase down on the floor.  Your other option is taking the back off to do this step (but I didn’t want to destroy the holes where the nails are).  I used the same stencil that I used for the wall and I painted the Chevron pattern with the same design color as the wall.  My room is small in dimension and does not have a ceiling light so I placed the IKEA Jansjo LED work lamp on top and used two which is more than enough lighting for that space.

Wall Art

One thing I wanted to add but didn’t want to spend a lot of money on is, Wall Art.  So, I went to a local thrift store and thumbed through what seemed like a thousand picture frames. As I looked through the selection, I knew I wanted a wood frame, but the color was not important at this point because I knew I could spray paint it to whatever color I wanted.  So, fortunately, I found a white 8X10 wood picture frame. Parts of it had turned yellow, but no worries. Besides it only cost me .50 cent.  I had already found an image to put in the frame, but the image was only 5X7 so I needed a photo mat to complete the look.  I went to Michael’s and purchased a white photo mat for about $3, but didn’t really like it at that stage.  So I thought, what if I glittered the Chevron pattern onto the photo mat?  It came out nicely but my advice to you if you decide this, don’t use the painter’s tape for your guide, it’s still too strong and will peel off some of the paper and glitter.  But I patched it up and it looks great.

For the image, all I did was search google for a turquoise beauty sign and I had a plethora of choices. You can achieve the smallest decor change without breaking the bank.  

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D.I.Y. Project Adhesive Reviews

Seems every time I look up, a new invention of a product that makes our lives easier is for sale. Not all products are created equally.  Before I start any project that requires mending, I stumble on which adhesive do I use.  In my search for adhesives for each project, I’ve purchased an accumulated different types.  Today I will talk about five products that are/can be used as adhesives for any of your decor products.  As an affiliate of Amazon, you can easily purchase any of these adhesives by clicking on the amazon links below.

ModPodge – The package states it’s a Waterbased Sealer, Glue & Finish. Use On All Surfaces. Mod Podge dries clear in approximately 15-20 minutes and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Apply with brush or sponge applicator. Close container after each use. Clean up with water while wet. Once dry, Mod Podge cannot be removed. Use as a puzzle saver, a sealer glue, a quick finish, a textured finish,or a build-up finish.” Non-toxic.

Acrylic Gesso – The package states Surface Preparation Primer.  Surface preparation for acrylics and oils. Surface Prep Mediums are used to seal prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas wood paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just one coat, and adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers. Liquitex Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium is an ideal high tooth for pastel oil pastel graphite and charcoal. Excellent ground for acrylic and oil paint. Mix with acrylic color to have a tinted ground. Dries clear to translucent depending on thickness. Excellent base coat primer for many applications, including murals. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc. Liquitex Surface Prep Mediums are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface.

Liquitex Glazing Medium –  Creates clear, Brilliant glazes, Adds Transparency. Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Liquitex Fluid Mediums perform much in the way that their name implies, they are fluid in nature and reduce viscosity of heavier paints and gels. They tend to self-level and do not retain brushstrokes. Liquitex Fluid Mediums modify acrylic paints in a variety of ways and contain acrylic resins to maintain or enhance adhesion and durability. Liquitex Glazing Medium Fluid Painting Medium is ideal for creating brilliant, jewel-like glazes with acrylic artist colors. Excellent brushing and leveling qualities. Dries quickly for rapid layering. Mix with any amount of acrylic color; small quantities of color provide the most transparency. Works best with transparent or translucent colors. Formulated for maximum flexibility and adhesion, will not chip or crack on canvas. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc. Liquitex Texture Gels are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface.

JudiKins Diamond Glaze Dimensional Adhesive – Use directly over artwork for a raised glass-like finish or as a dimensional glue for glitter and beads

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents – This is an acid-free, 3-D, clear gloss medium. Use to brighten, add dimensions, and magnify. Place under embellishments to make them stick. You can also place on top of embellishments to protect and add a glossy overlay.

Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents Precision Tip, 2-Ounce


An acid free, 3-D, clear gloss medium. Use to brighten, add dimensions, and magnify. Place under embellishments to make them stick. Also place on top of embellishments to protect and add a glossy overlay. This package contains 2 ounces in a bottle with a precision tip. Made in USA.
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Judikins Diamond Glaze, 8-Ounce


JUDIKINS-Use directly over artwork for a raised glass-like finish or as a dimensional glue for glitter and beads. Directions: Do not shake. Cut applicator lower to increase flow. Tip can be cleaned with a straight pin. Keep tightly caped. 8 fluid ounces. Conforms to ASTM D 4236.
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Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish


Gloss Finish Mod Podge in a 16 ounce plastic bottle.

Mod Podge dries clear in approximately 15-20 minutes and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Apply with brush or sponge applicator. Close container after each use. Clean up with water while wet. Once dry, Mod Podge cannot be removed. Use as a puzzle saver, a sealer glue, a quick finish, a textured finish,or a build-up finish.” Non-toxic.

Uses:

  •  as a glue for paper, fabric, and other porous materials
  • as a sealer for wood, paper, and prints
  • as a finish for printed material, decoupage, and fabric.
  • Also functions as a painting medium for water-based paint.

The water-based sealer, glue, and finish for all surfaces! 

  • Non-toxic
  • non-flammable
  • Conforms to ASTM D 4236
  • Store at room temperature.

Contents: 

  • One 16 oz. plastic bottle of GLOSS

Made in the USA.

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Liquitex Professional Glazing Fluid Medium, 8-oz


Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Liquitex Fluid Mediums perform much in the way that their name implies, they are fluid in nature and reduce viscosity of heavier paints and gels. They tend to self-level and do not retain brushstrokes. Liquitex Fluid Mediums modify acrylic paints in a variety of ways and contain acrylic resins to maintain or enhance adhesion and durability. Liquitex Glazing Medium Fluid Painting Medium is ideal for creating brilliant, jewel-like glazes with acrylic artist colors. Excellent brushing and leveling qualities.  Dries quickly for rapid layering.  Mix with any amount of acrylic color; small quantities of color provide the most transparency.   Works best with transparent or translucent colors. Formulated for maximum flexibility and adhesion, will not chip or crack on canvas.  Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc.  Liquitex Texture Gels are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface. APPLICATION: Apply to dry, painted areas to change coloration without losing established detail. Under layer must be thoroughly dry before applying the next coat. May be dried with a hair dryer to speed drying.   Mix in a small amount of color with the medium. Mix thoroughly and color will lighten. Color will darken and go back to a thin transparent version of the original color, as the medium dries and becomes transparent. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
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Liquitex Professional Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 4-oz


Liquitex offers the broadest range of acrylic mediums to inspire creativity at every stage of the painting process. Surface Prep Mediums are used to seal prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas wood paper and metal. This same preparation is used for both acrylic and oil paint. Our professional gessoes usually take just one coat, and adding Liquitex Soft Body color to any gesso creates customized tints and primers. Liquitex Clear Gesso Surface Prep Medium is an ideal high tooth for pastel oil pastel graphite and charcoal.  Excellent ground for acrylic and oil paint.  Mix with acrylic color to have a tinted ground.  Dries clear to translucent depending on thickness.  Excellent base coat primer for many applications, including murals. Can be applied to any material or surface that will accept traditional acrylic media, such as canvas, paper, wood, etc.  Liquitex Surface Prep Mediums are lightweight, non-toxic, and dry to a water-resistant, non-yellowing surface. APPLICATION: For canvas, paper, wood, or any clean porous non-oily surface. Sizes and primes while maintaining the original appearance of the surface. Provides paper with good tooth for chalk and oil pastel techniques. Mix with a very small amount of transparent or translucent acrylic color to tint the ground, while maintaining transparency. Visit our Liquitex Amazon Storefront for full product assortment.
List Price: $9.39 USD
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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

HOW TO PREPARE CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZELS

Items Needed:
1-2 packages of Pretzel Rods or Twists (approximately 40 per bag)
1-3 Packages of Chocolate Melts (Colors of your choice)
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Before you get started, purchase extra bags of pretzel rods because you don’t want to use the broken rods. Presentation is EVERYTHING!  For your finished product, it is more beautiful to see uniformity, so save the short pretzel rods for snack time.

Microwave 1 C of chocolate melts and 1 Tsp of shortening into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until chocolate melts are soft (but not completely melted). Stir until chocolate is thin like pudding.
You’ll need a tall container (cup/glass, etc) or a dipping disposable tube (found below) that is tall as or taller than the pretzel rods. Fill the container with the melted chocolate. Dip each pretzel rod so that 3/4 of rod is covered with chocolate. Place rod on a sheet of parchment paper (wax paper). When sheet is full, place in refrigerator until chocolate is stiff.
To decorate pretzels, line chocolate covered pretzels closely on parchment paper. Fill a Ziploc bag with melted chocolate (preferably a sandwich size bag). Cut a small hole at the bottom corner of the bag so you can drizzle chocolate across the pretzels until decorated to your liking. Place in refrigerator until stiff.  Once stiff after decorating, place each pretzel in a pretzel party bag and use a coordinating color as a tie if you choose.beecham90cecilr5

Display suggestion: Place pretzels that are designed with same colors together on your table (it makes it easier for your guests to find what they’re looking for).

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

How to Make Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

Researchers and scientists have said for decades that chocolate is an aphrodisiac.  So I think its appropriate to offer guests to a wedding shower or a wedding reception the ultimate treat, CHOCOLATE wrapped in chocolate.

Supplies Needed:

1-2 pkgs of Original Oreo Cookies (36 cookies per pack, you may want to save the broken cookies for later)

1-3 Bags of Chocolate Candy Melts (Color of your choice)

Crisco Shortening

Microwaveable bowl

Spatula

Plain Cookie Chocolate Mold (purchase on Amazon)

Instructions:

Place approximately 1 C of Candy Melts and 1 tsp of shortening into a microwaveable bowl.  until almost all melted.  Microwave in 30 second increments (stirring in between).  Only microwave til candy melts are soft, then stir till chocolate is smooth.  Chocolate should be thin as pudding.  To prevent the chocolate from over cooking, only heat ingredients so that you can manually stir to assist the chocolate in the melting process.

Pour chocolate to cover the bottom of the cookie mold, then place cookie in the center of mold.  Pour chocolate to cover the cookie.  Fill the rest of the mold with chocolate & repeat for the other 5 molds. Be sure to push the cookie down slightly to avoid air bubbles.  Once the mold is full, place in freezer until stiff. After chocolate has set, remove cookie from mold.  If temperature in home is warm, place chocolate covered cookies back into refrigerator until ready to decorate.  At this stage you can leave them as is, or prepare them for decorating.

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If you are choosing to decorate the cookie, use the same chocolate melting procedure as above.  The decorative chocolate should be a coordinating color.  Pour the chocolate in plastic Ziploc sandwich bag.  To decorate cookies, line cookies up closely on a sheet of parchment paper (wax paper) like an assembly line.   Cut a small bottom corner of the sandwich bag, but hold the bag so that it doesn’t leak until you’re ready to decorate.  Quickly drip chocolate from left to right across the cookie until decorated to your liking.  Let the chocolate drizzle across in lines or a  Zig-Zag pattern.

Place cookies back into the refrigerator to set, then sit out to serve as they become room temperature

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Bathroom Update and Remodeling Series – Wall & Floor Tile

Bathroom updates and remodeling has come a long way.  One of the most famous bathrooms from the 60’s-70’s is the Brady Bunch shared bath.  If the decor in that bath represents the features and styles of that time, then those rooms weren’t equipped with bells and whistles.  There were no ceramic tiles on the walls, just paint.  If homes contained wall tile, the most popular colors for years was either blue or green, eeewww!  Not a bright blue, mostly a powder blue.   The green color was dull and looked more like pea green.  Mosaic ceramic tiles and vinyl  floors were common in the middle-class homes.  The decades always bring about change and there has been significant changes over the last 4 decades with bathroom floor and wall tile designs.  Today, the choice of tiles are endless in size and colors.  Today’s homeowners now see the bathroom as a place for luxury or relaxation.

Of the many types of tile available, off the top of my head here are a few: Ceramic or Porcelain, Glass, Marble, Granite, Limestone, Metal, Terra-cotta, Travertine, Slate, Quarry and the list goes on.  Check out the definitions and description on the Better Home and Gardens website.Before you pick your tile, you must consider where it’s going to be installed.  Since, the bath is a moisture prone room, the tile for the floor must be suitable for traffic when wet.  A few of the tile types I mentioned above wouldn’t necessarily be suitable as floor tile, but could be considered for the wall.

Before you choose a type of tile, consider the style decor of your bath.  Is it contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional and the list could go on and on.  Once your style decor is chosen, the types of tile to pick from will narrow down a bit.  For those of you that plan to remodel with a budget under $10K I will focus on tile that is mostly available at a local home improvement store.

When I began planning the tile for my 1st floor bath, I flipped through pages of books to see what was popular & within my budget.  My first plan of action was to decide the size of the tile so that I could design its layout.  I also thought about how each size tile would make my small bath appear.  I did some research and found that larger tiles can make a space look bigger than it really is.  I had to also understand that the placement of the tile can make a world of difference too.  So, with today’s wide variety of tile, I chose a porcelain tile that looks more expensive than it was.   The other decision you’ll have to make once you’ve chosen your tile is the grout color.  That decision isn’t as hard as it may sound, it’s mainly about choosing a color that matches your tile.  Any questions about this, ask the associate at the store where you purchased it.

1st Floor Bath Pics

When I was ready to remodel the 2nd floor bath, I used the lessons I learned from mistakes in my 1st floor and I tried to make better decisions and I also wanted it to look a little more flashy.  I purchased my glass and stone tile from homedepot.  The same brand, different color is found below.  Hope you like it as much as I do.

2nd  Floor Bath Pics

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Back To School/College Must Haves

Heading Back to School/College

It’s that time of year when the playgrounds become empty and the classroom is consumed by the chatter of girls and boys gathered in one place to learn something new, and the school speed zones become active.  Its that time of year when parents find waking a child up in the morning is a theatrical production.  Whatever change the return to school brings, you’ll need to stock up on some things in preparation of the school year.

Every student from Kindergarten to College needs certain items, supplies, and accessories that will get them off to a great start.  Speaking of Kindergarten, I remember being in Kindergarten with my lunch box.  I had a pink Barbie lunchbox.  It had a Thermos in it and I was happy to show it off everyday.  So, no matter who your child likes as a TV character you should send them off happy knowing they have something they love.  I’ve also listed a sports lunchbox for kids or adults who love sports, you can take this along with you.  If you have a child that is crazy for the move FROZEN, I’ve got a great backpack and lunchbox set below.  Maybe you want to help your child decompress after an intense day at school, I found a cute Frozen Stationary Set they could love.

If you have a college student that needs bed sheets, portable shower tote, pop-up mesh laundry hamper, smart phone charging station with USB outlet multiplier and dual surge protector, bed risers for extra storage under the bed, A 6 pocket bedside storage mattress Book Remote Caddy, Locking Storage Box, Clip-On Laptop Lamp, Soap Box, Shower and Water Sandals and Toothbrush Holder.  Maybe you want to send your student a care package, there is a plethora of things you could send, checkout Pinterest for inspiration.

 Below is a list of items you should consider purchasing from Amazon with their Prime Membership.

 

Something Beautiful is on the Horizon

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Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls

How to get Sparkling Painted Glitter Walls

I am creating a ‘beauty space/room’ and although the painting process would’ve been easier and less time-consuming, I took the paint on the wall two steps further.  I decided to go with a grey/silver wall cover but because its such a small space I knew I had to consider what shade of grey I was going to choose.  For my base, I used BEHR’s White Metal (grey) and for my Chevron design I used BEHR’s Ultra Flat Flannel Grey.

Months prior to painting I went shopping at Tuesday Morning and saw a Chevron Wall Stencil so without knowing what I was going to do with it, I purchased it.  As I was painting my space with a faint grey color I knew right away that I was going to use the wall stencil with a flat, darker grey color.  One of the advantages of being a scrapbooker is, the knowledge and experience using stencils and making sure the paint doesn’t bleed through.  So, the process was timely, but well worth it.  Once I was done with the Chevron design, I was still second guessing my choice so I stepped back to take a good look at what I created and I was greatly disappointed.  I knew something was missing, but what exactly, I did not know!  I have watched so many YouTube videos to get inspired, then I came across a video where they painted an entire wall using glitter.  I knew painting an entire wall was going to be too flashy and would not reflect who I am.  So, I literally just stood there an stared at the wall.  The way my mind works is, it visualizes possibilities and the idea that sticks is usually my choice.  So the idea to fill in the space between the Chevron design with glitter stuck.  Now my dilemma was choosing the glitter and the best glue or medium to help the glitter stick to the wall without fallout.  There are at least two sizes of glitter flakes you can choose from.  I chose extra fine glitter because I wanted a smooth transition from the glitter to the flat painted Chevron pattern.  I did more research on google and You Tube and chose to use glazing medium to stick the glitter to the walls (see below).  It was super easy and I think anyone can achieve this look.  People talked about the pattern being straight and I how impressed they were on that fact alone.  Once I added the glitter in-between the patterns, it gave the room just the right kind of sparkle I was going for.  The process wasn’t difficult at all, as long as you take your time, things will be fine.

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    Glitter and Glaze Medium Consistency

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll need a top coat to keep the glitter from falling out and getting everywhere.  I looked at mediocre options like ModPodge, but my experience with ModPodge wasn’t a totally positive one.  So I decided to use Rust-Oelum Crystal Clear Enamel.

Bathroom Remodel Series Lighting

Today, Let’s talk about Lighting.

When you look in the hardware store sometimes it can all seem so simple to just pick a light fixture that’s cute and go home.  Let me tell you, it is so much more complicated than that! Before you start looking at fixtures, you should begin thinking about all of the activities that your family does in the bathroom. Yes, it is that deep! Ok, so if your family is  like mine, the bathroom is where experimentation and body inspections happen! No kidding, total body inspections. Maybe after or during a shower you might notice something new in places they weren’t before! Well, you’re gonna need the best light possible for this.  Maybe you bathe your children & need sufficient lighting so that you can watch them play without any unforeseen accidents. No matter what you do, great lighting is crucial in your everyday life.

You have two separate options for doing a bath update versus a remodel.

Bath Update:  If you’re performing a small update for the fixture above the sink, you might benefit more from a fixture with at least 3-4 bulbs. Even if your space is small, you can’t go wrong with 3-4 bulbs if you have a dimmer installed with the fixture. The dimmer will give you what you need, when you need it. If your space allows 4 bulbs, go for it.

bathfanlight1bathfanlightHow do you know if your fixture fits your space?  A good rule of thumb is to know that your lighting shouldn’t extend past your vanity mirror or cabinet.  It would look a bit unbalanced if the light fixture was too wide.  So think ahead just a little, so you’ll know how wide your mirror/cabinet is or will be.  Now that you’ve determined the width needed, start searching for fixtures with the style your entire look compliments (contemporary, traditional, eclectic, or modern).

Bath Remodel:  If you are considering a total remodel (tear-out), then your thought process should dig a little deeper because you have to look at your space from a different point of view. You have to make sure you stay focused with the style of your entire look.  So, if your finished look is contemporary, you should only consider lighting with a contemporary finish.  If your budget allows, consider recessed lighting in your shower area. These canisters will be more functional on a dimmer switch. Trust me, you’ll love this new addition! My two baths are 44 sq feet each and my family loves the light. Have you ever showered in a dim bath? As a child I never noticed the lack of lighting in our bath, but my part of the Midwest, Ranch style housing built before 1970 didn’t include recessed lighting. This addition to your building plans will totally change your view! Literally! Although it may seem a bit excessive for some, I also have a ceiling light with an exhaust fan. This light is purely for general purposes. This light can stand alone in the ceiling without recessed lighting. However, you’ll still want the light fixture over the sink. The lighting over the sink is great for quick shaving or applying makeup. Honestly, as I’ve matured, I’ve found myself needing more/brighter lights just to do everyday things. So, if you’re like me, go ahead & invest in your lights! Your eyes will thank you.

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Let’s talk vanity lighting!  Your vanity lighting will be determined by how wide your mirror or medicine cabinet is.  If your medicine cabinet is between 24-30 inches you can choose a 3 or 4 light fixture.  There is no rule set-in-stone, however you don’t want the light fixture to be unbalanced when looking at the entire look. If the fixture is shorter than the cabinet, just center it and it’ll look fine.  If the fixture is wider than the medicine cabinet, be sure to have the cabinet centered under the fixture.

 

On a side note, I had an awesome opportunity to remodel my parents bath and even though I splurgedheatlamp on this last piece, it was perfect. I had my contractor install a heat lamp right outside of the shower.  Yes, a heat lamp (the residential version of the ones you might find in a fitness gym sauna). Every since I could remember, my mother had always complained about being cold and I thought it was a great idea, especially for the winter months. It had a timer and has never given us any problems.

So, there, you have it. My take on bath lighting! I hope this helps you in your journey for better lighting.

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