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Giving a master bath a spalike feel

When interior designer Sherry Schmidt decided that the master bathroom in the couple's Huntington home needed a face-lift, she looked closely at what could be saved and what needed to be scrapped.

"The bathroom had good bones, so we felt a total renovation wasn't required," says Schmidt, who acted as general contractor when she and her psychologist husband, Sheldon, 66, built their Huntington home nearly 20 years ago.

"We wanted a cleaner, spalike feel with more counter space and more storage," says Schmidt, 64.

The makeover includes a vanity with drawers and space for extra towels and a second makeup area with a large mirror, a marble ledge and storage. Total: About $2,600.

--Sylvia King-Cohen

BEFORE. Sherry and Sheldon Schmidt thought their master
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BEFORE. Sherry and Sheldon Schmidt thought their master bathroom could use an update after more than 20 years. Faux paint application, stenciled florals and a pedestal sink seemed dated.

BEFORE. Sherry Schmidt said the couple was aiming

BEFORE. Sherry Schmidt said the couple was aiming to increase counter space and storage. "The marble floor, whirlpool tub and shower areas were fine," she said.

AFTER. PAINT, $700. New wall treatments can completely
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AFTER.
PAINT, $700. New wall treatments can completely change the feel and direction of a room. Benjamin Moore Metallic Glaze Bronze, supplied and applied by Linakis Painting, Syosset.
WOOD BLIND, $170. From Elco Manufacturing, Hauppauge.
WINDOW TREATMENT, $345. Designed by Schmidt; fabric ($105) and fabrication ($240), both designer-only sources.
TOWEL STAND, existing. It is nice to have extra towels right where they are needed.
FISH SCULPTURE, existing. It sets the scene for both the colors of the new bathroom and the aquatic accessories on the tub.
WHIRLPOOL TUB, existing.
CANDLES and HOLDERS, existing. When lit, these put the final touches on the spa feel they sought.
FULL-LENGTH MIRROR, $87. The couple have a well-manicured backyard, and the mirror allows them a view even when their backs are to the window. “It is so nice always having a view of outside instead of just a wall,” Schmidt says. From the Martha Stewart Collection, Home Depot, Huntington Village. (September 2011)

MIRROR, $180. This mirror complements the room’s updated
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MIRROR, $180. This mirror complements the room’s updated look. From a designer-only source.
ORCHID, existing. This elegant plant adds a touch of color and style. (September 2011)

VANITY INSTALLATION, $325. Done by the homeowners with
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VANITY INSTALLATION, $325. Done by the homeowners with assistance from a friend. (September 2011)

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