Even though I recently turned forty and January is the month for ambitious New Year’s resolutions, I’m not considering cosmetic surgery (at least not yet!). We are, however, weighing our options for doing a “pull-and-replace” cosmetic renovation of our upstairs bathroom. As the only wash room on the second floor, it works double-duty as both the master and the guest bath.
I’ll be the first to admit that our bathroom’s current state isn’t in the same realm of horrendous like this “before” photo. And yeah, this definitely qualifies as a first-world problem. And yes, I am indeed grateful to be blessed with indoor plumbing. (When I visited my grandma’s house in South Korea as a little kid, her dark and dank outhouse had a seemingly bottomless stone pit that I was scared to death of falling into.) But ya know, we just want to brighten and modernize it because we spend such an inordinate amount of time in there. Here are some shots of what we’re dealing with:
Now that you think I’m the pickiest person on earth, here’s a sampling of what I’m aiming for:
Of course, we already found our perfect new vanity on Amazon and added it to our Wish List:
The big question we’re facing is cost. We’re currently fielding estimates from several contractors since “DIY” is not in our vocabulary. The numbers so far have ranged from discouraging to outrageous. For example, one place wanted to charge us $16,000. Huh? For that money, I could book a short trip to paradise or spend half a night in New York. They also claimed the project would take three weeks to complete. Again, what are they smoking?
Update on March 15, 2014: Well, we did it! Check out this post for the “after” pics.