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Updating old bathroom

"You can make very different decisions when you're primarily looking at giving the bath a face lift — updating your colors and changing the fixtures and accessories." Re-decorating tasks might include such things as adding some color wood trim, putting a new commode in the old spot or replacing a vanity with one that's the same width and depth but taller, making it a more back-friendly 34 - 36 inches instead of the old standard of 30 - 32 inches.

"In my own bathroom, I have two long, tall and expensive mirrors that literally sit on the backsplash," says Deborah.

"For the remodel, the only way to replace the counters would involve taking out the backsplash and cracking the mirrors.

If your tub is nicked or someone has used abrasive cleaners on it to the point where it's grey at best after cleaning, then the decision to refinish or replace becomes financial.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association says an average bathtub removal and replacement costs $3,000.

IT is an old cheap, pine armoire that I got – I think from Sams Club – back when I was pregnant with my first child.

Plan was to paint it white and use it for the baby’s room. Smooshed on a layer of Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Colonial Blue.

Deborah Burnett, for example, regularly recommends total destruction of old bathrooms for remodels as a residential contractor in Nashville, Tenn.

But she knows from personal experience that sometimes you should keep at least part of what you've got.

In the course of such revamps, one new element often dictates the addition of another, like a new shower requiring new plumbing which requires a new tile wall.

And it's a false economy to go halfway once you've started.

These are all updates that do not require re-plumbing, which in turn requires tearing out walls, or new floor plans, wiring or lighting.