There was only one metric used in deciding whether to redo our hall bathroom: Would we let Kate’s tender haunches touch the surfaces? The answer was a resounding, “Oh gawd no.” Yes, we could have cleaned it up a lot and it probably would have been OK. But we knew we were replacing the flooring when all the other upstairs floors were installed. Plus, the toilet was leaking, the faucets didn’t match and one faucet was entirely inoperable, so we decided to tackle it all at once.
We weren’t looking to change the layout of the bathroom, so we simply had each of the three pieces — tub/shower, toilet and vanity — swapped out for new ones. We didn’t need, nor have the budget for, a custom bathroom overhaul, but we absolutely knew we needed to hire a pro to do the work right. It was a way bigger job than we were able to handle in both skill and time.