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We need to redo our 30 year old bathroom in a modest but comfortable house and I am so over my head. We have a 76 inch vanity which I was told today will have to be custom, pop corn ceiling which is going, A whirlpool bathtub , rarely used so is almost like new except for some yellow plastic "spouts" and tarnished brass fittings. The shower is the worst- all black mildew that will not scrub off, so I suspect there is some degree of moisture in the wall board which may need replacing too. We don't want to replace the slate-look floor tiles but may have to if things don't fit the same. The prices I saw for a new vanity are just about the price we wanted to spend on the whole thing. How does one stay in a budget when everything is so complicated and prices are not listed? It's like if you have to ask the price you can't afford it. Have us come out and measure, pick all your finishes etc, and THEN we will tell you how much it costs. I think I want swanstone shower walls - but have no idea of prices on that. Home Depot will sell bathroom cabinets but not install them. Is it really necessary to spend the extra money on a contractor for this kind of job? I want materials that will hold up, and not look cheap, but don't need top of the line, and am happy to make it special with paint and accessories not expensive glass tiles. I have been reading here about everyone's search for the perfect tiles etc, but how do I go about just getting job done as correctly and inexpensively as possible? Thanks for your help.