I get a call back a few days later.
Dad: " We're coming in 3 days. Get the paint and the tile."
At that point, I went into panic mode mixed with complete excitement and went shopping.
They started on the bathroom tile and thought demo would take a couple of hours, but our house was built [with quality] in the 1940's and instead of durarock behind the tile it was cement. Demo took up half a day. Then they discovered the walls weren't exactly straight so that meant cutting more tile to fit during the entire process.
Before: cracks in tile, handicap rail that was removed - general disarray.
After: new subway tile, new plumbing (and eventually a re-glazed tub, anyone in Tallahassee have a recommendation?)
They are saints. SAINTS for doing the precise work it took on our shower. They "taught me to fish" by saving a wall for me to tile and grout.
Then they moved on to paint the dining room/kitchen/sunroom. The original problem was two-fold. 1. The paint color was gray with a hint of purple and hint of blue in certain light. I wanted a gray-gray. 2. When I first painted, I ran out of paint and I went to get another gallon and Lowe's could not match the paint (even with the exact same code and same product from their store?!!?). Do you see the dark spots where I touched up the paint? It drove me mad, but not mad enough to repaint!
(No after- just know it's all the same color now, Sherwin Williams 7641 Collonade Gray) Last project was the fireplace. I knew I wanted to change it, but it wasn't high on my priority list. However, this small change dresses up the entire house and I love it.
After: marble 2" hexagon
Dad and Dale, we can't thank you enough. We love your help and you are welcome back anytime!