DW and I plan to downsize soon, but on the advice of realtors we had some updating to do to our 20 yo house, included debrassing everything brass, removing wallpaper and repainting, new light fixtures/fans/door levers/cabinet knobs, etc. In the master bathroom we removed carpeting, faux marble, wallpaper, replaced all fixtures, added granite counter tops, new sinks and whirlpool tub, frameless shower and tiled the floor. After this, we are not anxious to have contractors in our home anytime soon, although we were pleased with the work and their cleaning up after themselves.
Here are some before and after shots of our updated master bathroom. It may be hard to tell from the pics, but this is a huge room that is about 24' x 12'. Everything came out real nice, so we thought maybe we should stay put
Nevertheless, this house is too big and has to much upkeep and expense, so downsizing does make sense.