Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Princess who wanted a sparkling new laundry. She had tired of having a laundry with a 1980's olive coloured sink , non descript paint, and peach floor tiles, not to mention a ceiling with mould spots because of inadequate ventilation. Aside from the ugliness of it all, it had become a health risk...
The Prince, who loved the Princess beyond all reason, wanted to make her happy, so he set about giving her a new laundry. He was looking forward to the challenge and at least it didn't involve slaying dragons to prove his love. (those dragons are nasty beasts with smelly breath and a propensity to breathe fire at inopportune moments , and the Prince really didn't fancy getting burnt to a crisp or eaten by a dragon with a bad temper)
So the Prince set about doing some sums and came up with a budget of $500.00 to make the Princess's laundry trendy and gorgeous, and he worked out a time frame of around three weeks to complete this easy task.
But alas, many misfortunes did befall the hapless Prince in his quest. (not the least of which was the whiny, nagging Princess who turned into a shrew around week 5 ) The poor put upon Prince could do nothing right, as walls fell down and grout refused to dry. The final indignity for the Princess came when she had to wash her knickers on the castle patio in full view of all the commoners. Finally, after 11 weeks, 6 days, 12 hours and 53 minutes, the Prince reported the laundry completed, at a cost about double his original estimate. It's kind of hard to believe the Prince works in International finance and deals with bazillions of dollars every day. Perhaps he thought he had that kind of budget for this project. Never Mind...all's well that ends well.
The laundry is now a magical place with nary a mould spot in sight and is indeed a laundry fit for a Princess.
Same wall now , with a Princess-worthy decal.
Tiles fit for a princess to step on
The Royal dogs charged in as this photo was taken leaving grotty paw marks on the royal tile.
The princess is currently being serenaded by the sweet sound of her washing machine and laundry day can resume whenever she pleases without all the planning of a military campaign, or without fear that the neighbours will see that some of her underwear is pretty ordinary. The Princess is happy. Very Happy. She is off to stare at her laundry now.
P.S. The Prince is looking for dragons to slay in future figuring surely it's gotta be easier.
P.P.S. Using the laundry renovation as a guide the Princess almost pissed in her royal pants when she realised that probably means her kitchen renovation will probably cost around $48,000 and will be completed sometime in 2014.