Part of this process--most of it, in fact--has been a makeover of our two bathrooms.
What we have below is the results of an experiment. Part of the bathroom makeovers has been cleaning up the sinks and replacing the hardware, rather than replacing the whole sink. (We shopped around. Sinks aren't cheap, and we both have kind of "chi-chi" tastes!) Over the Holiday weekend, we went to pick some things up at the hardware store, including a new j-trap (the piece below.) The products on the market now in the big hardware stores are unbelievably flimsy feeling! Even the "metal" pieces feel like they will crack and fall apart rapidly. This piece was crusted about an inch deep with...drek! When we couldn't find an acceptable replacement, I said to my boyfriend, "Let's try this."