When Peter and I moved from our rental apartment to a condo down the hall last August, one of its two bathrooms needed work, e.g., you could only get hot or cold water from the sink and the teeny tiles on the floor and walls were so chipped that even bleach didn’t make them appear clean.
Ten months later, I almost have a new bathroom. My contractor, Chuck, is creative and terrific when he shows up, which is not very often.
The walls around the tub could not “handle the tile being removed” said our building superintendent, so Chuck suggested using a “tub surround” to cover the existing tiles.
Well, the tub surround is beautiful. It looks like marble which it is not. I was trying to explain it to neighbors and the next couple of times I saw them, they would ask—what was that stuff called? It seems that it’s hard to remember “tub surround”.
So on Thursday, as I put up a new shower curtain, I decided to invite them to a bathroom open house to begin momentarily, dress is casual, etc. They appeared minutes later, and I gave them the five-minute tour. They were quite taken by the tub surround, but they also loved the towel racks, the toilet paper holder, the shape of the sink and the white with a hint of gray painted walls.
And, with so little notice of this event, I was shocked that they came with the perfect bathroom-warming gift…
A bar of Dove soap.