LA Good Questions: Rental Bathroom Woes...

LA Good Questions: Rental Bathroom Woes...

Grace Shu
Apr 15, 2008

AT reader Nancy is struggling with the bathroom "remodel" in the condo she's renting: I rent an adorable 1950's condo that has a lot of nice touches. Unfortunately, the bathroom makes me sick. Someone - and I don't know if it's my landlord or previous owners - decided to lay some beige vinyl over the original yellow tile, and glaze the bathtub and tub tile white. The old flooring is still visible along the wall, and I can make out the impression of tiles underneath the vinyl too. I really want to fix this, but I also don't want to spend a whole lot of money re-doing someone ELSE'S bathroom. I tried FLOR, but it just looked weird after I had to cut 95% of the tiles to fit all the weird angles in my bathroom, the toilet, the pedestal sink, etc.

This is really obnoxious remodeling, like something off of one of HGTV's crazy band-aid remodel TV programs, where they encourage people to cover up their retro pastel tiles with glaze and boring neutral shades. The worst part is I have a neighbor who kept her bathroom in its original state, and it's really lovely! Is there anything I can do in the meantime? Or should I just suck it up until I buy my own place?

[ Photo from HGTV ]

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