Good Questions: How To Improve This Bad Fix-It Job?

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Hello AT,

One of the earlier inhabitants of my condo ripped out some of the bathroom tiles and installed a new faucet. In the place of the old tile they stuck a square of what appears to be plaster. I’m not intclined to redo all of the bathroom tile work just to address this..but does anyone have any thoughts on how to make this a bit more attractive? I’m also planning on putting in a new faucet as the one that was installed is a bit funky looking.

Thanks! Ellen

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Dear Ellen,

We’ve never seen anything like that before, and we’re amazed that they didn’t put in a little more work and retile the area when they had it all ready to go.

The simplest thing you could do is paint it to match the pink tile, which would nicely make the problem disappear.

The other thing you could do is turn this into an opportunity to paint a small mural – perhaps a growing flower or some water plant – within the space and dress it up.

With the steady hand and a good artist, you could turn this sow’s ear into a silk purse!

Anyone else??