50 Shades of Gray Apartment; Ready March 1st

Sneaky Peaky! For neighbor eyes only! And for ultra successful attractive secretive young fellows named Grey. lol!

This the 3rd floor offering at our Festival House on 2450 Parkwood Ave is available for rent starting March 1st, 2014. Below are photos. As you can see we are hitting the market in shades of Gray. Gray textured plaster, gray veins in Carrera marble, gray and white tile, black tile counter tops, stainless steel appliances, nickle anodized aluminum tile trims including a retro metal cove at the kitchen backsplash, dark gray doors, and gray toned luxury wood look vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen and bath. All that is missing is Grey’s heliport.

This is a two bedroom, one bath, plus living room and eat in kitchen. Monster walkin closet between adjoined bedroom. We wont tell what goes on behind the closet door if you wont. Snicker snicker. Excuse the clutter, we just refinished the wood floors. And they are Hot! Hot! Hot!

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Contact Mary for a showing.

Coming Soon; 3rd Floor Unit of Festival House


Here is Ben getting ready to grout the tile in the bathroom. Bathroom features a “shtub”, part shower part tub. As with a lot of these old homes the bathroom size challenged us. Too small for conventional tub. Window in the way for a built in shower. So we made our own custom fixture.

3rd floor Festival House will be available early May. Features brand new bath and kitchen. 1 bedroom. Big living room. Monster closet (all the monsters are nice). And something extra.

Contact Malcolm.

This Old Bath Before and After

As we say goodbye to This Old Bath and her cookie baking Owner, it is time to reflect on the difference we made, before and after. And to focus on details and people that made the difference.

Before and Afters 

Tub Area





OK So we broke the soap dish on the install. Now fixed.

Old Shelf New Shelf. Pottery Barn!





Old Curtain Rod. New Curtain Rod. Sans awful post. Wayfair.com.





Old Mosaics we keep, but deep clean and seal with Terraglaze.





Old tub a keeper too even with all its crackle. They just don’t make em like this anymore. :-(


Towel bars and lumpy tilework. New bars and flat tilework.






Tasteful contrast carries thru even in the grout color.


Ceramic GFI Cover Plate. Subwaytile.com. h/t Owner.


People that made the difference and the details happen. Darrin, and the Owner (no pic)


Tile by Daltile.
Plumbing fixtures by Strom Sign of the Crab.
Paint by Benjamin Moore/Color Concepts.

Other notes. We kept the cost down by doing tile over tile. Very little demo and reconstruction. Owner had leaky tile wall, but structurally sound for tile. We applied Kerdi waterproofing by Schluter over the tub and used all cement mortar in the same area. Mastic shown in pic above for areas not over tub.

Update from this Old Bath Job


Its heating season once again in Toledo. The mighty Maumee will be frozen over before you know it. Brrr.

So heres Darrin racing to get all the finishes done behind the radiator. See it in the fore ground? It belongs under Darrins right knee. Hurry up I think it was hailing today oh my. :-)

Not to worry folks, our plumber capped this location, the heat continues elsewhere, Mr and Mrs This Old Bath will not shiver in the making of this picture. He he.

Projects like these, small though they may be, require a high degree of timing and coordination. Thats what you get with the Mouse House crew.