FINALLY I have what I want, tiles back on the wall, no shower, no curtains, no curtain track, just a bath that knows it's a bath again. I'm creating an old Chinese style in there with heavy cream walls and dark wood. I did plan shoji style tiles, fairly big creamy tiles with dark grout in between but the tiler did white grout while I was away at a conference. I came back two nights later and tried to tell him what I had asked for and he had a massive MASSIVE tantrum, yelling and shouting and finally rushing into the bathroom and hacking out the grout like a lunatic, shouting and cutting with a sharp instrument. I had to practically scream at him to stop. We calmed him down enough to repair the mad cutting he'd just done and we paid him off fast and he scrammed. It was nuts! Whether it was because he'd forgotten what I asked for or was annoyed that I told him he should have done what I asked for, not what he thought was best, I don't know... but it was rather exciting. Crazy Viet plumber with Irish name on the warpath!
I also painted one of our kitchen walls bright (and I mean bright) lime green. I'll take a photo in the light tomorrow. When Steve gets back (he's been away all week) it's going to be a surprise *snort* a big surprise. You can't see it unless you're actually in the kitchen so it won't clash with the house.
Can I tell you how much I love the holiday break? I love it love it love it love it. I almost feel human again.