The Tile Shop Searches for Chicago's Ugliest Bathroom

Enter by February 10, 2010 to Win a Complete Bathroom Makeover

Jan 19, 2010, 12:05 ET from The Tile Shop

CHICAGO, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Rotting, moldy grout?  A stained yellow porcelain sink?  70's style, big-bulb light fixtures?  Pink tile from the 50's?

The search is on for Chicago's ugliest bathroom, and when it's found, the winning homeowner will win a complete bathroom makeover, valued up to $50,000, courtesy of The Tile Shop (, a leading retailer of high quality ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile from all over the world.

Conducted by the seven Tile Shop stores in greater Chicagoland (Deerfield, Lake Zurich, Lombard, Naperville, Schaumburg, Tinley and Countryside), The Tile Shop Ugly Bathroom Chicago Giveaway is being launched to draw attention to The Tile Shop's unique expertise in helping consumers make their dream bathrooms become a reality.  

"We will announce the winner of our Ugly Bathroom Giveaway on Valentine's Day in recognition that many couples decide to take on a bathroom remodel together," said Brynley Umpleby, general manager of The Tile Shop in Lombard, Ill.  "Taking on a bathroom remodel can test the bonds of a couple's relationship.  But, fortunately, because The Tile Shop caters to the do-it-yourselfer, we can give you the confidence to do it right, and avoid the stress of taking on a big remodeling project."

The grand prize winner of The Tile Shop Ugly Bathroom Giveaway will receive all materials necessary to create their dream bathroom, from the tub and shower to all of the fixtures and beautiful Tile Shop tile, along with the expert advice for a successful do-it-yourself remodel.  The winning bathroom will be selected based on ugliest (in photos or video), the homeowner's story about their ugly bathroom and their dreams for a new bathroom, and the potential for transforming an ugly bathroom into a dream bathroom with Tile Shop products.

To help do-it-yourselfers turn their ugly bathrooms into dream bathrooms, The Tile Shop trains its associates to guide anyone, from the tile-novice to the frequent do-it-yourselfer, on the ins and outs of remodeling a bathroom.  In addition, The Tile Shop offers free, how-to materials and videos on how to remodel your bathroom on its web site,, and free "Do it Yourself Seminars" every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at each Tile Shop store in the Chicago area.

To enter the Tile Shop's Ugly Bathroom Giveaway, contestants must upload a photo or video of their ugly bathroom and the story of their dreadful bathroom at by 11:59 p.m. central time on Mon., February 10, 2010. Chicago's Ugliest Bathroom winner will be announced on Valentine's Day, Sun., Feb. 14, 2010 on the company's web site,, it's Facebook page, and through the company's blog,  To be eligible to enter the Tile Shop Ugly Bathroom Giveaway, participants must by residents of Illinois and at least 18 years old.

In addition to The Tile Shop, other sponsors of The Tile Shop's Ugly Bathroom Giveaway include Kohler bathroom products, Ferguson lighting products, and Chicago Home + Garden magazine.

About The Tile Shop

Founded in 1984, The Tile Shop, based in Plymouth, Minn., is dedicated to providing consumers and tile professionals with an unparalleled selection of world-class product, focused on showcasing the extraordinary beauty and value found in ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile.  The company operates 49 stores in 17 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin).

SOURCE The Tile Shop