Progress on the bathroom front is touch and go. The good news is that the plumber came over yesterday and installed the new wall-mounted cabinet-with-a-sink-on-top. That's it on the right. It's quite an improvement. (The photos I posted yesterday were ones I grabbed off the Ikea web site.) We're waiting for the other contractors to come in today to install baseboards all around the new room upstairs.
When Walt told the plumber that I wanted to return the smaller cabinet and sink to amazon.fr for a refund, he said he doubted that they'd be in good enough shape to be returned. However, the little cabinet cleaned up easily. I don't know about the sink yet. I may be stuck with it. The big faucet looks good on the bigger sink.
The plumber also did a little fix up on the sink in the downstairs loo. It looks better, and I cleaned it well with bleach. I think the decision to keep it was the right one. Luckily, we had some of the old blue paint left in a plastic bucket downstairs, so rather than repaint the downstairs petit coin, for the moment we'll just touch up the old paint.
The plumber (a French guy whose done a lot of work and repairs for us over the past three or four years) also said that if we would go ahead and paint the new wall board that hides the frame and tank for the new downstairs toilet, he'd come and install the toilet today. We have enought blue paint for that. Yay. We might have two working half-bathrooms by the time our friend arrives from California on Friday afternoon. Plus, of course, the main bathroom with shower etc., which is already in good shape and open for business.