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Terribly Tiled Bathroom Brings New Definition of Ugly to “America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest”

Utah Couple Wins Dream Bathroom Makeover from American Standard and The Home Depot

PISCATAWAY, NJ (February 23, 2004) – Sometimes it pays to be the ugly duckling. Just ask Janell and Angelo Madonna, whose brown tile-covered, 1960s bathroom was declared the winner of American Standard’s fourth annual “America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest.” The Madonna’s ugly bathroom is scheduled for a $20,000 dream makeover courtesy of American Standard, The Home Depot and EXPO Design Center.

The Tooele (Utah) homeowners’ bathroom was selected from more than 6,000 ugly bathroom entries sent from all 50 U.S. states. The Home Depot and EXPO Design Center will provide this year’s winners with a complete suite of elegant fixtures and faucets from American Standard, including a Champion® toilet featuring America's Best™ Flushing System. The Madonna’s will also receive complimentary design services from nationally known designer and stylist Barb Schmidt, whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and Metropolitan Home.

“The bathtub frightens small children and some adults,” was the way Janell described their bathroom in an essay submitted to American Standard. Their entry, which is currently posted at, was one of seven finalists. In January, American Standard Web site visitors were invited to vote on which ugly entry most deserved the makeover. A panel of judges made the final selection.

In the end, sheer ugliness won. “The bathtub should be good for soaking, right?” Janell Madonna wrote. “Let’s rethink that while sitting on a few 1x1 inch mosaic tiles— not such a great idea for the interior of the bathtub. Thanks to American Standard, our days of brown grout, bumpy tile bathtubs, brown sinks and wooden faucets are over.”

”We received more than a 400 percent increase in entries this year, and it’s amazing to see the excitement surrounding this contest. From this response, it’s evident that America’s homeowners’ are continuously on the lookout for new design solutions – especially for their outdated bathrooms,” said Jeannette Long, director, Marketing Communications, American Standard. “We enjoy simplifying the remodeling process by offering styles and designs that can help homeowners transform even the ugliest bathrooms into elegant retreats.”

Other finalists included Michele Amador (Fullerton, Calif.), Stephan Katzel (Oak Lawn, Ill.), George Murphy (Danbury, Conn.), Deborah Gilstrap (Clermont, Ga.), Milada Keck (Boise, Idaho) and Sarah Pearson (Magnolia, N.J.).

Homeowners can prepare to enter the fifth annual “America’s Ugliest Bathroom Contest,” which will begin September 1, 2004. More information on how to enter will be available this fall through American Standard dealers, The Home Depot and EXPO Design Center stores, as well as online at and

For more information on American Standard, please call 1-800-524-9797, ext. 199 or visit to locate the nearest showroom.

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