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Woman Said Contractor Never Completed Job Of Building Her Nail Salon, And It Turns Out The Contractor Isn’t Properly Registered Either

CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side woman said she gave a man $30,000 to build her nail salon – and yet a year later, the job is not even close to complete.

CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas discovered the contractor is not even properly registered with the state.

“What you should be seeing by now is the floors done, the plumbing done,” said Cherry Washington.

Washington is a woman with a dream.

“All the manicure tables would have been on this side,” she said as she showed McNicholas the space.

There were contractors working on building Washington a small nail salon at 54th Street and Harlem Avenue when she talked to McNicholas. But those contractors were not the team she originally hired – they were replacements.

They came in after the original contractor fell short of his promises.

“When I tell you it’s been many a days that I cried, I did,” Washington said. “Many a days that I prayed for him, I did.”

In October 2019, Washington hired Derek Covington and Renewable Energy Concepts, who said the whole job would cost $34,000. They asked for $12,000 up front.

Covington’s team cleared out the old storefront and then convicted Washington to make more payments. But since then, she has seen little work and plenty of excuses.

“I was taking pictures. I was coming over at nighttime to figure out what’s going on. And I’m like, ‘Everything looks the same,’” Washington said, “and he was like: ‘Well, it’s the plumber. It’s the heating. It’s this. It’s that. It’s COVID.”

We’ve reported similar stories in the past about people losing thousands to other contractors who didn’t finish the job. So we wondered, what can a person do to avoid trouble with a contractor?

Experts say you should always check that they’re properly licensed.

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5 fabulous pink bathroom tile ideas that nail 2021’s biggest interior trend

Pink: it’s a huge trend for 2021 – so why not put it in the bathroom? Just try and look at these pink bathroom tile ideas and not want to add just a touch of this stylish hue to your bathroom. We are certainly tempted! Pink bathrooms are everywhere right now, and in so many different forms too, from bright Barbie dream house vibe spaces to traditional rose filled rooms. It can be as subtle or as full-on as you like, have a look at our great design ideas below and see which you love the best! 

If you are after more bathroom ideas, check out our full feature too. And pink lovers you definitely need to check out our pink room ideas gallery next. 

1. Mix blush pink with darker hues for a statement look

What’s great about this bathroom is the contrasting textures – the matt black painted walls and the shimmery pink tiles that work as a splashback. The result is a modern look which means you might be able to persuade your other half to say yes to a hint of pink in your bathroom! The accessories and the irregular shaped basin break up the scheme and the wooden worktop adds an extra texture. Go for it! 

2. Give pink bathroom tiles an art deco vibe

Chunky brass taps, a marble bath surround and these delightful square pink tiles all make for a fabulous designer style bathroom. And we adore the black Crittall window that is cleverly mimicked in the black edging around the tiles and across the top half of the wall. Shiny shiny tiles are back so go for all out gloss and be bold with your choices. 

3. Use pink tiles to zone your bathroom 

These rectangular metro style tiles look fabulous in

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