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D.C. Therapy

D.C. now has its own apartment therapy page. AT DC, which caters to hipsters looking for advice on where to buy Chip Cheery Food Storage Containers or how to sound proof a U street rental beset by a restaurant karaoke night came into being about two weeks ago.

Rachel Grad
, one of three District residents hired to write for AT DC, says business on the site is picking up. "We've had a lot of interest, both from readers and DC stores/services," she writes in an e-mail. "It's surprising and fun to see the comments to our posts."

Their first client? A Northwest resident beleaguered by an ugly bathroom. Last Monday the resident wrote in:

Dear AT DC, I recently moved into an older condo building. The bathroom needs renovation but I can't afford any major overhauls right now. My bathroom was probably last renovated in the 1980s and the sink pipe leaked and ruined the cabinet under the sink. I also can't stand the tile stains that I can't remove, no matter how much I scrub. Do you have any quick and inexpensive tips to help my bathroom? Please help!
—New to Kalorama"

Responding to the decor problem Grad suggests:

For the sink cabinet, you can put a piece of plywood on the cabinet bottom and then cover it with a shelf liner...If generic household cleaners don't work to clean your tile stains, try a commercial grout cleaner....We also suggest repainting the bathroom in your favorite bright color (semi-gloss paint is good in bathrooms). New accessories will also help your bathroom decor (new soap dish, candles, etc.)

Situation: handled. Crisis: averted.

—Rend Smith

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