Finally, that old nasty thing is out (literally)! Thanks to my wonderful beau, Tim, and his super-helpful and strong self, we got that thing out of the bathroom last night. I think there are probably few less gross things than removing an old toilet. Blech.
While I was in the mood for destruction, I also pulled down the chair rail. I really believe that having that stuff up there made a small space look even smaller.
Some bad - or at least uncertain - news was that while the closet flange seemed to be in good shape as well as the floor underneath the toilet, it appears that they glued the flange to the PVC drain. So, at least it's in good shape - I'm not sure yet how it will work to tile around it - I may need a flange extender again. Ugh. Well, at least that's the only unexpected finding... so far.
Today, I tackle removing the icky old vinyl floor and a run to Home Depot and Lowe's where I will purchase tile, underlayment, and a new light/fan. There's nothing like spending hundreds of dollars to really make you feel like you're renovating!