One day last week Bossy and her friend Martha went to Ikea because Martha had a long list of Ikea items to purchase. Bossy also had a long list of Ikea items to purchase, except Bossy’s list of items looked like this:
Bossy and her friend Martha began their Ikea day by walking around the furniture showroom, where Bossy likes to pretend she lives in all of the cute little room displays, where two sofas and two opposing chairs and a coffee table and three standing lamps and a wall of bookshelves and a loft bed fit in a space normally designated for a couple of cat bowls.
So there was Bossy and her friend Martha walking around, where walking around equals sitting in lots of chairs, when suddenly Bossy spied this:
The thing that captured Bossy’s attention about this bathroom display is the fact that the same easy-care treatment is used for both the floor and the walls — and in this case it’s some kind of slate or slate laminate or slate composite or stone or stone laminate or stone composite or maybe it’s not slate or stone but the point is no fussy little bathroom tiles and no fussy little bathroom grout.
Bossy doesn’t have will nor money for a bathroom renovation at this time, but Bossy can sum up her desire for dark unfussy bathroom surfaces in this way: Lord no grout; floors and walls you can hose down.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about the things you most love and/or most hate about your bathrooms? Because then if any of us ever renovate our bathrooms, we can use this list as things to avoid and things to consider.
So be sure to check back later today for the best and worst of bathrooms on the web.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:22 am
Hate: showering in the tub, mildew shower curtain, grout, grout!
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:23 am
Really, previous owners? Non-stick flower decals on tub floor?
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:24 am
Microscopic medicine cabinet good for nothing except stuff toppling out.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:26 am
Dear soap scum, why do you cling to grey tiles?
WebSavvyMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:35 am
–>Gutted 2 bathrooms with spouse recently. Still married. Barely. Kidding!?
WebSavvyMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:35 am
–>Estimate time and costs for bath. Then double it.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:39 am
Bossy’s kingdom for a larger flat rim surrounding pedestal sink
WebSavvyMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:40 am
–>Tried to win not one but two local DIY contests.
Evolving saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:41 am
People still have bathtubs in their bathrooms? Europe forgot!!!! —–> JEALOUS!
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:42 am
Better storage! Bossy’s daughter growing up. Her eyeliner needs a home.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:43 am
Anyone happy w/glass shower doors or do they soap-scum up?
Jean saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:58 am
Previous owners “redid” bathroom themselves with cheap materials. It shows.
mg saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:07 am
Love my beautiful antique Victorian tile. But its cracking. Renovate?
km saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:10 am
floor2ceiling mirrored walls. Not supermodel.Cellulite in flab folds.Depressing.
Lauren McKinney saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:21 am
Glass shower doors marvelous, must squeegee daily to avoid scum.
21st Century Housewife saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:21 am
My Contractor = my hilarious friend — capable and creative. Win!
21st Century Housewife saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:23 am
Blew out a wall, added a sink, walk-in closet.
Bev saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:24 am
I love that I have enough space on both sides of the toilets in my bathrooms to vacuum the entire room without using little attachments! I hate that the master bath shower doesn’t have a seat or something to put my foot on for shaving my legs and that it has glass shower doors….grrrr for cleaning those.
21st Century Housewife saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:25 am
Then: suburban cookie-cutter bathroom. Now: larger bathroom, still suburbs.
Lauren McKinney saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:26 am
Leg shaving. Oops. Had to buy ugly plastic bench. Meh.
21st Century Housewife saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:27 am
Choosing tile, colors, fixtures = torture. The pressure of choices!
WebSavvyMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:39 am
–>Husband fought for shower doors and won. Not too shabby.
Golden saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:39 am
I hate that my bathroom smells like a Mobil station within 6 hours of cleaning it.
WebSavvyMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:41 am
–>Sorry about bad link earlier. Here are pictures:
vuboq saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:44 am
a toilet that doesn’t wobble would be a nice change
GreatAunt saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:47 am
Hate master bath’s 1960’s era. Love main bath’s new updates! http://5thofnine.blogspot.com/2009/08/finally-finished-bathroom.html
kristin @ going country saysJune 2, 2010 at 8:51 am
Mildew, bubbling paint, and more mildew. Stupid, weeping stone walls . . .
GrandeMocha saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:02 am
Master bath is Pepto Bismol PINK because I HAD to.
Deedee saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:02 am
Pink tile yellow floor now gone. Love my jetted tub!
GrandeMocha saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:03 am
I have 4 shower inserts because grout mildews. YUCK!
GrandeMocha saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:04 am
Tile is classier but one piece is easier.
the 7msn ranch saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:18 am
Glass block window. No bathtub. I’m strictly a shower person.
hulagirlatheart saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:21 am
Exhaust fan with dim motion light for nighttime potty visits.
Amy saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:25 am
White tile – seemed like a good idea at the time.
sherry saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:35 am
Bathroom with no window. We crowd in during tornado alerts.
Elizabeth saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:37 am
Electronic dust pan and Toto Washlet, washes, dries, heated seat.
Kate saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:47 am
This will be more than ten words but – Bossy – have you heard about RecycleBank? And that it’s free to sign up? And you get points that you can turn in for coupons and cool stuff? LIke the one I just used for $20.00 off of a $100.00 purchase @ IKEA? http://www.recyclebank.com/ I figure that you most likely recycle and don’t pay for pickup (i.e. covered by township) – figured I’d pass it on!
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:58 am
Why’s a tub good for resale? Bossy wants real shower.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:59 am
Imagine, if you will, applying makeup under decent lighting. Shiver.
cagey (Kelli Oliver George) saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:00 am
Hate: Husband’s shower broken, the dude is now in MINE.
confused saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:06 am
Trained husband to spray shower glass/tile daily – then squeegee
Grace saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:08 am
Grout never gets clean. Not even with bleach. Eww, gross.
kathleen saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:09 am
Agree with Bossy. Grout is worst substance known to man
kathleen saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:11 am
bathroom eats toilet paper never caught in act, but true
rockle saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:16 am
I love my bathroom except everything about it. EVERY. THING.
Jami saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:22 am
Clawfoot tub on octagonal black and white Victorian tile. Gorgeous!
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:24 am
Hooks! Hooks, people, not towel bars. Okay, as you were…
Jami saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:26 am
[This is not Ten-Word Tuesday entry.] In addition to RecycleBank, you might also want to check out FreeCycle in your area. Basically, it’s a totally free internet-enabled swap meet via email. All kinds of stuff shows up, including bathtubs, sinks, cartons of tile, fixtures, etc. that people don’t want to just throw away.
OH-ang saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:33 am
Only ONE bathroom in house. Mama always last in line.
One bathroom….would even be willing to have porta potty
New toilet last year…previous toilet dated 1952..NO kidding!
Bridget saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:33 am
Little boy with aim not so good. Sometimes soggy socks.
Sallie (FullTime-Life) saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:41 am
Too small x 5
Ris saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:48 am
Avoid snow-white porcelain like the plague. It’s never clean!
Jami V saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:50 am
Love my frameless glass shower door, isn’t hard to clean.
Debby saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:52 am
What were the people who built smoking – light BLUE tub?
Debby saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:53 am
Separate bathroom dh = good hair days, no steamy shower!
Debby saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:54 am
Two toilets in separate rooms = no smelly dh issues!
Groovymarlin saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:04 am
Am I only one who can’t see any images? 🙁
(Sad face counts as one word.)
Cage Free Family saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:27 am
rotting sub floor = no lease renewal = we live on the road again :*(
K saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:29 am
Lovely big house, original owners bankrupt – all finish work crap.
Deb saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:36 am
Pretty much the only thing I hate about my bathroom is:
Having To Share It With A Man.
I know that’s only 6 words, and I thought about expanding it, but I figured that the ” – Who Can’t Aim Worth Crap And Why Can’t They Focus On What They Are Doing For Crying Out Loud” would be understood.
Kris saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:37 am
Vanity/tub circa 1973. Can you say “Hello, Carol Brady?”
dobes saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:38 am
Toilet in separate compartment from shower. No waiting thru long kid baths to pee.
Jenn saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:40 am
Love my slate floors with dark brown, super-sealed grout. dirt? what dirt?
leslie saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:40 am
i want a bathtub long enough for my whole body.
snowwhite saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm
Raised double sinks & counter, heated floor!
Dumped brass fixtures!
heidig saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm
3 girls/1 man in our house. he sits. we love him.
BossysMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm
I love that my one and only bathroom is old fashion feel with easy to clean surfaces. Open and airy. Alot of white t&g wood.
I don’t like that it is the only bath and that it is fairly small.
I’d love to have a huge all glass and chrome shower somewhere…dream on.
Cactus Petunia saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Big space, large windows, neatly rolled towels, claw foot tub!
David saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Hatez: My sink that is the size of a washcloth. Folded.
BossysMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm
I desire a”self cleaning” bathroom, get on it inventors.
GK in MI saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:29 pm
No storage, ugly paint & wallpaper. Fear of hiring contractor!
bossy's friend martha saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm
large diamond pattern on wall, bathroom appears larger than closet.
LorLor saysJune 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Love: plug-in inside vanity – no more daily coiling hairdryer cord
1’x2′ tiles in shower -minimal grout to clean
Lights on dimmer switch
Hook by tub to hang towel and bathrobe
MarathonMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm
IKEA why you make Bossy cry? Me no likey swedish bathrooms anymore.
Natalie saysJune 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Three family toilets, one is loose and leaky, hover there.
ruth saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Laminate floors; tiny room, ugly shower broken shower door blech!
LizP saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm
bathroom has one sink
share with hubby
Tami Wyatt saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Designed in 1978. What’s not to love aside from EVERYTHING?
dgm saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Colorful mosaic with randomly scattered seashells frames a giant mirror.
Chrissy saysJune 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm
1970’s glass shower doored damp beige particle board nightmare.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJune 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm
White tile and white grout;
awaiting to rip you out.
Average Jane saysJune 2, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Love my 3/4″ glass tile, corner shower and double sink.
helenel saysJune 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm
Too small. Too small. Too small. Times two!
APeetsMom saysJune 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm
nasty tile removed…subfloor now for 9 months – HATE THIS!!!
Brava97 saysJune 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm
Large bathroom equals more square feet of floor to wash.
Mary from California saysJune 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm
The word grout kind of sounds like how it looks.
Catherine McP saysJune 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm
1970’s cowboy. White etched flowers on mirror and longhornlike hooks!
(Sure needs updating, but have made my peace with it)
bossy's friend martha's sister saysJune 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm
Love that my bathroom floor complements my new IKEA dishes… thanks for being my personal shopper Bossy!
Mr Farty saysJune 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm
Love: No bath, heated towel rail.
Hate: Cold tiled floor.
Roya saysJune 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Bought house for deep bathtub. It sucks big hairy balls.
Reeb saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Bossy’s dream bathrooms exist in France: they’re self-washing public toilets!
E's Mommy saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:22 pm
Shower: Small stones surrounded by grout. Always cleaning. Always dirty.
juliejpr saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm
the poo doesn’t always go down, need I say more?
Brenda saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Clear glass shower doors – squeegie every time – beautiful, easy!
Chrissy saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm
use lemon oil on clear glass shower doors – wipe, repeat
Well Read Hostess/Jane saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I’d answer but my keyboard broke when my head fell on it when I passed out from pure nearly orgasmic joy at the thought of a bathroom I could just HOSE DOWN.
Alana saysJune 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm
Peel and stick tiles, rotting subfloor that I trip on
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm
My friend has a toilet that is all one piece–no external hardware. I covet it.
Jodi saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Love walk-in shower w/glass block wall HATE when boys miss toilet.
treesap saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm
What idiot thought carpet in a bathroom was good? Sheesh.
Cupcake Murphy saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm
Normal people tub = Olympic pool. My tub = toddler wading pool.
Claire saysJune 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm
The bath is set in the floor. I’ve fallen in!
Jennifer saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Much to my chagrin
you are a no-win
chook saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm
54″ wide. pink toilet. nuff said.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Bossy has one word about her bathroom floor: Roll vinyl.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm
My, bathroom toilet, but you do take forever to flush.
BOSSY saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm
Double sink, Bossy laughs at the concept. And then cries.
Kate saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Do NOT like my husband’s whiskers. Dreaming of the day I have my own claw foot tub without other people’s dirty feet, whiskers, dead skin….
Audrey at Barking Mad saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Hate hate HATE glass shower doors. Yes they scum up!
P.S. I’ve missed my visits to Bossy. I think , THINK, I am back in circulation now!
Bonnie saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm
Hate that bathroom is only feasible spot for cat potty.
Smalltown Mom saysJune 2, 2010 at 10:58 pm
What I HATE most is the Man Pee splatter everywhere.
Bonnie saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Want want want separate PRIVATE chamber for the porcelain throne.
heart shaped hedges saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:07 pm
Here is what I hate…what seemed like a wonderful bonus when we bought this house,, was quickly a pain….and, just ignoring a toilet and not using it doesnt work…I found out if you dont use it, the water turns dark! UGH!
no waiting to pee
cleaning them all….me!
Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm
Must stand on stool to use supposedly cool, above-counter sink.
Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:33 pm
The toilet paper holder bumps my elbow. Gimme an inch!
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJune 2, 2010 at 11:41 pm
Love that my Vanity is not even in the bathroom!
White,White,walls,floor,fixtures,storage,what were they thinking?
Hate sharing teeny tiny bathroom with giant kitty litter box.
Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) saysJune 3, 2010 at 12:10 am
… well… it’s IN the house. The job ahead of us!
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysJune 3, 2010 at 1:22 am
Blue whirlpool bathtub with no heater. Blue tile. No. Door!
Dara saysJune 3, 2010 at 6:08 am
pink tile. pink lose tile. did I mention pink tile?
Amy in NJ saysJune 3, 2010 at 10:13 am
three males in the house and none have good aim 🙁
Gail K. saysJune 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm
I like the chair height toilet. No squatting here!
Coco saysJune 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm
The little space between the shower stall and the sink. (Because, puh-lease! how are you supposed to get the floor steamer in there?! It’s only 6″ wide!!)
Sven saysJune 5, 2010 at 3:16 am
My bathroom door is not soundproof. I hear too much.