A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

Home Decorating Mistakes I Won’t Make Twice

Time for a DIY master bathroom remodel update:

The Gatekeeper and I spent a good chunk of last weekend priming our newly replastered walls and ceiling. (Not a euphemism.) The room is a totally blank canvas now with smooth white walls and it looks SO MUCH better than it did before with that fugly Candy Striper themed 80s wallpaper!


during wall & ceiling repair with plaster

the sanding phase

after drywall repairs and priming

Next up: choosing a solid surface countertop to replace the nasty cultured marble vanity top. I finally feel like we are making progress in this remodel from hell. Good thing too, because the kids are pretty sick of sharing their little bathroom with the two old hairy people who keep clogging the tub/shower drain with our repulsive shedding. I do declare, I pulled something out of that drain on Saturday that poor little Bucket Head thought was a dead Mama squirrel. Good times.

Anyhooooo, speaking of DIY home remodeling and decorating, I’m over In The Powder Room today sharing my deep thoughts about decorating mistakes I won’t make twice. Maybe you can learn from my trials and errors and save yourself a buck or two.*



*That post was written before the infamous “poo on the walls” incident from last week…otherwise I would have added another bullet point about someone needing to invent antibacterial wall paint.


  1. KymberlyFunFit

    I think your family and pets keep you busy just to know where you are and what you are up to. Oh, and may I come over to comment on your decor?

  2. Angie

    The bathroom remodel is looking good. Still can’t believe you did the plaster yourself. It looks great!

  3. Ann

    Projects like this in our house are called “Pay the man!” projects. We hire someone who knows what he’s doing and then PAY THE MAN! I don’t think we’d survive that, someone would lose an eye at the very least.

  4. julie gardner

    So, my kids got sick back-to-back before last week and then my husband had to work late for several days in a row. Which means we haven’t seen each other naked since the middle of Febraury.

    But he just texted to say he thinks he’ll be “done early” today. Which means he probably wants to spend a good chunk of tonight priming our newly plastered walls and ceiling.

    (A euphemism.)

    Wish me luck.

  5. Brett Minor

    I grew up in a house where remodeling started but never got finished. My dad started on the bathroom one spring which involved removing the two outer walls. Yes, the toilet was exposed to the outside world. Luckily, we lived in the country and did not get a lot of traffic on our road.

    His work hours changed and it stayed that way for a little over 5 months. Occasionally, we would be caught sitting on the toilet by passing cars. We became a sort of neighborhood tourist attraction.

    “Come on, kids, let’s go get some ice cream.”

    “Can we swing by the bathroom house on the way back and see who is on the toilet?”

    “If you hurry. Let’s go.”

    I had a great childhood.

    • Debbie M

      “The toilet house.” Sorry, but I laughed.

  6. Catherine

    I’m inspired! A blank canvas. Sigh. AND you worked on it together. When my prince and I work on projects together, things happen. Bad things. Like my daughter ‘playing’ with the phone and dialing 911. My husband wondered about that cop burning it through suburbia as he meandered his way to the hardware store. Turns out the officer was on his way to investigate. At my house. ?#*! Good times. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful, finished Master Bath! And now, to the Powder Room! Thanks for keeping me entertained on my lunch hour!

  7. Carrie

    Yeah, this is great and all but the real question is:


  8. Alison@Mama Wants This

    What exactly do you shed that resembles a dead something?

    Pardon my natural curiosity for all things weird and morbid.

  9. Allysgrandma

    How timely! Spent Sunday morning at Home Depot in Redding, Ca (meeting OD to give her back her dog) pricing the fixtures, etc for our bathroom remodel. We have no Home Depot or Walmart for that matter. Cannot wait to get ours done. We have lovely 1960s circa lavender, yes lavender bath fixtures!

  10. Leighann

    Looks good! Can’t wait to see the finished product!
    No matter how it turns out just put up pictures from Pinterest and no one will know the difference.

  11. Ellen at Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    Very smooth! Your audition is complete. You can come over and finished my DIY or replace my icemaker anytime.

    • The Bearded Iris

      Thank you! I actually am a whiz at refrigerator repair. My husband and I totally laugh about it. Bless his heart.

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