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  1. Callie
    January 1, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    Hi! I guess I’m commenting on an old post…because I’ve finally succumbed (after reading your blog awhile) to going back and reading all the posts from the beginning! Fabulous addiction! 😀 I LOOVE this bathroom remodel. You and Paul are a great team, and both sides so essential to a great finish like this – you are the detail and designer person and Paul is the “get it done” person!! Just think if he’d kept the sink and the toilet on opposite walls. I’d never even heard of that before! Anyhow. Love love love it. And I don’t think there’s any shame in projects taking a long time – great design takes thought and time (and thrifty finds, for those of us living in the real world with budgets – I mean unlike Restoration Hardware catalog designers apparently, haha)! 😉

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  2. researching bathroom remodeling
    January 30, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    @Callie- that’s what happened to me! Some blogs are just so addictive right?

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  3. Michelle at Honey I'm Home
    May 15, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

    Holy cow! This is love at first sight for me – not just the bathroom, but you & your blog. I laughed out loud numerous times while reading this post. What a gift you have for writing. And your bathroom looks fabulous. Happy to be a new fan – following on Pinterest!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  4. Kevin Carney
    June 2, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    As with much of life, the devil is the details, and there are (as you stated) so many of them.

    Do you have advise for how someone else might go through the same process in less time with less mental anguish?

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  5. Kathy
    September 16, 2014 @ 11:49 pm

    Dear Victoria,
    While some of your readers are in love with you and wish you lived on their block, I am your bathroom redo soulmate. How did I find you? I googled “porcelain floor tile marble lookalike”. How else?

    I knew it when I first laid eyes on your “before” bathroom rug. You know, the target. My first step into the world of bathroom redo was to chuck that same rug. My heart soared like an eagle. Then I saw your sketch of the bathroom. It is my bathroom. It is blue with grey floor tiles and the makings of a do-it-yourselfer who has hopefully retired. It has a window in the shower (though made smaller at some point) and a toilet on the WRONG side. If I can’t move the toilet, then I’m going to have to move the door. Are you having deja-vu yet? No? Read on….

    Keep in mind that I have only skimmed your blogs. In depth perusal will undoubtedly uncover other stuff-like dahlias-more on that later.

    I do not live seven miles from Philadelphia. I live IN Philadelphia. My brother did not attend Penn State, I did–albeit a million years ago. I have already remodeled a Victorian with 33 rooms and 10 fireplaces. I have paid my redo dues. I am now in a downsized post Victorian. Half of my house could fit into my former living room. And while I love, love, love marble I am with you on the staining/cleaning/OCD aspect. How else would I have found you?

    What and where is the crappy tile store?
    Kathy

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      September 19, 2014 @ 8:16 am

      Hey! Forgive my delayed response… I was out of town, and just let my email pile up.

      I bought it in NJ, few miles over Ben Franklin (they had it in stock).
      Tile Gallery
      302 Crescent Boulevard,
      Brooklawn, NJ
      856-456-4777

      In this post, I had an interaction with a reader who was going to another store near Franklin Mills (Monika’s comments) here:
      http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/pleasant-surprise/

      p.s.- 33 rooms and 10 fireplaces… WILL BE MINE. Eventually. Even if I have to rob a bank.

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      • Kathy
        September 19, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

        HAVING FUN IN 1910 WORKER HOUSING
        Dear Victoria,
        Thank you for your prompt reply. Age warps the meaning of prompt, I see. As for wanting that house, obviously you have put OCD cleaning of marble mosaic floor tiles in remission. Think about cleaning it. Think about hiring someone to clean it. Think about overseeing the person you hired to clean it. Think about how you are going to be able to afford to rebuild the 40’x12′ front porch. But you won’t have to put a roof on it. We did that for 50 grand. Bottom line: while I am amazed by doors that are 3.5’x8′ (ceilings 13.5′) and 2″ thick (NOT NOMINAL), I don’t miss them.

        I did want to tell you that I nailed down the tile for my 5×10 bathroom floor. I am using 2″ white hex that will flow right into the walk-in, low barrier shower with frameless glass panel. I needed to use one flooring type to make the room appear larger. They will contrast shape-wise with the subway walls. Originally was going with marble stone pebbles, but too much grout.

        I found some funky chunky frosted recycled nuggets in blues and greens for above the sink and in the shower niche. They will go nicely with the blue Avonite counter and integrated ramp sink.

        So, do I want bamboo cabs, natural maple slab, or white?

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  6. Lisa
    October 8, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    How I love to read your blog! Not only does your wit bring wholesome joy to my heart, but also I get to live vicariously through you and Paul. Your approaches to this project so exactly mirror how my hubby are. We’ve strongly considered buying a project home (he’s a professional renovator) and whenever I feel sad that we haven’t I can come read your blog and realize that if we had done so the best case scenario is we would be divorced by now. I don’t know how you and Paul manage to not kill each other. My hubby and I are ready to kill each other over me throwing trash in the sink and him not closing the trash can lid. If we had undertaken what you have I think there would be some sort of resultant Chernobyl and/or mass extinction event generated by the mutual animosity.

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  7. Madeline Small
    December 31, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    Elizabeth,
    I previously asked you about your bathroom light fixtures and you mentioned they provided lots of light (although a comment on the manufacturer’s website said they gave a harsh glare). I took the plunge and ordered two for above the vanity in our renovated main bathroom and couldn’t be happier! They provide lots of light and are pretty/classic-looking. Thanks for your honesty about them and your very entertaining blog!! Happy New Year~

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  8. Pam
    April 24, 2015 @ 9:30 am

    Lol! I got you beat. 2 years? Try 14. I have spent the last 14 years planning my master suite remodel. My husband always ends up spending the money on something else. Like a new garage, or new AC when the old craps out, or a new roof. Luckily I have not ripped anything up. But have had to live with a 1971 bathroom for far too long. Your bathroom is gorgeous, and worth the wait. Now you know how to make better, faster decisions. It’s all a learning process.

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  9. Daniels Design Remodeling
    July 9, 2015 @ 1:13 am

    I checked each picture in detail and it seems everything is done to perfection. What an achievement I should say 🙂

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  10. taylor
    October 14, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    Hello! I’m new to your blog and I’ve seen you mention that you’re an OCD cleaner… I would just call that an expert 🙂 I was wondering how you keep your white grout so pristine. We are replacing a bathroom from 1985 and the white grout and caulk has all changed color… Is it even possible to keep grout and caulk white? I love the “blinding white” look but I am fearful to execute b/c of discoloration issues. Do you have any advice? Can’t wait to read more of your blog- It’s so timeless and you have great taste. I didn’t notice til I read the comments that this bath was done in 2012.

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  11. Teri Crawford Brown
    October 24, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

    I love your bathroom and your honesty! We are remodeling a 125 year old church to be our home, moving from 3000 square feet to 1300 and let me tell you, it has not made our life peaceful! BTW I love the shower handle thing-a-mig-gig, it is gorgeous!

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  12. RustyEmpire
    March 21, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    Well I have to say that it’s comforting knowing there are other neurotic Reno nuts out there with control issues! Our original Reno got to the 85% completion mark when I abruptly decided it was all terribly wrong and embarked on Reno 2.0 Yep, it’s been about 6 years and the second version is still waiting to be finished. If I wait long enough I could just gently ease into version 3.0 and no one would likely notice in the midst of all the chaos of DIYing.

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  13. Rebecca Turner
    May 12, 2016 @ 9:07 am

    Hi Victoria! You (and Paul) have created a beautifully timeless bathroom! Steve? Previous owner? Should have been paid in jelly beans. (I hope he’s not at work on another vintage house.) I made the discovery of your blog recently when it came up in a friend’s FB feed, and I was immediately hooked. I’m going back now, and reading ALL of your posts, because there is nothing I’d rather do than A. Laugh, and B. Live vicariously through you! I thought you might be interested to know where the biggest laugh occurred (for me) in this post. Right here! “You get the other role: project-irritant-and-captain-of-work-stoppage.” Seriously, I was wheezing! I’m not sure that should mean anything to you though, because recently I went to a movie with my daughter (on Mother’s Day,) and I noticed that I laughed heartily in places where others didn’t. But my daughter laughed too, so either it’s catching, or else I’ve passed something important on. Keep doing what you do! Loving it, in Texas!

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  14. Franny
    August 11, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

    Beautiful!
    I am about to start on my bathroom renovation… I’ve been in my house for 5 years!! Saved so many ideas, tear sheets Eric/ now I can’t find any! Haha
    Anyway- my house doesn’t have a shower- so that’s one of the things I’m puli tying in with a glass door Because- I LOVE my window over the bath tub!

    I see that you had the same window over the bath with shower, how did you do that with the water issue??

    Thanks

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  15. Bernie
    September 7, 2016 @ 8:20 pm

    I recently discovered your blog. I love it! I think I married Paul’s twin….except we are a MUCH older couple. In fact we’ve been married 41 years. I was a child bride….. I hope we make it to 42 since we are in the midst of our third home remodel. Everything takes longer than you think it should. We are older and have less patience, yet, we plod on. We seem to have the same roles regarding renovations. I’m the artist…he’s the plodding worker bee with lots of focus. I get distracted by pretty shiny things. I look forward to many enjoyable evenings with a glass of wine, as I read through 4 yrs worth of posts. By the way….I hope you guys are still married. Love the videos.

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  16. Jennifer
    December 14, 2016 @ 8:59 am

    about to wash my hair in the kitchen sink. Needed to see this today! bathroom remodelling is hard, but this post goes to show it pays off!

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  17. Shelby Hohsfield
    February 18, 2017 @ 10:02 am

    Oh- this made me laugh. It is really refreshing to read about what a real renovation is really like. It’s not all 2 weeks and done with smiles and cheers and happy faces. Real fixing up is just plane crazy making! I know- been doing it for 3 years myself. Good luck in your next project.

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  18. Belle
    August 11, 2017 @ 11:40 am

    Clever use of space – the new bathroom looks so crisp. Its beautiful.

    http://www.thislifeisbelle.com/

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