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  1. Sandi
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Thanks for the coffee and pastries. :)

    So, this is really beautiful. I think my favorite part is the door. Yes, I’m serious. I’d love to have a transom in my bathroom door. I really wood. I’ve got three males with whom I share a bath and it’d be lovely. (Alas, my house is post-WWII cookie-cutter new-suburb and has only the one bath.)

    The hardware gleams (I like chrome, too, but I tend to go myself with that old oiled brass look) and the tile is perfect. *nods*

    Thank you for sharing your smile-winning enthusiasm. :)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 10:14 am

      We did the bathroom last, of all the rooms on the second floor… and after we put the transom in, I realized that we REALLY missed out on adding them to all the rooms. It would have been a totally time-intensive, huge-crazy-unnecessary project… but the end result would have been AMAZING.

      It lets so much light into the hallway, multiplied by the other three doors would have been perfect. It’s on the list for the next house. :)

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  2. Garden, Home and Party
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Victoria,
    Having done both bathrooms in our house, I identify with all of your decisions, which appear to be fabulous! When I remodeled our Master Bath I didn’t have enough tech-sense to actually take advantage of the great savings I could have probably scored. That was back in 2001…it’s almost time to redo some of that bathroom, I’ll be better this time.
    On your chrome choice…when I redid our guest bath one year ago I went with chrome, love it. The decision was based on our decision to go with Oil Rubbed Bronze in the Master and spending a fortune for the silly drain grate in the shower and finding 6 years out that the Newport Brass faucet (another fortune) is loosing the finish, it looks like brass in the heavily worn areas.
    Your bathroom really looks fabulous. I love the large mirror and the sconces on the glass! {Great job, Paul}.
    Karen
    P.S. I voted for you!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 10:18 am

      I would guess that 2001 was pre-internet awesomeness. And you didn’t miss out on anything. You should probably brace yourself for the onslaught of options… I think the internet IS great. But also maybe just a little too much. Like, there should be a place where it stops. So you could feel like it was a mall… where you did the loop and saw it all, and then could decide… rather than an endless road to nowhere.

      Interesting about the Newport Brass… they’re supposed to be excellent, so that’s disappointing for you. You should call them! Tell them you’re a high-powered blogger and will expose their faulty craftsmanship if they don’t make it right!

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  3. KarenAnita
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    Voted for you! :)

    Also, I feel your pain re: fixtures!
    I know it might sounds obvious but have you tried eBay? We found the taps we really wanted in the DIY store for almost £100 each but found them for less than half the price on eBay! If you know exactly what you’re looking for, i think that helps :) x

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

      Hey! You voted for me!! I owe you one… collect anytime! :)

      Literally everything other than the dial that I tried to buy on eBay was the same price as the online-discount stores. I’ve gotten some really good deals there, so I was disappointed with the lack of selection. I guess it’s kind of hit or miss, but it seemed like a lot of stores have started selling on eBay? Or, maybe it was just the particular things I was looking for

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  4. Alex @ northstory
    February 6, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Love this post. Love the product reviews b/c that’s exactly what I do with every darn thing in our home when I am trying to consciously not buy anything from IKEA (which for me is well, impossible it seems). I love your bathroom as much as I love our DELTA faucet which I to this day marvel at how awesome price matching is between home improvement stores at getting discounts.

    You’ve got my vote!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

      I REALLY do not understand the wild price differences… the big online vendors sell something at retail price, but you can get it for about half that… I don’t get who is buying it at full price, when a simple Google search will give you 50 places to buy it cheaper.

      With the exception of refrigerators… I have yet to find one of those I love at a store, and then go home and find it super cheap online. Maybe you and I need to start a discount refrigerator chain.

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  5. Stacey
    February 6, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    I have no idea how anyone renovated without the internet. I suppose they hired fancy shmancy decorators to special order things and paid out the nose or were stuck with the “stock” at your local hardware store. YUCK! Just about everything… NO, EVERYTHING in my bathroom and kitchen were bought online…. even my oven. Which by the way is fabulous. I never fought crowds, argued with my husband, or had a heart attack over him loading it into his truck. I’m all about adding things to my “shopping cart” and seeing it at my front door in a few days! You feel so in control… like anything is possible. :-)

    Your fixtures are gorgeous but I expect nothing less. Your taste is exquisite. I certainly appreciate your determination to find what you want at the price you can manage. That toilet makes me want to FLUSH my current one and follow your lead. So pretty. (I never thought I’d say “I love your toilet”)

    It’s agonizing to choose all of this. It’s such a big deal and it adds up so fast. Awesome job, V. Love it all and of course the DIY cabinet has always had a place in my heart. So pretty.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

      How did people do *anything* before the internet?? I had started ordering cat food from Amazon a while ago… and they stopped carrying the brand I buy, and I was all like, seriously? Now I have to go The Pet Store??? Like it was an unbelievable inconvenience.

      I guess if you didn’t have a decorator you got a mauve color scheme from Sears? Paul’s parents have a powder room last redone in maybe 1990? They replaced the sink recently, and special ordered the matching color. I was like, Paul? Do you want to TELL them that they shouldn’t pay extra for a sink that no one in their right mind would install?? He didn’t, but I think he should have.

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  6. curt
    February 6, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    Well, VE – you have again put the finger (the one the clicks the mouse – or tablet if so inclined) on what is truly the real time-eater. It’s that dang internet. Sure our bathrooms are House Beautiful worthy – but by the time we scroll and bookmark and open half of the worldwide web on our monitors things seem to get a little muddled. Well, to each their own. Gotta run – I’m on the hunt for the perfect robe hook with a slotted screw attachment that won’t clash with my pedestal sink bolts and your blog is taking up valuable monitor space.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

      I haven’t separated myself from the mouse yet… I’ve played with other people’s iPads, and haven’t been able to give up the keyboard.

      Yup… the screen full of options. Whenever I’m shopping for something it seems like my organizational system is made up entirely by reopening my browser history… imagine the simplicity of just going to Home Depot and buying whatever they have. Ugly? Maybe. But we’d save a lot of time!!

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  7. Shirley Trevor
    February 6, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    I have decided, that since I can not seem to get anything accomplished on my own, I am going to copy your bathroom. Yep. Copy it. You have put so much thought and effort into this remodel…..why should I bother. Your painstaking efforts will provide me and mine much needed direction. It’s a miracle!
    We will have to do the total demo. The pipes are in the mud bed, the tub is a wreck, nothing works quite right – yep! We have the whole enchilada. So rest assured your efforts are not in vain and thank you thank you thank you.

    ( haven’t posted on my own site for months)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 3:32 pm

      I’d wondered what was going on with you/your blog… although I also wonder how I have time for it myself, so I guess it’s not really a mystery. Good luck with your bath. I would be seriously thrilled to think anyone liked mine enough to copy it.

      You can return the favor by finishing your kitchen remodel? And just telling me what to buy… I am exhausted just thinking about the coming decisions. I get tunnel-vision. And decision-paralysis. And that mindset where you feel like the solution is MORE options… rather than less.

      p.s.- your gravatar pic is super glamorous.

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  8. Carol
    February 6, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    We paid A LOT of money for our Kohler kitchen sink faucet. And then we added to it by getting a soap dispenser to match! We bought it at a real live plumbing supply store, and I can totally blame my hub-contractor who said he wanted a good faucet with a ceramic cartridge (not paper plates and aluminum foil!) Oh I can justify it — we bought our kitchen cabinets from a re-store and rehabbed them and they cost less than the faucet. (I told the faucet guy that, and he didn’t believe me…) But still I have total guilt about that gorgeous faucet. (Maybe because it isn’t in yet…) Just let me say, kitchen faucets are way pricier than bathroom faucets, so be prepared .
    You pressed all the buttons in this one post! (Love your shower dial.)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 6, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

      Whoever owns Kohler must be richer than I can imagine… because I CANNOT believe what they are charging. There is no way some chrome/brass/copper/porcelain is actually worth $1,000… or five times that.

      No matter… I have my justification for the kitchen faucet ALL picked out. It’s the item you use MOST in a kitchen. I SHOULD spend more on the faucet, than on the oven, because I only use the oven occasionally… see? Perfect logic.

      Besides, scoring your cabinets at the re-store gives you so much wiggle room for rationalization on pretty much everything else.

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  9. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    February 6, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Your bathroom is gorgeous. It looks so clean and bright. The faucets on your sink are almost identical to mine. You have such great taste. 😉 Our plumber tried to talk us into a single handle faucet for our shower. I refused because I hated the look of all the ones that I found, but yours is actually nice looking. Congratulations! Now will you come finish my bathroom? …….. Please?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      I LOVE the sink faucets. They came in a felt bag, and I didn’t even want to install them… I just wanted to LOOK at them. I usually like two-handles in the shower too. Especially for adjusting temperature and whatnot, but I fell in love with that porcelain dial… one of those things that sticks in your head and refuses to leave.

      Congratulations on your Homie nomination… I just voted for you! It’s so fun to see people I actually know over there!

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      • Jessica@CapeofDreams
        February 7, 2013 @ 10:53 am

        Thank you for your vote and congratulations on your nomination as well. I was thrilled to see you and Stacey from http://agoodehouse.com/ I wish we could vote for more than one person!

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          February 7, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

          You can actually vote for as many as you want… until they choose the top six… then you can only vote once. I’m sure of that because I voted for everyone who was ever nice to me. :)

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  10. Alex - Old Town Home
    February 6, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    Now that we’re home from work we can give your blog the attention it requires, rather than leaving rambling comments on older blog posts (I’d much prefer to leave rambling comments on current blog posts, thank you very much). The fact is, I think you’re right, we are blogger soul mates, but not in an Internet creepy sort of way. Pay no attention to your transom envy, for we have an extreme case of staircase envy. Newel posts, bannister, spindles, ability to deck the halls to the nines…drool.

    The thing that got me, and the thing that will make me spend the rest of my Thursday evening reading back through your previous blog posts, your bathroom has the same door casing as some of our first floor’s original casings. No joke, that stuff is beautiful, heavy, and unique. There have only been a handful of homes I’ve seen it in, and that includes one home in a horror movie that I can’t recall the title of because I spent the whole movie looking at the house’s molding. I’ve spent the last 10 years stripping said fluted molding of 125 years of paint. My back and cumulative lead levels hate me but our home is better for it. These are the necessary sacrifices one must make.

    As for your transom envy, have envy no more. The photo from our bedroom shows two transoms. The transom on the right is original to the house, the transom on the left (and the whole doorway in fact) is a new one that we built to match the old one on the right. I obsessed over the various decisions, dimensions, and even glass. We ended up using salvaged wavy glass, salvaged hinges, and salvaged transom lifts that I found in quite a state on eBay. I like your transoms, I like how they’re pivot style, and I like that they’re encased in molding similar to our home’s. But if you must, you can always change it out, it would probably only take a few days (or perhaps months).

    Anyhow, I’m very glad to be among your newest followers. We’re following you on Twitter, I’ve added you to my reader, and I’ve voted for you in the Homies. Us old home homies need to stick together. And from the looks of the post I saw about your possible mansion with river views last summer…well, we probably shouldn’t be allowed to be in the same area together for too long. I fear we’d formulate some pretty amazing plans together that might bankrupt the lot of us.

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    • Alex - Old Town Home
      February 6, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

      And I’ve gone ahead and added you to our “Blog Roll” tab as well.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 10:19 am

      Whoa. You’re in the top six over at the Homies (why is that that name so undignified?) I voted for you… and I will tell my small band of blog-buddies (and my mother) to vote for you too. Incase it comes down to five votes.

      I didn’t realize I was chatting with internet superstars. Or I would have done a little more bowing and scraping… and I definitely wouldn’t have mocked your grout.

      The house we lived in before this one had woodwork that the previous owners had started stripping… and Paul had finished the project before he met me… he will NEVER strip paint from molding again. Ever. I think he used the phrase— fool’s errand. On the other hand, I have sworn I will never again buy a house with painted molding. Ever. (I am the trim painter…) I think I’ve scrubbed and re-painted twelve full miles of trim/windows/sills/baseboard/spindles.

      That mansion… was our dream house. Not getting it was almost as bad as getting it would have been. I have no doubt that we would have ended up divorced… but I would have made sure I got the house, so it would have been fine… We looked at another house last month… not the same epic scope. But still a huge project. And the whole time, I was like—why are we here?? Oooo look at that! What a mess! Ooooo an elevator!!

      I have to say I’m a little overwhelmed by your blog. You seem to have covered everything thoroughly and with great photos and descriptions and enviable beautiful outcome (eventually)… You’re one of those sites where I am like—HOW are they doing ALL of this AND writing about it? And theoretically finding time to eat/bathe/go to work? I’ve come to the realization that posting once a week is not the path to world domination, and that I will need to step it up in order to achieve blog-supremacy… or just win a Homie.

      Which up until a few months ago wasn’t even an issue, but now this blog itself has become a huge project. Paul wants help with house-stuff, and I’m like—I’m sorry, but I don’t have time … I HAVE TO DO MY BLOG. Combined with the sad knowledge that truly, the LAST thing the world needs is YET another blog.

      I just moved and redesigned my site… I haven’t set up a blogroll yet, but you will be first.

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      • Alex - Old Town Home
        February 8, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

        HAHAHAHAHA Internet superstars! HAHAHAHA, too good. We ain’t no Young House Love, that’s for sure. 😉

        Thank you so much for the votes. We’re a little beside ourselves shocked right now. Had no idea we’d be in the top 6. It’s been a fun experience though. Thus far, it looks like it could come down to 5 votes, so it’s much appreciated. We’ll see what happens tonight. I’m guessing I’ll be watching as an innocent bystander as our hopes and dreams are crushed at the last moment.

        As far as grout mockery goes, I’d think less of you if you didn’t bring the necessary level of shame on our household due to being off by one shade of white. If there’s one thing the Internet should have no tolerance for, it’s imperfection.

        I think I’ve called stripping paint a fool’s errand many many times. It’s backbreaking, frustrating, tedious, annoying, and just about any other horrible thing all wrapped into one. We’ve stripped about 10 doors, window and door casings, all of our baseboards, random stuff that has paint on it just because I loath myself that much. It’s just the way we roll.

        There’ve been a few houses we’ve gone through over the years that have enough ornamentation, detail, or other possibly positive aspects to put the blinders on when it comes to reality. The fact is, we’ve been working on our house for 10 years, and it’s only 2000 sqft, and we’re only 50% complete. Some of these grand places we “want” would take us 40 years at this rate! BUT WE STILL WANT THEM MORE THAN ANYTHING. Like you said, they make us not care about sanity or an enjoyable marriage.

        Ah yes, the blog. The thing that is hanging there and asking for constant attention. We’re a two person blogging team, so it’s a little easier, but it is also a massive time commitment. It’s delayed some projects while helping us throw ourselves into others, but we’re masochistic, we feel a need to post five days a week, ever week. It’s been wonderful, and fun, and tedious, and tiring (but it’s better than paint stripping). I’m a web software developer by day, so the technical stuff comes rather easy to me. I know I’m lucky in this way. But when you mentioned doing all of the eating, working, and bathing while also working on the house and blogging, I had to laugh. Eating goes first, I can sometimes forget to do it. That’s followed closely by bathing. Thus far work has been ok, but I’ll have to get back to you on that one in a year or two. We tried to sum up why we blog in this post. http://www.oldtownhome.com/2013/1/25/Why-Do-We-Blog/index.aspx Mostly because a lot of people ask us this very question.

        Anyhow, keep up the good work on your blog. I’ve enjoyed reading through your posts. I do like you writing style and you and your husband’s tastes and interactions remind me enough of us that I think we can be imaginary Internet friends.

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          February 9, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

          Hey… you might be closing in on YHL!!

          Kind of gritted my teeth at the webdeveloper bit. If ONLY I had been smart enough to know I needed that in a husband… it’s the one thing Paul cannot fix.

          I am compulsive by nature, and have found the experience of making the blog look the way I want, totally absorbing… And the tech side of it absolutely frustrating. Two steps forward… nine steps back. (I will figure out how to steal your Pin-it overlay button)

          Congratulations on making it through to the finals… I would say that I don’t think you have any competition from the other blogs. No doubt, part of that is my own house experiance. But also, the depth and scope of what you’re doing is far more interesting than painting something turquoise. (If, I have missed the section on your blog about your love of painting things turquoise, my deepest apologies.)
          Good luck!!

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  11. Danielle
    February 7, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    Girl… I could seriously vacation in your bathroom. It’s gorgeous and spa worthy. I’m thinking if it were in my home, I’d make everyone take their business outside so that nothing is tainted by even someone washing their hands. That’s what garden hoses are for.

    We are hoping to tackle the master bath in 2014. Yours is truly inspiring.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 10:24 am

      See? I KNEW it was reasonable to NOT want people to use it. That IS what garden hoses are for. Initially it felt like a display space. A showroom… and I was horrified that anything so beautiful would be messed with.

      I lined the shelves with paper in the medicine cabinet… Paul was like seriously? They’re GLASS. You can take them out and WASH them. And I was like, yes but I cannot make them NEW again. Also, stop splashing the mirror.

      My advice? Pick stuff you don’t actually like… that would have been way cheaper too.

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  12. Heidi S.
    February 7, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog thanks to the homies. Nice to find a kindred spirit (in the Philly suburbs no less)! Love the bathroom! I will now spend way too long reading up on your house. We have an 1888 Victorian here.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

      Wow… your house is lovely. We were just at the Mt Airy salvage store not too long ago… I tried to convince Paul that I needed those stone/concrete things/pillars with faces? Out front… he didn’t agree.

      I think my favorite is Provenance… totally out of our price range, but such amazing stuff. The last time we were there they had a collection of absolutely massive streetlights that I fell in love with.

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      • Heidi S.
        February 8, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

        I really liked those stone pillars too, although I didn’t even see a price! I haven’t been to Provenance, clearly a trip is in order. So I have a bathroom question for you. Did your husband make the door for the medicine cabinet? I really like your setup but my carpentry skills are not up for making cabinet doors. I am also totally jealous of your water shut offs. I was cheap and didn’t put nice ones in my bathrooms and I totally regret it.

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        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          February 8, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

          Provenance makes the Mt Airy place look like a shack… their prices aren’t great… but it’s worth the trip, just for entertainment. (If you’re like us and think old, kind-of-broken stuff is the height of greatness.)

          My husband made the whole cabinet. Including the door. He really didn’t want to… but once he saw that I was not going to move off the idea… and progress would halt until some solution was reached, he changed his mind.

          Thanks for saying about the water shutoffs… makes me feel better. I know I spent too much on these… and have told Paul that when we move, we will have to take them with us. Ha ha.

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          • Heidi S.
            February 8, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

            Of course we love looking at old broken building bits! We came home from Philadelphia Salvage with an extra newel post (just in case) and an old chimney pot (which is a Valentine’s Day present from my other half).

            Tell Paul that he did an excellent job on the door!

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            • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
              February 9, 2013 @ 10:26 am

              Everyone needs an extra newel post… or two.

              I’ll tell him about the door… but believe me when I tell you that everyone who visits, falls over to tell him how great it is… and he acts like it was his idea, and I didn’t have to fight him for it. Grrr.

  13. A City Girl
    February 7, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    if you get that tub faucet as a necklace make sure you get the matching hot and cold sink faucets for the earrings. LOL Great article. I like the scones on the bathroom mirror…and the porcelean legs on the sink. You have some really unique ideas in place.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

      LOL… the faucets are pretty enough to wear as earrings. Although maybe kind of heavy… I could make a matching necklace set out of the water shutoffs!

      Your new gravatar pic is fantastic!

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  14. Mandy
    February 7, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

    Oh yes! I can totally relate to the hours spent researching and comparing online to save $$! The search can be agonizing, but always worth it in the end. So much money can be saved.
    The medicine cabinet is my fav too. :)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

      TOTALLY worth it in the end… except the water shutoffs. I think that was a bit of madness that makes me aggravated with myself in retrospect. They were too expensive… and really, who looks at faucets UNDER the sink? Oh well… whenever the people who are incharge of inspecting such things stop by, they’ll be impressed.

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  15. lynn
    February 7, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    I love your Kohler shower fixture. And chrome wins, in price and looks. Who knew faucets and pipes were so damn expensive? We are nearing the end of the “buying the bath and kitchen fixtures online” process. But by now, I’m an expert. And my boyfriend, well, it’s his new hobby. HomePerfect, eFaucets, the list goes on. So I just want to keep looking. Which is easy, since the wonderful world of remarketing shows me faucets in my browser sidebar! This post was lovely timing.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 7, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

      Have you seen the multi-thousand dollar faucets? Who is buying those? They’re not even nice-looking!!

      I read so many bad stories of people being unhappy with what they ordered online, once they saw it in person… but literally every last thing we got (except the sink legs) was perfect, and just what I wanted. No doubt, a streak of luck that will not be repeated.

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  16. Jennifer
    February 8, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    For some strange reason, I never get tired of reading about your bathroom. It must be the way you write, because we did a renovation with far less attention to detail. It honestly never occurred to me to select special knobs for the plumbing under the sink. That’s incredible! Good luck with your big vote… I think your blog deserves lots of recognition and awards!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 8, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

      I’m kind of tired of writing about our bathroom… but for some reason, I still have things to say about it… and, it seemed bad to be in the (back) of the running for a DIY blog contest and have all my last six posts be about blogging, moving this blog, my thoughts on blogs in general, myself, myself, myself, and disco balls… you know?

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  17. jocelyn
    February 9, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    ha ha ha!: “And having seventy-two browser-windows, full of 18,956 tabs, all of which are on different design sites… that you CANNOT FORGET TO GO BACK TO. ” This describes my computer @ all times, my husband calls me a tab hoarder :)

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 9, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      Laughing at tab-hoarder… I don’t remember the last time I opened my browser and did not “reopen all windows from last session.” If that function failed, I would literally lose all track of what I’m supposed to be accomplishing.

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  18. Jim
    February 10, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

    Having finished a friends bathroom in France, and our sons in Bath (a bath in Bath :-) sorry)
    I admire the work you have done here, searching and finding and putting it all together. Well done, I am know hoping, after a shoulder op, to start on our house. Finally!

    Jim

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 10, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

      Finishing this project was the greatest feeling… I even forgot, briefly that there was STILL plenty of house-stuff to be done. The bathroom was so all-consuming that once it was done, I felt like surely, everything was done!!

      Take it easy with your shoulder recuperation!! Not fun! A friend of ours had some shoulder surgery last fall, and he said the physical therapy was really helpful…
      p.s.- a bath in Bath… :)

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  20. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    March 6, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Do you mind if I use one of your pictures and link to your site?

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  21. The Time It Rained in the Basement…And Other Plumbing Stories | Cape of Dreams
    March 8, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    […] The plumber only had single handle faucets. I had never seen a single handled fixture that I liked, so we told him that we would look for something else and call him when we had it. If I had only seen the knob below, I might have gone with a single. But I did not know Victoria at that time, had never visited her blog, and she had not yet installed hers either. You can read her blog post here. […]

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  22. Chiun
    March 31, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Hi Victoria. Like your bathroo remodel! I particularly like your transom windows. I’m thinking of putting two new transom windows in my apartment. Could you let know what hardware you used and where to find them? Also, any tips to make them look good. Best, -Chiun

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 31, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      It’s really a very simple design… and doesn’t require any kind of special hardware.

      The window rotates on a pin. On either side of the frame. Just a piece of steel rod. That’s it. About 1.5” long, so that ¾” goes in the door frame and the other ¾” goes in the window frame. Drill out a hole to the width and depth of your dowel… on either side.

      In looking hardware to do a traditional version, it started to seem unnecessary to us. Plus, aside from light, our goal was ventilating the room as much as possible, and being to open it all the way was better for us… We put a small glass knob at the bottom to move it with. It’s an easy reach for the two of us, but if someone were petite, they’d need a hook.

      Any tips to make it look good? Well… I guess the window itself could be tricky to build! Paul is good at stuff like that, but if I had done it myself, it would have been crooked!! Also, we built the wall from scratch, so were able to make sure everything was perfectly square. If you’re working around an existing door, you might run into some complications… those things never go as smoothly as you hope!!

      Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!!

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    • Chiun Ng
      April 1, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

      I have been trying to find the right hardware but they don’t seem to work. Steel pins seem a great idea. How did you put them between the frame and the jambs?

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      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        April 2, 2013 @ 11:14 am

        Since we were building the wall from scratch, we were able to build the transom and the frame together, the way you see it, and install it… a totally different plan than if we’d had to work with an existing wall. It probably made the transom itself easier to install, but the wall wasn’t too fun!!!

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  23. Christy
    July 2, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    I love that toilet. I love that bathroom…and I am obsessed with you.

    I just lost 2 hours on this site.

    You may want to file a restraining order.

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  24. DB
    August 8, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    V Dear, Please tell us which brand and color you used on the bathroom walls, ceiling and trim? Thank you, DB

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  25. Rick S
    October 8, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    I love how your bathroom looks as if you found it waiting for you. Perfect for your house and pretty besides.
    My house is a 1978 “Victorian Colonial Farmhouse” sort of style. Our bathrooms all came with the Kohler Antique faucets at the sinks and shower/tubs. My wife wanted to replace the dark brown counter in the half bath and replace the polished brass Kohler faucet. I vetoed that due to the fact it is $1600 new, old one does not leak and a cheaper one just won’t due. She thinks I’m nuts.
    Rick

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  26. Hannah
    February 23, 2014 @ 3:30 am

    Hi Victoria,

    When did you purchase the Rohl faucet? We’re shopping for them now and haven’t been able to find it for what you paid. Did you use those for all of your bathrooms?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 23, 2014 @ 8:37 am

      I used a Restoration Hardware faucet in the other bathroom… But if I could do it over, I would choose the Rohl. Style-wise I just like it better.

      It looks like the site I used– Home Perfect is selling the faucet for $304. I guess the price has gone up.

      I just checked Amazon too, because I buy EVERYTHING on there. Their price is higher, but it looks like you could get a returned one for $270. Who knows if you would be satisfied with the condition, but I have always been super happy with Amazon’s customer service… so I’m sure you could return it.
      http://amzn.to/MldT90

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  27. Katie
    March 18, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Quick question regarding the console sink: How tall is it? All the ones I’m looking at seem to be 32.5 inches tall, which seems too short to me. Just wondering what it’s like living with one? Thanks!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 20, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

      I had that concern too… there seems to be a lot of variation in what is “standard” for the height of a bathroom sink? Ours is 34.5″ which seemed low to me (I am 6′ tall, Paul taller) but I got used to it immediately.

      Could it be taller? I guess, but I am not trying to wash my hair in the sink… So not really sure WHY I had the consideration that it needed to be taller.
      Hope that helps, good luck!!

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  28. Gina
    April 24, 2014 @ 2:01 am

    I am thinking of reproducing your medicine cab/mirror combo when I remodel my bath next month (well…I mean I will be asking my husband and contractor/friend to do it. :)!) It is exactly what I wanted, but didn’t know it until I saw it! Thanks!!
    I can’t seem to find your source for the mirror anywhere. Am I missing it?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 24, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

      Hey, it is just a piece of mirror from a local place that sells custom glass. Figure out how big your cabinet is, then take them the measurements…

      Send me a photo of your finished cabinet!
      Good luck!

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  29. Mary Jane Smalley
    May 21, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    Just stumbled upon your website while perusing HOUZZ, and feel very fortunate to have found it!
    We are renovating our main bathroom (not DIY-thank goodness) and I love the sconce in your bathroom, but found a negative review of it on the company’s website…that mentions a’ harsh glare’ —
    What is your honest opinion of the light that it gives?? I am looking for a functional/soft light form a fixture!
    Thanks so much!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 21, 2014 @ 10:55 am

      I think the light is great… Not harsh (I actually really like BRIGHT, BLINDING light, and this is NOT that at all.) Probably it has more to do with the light bulb you use than the actual fixture, don’t you think?

      It comes with a high-efficiency lightbulb (that has a different connection then I have seen before) Whether they have changed light bulbs or something, I do not know?

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  30. Maria B.
    August 3, 2014 @ 9:13 pm

    Help please! I love your blog (and your sense of humor) so keep it up!!! I hope you get all the recognition you deserve and make a ton of money too. Yea, that was obvious….
    OK, so your bathroom is the inspiration for our bath. Thanks to you sharing all the vendor information, it will be very easy to design/build ourselves. But, I cannot find any mention of the tub. I will be forever grateful if you can give me the model you used so I can stop looking and get to demo.
    -Maria

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  31. Catherine W.
    August 22, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

    I confess I am responsible for the last 4,000 hits on your blog. We are redoing a 1920’s cottage, and I keep asking, “What did VEB do about ____?” From the color of grout to the choice of faucets to making a medicine cabinet — you are our inspiration. When it’s done maybe I’ll actually have time to blog about it! (There has been a partial post sitting in my draft file for about 6 weeks.) But my question for you today is “how did you get such a beautiful finish on your doors?” I have stripped 3 of the doors, but each time, I get to the point of thinking that some alligator texture is a good thing and move on to painting. And I’ve got 4 doors and a mantel to go. And the fear of lead poisoning hanging over my head.

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  32. Sarah
    November 9, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    Love the bathroom! I’m trying to pick chrome fixtures right now and am having problems matching chromes. My understanding is that Restoration Hardware’s chrome fixtures are made by Newport Brass, which has a much greyer chrome than most. Do your Rohl chrome faucets match the Restoration Hardware towel bar chrome and under the sink hardware chrome?

    Thanks!

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  33. Nadia
    April 8, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Victoria,
    Love this bathroom… You did a great job ! Just wondering … Did you cut the cove molding down to a 3 x 6 size, or did you keep it at the original 6 x 6 ?

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  34. Annika
    May 6, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

    I have to know about that vent cover! What about the vent cover????

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 7, 2015 @ 9:13 am

      It’s original to the house… all the vent covers are that pattern. You can find similar on eBay or at architectural salvage places, if you find you can no longer live with plain old registers!

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  35. Jennifer
    December 28, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    Hi Victoria, Your bathroom looks awesome! I too have serious OCD and over think things! So as much as I LOVE marble, I do not want to deal with the maintenance or the chance of rust or staining appearing in the future, especially on the shower floor… I did find a porcelain that mimics carrara which I think will look beautiful once all is said and done, however, the one detail that I am struggling with is what color grout to use… From my research I think white is used mostly with marble but not sure if that is a good decision if I want easy maintenance. I can’t tell from your pictures and I don’t see it listed anywhere, but what color grout did you use and did you add a sealer to it?

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  36. Mike
    February 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

    Hey there! I see this is an American Standard tub but do you remember the model and color?! White or Arctic white?! Thanks for your time!

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  37. Jessica
    August 23, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

    Hi! What a beautiful bathroom! You know, those door knobs really caught my eye – they are gorgeous. Were they original, or did you buy them new? And if new, do you mind sharing the source? So dreamy!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      August 24, 2016 @ 10:08 am

      They are original to the house, but if you shop/google for glass door knob reproductions, you’ll find similar… OR check craigslist. I see old sets on there fairly frequently!

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