1. Jayne
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    WOW! You are going full tilt. Accomplishing so much at this time of year must be exhilarating!


  2. Morgan James
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    That doorknob set is EVERYTHING! I’m going to order one for my Liberace inspired bathroom.

    As cute as Paul is, do NOT allow him to silence your inner Glitter Raccoon. You MUST have these Giant Fancy Shiny Things.


  3. cat
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    wow it is really coming together. I’ve found the whole trip rather exciting and look forward to seeing the finished project. Well done you two!


  4. Kim@NewlyWoodwards
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    You have been moving right along, and I love following along.

    Why must past homeowners make such terrible decisions? And why must we have to fix these decisions?

    And related – I often wonder (and maybe even worry) about what future homeowners will think about the decisions we make when renovating. I mean, obviously, our decisions are RIGHT AND GOOD AND ORDAINED. But I think about how they will tear up things we worried about and then I feel a little sad. And hope they don’t have a blog where they will share these things.

    Our first home renovation (which we sold 5 years ago) just went up for sale and I felt pretty vindicated that the only changes I saw were two rooms painted. I mean, go me and my right decisions.


  5. Patricia
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    I’d suggest you graciously “give in” to Paul on the door hardware but then use that as a trading point for every and anything from now on. Besides, it’s not nearly big or fancy enough. Years later you can still be pointing out that time you gave in on the ornate door hardware you loved more than life itself.


  6. Lynne
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    My gawd, you two kids can dance.

    Lynne xo
    Design The Life You Want To Live


  7. Marie
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    All of this sounds great! By the way, if you choose to change the entire kitchen floor for hardwood, have you thought about oiled hardwood instead of varnished ? According to a lot of floors experts, it’s now the best option for a kitchen hardwood floor, for efficiency and look… There’s a good choice of planks width and colors, so maybe you could find something that fits almost perfectly with the existing dinning room floor. For more informations and pictures, you can follow this link : http://www.coswick.com/hardwood_flooring/silkoil . Have a nice day!


    • Kay
      December 15, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

      This is true. I used a European hard oil finish on ordinary 2-inch red oak for my remodel, and it looks fantastic. And is super easy to care for. And never needs re sanding. And can be applied one room at a time with seamless results. What’s not to love?


  8. Vivianne
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    More importantly, what is going on with your earrings? ARE they earrings?


  9. Susan
    December 15, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    I have an app on my computer called Invisible Hand that automatically searches for lower prices. A lower price came up on your hardware at Build.com

    I say go for it!



  10. Michelle
    December 15, 2015 @ 11:06 am

    Reno is soo much more fun when you dance your way through it, as a matter of fact that goes for life in general! Keep up the good work and soon you’ll be dancing through your beautiful , giant,fancy kitchen ! Michelle


  11. Julie Williams
    December 15, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    Go for # 3. You wont regret having all your floors match! We did the same thing..tore out perfectly great oak flooring to put down new wide plank oak flooring.


  12. Garden, Home and Party
    December 15, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    This is exciting…it’s really coming along and at a good pace. I can hardly wait to see it finished. I’m happy to hear the weather is cooperating. Our weather is seasonably cold, I love it. This from a person who is convinced I should have been born in a colder state, with full blown seasons!


  13. Carole @ Emu Bliss
    December 15, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    Could we please have a full 3 minute video just of you and Paul dancing? Pretty please??


  14. Fl!p Breskin
    December 15, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Piano drawer hardware: Old pump organ stops!


  15. Susan A
    December 15, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Wow you’ve been busy. I live right outside of Philadelphia and this weather has been amazing. All the decisions you are making. My husband and I are going crazy just picking out a new front door. One question, what are you planning on using the addition space for? Extending the kitchen or something else? When you are done the renovation I wish you would have an open house. I would be first in line, lol.


  16. Lauren
    December 15, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

    That backdoor hardware is breathtaking!

    Paul, let her have it. You’ll never regret it.


  17. Rebekah
    December 15, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

    It’s always fun to see your progress. And this kitchen has been long in the waiting. I’m curious why you got rid of the beadboard. Just not your style? Not fancy enough?


  18. Darling Lily
    December 15, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    I got side-tracked by shirtless Paul, and God bless you for that, but once I came to my senses it occurred to me that you need to remind Paul that the fancy door hardware, which is exquisite, scratches the GFT itch for less than 200 USD, which is much cheaper than a trip to Arkansas to buy a 9000 dollar GFT.

    #femalelogic #youneedthatdoorknob #elvisisadorable


  19. Gaylin
    December 15, 2015 @ 3:28 pm

    I love your choice for the hardware! Sorry Paul happy wife happy life!
    Seeing the first floor layout was indeed helpful,as well as it satisfies my inner stalker.
    Thank you 🙂
    Seeing the flow it does help us see the big picture!
    I am so stinking excited to follow this remodel!
    Carry on! but post often! You never bore us!


  20. judy
    December 15, 2015 @ 4:55 pm

    This is looking great and I love how super efficient you both obviously are. It amazes me how you two began with ” Dance with me I want my arms about you”..Veb ah- here..take my friend-please? and then phone calls not answered,a chance meeting at another dance venue….a spectacular marriage-gotta be the most fun reception I ever saw and now a decade plus later..still together..building a home back to its former Glory and best of all Dancing.

    Its like every girls dreams do come true tale and I (slight case of fan gushing here} just have enjoyed every invite into your Life. Thanks to you both for all the laughs and lots of helpful info. My tubers and seeds are still in a drawer but there’s always next year.


  21. Jennifer
    December 15, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Since your home is already torn apart….why don’t you make the family room the kitchen and the kitchen the family room?! Then you could have a super giant, fancy island and you could center the sink on the back wall in between the cute little windows…or better yet, center those windows and put the sink under them? Seems easy enough….
    BTW – I really enjoy your blog!


  22. lisa
    December 15, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    Dear Elizabeth –

    I love you blog and your writing, but I really love it when you dance.
    Thanks for your wonderful work.



  23. Redheaded Cyclone
    December 15, 2015 @ 11:12 pm

    I didn’t know if you had run across this yet, but I would think it would be right up your alley! And, yes, that’s the right price.



  24. Lindia
    December 16, 2015 @ 2:45 am

    Hate to see good flooring go to waste but understand the need to have it all match. Pull up the pine carefully so you can salvage it- to sell on Craigslist and fund your hardware purchase! Win-win in my book! 🙂


  25. Christina
    December 16, 2015 @ 2:47 am

    Elvis looks like she’s having fun! So happy to see this.


  26. Jenny
    December 16, 2015 @ 3:40 am

    Elvis looks amazing!


  27. AJ
    December 16, 2015 @ 9:28 am

    I found your blog via Thistlewood Farm a few days ago and I’m hooked. I’m slowly working through your past posts. I think I have to partly agree with Paul’s “too much” on the doorknob. It’s glaringly “too” new. I’d go for some patina so it matches those amazing hinges. Most of the inspo I’ve seen you post has some patina. Also, the orange – here in Tennessee it denotes pride in the local college team and is referred to as UT orange. It’s everywhere. My almost 100 year old Singer is very orange and was found at a bargain price because it was inappropriately showing it’s team affiliation in Virginia.


  28. jessie
    December 17, 2015 @ 3:08 pm

    Someone should really have a tumbler/blog called “previous owner questions.” I’d have tons to submit. The 1980’s were hard on my 1880’s home.


  29. home before dark
    December 19, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    I’m using the door knobs on my interior doors…with the glass knobs because! Love them. What does a man know about how much is much?


  30. Allison
    December 19, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

    I’m really excited to see the cabinets you pick out! But, I thought I’d share the website I found identical replicas of my escutcheons (my home was built is the 1800’s) on if you were still looking for hardware, it has a lot of nice stuff if you’ve never been http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com


  31. judy
    December 20, 2015 @ 9:13 am

    Completely off subject but can anyone remember the name of the blogger who -I believe-used to post here. Her site had the word divine in it and her home was unbelievable..in a good way. There were huge statues of angels-the kind that might guard a grave and I think her Husband is a police officer. I don’t see her posting at any of the blogs I follow and just wondered if she had retired or changed her blogger name or if anyone had seen posts from her lately????


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      December 20, 2015 @ 10:10 am

      Andy at Divine Theater (I love her too!!) She doesn’t post regularly, but she is still blogging… http://divinetheatre.blogspot.com/

      p.s.- Judy, your comments ALWAYS make my day. (And my mother’s!) THANK YOU for reading and for being part of my blogging experience!


  32. Katherine
    February 22, 2016 @ 11:02 pm

    I just read all about your piano/island and naturally had to find more to read about your kitchen remodel. I’ve had a migraine all day UNTIL I got caught up reading your blog. Thank you for being so endlessly entertaining and hilarious! You and your husband cavorting around the vehicle after you’d secured the piano is just fabulous!


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