1. Karen
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    WOW…what an amazing find!! Love were you put it too! I’ll see if I can get my act together and share one of my finds.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

      Right??? BEST FIND EVER. If there were a prize, I’d win for sure…
      Link up those spoons I was just admiring… no need to be too literal with it being the best ever…


      • Linda
        June 27, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

        Victoria, Love, love, love what you do, I think we may be long ago separated twins!!! oK, loving the Downton Abby portal and would love to see you paint it white to match your room trim! Yezzzhir, that would be another built in!


        • Janice
          August 1, 2013 @ 8:52 am

          Paint it white?????? NO, VICTORIA!! Don’t do it!


  2. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    Wow Victoria, that is incredible!!!!! I love it.

    My great find is my collection of African woven baskets. Slightly underwhelming considering your score, but I love them. Here is the picture of them hanging in my dining room. http://capeofdreams.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/dsc01874.jpg

    And here is my blog post about how I came about collecting them.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

      I can still smell those baskets… and your story is way better than mine… I only traveled a few miles, not all the way across the globe!

      P.S.– You should also link up above!! So that readers see a thumbnail image of your post!!


  3. Tina
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    OMG that is amazing! Insane can’t believe you found it once-in-a-lifetime amazing. Plus it looks perfect there.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      I know, RIGHT?! I’m thinking about sleeping in there… uncomfortable, sure… but so glamorous!!


  4. Sandi
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    So. You’re going to hate me. But.

    I saw your awesome Downton Narnia Portal and swooned…..

    …over the center section. Yes, yes I did. LOL So I watch y’all dismantle it and remantle it (why not?) and LOVE what you did with it!!!!

    And I’m all…wait! Where’s the way cool sink?????

    So now I’m mopey. But VERY happy for you.

    Yes, I’m blogistically demented. This will come as no surprise.

    It’s beautiful. 🙂 Congratulations!!!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

      I really think I am JUST as pleased with my Narnia photoshop as I am with the actual wardrobe… when I showed Paul, I pretty much was falling over laughing… and he was like—yes. Funny… and I was like—not funny! The FUNNIEST thing EVER.

      The sink IS awesome… but Paul was resistant to the idea of actually blocking off windows in the name of furniture. So strange, he is…


  5. Heidi S.
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Wow that is REALLY a good find (and a great price)! And the condition is AMAZING! Good thing it wouldn’t fit in my house, or I might have had to fight your for it. hahaha…Of course I am to lazy to scope Craigslist and your husband is much more understanding than mine is! He would have made me do it myself, which if given the opportunity I would.
    I posted up my dumpster diving story (alas without pictures).

    I can’t wait to read everyone elses tales of interesting finds!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

      To Paul’s credit, he didn’t even bother to try to talk me out of it. Kind of surprising since we really had no idea if it would fit anywhere at all… he did say no more Craigslist, for a while… like it’s the casino or something and he’s taking away my tokens.


  6. Garden, Home and Party
    April 9, 2013 @ 11:12 am

    That piece is beyond beautiful, and the bargain price? you are a craigslist genius…and probably the most patient person (where sifting through all their stuff listed, is concerned) I’ve ever met. Okay, I know you don’t want to damage the piece in any way but the piece is so similar to the kitchen you love I believe you will upset the balance of the space time continuum if you don’t modify it and place it in the kitchen. Coincidence? It appeared only days after your post about the kitchen, I think not! Meanwhile, the picture you’ve shared does show it off well, even if you only have 5 square feet of living space left after situating it in the living room.

    Thanks for the kind words, right back at you! Oh, and I was almost (almost) embarrassed by my paltry “finds” after reading your post but I’ve linked anyway. 😀


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

      Strangely, just HAVING it is satisfying my need for fancy kitchen stuff. Like, it doesn’t actually matter what I do with it… I’m pretty sure that is the definition of hoarding, right there.

      Plus, if we DON’T put it in the kitchen, we can take it with us when we move… if we make it work, I will NEVER leave this house!!

      On the other hand, the kitchen? With this in it? Would be CRAZY awesome.


  7. Martha
    April 9, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    That is an amazing find! It’s gorgeous. Is this its permanent location, or are you still hoping to find a way to fit it into the kitchen? Can’t you move a wall or something? 😉


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 1:02 pm

      I’m cracking up—those were my EXACT words to Paul: can’t we move the wall?

      He looked at me… and was like, it holds up the center of the house… COULD we move it? Yes… Do you have ANY idea how much work that would be? No…

      It’s bizarre, how closely it matches what I wanted… and I’ve kind of gone back and forth on cutting it down, but I really don’t think that I’ll be able to do it… I just love it too much!!


      • Laurel
        April 9, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

        I’d cut it… It is gorgeous and perfect, but wouldn’t you love to look at and use it every day just like in Pilar’s kitchen? And wouldn’t it make the whole room magical?


        • Kim
          April 9, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

          Why not leave it where it is and make that room the kitchen and the kitchen into a sitting room? You could just make the window smaller so the sink fits underneath. Easy, right?

          Tell your husband that I’m full of simple solutions like this.


          • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
            April 9, 2013 @ 5:20 pm

            Kim, I’m cracking up… Paul says he has access to ALL the simple solutions he can handle… but the true beauty of the internet is getting ideas you never even considered—like moving the entire kitchen… which is now something I’m actually going to run by Paul… not even because of the cabinet, but because it’s an idea for our wacky kitchen that we hadn’t even considered.


            • jen
              April 10, 2013 @ 11:59 am

              I showed this to my husband and he said the same thing – if they don’t like the kitchen where it is, just move it to the sitting room and work the wardrobe in. You should totally do it! I mean, if Paul feels like moving all the plumbing, etc…
              Personally, I think this would make your kitchen BETTER than Pilar’s.

          • Tracey
            April 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

            I agree with Kim, something about mountains and moving them – well this piece is exactly what you were looking for – maybe worth considering re-purposing the living room! Always think laterally.
            My favourite find was a surprise discovery of life drawings from the 1920’s hidden in Uncle Rupert’s shed. No one in the family knew he drew nudes or studied art formally at one of the best art schools in Australia. So when Aunty Jess handed me a roll of really old paper I almost threw it away, but decided to have a quick look and there before me was this gorgeous 1920’s female nude, elegantly posed. Aunty Jess was quite the prude so we thought it likely she knew about the drawings but didn’t want to acknowledge them publicly. In all we discovered 35 full size life drawings and dozens of studies. Uncle Rupert’s shed was an absolute treasure trove, we still have most things (although we did have to leave his etching press behind – way too heavy even for the truck we had) – but I do still have the book binder’s press and etchings and his easel and wooden paint box – the list is endless but we treasure everything we were lucky enough to find. I’ll take a couple of pics see how I go with uploading them.


            • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
              April 10, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

              I LOVE your story! Especially the detail about some being life-sized… That’s amazing! Any chance your Aunt was secretly his not-so-prudish art model?

              Amazing too is how you think you know someone, and they turn out to have an entire passion no one even knew about! Do you display any of them? I mean, maybe not the full-size ones, but something on a smaller scale?

              p.s.- I was awake in the middle of the night… mulling over moving the kitchen. I think I need to have an actual presentation before suggesting it to Paul.

        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          April 9, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

          It would make the whole room TOTALLY magical. No joke. We did talk about cutting it… it makes sense in a lot of ways: it solves the kitchen design issue, AND is WAAAYYY cheaper than buying actual cabinets. Plus, the refrigerator would JUST fit in the now-empty sink area.


          • Laurel
            April 9, 2013 @ 5:35 pm

            How much/what part would need “trimming?” It’s so neat, it would be a shame not to see it used in such a perfect setting.


            • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
              April 9, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

              Eight inches off each side (about) but part of those inches is the very top of it which is carved all the way around the edge…really decorative, and we’d lose the whole side of it…

              Also, there is still that window in the corner, which I am just ignoring, but Paul so annoyingly keeps pointing out as not something we should block.

              The real solution here is to find another one just like it so I can feel like I have one to spare, and one to hack into.

      • Heather M
        August 19, 2013 @ 6:36 am

        Don’t cut it down. That is like sacrilege. It is absolutely gorgeous. Love the story and what you did with it. Can you re-purpose the sink into some thing or use it somewhere?
        I admit I am jealous of your house. Totally love what you are doing. There was this monstrosity of a house we looked at once upon a time that called my heart but just couldn’t pull it off. Some one else ended up buying it and making the outside beautiful but I want to know what they did INSIDE.


  8. Carrie
    April 9, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    Now I want one! A portal to Downton Abbey? Sign me up! {amazing piece with an even better story, I’m so happy that gorgeous piece gets to live another day!}


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

      Thanks!! Just having it is hugely satisfying… like I won a prize. A giant, unwieldy kind of useless, but totally awesome prize!


      • Laurel
        April 10, 2013 @ 11:38 am

        Could you just leave one of the sections off and use it somewhere else in the kitchen?


  9. Laurel
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    Bahahahahaha…. YES. I actually had to convince a coworker to help me carry a dresser(just a week after abdominal surgery where I was not supposed to lift anything) from Craigslist because my husband refused to help me bring something new into the house before getting rid of at least one of the existing “spare” dressers we had sitting around. But it was an amazing deal on a highly collectible mid century piece and it came with a matching mirror.

    I am certain my husband is less understanding and willing than yours though.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

      It’s entirely likely that I am just WAY more annoying than you are, and therefore harder to say no to.

      I seem friendly, but I can be relentless in the pursuit of some item that I “need.”


  10. D'Arcy H
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    OMG, Victoria, I can’t believe you got this for $300!!! Did I read that right? As a lover of Eastlake furniture (I have lots from my family, but NONE this spectacular), I’m so happy for you. And impressed that you got it apart, put it back together, and wrote a blog post all within a week! Kudos to Paul … I hope he realizes now how awesome and worth the effort it is! I am looking around my house to see where my portal to Downton Abbey is … but I haven’t found it yet.

    I’m not sure I did the link-up right … but here’s the whole post enchilada.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 9, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

      Right? Right? I KNOW!!! It’s LITERALLY unbelievable. I look at it, and I’m like—am I imagining that’s IN my house??

      Everything else now looks totally out of place and sad… including the house… but whatever. I can wear my tiara comfortably in the same room and not feel at all ridiculous.


      • D'Arcy H
        April 9, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

        I forgot to mention the sink. You are going to use THAT in the kitchen … or someplace … aren’t you? It would make such a cool auxilliary sink. Or even a dry sink. Too cool to not feature in a special place!


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          April 10, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

          I love it too… Brian says it’s called Tennessee marble, and is most likely actually from TN given the age… it’s just a matter of figuring out how to configure a piece of furniture that is larger than our house!!!


  11. Danielle
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

    Oh my goodness… I am literally wiping tears out of my eyes from laughing so hard. If we lived near each other I would’ve totally been like “I have the keys, let’s go!”. That piece is gorgeous with a capital GORG and a total steal.

    I read this to Tyson over coffee and when I got to the part about the built-in wall and Paul being “sure this was the wife’s idea… and that she and I would have gotten along just fine.” he started rolling. He knows Paul’s plight ALL TOO WELL.

    You are hysterical, my friend! Beautiful find with an amazing story.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

      Hey fellow party-giver… I’d ask to borrow ice, but I hear you ran out…

      I’m pretty sure that I can just stop looking on Craigslist now, because I think this was my entire supply of universe-bestowed treasure ever coming my way.


  12. Tonya
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Holy moley batman. That is amazing, wonderful, awesome, gorgeous, stunning, beautiful, lovely and I am glad I didn’t have to move it:) Sounds like your husband deserves “free for whatever coupons” for the next year. 🙂

    Any creative project in store for the center section?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      You’re so right… he totally deserves coupons. Although what he’d ACTUALLY like is for me to just stop looking on Craigslist ever again! And that’s the one coupon I’m not handing out. 🙂

      The center section hasn’t spoken to me yet… I assume it will eventually… and that it will require Paul to do something he doesn’t want to.


    • Nada
      March 15, 2016 @ 11:51 pm

      I did not lough so hard in a long time. What a great piece that Narnia of yours and even better sence of humor.


  13. Stacey
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Hey Victoria! This must be the find that involved the U-HAUL you were telling me about. HOW IN THE WORLD did you keep this a secret from us? It’s AMAZING!
    I admire your determination more than you know. I also MUST give Paul a round of applause for evening attempting to get this piece for you. I’m quite certain that Richie would laugh at me and say “TOO BAD, WOMAN! I didn’t sign up for this”! HA HA!

    It does look great in your house but I’m sorry it didn’t work out in the kitchen. I know you had big dreams. You really did get a great price so it was indeed “a great find” and totally worth it. Congrats.
    P.S. Great Party! My glass is empty… I need a refill.


    • stacey
      April 9, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

      HA HA…. I meant… a round of applause for EVEN attempting. And … have a lovely EVENING! 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

      Yes! This is totally it!! It lived in the garage for a while which made me sad… but we’ve been so busy with non-house stuff that literally finding the time to deal with it took this long.

      I’m exhausted from my own party… I left early and abandoned my guests… now am wading back into the mosh pit.


  14. Vanessa (@IsleStyleLiving)
    April 9, 2013 @ 1:59 pm


    Simply AMAZING.

    Clearly you’ve discovered not one, but TWO portals to the most magical places in the land.

    All I find on Craigslist is beat up coffee tables.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

      Laughing… yes, I’ve waded through my share of beat-up coffee tables too… that and really ugly sofas.


  15. Annie
    April 9, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I SO enjoyed this post. I feel like you can somehow make that fit in your kitchen. Somehow. Can’t you build your kitchen AROUND the cabinets??


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

      Laughing… I know, right? Walls and rooms should be forced to reconfigure themselves in service to a greater design.


  16. Darling Lily
    April 9, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    I am speechless. (Not a thing to take lightly, as all who know me would tell you!)

    It is soooooo incredibly gorgeous and perfect!!! I mean, seriously here, a dream come true. The power of positive thinking!!

    And best of all, Paul can sit and stare and ponder and figure out how to recreate one for the kitchen.

    Because we both know he totally can.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

      Yes! Now that he can see this one up close, he can figure out how to build a slightly smaller version for the kitchen!!! I’m going to tell him that the universe sent it just for HIM… not for me!!

      p.s.- I too was speechless… also totally unusual, for me.


  17. Jen
    April 9, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

    So, here I am – green with envy – because the piece you just found for $300? I’m trying to get something similar size constructed for our master bedroom (though far less grand and in the arts & crafts simplistic style) and the quote he just came back with is $3500. Oof.
    Here’s my post on favorite finds – I have way too many to select one, so I did a selection of seating choices. 🙂


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 11:44 am

      Hey!! I’m still thinking about that Victorian chair you gave back!! If you haunt CL long enough, you’d probably find some kind of closet for your MB… although, surely not in the timeframe you’d like!

      P.S.— If you’re so inclined… link up, above… the thumbnail image at the end of my post will get more views than down here…


  18. Alex
    April 9, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    Ok I CANNOT believe your husband. He has the patience of a saint. That is an unreal find! And the magic fairy dust…touche!

    And I am going to STRANGLE my computer. Apparently my old blog entries do not have proper backlinks to the entry that I want to add to the Link Up and I can’t link it up!

    Here it is: http://www.northstory.ca/?p=277 – The $49 MCM Credenza.

    Just in case you know how to fix this. B/C I totally cannot.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

      More than a few people were either confused, or kicked out of the inlinkz thing… and now I wish I hadn’t specified any requirements for type of link post vs blog home… but I’m afraid to change it, even though it says you can alter it while in progress… since Danielle had about 17 issues with her linkup not working at all, on and off!!


  19. Jim
    April 9, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    I was smiling at this by the end of the first paragraph, by the second I had to stop because I was laughing so hard. As it went on I thought, no, I feel for this guy, hopelessly outgunned by a cupboard and needing now to “improvise adapt and overcome” (Clint in Heartbreak Ridge. Like what I did there?). Now I feel I should refer you back to my previous comment about expectation management.

    Having said all that, it’s one hell of a lump of furniture, and once you figure out what to do with it, it will be a wonderful tool-store in Paul’s shed.



    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

      I think here is a case of ME managing HIS expectations… or defeating them…or crushing them… or something unpleasant and taking twelve times longer than he thought.

      The photo where his back is covered in dirt is both hysterical, and SO, so, so not funny because he was genuinely like—I CANNOT believe I am doing this for something we do not in anyway NEED.


  20. Sue
    April 9, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    Hi again. I am stalking you as my new favorite blog. I agree with one of the above commenters that this is no coincidence happening. If you built it, he will come, or something like that has happened and someday you and Paul will figure out how to put this into the kitchen as it is so similar to what you just posted about. The masters at the round table got together and decided to give you a gift. I don’t have a blog post about a favorite find to link up or I would. A funky find I had a few years ago when my Dad died is his boxes and boxes of coins he collected, and tons of leather backed Easton Press books that I was selling on ebay for awhile and have often thought to post via Craigslist (locals only cuz I don’t want to pay shipping anymore). This was the most wonderful post I have ever read or seen. and you have stolen my heart.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

      Well… I’d say definitely put the books/coins on CL… as you can see, I’m Craig’s biggest fan!!

      Even if the wardrobe never makes it to the kitchen, I’ll still love it. At night I sing it to sleep and stroke its side…

      Love your Junebug post!! Such an underappreciated movie!


  21. Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    April 9, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    Sorry I am (fashionably) late! I had to try on about 500 outfits before I found the right one to go with the right costume jewelry and cocktail rings I’ve been dying to wear. Anyway, umm… Oh. My Gawd. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I’m incredibly jealous of your Downton Abbey portal. Of the fancy pieces. And the sheer magnitude and splendor it exudes. It totally puts my favorite things to shame (i.e. books, art and owls). But I didn’t want to be a party pooper!


  22. Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    April 9, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

    PS – I love the change you made to your header.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

      THANK you for noticing my header!! I’m totally bummed that only three people took note… it’s the little things! Like cocktail rings and shoes!!


  23. Becky
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    Amazing find and amazing patience to get it back to your house. Have fun exploring Downton through your magic portal. 🙂


  24. Barbara
    April 9, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    It is gorgeous, fantastic, fabulous! You must go into that room one hundred times a day just to look at it, touch it, maybe zone out and slip through the portals for an hour or two . But it’s becoming increasingly obvious that your most amazing find ever, hands down, without a doubt, is PAUL!!!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

      Sigh… SO true. Paul IS the best find. Also, I try to tell him that this is what the universe WANTED for him… otherwise it wouldn’t have paired us up!! He seems kind of skeptical on that, but I think it’s perfectly logical.

      And yes, I totally just stand in front of it and chant—mine, mine, mine…


  25. A City Girl
    April 10, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    I love Craigs list also but it is a dice throw on the deals. Some priced right, some too low, and some wayyyyy overpriced. You found yourself a beautiful piece. I really love it and darn that it did not fit in the kitchen. That would have been perfect but it also looks good where it is now. It does make an impact and I am all about impact. I have to say that it is a good thing you got the dolls from Brian before this trip or uhhhhh You might have been outta luck LOL. I know you are going to think this is weird BUT I am a treasure hunter and I was wondering did you explore that paper in the wall and make sure there was not a bunch of old penny stocks or old money tucked up in there? LOL


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 10, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

      LOL… true, Brian got more than he bargained for on this trip. He did WANT to come with us… but that was before we knew it was going to be an expedition to new lands.

      It did not even occur to us to even LOOK for anything… we should have, would have been a good hiding place. By the time we left, we were tired, and dirty, and really not thinking clearly!!!


  26. Tiffany
    April 10, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    That is simply gorgeous…what an amazing find…very jealous!!


  27. mandy
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    OMG!! i’m late!!! i hope i havent missed the party. You see my sister is getting married and we have been SOOOOO busy…..crazy busy. Apologies!

    This post is the BEST! my fav post of yours thus far. Free rock to good home has been a personal fav for a while, but this is GOLD. The writing, the content, the photos!! Hilarious and magnificent all at the same time!

    You are so much like me with a find….there’s no time to waste, don’t ask questions, shut up and get in the car! 🙂

    Your cupboard is beautiful. Even if it hasn’t ended up in the location you first pictures, it looks stunning in the lounge. I don’t think it’s too big at all. I think a room can have one oversized piece and still feel roomy as long as the other pieces in the room fit the scale of the room. Well done. I love it.

    My fav finds looks insignificant in comparison 🙁 http://redagapeblog.com/2013/04/06/exciting-vintage-finds/


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

      Are you saying a wedding is a more important party than this??? Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!


  28. Patina and Company
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    ” What is THAT about?
    YOU people know what I want to do with this. And you more or less JUST met me.
    My husband, on the other hand, apparently doesn’t even live on my planet.

    Did I not show him Pilar Guzman’s kitchen, seven hundred times? Do I strike you as the sort of person who would fail to communicate my heart’s desire?”

    –Same questions I keep asking myself! Of COURSE you will do it again! What a find! Obviously a dream come true!

    Measure first? Make a budget? All these tedious obstacles in the way of a perfectly great “vision” all the time! It looks great where you have it (in fact, your home looks gorgeous). Now I hope Paul won’t be annoyed, but . . . can the kitchen ceiling be raised?

    I don’t have a photo but how does a solid concrete garden table and pair of benches strike you for a Craigslist find? Not the most completely unusual treasure but a real husband challenge in terms of moving!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

      Anything that irritates the husbands is probably a good sign… right? I don’t know why it isn’t more OBVIOUS to him that this was NECESSARY. I mean, clearly I’ve never needed anything more!!!


  29. vaughn
    April 10, 2013 @ 6:34 pm


    Just discovered you, via your comment regarding the gigantic mantel on AT, and am now stalking you here on your very own page… also enjoying your Pinterest page (that I finally caved and joined).

    Your commentary is fabulous and hilarious. I am now very careful about drinking anything while reading… my keyboard is appreciative.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:09 pm

      Your comment absolutely made my day!! Going in my “best of” folder that I refer to whenever I wonder why I spend all my free time on the internet…

      If I could get another million stalkers, I could push Young House Love right out of the top spot!!


  30. Ann Franks
    April 10, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    Your husband is much more patient than mine! Glad to know there is a gateway to Downton when I need it!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

      I’ve been wondering where it was for a while now, so I’m glad I found it!! I’m not sure patient is the right word… maybe long-suffering.


  31. Kari
    April 10, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    That was a fantastic post! I was reading on the train ride home from work laughing hysterically while getting dirty looks! I showed Sam as soon as I got home and he was like, “thats you, and me, bahhhh…. not so funny for Paul…. or me!” What an amazing find, your right, the rest doesn’t matter, it’s beautiful.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

      Laughing… I told Paul– hey! Everyone on the internet thinks you’re so great for getting this!!! He was like, good, next time they can be the ones to go with you.


  32. Gaenor
    April 11, 2013 @ 6:10 am

    I had to share this post with my husband!! Just yesterday I was explaining to him that helping my 7 year old son with his holiday project was really frustrating because he is just too ambitious and has no sense of reality. My husband just looked at me. I think he thinks there is heredity involved here.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

      I wish “laugh out loud” wasn’t so overused, because I’m stuck thinking of something more creative here… I guess discarding reality isn’t ALWAYS bad. (Especially if you can force your husband to do most of the work.)


  33. Elizabeth
    April 11, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    Ha ha! Hilarious post. Portal to Downton Abbey – obviously. Or have you considered Dr Who’s TARDIS? I admire you for thinking big. Me, I work hard to focus on only modestly sized second-hand chairs and tables.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      I’m not knocking the tables and chairs… we have our share of them too… our entire dining room is mix-and-match Craigslist! But yes, this is the find to rule them all…


  34. Sarah
    April 11, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Eek! Love it. My sister has a similar built-in in her Philly rental–although it’s quite shabby compared to this beauty.

    I keep stumbling across your site via my various, obsessive Google image-searches–and after reading this post, I’m going to find my way here on purpose from now on. Why is it that husbands never understand when something is absolutely perfect, no time to explain, MUST BE MINE RIGHT NOW??? I am actually on the hunt for one of those Craigslist “overpriced oak hutches from 1980” at the moment (except curvier, not oak, and NOT 80s . . . but the hutch part is right), and can’t even get my husband to commit to looking at one that lives 5 minutes from us and is within $20 of our price-range . . .

    I showed him this post to say, “See! See what I could be asking you to do? I just want one lousy china cabinet to paint.” He said, “I’m sure it always starts with ‘one lousy china cabinet to paint.'” Maybe I need to aim higher and then “settle” for the china cabinet . . .


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 11, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      Yes!! You’re overlooking the convenient tool of bait and switch… only more like—horrify, then switch. Start showing him stuff in NYC and Lancaster… the stuff in Philly will magically become more appealing.

      Or start talking about plans to make your own and make a shopping list for Home Depot…


  35. Christina | Little Victorian
    April 11, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    This cracked me up so much that I made my husband read it. He cracked up as well of course. And then he said “I like Paul.”


  36. Tammy
    April 14, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Love the list and have even pointed out things on there that my other half should buy me for Christmas.


  37. the misfit
    April 18, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    I am positive you can make this into your kitchen. You just need to mull it over for a week or two.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 19, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      At this point, it seems only a question of whether we cut it or not. My inner-hoarder REALLY doesn’t want to do that.


  38. annie@l o v e l y t h i n g s
    April 22, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

    You are hilarious! I’m so ADD that I never finish reading a post this long, but I HAD to see what you did with this gorgeous piece!! You’re like my other sister…my twin and I have conversations like this all the time!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 23, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

      For some reason, I am utterly incapable of writing anything brief… In this case, I think we can agree it was especially unavoidable.


  39. Sara
    April 23, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    SHUT UP that thing is AMAZING. OMG! I want to stare at the picture of it in your living room for… like, an eternity. Yes. Screw the rest of the living room, that is a focal piece and you will work around it!!! 🙂


  40. Julie
    April 25, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Wow. That was just a fascinating saga – I couldn’t stop reading!


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