1. Christina
    May 21, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Brilliant. And beautiful. Now I want to move the shower to in front of the window…


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

      It’s funny how your opinion can change so drastically… when we bought the house, it was one of the few things I really disliked… now I love it!


  2. Garden, Home and Party
    May 21, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I’m always so impressed by Paul’s exacting standards and the way everything looks like it was a newly built, custom home. Your inspection skills, undoubtedly, attribute to this success story. The two of you could become contractors and build high-end custom homes and sign book deals and everything!
    The bathroom is so pretty and I love the crepe myrtle outside your bathroom window, especially when it’s in bloom.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      My inspection skills are awesome… as well as my imagination skills. Paul could probably live without either. 🙂


  3. tammigirl
    May 21, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Our husbands are so lucky to have us!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      I tell him that EVERYDAY. Not that I should have to remind him… it should just be so obvious.


  4. Sue
    May 21, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    I shared because I cared much like the way you and your husband care for your home. I like a window in a bathroom too, especially in the summer.


  5. Laurel
    May 21, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Now that you have a plexiglass window, are you ready for the chicken pumps and tomato cage birdbath? Perhaps a Christmas wreath made of green shotgun shells?

    I LOVE your shower and am totally jealous. In another life where I am as persistent as you, I will convince my husband to take out the small privacy window in our bathroom and rip a huge hole in our siding to accommodate a shower window looking directly at our neighbor’s bedroom window.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

      Dude. AND I will wear a trucker hat while cleaning the bathroom.

      In another life, I’m hoping I’ll not write a blog about my bathroom. It’s unsettling to have much of my personal productivity dedicated to being obsessed with something so meaningless.


      • Laurel
        May 22, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

        Bathrooms are important man! What other room do you regularly spend 5-10 minutes in with nothing to do besides look around, read a magazine, or play bejeweled on your phone?


  6. Alex
    May 21, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    One of my childhood homes (I say one b/c we moved a lot) had window pretty much identical to your bathroom layout. I loved it. To this day I have always wanted a bathroom like that again. There is something so awesome about showering in bright sunlight like that. Way better than the shutters!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

      Ugh… the shutters were just… ugh. And only half were attached to the wall. The other half would randomly fall over and attack you.


  7. Tracy
    May 21, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Looks fabulous! I love how you used the marble for the sill. That’s a great detail.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

      Thanks! We lined the bottom of the medicine cabinet in marble as well and I LOVE it! Those small details make all the difference!


  8. Wendy - Old Town Home
    May 21, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    So…what are you going to be for Halloween? I’m exactly the person who would like to know, as I begin my costume and party planning come Summer.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 22, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

      THANK YOU… why do so few people appreciate the truly important things in life? I really want to be John Travolta’s character from Saturday Night Fever, but as of yet haven’t found a white, three-piece suit with the appropriate flair.


  9. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    May 21, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    We have a window in our shower as well, and I like it. I do need to paint the trim, however. The work never ends!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 23, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

      When we had the wood trim, keeping it clean was a chore… although it didn’t help that the paint job was so old!

      p.s.- your new profile picture is gorgeous!


      • Jessica@CapeofDreams
        May 23, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

        Thank you! It is a picture from the day of our wedding last June.

        Our window has a wood trim as well, but we recently had vinyl windows installed. The wood time is painted, and so far it has not been a problem. As I mentioned above, though, it is getting to be time for a new paint job. I just do not want to risk it. Besides, I have this crazy idea about painting the trim black.


  10. Sara B
    May 21, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    Victoria, this is lovely! We have a tiled shower in the basement and a bathtub upstairs. I’d love to someday add a shower in the tub, but we have a window at the end. And guess what? Wooden shutters! We actually have them all over our house, and they are not only a pain to keep clean but also to paint. But they do keep the house a little cooler in the summer. I’m pleased to see how you dealt with your window. Really good ideas. Also, what a pretty toilet!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

      I’ve been having tech issues with my comments… so now am playing catch up.

      I do NOT miss those wood shutters. They were gross. And my dedication to cleaning them was a little sketchy.


  11. Victoria
    May 21, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    It is lovely! I think every bathroom should have a window….but can’t say that I’ve seen many in the shower. It’s beautiful!


  12. Annet M
    May 21, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    I’m about to go take “before” photos of my bathroom. Because the “one day when it is all planned and we have time and money” idea for the bathroom kind of went out the window this morning when the kitchen ceiling started dripping. I do NOT want a 1920s cast iron tub crashing into my kitchen one day soon, so planning and saving starts in earnest.
    We’ve got a big window too, not right above our tub, but planning to put one in because of headspace. I may just blog about this right away…


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

      I had issues with my comments all last week and am playing catch up now…

      Do yourself a favor and take lots of pictures of the WHOLE room! I took lots of pictures of up close stuff that no one will ever care about… like 50 photos of a pipe. Fascinating, no?


      • lizaanne
        May 29, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

        I took a MILLION photos when we did the tear out of our bathroom (well, the contractor did the tear out, I did the photo-ing). I’m sure they thought I was crazy, snapping away at them wrestling the old tub out through my living room, or the pile of old pink plastic tile in the massive dumpster in my driveway!

        You can see the shiny new bath here – I do love it so!! http://pinterest.com/lizaanne930/our-new-bathroom/

        Your sink is absolutely stunning!!!!!! I love the tile, and the marble as well – so perfect for you period home! I had a heck of a time finding a small enough pedestal sink that had enough flat surface around the edge for our tiny bathroom. I had to get rid of the ol’ vanity, it took up WAY too much space (and was u.g.l.y.). Now I don’t miss it a bit. Pedestal sinks are so under appreciated.



        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          May 30, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

          Yes! Pedestal sinks ARE underappreciated. A giant vanity is nice if you have a huge bath, but any kind of base cabinet in a small room just makes it feel twice as small.

          Your bathroom is gorgeous! Love your floor! And paint… and tile… (and the PB soap dishes are too cute.)

          So nice to be done, isn’t it?


  13. Danielle
    May 22, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    I’m still stuck on what you’re going to be for Halloween. Are you seriously already planning? I would find that highly impressive!

    We have a large window in our master bath that has a sad mini-blind on it. Mini-blinds make me cry. I some day hope to vinyl or frosted glass. Anything, but mini-blinds.


  14. Patina and Company
    May 22, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Perfect set of solutions for this window–I love the detail of your explanations because the details are really the answer to the whole situation. It is perfect and the result looks so fresh. I love the balance of modern sleekness with classic.


  15. BergiesGirl
    May 22, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Windows in the bathroom also occur in horribly designed 80’s ranches, claustrophobic cave showers and a sunken tub that sits so low that you can just roll out and dry yourself off on the carpet. Yes, I said carpet in the bathroom. We are getting rid of the tub and putting in a large shower, but we have been stumped as what to do with the huge window above the tub. This is probably the first blog post my hubby has ever read that doesn’t deal with politics or sports. Thanks for blogging about this, we are definitely keeping our window.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

      I’ve been having tech issues with my comments… so wasn’t able to tell you how delighted I was with your bath description. (I’m sure you’re less delighted by it.)

      Carpet in the bath is such a luxury… I have no doubt you appreciate it as such. Especially if it’s something extra 80’s… like mauve? Or teal?


  16. Kim
    May 22, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    So…what are you going to be for Halloween? I was thinking Emma Frost (X-men First Class) because I’d like to have a reason to cover myself in glitter. It’s never too early to start planning, right?


    • Laurel
      May 23, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

      You could always be a stripper… Or Rainbow Brite. I’d LOVE to be Rainbow Brite.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

      I’ve been having tech issues with my comments… so now am playing catch-up.

      Emma Frost is genius… AND pulls in my love of Mad Men… (plus, who doesn’t want to pretend to have glitter-related superpowers.) However, my heart is set on John Travola from Saturday Night Fever.

      I would ROCK that white suit.


  17. Becky
    May 25, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Every time you talk about this bathroom, I want to lay down on those marble floors and never get up. Great work as always on your tasks!


  18. Andrea
    May 26, 2013 @ 2:23 am

    Whatever you decide to be for Halloween, I thank you from the bottom of my grammar-Nazi heart for not saying “flare” when you meant “flair.” Well done! (oh, yes, and I do like the window solution too…. might steal the Plexi idea for our huge 4-paned master-bedroom window that looks directly into our neighbor’s house. It’d be kind of exciting to be able to leave the curtains open and get some light on that side of the room.)


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

      I once nearly used “hoards” in place of “hordes.” I only caught it on the 900th proofread…

      I pretty much live in fear of inadvertent idiocy.


  19. Mandy
    May 26, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Oh, i didn’t notice the marble sill on the window on the last bathroom post. Simply beautiful. I love love love that idea!!
    Hmm….this post is making me think i need a bathroom makeover. 🙂


  20. Apple Hill Cottage
    May 26, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    “Incidentally— when you start a blog, you have NO IDEA that you need to take 12,000 pictures of EVERYTHING.”
    Haha that made me laugh. I have 1500 pictures on my IPhone; another 500 on the laptop; and another 500 on the camera; and that doesn’t count the ones that I just deleted last month…

    Plus, we have us one of those Appalachian shacks that we’re fixin’ up n’ so far there ain’t any plexiglas in any a the dern windows. May be considerin’ it though — fer the bathroom that is…


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 28, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

      The other part of my photo-problem wasn’t just that I didn’t take enough… But that I didn’t take overall pics. Like, I’d take 50 close-ups of a pipe… which turn out NOT to be what I need.

      You’ll feel much more shack-like when you get your plexiglas in place.


  21. Becky
    May 28, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

    I LOVE windows in a shower. Showering in natural light beats all.

    The washroom looks beautiful, you’ve done a great job!

    Cheers, Becky


  22. Aimee
    May 31, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    haha great blog! I always love giving helpful commentary while helping with diy projects.
    xoxo Aimee


  23. Tammi V.V.
    June 3, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto your blog last week, but I love it! In my own true OCD manner, I spent that last couple of evenings devouring your archives, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of doing so. The only thing missing? A post dedicated to Elvis, cat not singer. Any chance there might be one coming up?


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 8, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      I’ve been having intermittent comment-issues… (because the universe thinks I have nothing better to do than pull my hair out?)

      So I’ve had to wait to tell you thanks for noticing the deficit of Elvis (the cat) related posts. She should get her own column at some point… she has a lot to say.


  24. Whitney
    June 10, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

    I love your blog! It’s so fun! I found you in the Home & Garden group on Facebook. I’m subscribing now and will make sure to keep dropping in.

    Happy blogging!



  25. Andrea @the Distracted Housewife.com
    June 10, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

    I love it. Your writing is hilarious!


  26. sandra fortuna
    June 19, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    VICTORIA! HELLO! WHERE ARE YOU? All caps because I am YELLING. We miss you! We have always LOVED Tall Paul and we have ALWAYS found him to be funny and endearing, BUT he is funnier and more endearing when you are around! Come dance with us soon. Like I said, WE MISS YOU! You can use the studio to store any mirror (we LOVE mirrors!)


  27. Alison Verhoog
    June 20, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

    Hi Victoria, I also live in a very old house (1895) that we have been renovating for far longer than we should have, but I love what we are achieving! I love the yellow that is in this bathroom….what is it if you don’t mind my asking?

    Your blogs are very entertaining.


  28. Sara
    June 24, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    Just found your blog today and have read half a dozen posts. Thank you for making me laugh. Our home restoration experiences are very similar. Especially is this was your third house, and you had three kids, and the youngest was a newborn when you closed on it. Oy the tales I could tell….We have windows above the tub in all three bathrooms of our 1907 four square. They are wood and either painted with exterior paint or sealed with marine varnish. Love your marble sill. Why wouldn’t there be a window in the bathroom? I mean duh, light and ventilation in a time w/o mechanical versions of either! Now I hate bathrooms w/o a window–too dreary and stale. Privacy schmivacy!

    BTW, what WILL you be for Halloween?


  29. Carol Rea
    June 26, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    The bathroom in my 1931 California bungalow has a window next to the tub. My solution was a bit easier – I installed a claw-foot tub (for whatever reason, my neighbors didn’t want it!) and it has the oval-ring shower curtain set-up so a shower curtain on each side keeps all the water in the tub when I shower. I’m not sure how it would look but for others who might want a simple fix, but a second shower curtain bar installed against the wall could allow a shower curtain to be pulled across the front of the window to protect it. But I do love what you came up with, too!


  30. Emily
    June 29, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Do you happen to have a photo of how the window looks with the plexi in front of it?

    We have a shower window – it used to be a tub window but when we put in a shower it became a shower window which we kept (same size, replaced with vinyl) because it’s on the front of the house. Even though it’s well grouted & vinyl, I still worry about too much water hitting it…


  31. sherry
    July 1, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Looks great I love a window in the shower Natural light and all.


  32. Pj
    July 4, 2013 @ 12:44 pm

    This is sooooo much better than some of the “solutions” I’ve seen, like installing a tub surround over the window–with foil-faced insulation covering the window, of course! I like how Paul (or you) decided to leave as much of the original molding around the window as possible. I do wonder if the small ledge style trim or other border tile could have been continued around the top of the subway tile, but otherwise it’s hard to think of any improvements. The marble sill is perfect. You & Paul have helped solve what many owners of old homes face. We will be able to locate our tubs/showers away from windows, but too often that can’t be done without compromise. And some of us don’t like to compromise. I’d rather not do anything if the result isn’t a vast improvement, or isn’t the best solution to the problem. Kudos again! 🙂


  33. Claudia
    July 10, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    Hi, I’m new to your blog and yes, I totally agree with you about a window in the shower! It is like bathing outdoors. We have a window in our 1922 bathroom shower, and we replaced it with glass block, but not the wavy kind. The kind with a diamond pattern, which looks more old fashioned. The sun streams in through that window in the late afternoon/evening and leaves pretty little rainbow prisms on the wall. We tried another solution (frosted plexiglass) before knocking out the window and putting in the glass block — we even enlarged it somewhat. We do have privacy issues, and I’m sure the neighbors can see a little bit in the mornings when it’s dark outside. But they’re not the peeping Tom types so I don’t worry about it.


  34. Amber @ Tales of Domestica
    July 11, 2013 @ 12:50 am

    We have a little 1950’s cottage (that makes is sound so much better than it is!) and we also have a window in our shower. We will be putting in new windows some day in the near future and this gives me even more visions in my head!
    Thanks so much!


  35. Collette
    July 17, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Hi Lady Barnes (you look like a Lady Barnes), I truly enjoy your blog, you share so much information while entertain and you do not fluff stuff up for us folks without talent or creativity or FUNDS as to how time consuming, stressful and expensive even a hallway bathroom can be. I should also say that I am so happy you have a husband that is patient and willing to agree with your choices and ideas after doing a renovation before. Ah but I suppose his agreeability is tempered by LOVE and RESPECT for both you and the Elvis:)
    So having said that, I wondered how many bathrooms your home has and if there is a master, when will you do it or have you done it already?
    An avid reader


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 18, 2013 @ 8:26 am

      I DO like Lady Barnes… I may change my name officially! We do have another full bath, which we’ve finished… and I’ll recap it soon!

      We also have a wacky half bath IN the kitchen whose fate we’re still debating.


      • Kathy
        September 17, 2014 @ 12:22 am

        Dear Bathroom Redo Soulmate,
        I have a wacky half bath in my kitchen that the previous owner actually laid out quite nicely. For 50 bucks I was able to rip out the half-arsed wallpaper job and stupid chair rail (honestly, the room is 28″‘ x 76″, where would one put a chair?). Paint and a towel rack finished it off. I’d send a photo but I don’t know how.

        Anyway, the door is 24″ wide. The sink is to the left, and the toilet to the right. The bump out for the bathroom and pantry butts the kitchen counter, so it fits right in.


  36. peter
    July 22, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    i think i’m the only man to leave a comment thus far. i found this site in a google search, as i am in the midst of renovating the bathroom in our 200-year old house. and it has a big window. right in the shower.

    ironically, we have the same layout as you did, and it took me a while to realize what was driving me crazy about it. also ironically, i am the OCD one and my wife is the one who doesn’t care what it looks like. hence why i am reading your blog…

    i like the light and want to keep the window, but alas… how to waterproof it? the crux of the situation is that ultimately, in 5-7 years, the bathroom won’t live where it is now. but it needs attention now, and i am not going to tile it… so… i’m looking for creative solutions.

    thanks for the good read, and great job on the bathroom.



  37. Kevin
    December 3, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Where did you find those white folding shutters?!


  38. Yoonjung
    December 20, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Hi, I am looking at your beautiful bathroom pictures as my very first step of planning our bathroom remodeling. 🙂 I also well read your article about home remodeling you posted on Houzz.com. Yes, I am following you everywhere. Here is my big question!!! Could you share how much you spent for material cost only in this bathroom remodeling project? It seems like Paul did partially gut down the space. Right? Your bathroom looks elegant and affordably luxurious to me, which I want my bath to be because we are planning to do three bathrooms in a row. I would very much appreciate if you share your $$$ but please do not mind my question if you feel uncomfortable to share it here. Thank!!!


  39. Debbie
    February 10, 2014 @ 7:04 am


    I just wanted to know where you got your beautiful washstand it’s Devine x


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 12, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

      I searched the entire Internet for a console sink that fit my space, AND was not hideously expensive.

      We ended up with this one: http://amzn.to/1aZQHXX
      The size and shape are fantastic. I don’t love the integrated soap dish, but for the price was happy to overlook it.

      Not sure how far back you read in my archives, but I did have an issue with the legs. It took them three tries to send me a pair that were straight. I am not sure if it was an issue with manufacturing just that batch… Or if it is a case of– you get what you pay for.


  40. Debbie
    February 14, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Hi Victoria so very kind of you to point me in the right direction!!!

    I think how you guys restored the bathroom with such precision and professionalism is amazing, right down to that marble sill…..every inch was covered and the storage at the end was genius especially to know to utilize empty space like that. It is all perfect and so well chosen and the workmanship is a credit to you!

    I am in Ireland and have only just come across the site through pinterest but will be a keen follower, thanks for the reply and help and keep up the good work……..brave woman <3


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