Blik Go Bye Bye (Plus a Bathroom Idea)

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Lately, my bathroom has really been bugging me. Like really bugging me. The paint is way too dark and I can see the drips from the moisture. As a reminder, here is what my bathroom looks like (and has looked like for the past 2 years or so):

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It looks good from afar I guess, but up close the walls look yucky from water stains and dust, no matter how much I clean and repaint. You’d think I would learn my lesson of not painting bathroom walls so dark (this one is in Behr Toasted Walnut), but I never learn! And I will probably do it again! Anyways… this weekend, I had enough and ripped all the Blik down. It came down surprisingly easy.

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So sad. I then ordered a paint fan deck from Restoration Hardware because I’ve been after this “Pumice” color for awhile. The only thing I know I want is that paint color. Everything else is up in the air.

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Alright, now imagine the medicine cabinet and lighting has been removed. Here’s an idea I came up with tonight:

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What do you think? I am trying to be better with color, especially since my house is currently black, white, gray, off-white and brown. Ha. I think I am still recovering from the color correction painting marathon earlier this year.

The use of the globe pendants means I’ll have to give up my huge medicine cabinet (the door will hit one of the globes). This is a perfect example of deciding between function and design. I might go with design here (I normally wouldn’t) because I think I can gain storage back above the john and in the sink cabinet. I just love those pendants and I think it’d be worth it.

Another thing I’ll add to this post – because I feel bad for trashing $120 worth of Blik – please consider buying quality vinyl decals from Blik rather than springing for the cheaper Ikea, Target versions especially if you’re the type to stick with a room design for awhile (but if you’re manic like me – go cheaper!). Blik is amazing. It doesn’t bubble, doesn’t fall down, doesn’t shrink and doesn’t discolor. And they have 70+ amazing designs. I still daydream about this one. You’ll pay a bit of a premium for them, but it’s worth it especially if you plan on keeping it up for a long time. Even in my moisture-galore bathroom Blik held up perfectly for two years (no bubbles) through twice daily showers. Mega impressive.

Thanks for stopping by. Tell me what you think about the bathroom idea! I also need ideas on good online print shops!

– emily

 

A Random Post – The First Remke?

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I know this isn’t related to house stuff, but I’m jazzed about it and want to share this with you. A couple of weeks ago I was told that Bill’s Food Mart across the street from my house is the site of the first Remke (which is a local grocery store chain for you Hoosier readers… think Marsh). The building I’m referring to is the one below (I took this pic on my way to work today):

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For those of you who aren’t aware, I am overly curious about Covington history, specifically my neighborhood of Peaselburg (which apparently means “goose poop” but that’s another post). To figure it out, I scoured the internet looking for photos of Bill’s as Remke back in the day. After a few days of searching, nothing really turned up. As a last ditch effort I sent an email to the webmaster at Remke.com and last week I got the coolest reply… with pictures from Mr. Remke himself!

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How nice (and awesome) is that? Here are the photos:

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As it turns out, the Remke on Holman wasn’t exactly the first location, with the very first store opening on Russell St. in Covington in 1897. The Holman store went up in 1922. So there you have it. This is like Mythbusters but for history dorks. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Now back to design stuff.

– emily

So Many Billy’s

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This is my official first post on WordPress. I was noticing with Tumblr a few things – inability (OK, my inability to figure it out) to categorize, add tags and allow user comments. So… I transferred everything over tonight. Thank goodness I’m only 13 posts in! Phew! Now that I’m all caught up, let’s talk my front room.

My original idea was to cover the newly-painted black walls with white picture frames. It’s very similar to what Young House Love just recently did, but with white frames on a black wall. After pondering and pondering, I decided to make a switch and do something with bookcases. Lord knows I could use the storage!

My final idea has to do with using IKEA Billy bookcases to wrap around the wall, which originally came from Nicole Balch at Making It Lovely. She did it fantastically. After my mom (she was recruited for the project) and I sketched out a plan for number of pieces and final cost it came to a total of 31 pieces for a whopping $600. Because I certainly can’t blow that all at one time, I’m doing this one in phases. Phase 1 happened this weekend and looks like this:

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This photo doesn’t include the 14″ extension that I have to go on top of the cabinet. I have very tall ceilings (119″ to be exact) so I wanted the cabinets to be as tall as possible. I almost put the extension up this weekend, but Aaron had to talk some sense in to me because we have not yet anchored this big boy to the wall. I’m also not sold on the chairs there. They seem to overpower the little table. Anyhow, I’ll be posting pics of the progress often!

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