Etsy Stuff: Chalkboard Labels

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Hi all –

As promised, more posts on some of my favorite Etsy items. These are chalkboard labels from the Bradens Grace shop on Etsy. I love chalkboard labels as it’s an easy, instant makeover to an existing container and it’s super inexpensive. I’m particular to the Bradens Grace shop because of the quality of the labels – no cracking, no pealing and easy to clean. I’m currently using mine to hold “stuff” like doggie treats and chalk.

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I picked the 3″ x 5″ scalloped labels and I received 8(!) for $8.99 including chalk. The containers I already had, but can be found anywhere – Walmart, Ikea, Target and are also pretty cheap. I  love this idea for my office.

It might help that I’m already a chalkboard freak (remember my wall?) but it does really add an instant something. I also have seen some amazing ideas being used at weddings. Check out a few of those here (the seating chart banner is to die for).

Let me know if you integrate chalkboard into your lives and I’ll post it here!

– emily

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

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