Making Progress in the Black Room

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The Black Room is coming along little by little. I’ve done two things: find cabinet items and make my first set of no-sew curtains.

Let’s start with the cabinet items first. I’ve decided I want to have the middle cabinet (the one that will be in the corner) filled with white ceramic things, so as I’ve been shopping/thrifting I’ve been picking things up. Linda (who is sort of like my “work mom” and is the awesomest) shared some of her finds from a recent estate sale here in the city. Here’s what I have so far:

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I need about 20 more things to fill a 6′ cabinet! It is a slow process, but I want to make sure each of the items has some sort of meaning. Don’t you love the baby hand? It creeps people out but I think it is funny. Both hands are from High Street here in Over The Rhine. They also have a newly launched site.

Now, one thing to mention about these cabinets is that I’m painting the inside backs of each cabinet black (surprise, surprise) so everything will pop nicely. That idea is one I can’t take credit for, Young House Love recently did it with their built-ins and I loved it so much. I’ll post photos when I have all the cabinets here and assembled (remember… I’m still saving for the rest of those Billy’s!).

Ok, now on to the curtains. I made them myself! I am not a good sewer. Sewing reminds me of my mom, who would painstakingly make each and every one of my sister and I’s Halloween costumes growing up. I can never be as good as her so I stick with what I know – no-sew hemming tape (I’ll post a tutorial soon – the photos are on Aaron’s phone). This was my first time using it on curtains, and I did OK. Here they are!

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The fabric is very similar to one I’ve been pining over but that one was way too over my budget. This fabric in a miraculous, never-t0-be-repeated find in the Ft. Wright Wal-mart. Yes, WAL-MART. And it was $4.24/yard. Yee haw!

And here’s how the room is looking now (sans ceramic things):

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I would have loved to do the “pooling” effect on the curtains but little doggies are not conducive to floor-pooling panels. Rats! It is slowly, slowly coming together. Next up is new lighting (Edison from PB if I am a good birthday girl) and a rug (cowhide – also if I am a good bday girl). Oh and I need to get the rest of my Billy’s, which I think will be next weekend if I can convince Aaron to spend most of his waking weekend assembling furniture. How do you think that will go? Ha! And, of course, more searches for ceramic “stuff” that won’t take my entire paycheck (I’m talking to you Jonathan Adler).

Before I sign off, everyone wish a Happy 4th Birthday to my furry dogbaby, Biggie Smalls:

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I am going to go snuggle with the birthday dogbaby and his little brother. Happy evening everyone.

– emily

 

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