Hi All, it has been a long time since I did a Frumpy to Fabulous post...
I took a before picture but cannot for the life of me locate it! So I will have to paint you a picture.
The floor in the bathroom is a Calcutta and black absolute basket weave..very classic and timeless.
The walls were a dark green and gold fortunyesque type of wallpaper. Unfortunately the
water from the sink had ruined the wallpaper so it was time to come up with something
fresh and bit over the top as it is a foyer powder room. It also needed to be able to tolererate a bit of water from the sink. The clients are a young family and they love color!
Since this space is off of other spaces with color we decided to use metallic to keep it formal but
also neutral to work off of the other adjoining rooms...
Here is the space in progress.
Here is a sneak peek of the finished space.
I began by applying two layers of a silver metallic glaze in a strie or dragged fashion over a white eggshell base coat.
I started over the door where on the left side there is little wall space. This way when I finish
if the pattern does line up perfectly you won't even notice.
Here is more of the design progressing on the right side of the door.
I am stenciling with white dove Ben Moore as I wanted a high contrast with the silver metallic.
I added a bit of glaze to make the paint a bit more pliable with the stencil. I had the stencil
custom laser cut and so to the intricate design they used a thicker Mylar.
It was touch on my hands by days ends I had blisters on my fingers trying to push the stencils into the corners
and around the sink, toilet and sconces.
Still working my way around the powder room.
Here is the finished sink area, I did not hang the mirror which is a venetian style as
I wanted it to dry over night!
Sorry about the poor photos...I forgot my camera that day...when I go back to the house
I will be sure to take some better pictures!
Stencil process for foyer powder room.
I would like to just give a few tips to anyone trying to achieve a high end wallpaper type of look in there home. The key to all of this is color combinations...coming up with contrived color combinations...just never works. Also if you are inexperienced the key is to go for lower contrast combinations that won't show the imperfections of your work. The higher the contrast the more you will notice every little imperfection.
It is hand done...and even thought I have been doing this for years..there are often still imperfections....like poor under coat by the painters, totally out of my control but totally effects my outcome. Complicated stencil designs..such as this one where you get an occasional bleed under neath. For the most part I will tell you that when a space is complete you don't even notice any of it. But choosing colors and types of paint
is really the key to coming up with a professional look. Take the time to experiment on sample boards.
I never start a client job before getting approved sample boards. It allows me to work out the kinks in a job.
Usually if I am going to have a problem executing something..the problem will take place in the sampling stages and I can prevent a major hiccup on the actual job site.