upstairs bath in our house is a standard size but a bit dull. It had a nasty
sliding glass door surround that had seen better days so I removed that and
opted for a shower curtain.
Since this bath serves the guest bedroom and my son's room, I
wanted something that would be suitable for years. Not too frilly or cutesy
(definitely not me), or too young. I chose to paint a geometric pattern on the
walls and follow up with geometric details.
off with a plan drawn on paper so I could get my layout since I was doing all
four walls of the room (this is easy to do on your computer, you can even fill
in the colors so you know exactly where each color will go).|
Then I began taping the
walls. You can only do every other row at a time, to avoid painting one color
right next to a wet one. I used a laser level to mark the placement; this went
so much faster than marking with a pencil!
the pattern around 5 colors:
Now the painting begins!
- White (the wall
color, yea! I don't have to paint one)
- Pale Lavender
(which was a supposed to be blue but when I got it home from the hardware
store it was more purple than blue so I went back and got another quart of
blue, but decided not to waste and use the purplely one too).
my guide, I painted in the various four colors.|
I placed a check-mark on my
guide with a pencil when I'd finished a color. It's much easier to keep track
of where I'm at.
the first rows are done, I remove my tape and re-position it for the remaining
rows. It's a lot easier positioning the tape now since I have "built
in" guideline with the previously painted squares. It really starts moving
along as you continue to paint in squares.|
finished bath! Mirror, towel bar and shower curtain are up.
hint: The white plastic towel bar was discolored from the sun coming in through
the skylight in the bathroom. I had planned to just buy a new one.
pricing a similar style at $10. I decided to buy a $3 can of spray paint and
'freshen up' the existing one. Krylon makes this spray paint specifically for
It worked wonderfully. A
off the sides of the tub, I sewed long panels that hang from ceiling to floor
using a drapery sheer. Then I embroidered geometric designs in rayon thread the
same colors as on the walls.
white cup hooks, these purely decorative panels give a finishing touch.
The painted walls have a
fun pop of soft color. Now to find coordinating towels and a new rug!
|Detail of the embroidery on the sheer side panels. I used the geometric designs and grouped them in threes. Then I used Madeira 'Potpourri' thread in the same wall colors, alternating which design got which color with each grouping.|
I even managed to find a geometric designed shower curtain to tie it all together.