The bathroom is cray right now.
It’s impressive that The Mister and I haven’t committed double suicide. The main thing getting me through is the thought of how much better it will be. Here’s what we’re doing:
- Filling in the walls and fixing poorly done jobs in the past (jobs done by previous owner)
- Removing everything from walls
- Sanding the walls
- Repainting the walls and the wall cabinet
- Replacing the medicine cabinet, air vent and shower shelf
- Replacing doors and hardware on wall cabinet
- Glazing the tub (we’re hiring this out)
The main thing that has my attention is painting. I have purchased an unreasonable amount of paint samples (you can see some of them on the top shelf above the toilet) trying desperately to match our vintage blue tile and it ain’t gonna happen.
I don’t like the solid blue “treatment” that we’ve had and I feel like doing plain white is…boring. So, much to The Mister’s side-eye glances, I want to hand paint a wall treatment. I’d love to do something like this.
But I’m being realistic. So, I have a few other ideas. It’s either I go with something more formal (potentially stenciled) or I go with something more free form.
Option 1: Something more formal or stenciled
First, we have Higgledy Piggledy Stripe. This wallpaper is by the amazing Anna Spiro for Porter’s Paint. I would do a “knock off” of this pattern. I think it’s the middle ground of free form and formal.
Second, we have Albert Hadley’s iconic Fireworks.
Albert Hadley makes my heart swell. However, I don’t know if I trust myself with a stencil. They seem hard. I know there are DIY pins of them everywhere, but I’m not talking about a trellis pattern or some gloss paint over flat paint. I’m talking about a knock off of an iconic designer and print. I don’t think I can do it.
Option 2: Something more loose or free form
First, we have David Hockney painting his pool.
Then, we have samples of free form thin stripes.
Alexander hand painted stripes for Kate Spade
In either option, I would likely do a white background with the darker blue stripes to match the top (gray blue) tile in our bath. Though this last photo of many different colors is quite pretty, it could easy become too much for all the walls.
So, what do you think? Free form or stenciled?