If you have been reading my posts for awhile, you know that I journeyed to Marrakech in the spring with Barb Skivington, our Director of Education. Fun, laughs, fine wining and dining, sightseeing and, yes, four days of a fabulous custom stenciling project at Peacock Pavilions.
After our return from Morocco, I posted that I was embarking on a mission to do some simple paint and stencil updates in our master bedroom and bath. (Check out related projects including stenciling upholstery fabric, glass and a tray.) Another facet of my mission was to overcome my
fear dislike loathing of blue used in home decor. To me blue is cold and, well, so un-cozy!
We live in a 1977 custom brick U-shaped ranch, with an entrance that is a courtyard. Our master bedroom is a gracious size, but the bath, well, what can I say? It’s tiny. Full tub/shower BUT If I gain a pound I won’t be able to turn around. Got the picture?
At Peacock Pavilions I was inspired to branch out of my normal (bright, jazzy, no-blues) color palette. I was determined to bring new life into the bath using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. So I painted the ceilings back to bright white. Then painted the walls with Chalk Paint®, using a mix of one part Napoleonic and one part Old White.
And scared myself silly! Never, in my life have I ever painted walls blue in our home. I was beside myself. “How fast can I paint it over?” I asked myself. Then Stevie Wonder (the hubbie, not the singer) walked in and said “Wow, it looks great. And the room looks so much larger!” Sold.
The next project was to stencil one of my favorite new designs, (the large Khanjali) created by pattern guru Melanie Royals, for our Peacock Pavilions project. I purchased a white cotton duck shower curtain online, made a sample page for color inspiration, and went to town. If you are in love with stencils and you haven’t visited Melanie’s rich and luscious site full of eye-candy, inspiration and how – tos, go there today!
Like my in my home office, featured in last week’s post, this room is yet one more location for me to hang portions of my raku pottery artwork and basket collection. I favor local potters and pine needle baskets from South Carolina, especially several cherished ones made by my amazing mother-in-law, Lillie Mae. Years ago Steve removed the medicine cabinet and boxed in a niche for me. I painted it Napoleonic Blue and added a vase full of hydrangeas from our yard.
Fluffy bath towels nestled in a giant basket under the somewhat primitive vanity scooped up at a flea market and repainted years ago (before Annie Sloan products arrive in the USA) compete the little room.
What was the process to stencil the shower curtain? So simple. I chose Napoleonic Blue and Chateau Grey Chalk Paint®, based on colors in the bedroom. Then I used white paper to try the colors out and practice with the stencil design before I began painting the shower curtain. After that, I found the centers of the shower curtain and the stencil pattern, and taped the stencil in position. I dipped the stencil brush in Napoleonic Blue and swirled in all of the blue areas, and then, without changing brushes, I dipped in the Chateau Grey and filled in the green areas. I like the way the two colors blended in some areas.
(Be sure to have paper towels handy to off-load extra paint from the stencil brush every time you reload it. Even though the stencil is taped in position, hold it down with one hand near your working area to avoid getting paint underneath. The fabric was easy to stencil, but there is no forgiveness if you goof! So take your time.)
I decided not to fill in the entire shower curtain with the pattern, choosing to let the design end in two different places.
The stenciling took about an hour and a half (I did have to do some ironing to get started). I’m really pleased with the result AND the fact that I successfully embraced a new color! Now to learn to love Brussels sprouts…
There is only one Chalk Paint®. Chalk Paint® is Annie Sloan paint. #chalkpaint #morethanpaint