This weekend marks the third time this year that I’ve painted the bathroom. And I’m happy to say I think I finally found the right color and the right touches. Still a few more tweaks to be made but I think I’m on the right track now. Took long enough!
Here’s my beloved claw foot tub. It took me years to get up the nerve to paint her.
In my last bathroom post, I said I wanted to paint her, and ya’ll encouraged me to do it.
About 99% of you said I should paint it white, which I did. But I thought it needed something more.
I found this picture at Country Living Magazine and this became my inspiration.
Hubby was appalled at the flaking paint on this tub, but what does he know?
What caught my eye was the graphic on this claw foot tub.
After painting the tub with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, I cut out this simple Fleur de Lis.
I taped the image to the tub and traced it lightly with a pencil.
Using ASCP in Paris Grey to match my cabinets, I hand painted the Fleur de Lis onto the tub.
I was sweating from nervousness at this point.
I used Frog Tape, carefully measuring to get the stripe lined up.
I had to eye it while measuring due to the curve of the tub. You can’t go with a straight measurement.
The line will look crooked due to the curve of the tub so a bit of sweat-filled tweaking was involved.
I had to figure out that curve on my own … where the stripe meets the Fleur de Lis.
I knew if I screwed it up I could correct any mistakes by touching up with the Old White.
I don’t know about that toilet seat. Still deciding if I want to swap it out for a white one.
But I love wooden toilet seats – I think it fits in with a country decor better than porcelain white.
One of the challenges when photographing a small room with mirrors is staying out of the picture!
You have to shoot from specific angles unless you want your mug in the mirror. I still have paint on my wrist.
The walls used to be Linen but it felt way too yellow to me.
Before the yellow I had tried a tan, but it had this weird purple tint to it. It was really ugly!
I finally settled on Steamed White, which has beautiful gray undertones.
The Steamed White wall color blends better with the cabinets, painted in Paris Grey.
I’m on the hunt for new stuff for the shelves.
This is a stock cabinet painted with ASCP in Paris Grey.
I distressed it and gave it a coat of white wash to soften it.
Then I added this graphic from The Graphics Fairy to enhance the French feel of the room.
I used the tried and true Mod Podge transfer technique.
So there she is. My Frenchified claw foot tub next to my Frenchified old bucket.
A huge thanks to all of you who said Yes to my Distress and told me to paint the tub!