First off a quick thank you to all of you still reading!!
Now I know that I'm not talking to myself I thought I would tell you about our bathroom makeover.
On first glance there was nothing wrong with the room as it was, it had one of my patchwork wallpaper walls and was pleasant enough....
However, on closer inspection the paintwork was tatty and TBH my taste has moved on from the sweet pastel shabby chic style - what I really like now is a more eclectic, colourful, mismatched, vintage style.
The kind of style that looks like it's taken many years to collect - still definitely shabby chic but mixed with industrial, French and English country.
I was inspired by vintage style bathrooms....
I began to look around for some wallpaper as I had decided that I wanted to paper the whole of the room about the tongue and groove panelling.
This was trickier that it sounds as:
A. I'm picky
B. I have expensive taste
C. With the floor being Cath Kidston floral I had to choose something that went with it
After much umming and ahhing I decided on Cath Kidstons Birds and Roses wallpaper in the green. If you've not seen CK paper in real life do check it out, it has a lovely, hand painted look I've only seen on much more expensive wallpapers....
I wanted a darker blue on the woodwork and had some vintage linens to make faux blinds with.
When I'm deciding on new decor I find it helpful to use a photo collage app to make myself a mood board....
After hearing everyone singing the praises of Valspar paint I had some mixed up in a medium blue. The paint is highly pigmented and nice to work with however, it has not been a good choice for woodwork.
I've always used emulsion on the panelling (it has been a multitude of colours) and never had any trouble but this Valspar is not holding up well at all. In fact I keep the tin under the bath for impromptu touch ups!!
Don't let you put that off the paint for walls though, we have it downstairs in the conservatory and its wearing really well in there. It obviously needed a primer on wood.
I spent a couple of days wallpapering - you may remember I loathe wallpapering but love wallpaper -
it's a conundrum.
This room with all its corners and angles really tried my patience, especially as I ran out with just two drops to go and had to wait several days while another roll arrived!!
So the reveal (apologies for the poor quality, it's just so dark here ATM!!)
I made a couple of faux blinds using vintage tablecloths and completely defied Mr G and painted the side of the roll top pink!!
These are original vintage Palmolive soap ads....
I'm really pleased with how it turned out, I wanted it to feel like you were stepping back in time (but with indoor plumbing!!) and I think I achieved that look.
Now if I could just get the boys to stop leaving their pants in the floor it would be perfect!!....