At the time, I chose a white-on-white wallpaper that was shimmery white in the background with matte white leaves over the top. It really caught my eye and added some visual interest to a tiny wall space. I had vowed to never do wallpaper again, but I didn't know how to get that shimmery texture with paint, and so I took the plunge and wallpapered. Here's how the wallpaper looked when it was fresh:
|shimmery white on white wallpaper we originally used|
|ugly wallpaper seam that detracted from the pretty wallpaper|
For me, paint is always easier, faster, and cheaper than hanging wallpaper. And since my Tiny Powder Room is not much bigger than a postage stamp, I knew I could get this done in just a day or two. It was a no-brainer.
Here are some inspirations from by blog-surfing:
|This wall by Jesse at Good Girl Gone Glad is so pretty.|
|And this one by Centsational Girl is pure class.|
|The stencil I found at A.C. Moore. Yay for their 15% teacher discount!|
All finished with prepping--on to the ceiling paint, and I decided on blue this time.
For the walls, I bought two quarts of paint at Lowe's (I only needed a quart of the base paint because the wall space I needed to cover is so small. If this were a full sized room, I'd have needed to buy a gallon of base paint), one quart matte, and one semi-gloss.
After I had done that and let it dry, I cut up the stencil to make smaller sections that I could fill in on gaps, edges, and corners. I basically slapped these on the wall wherever I wanted more glossy leaves. For these smaller areas, I didn't use the foam roller; instead I used a little foam brush.
After the leaves were finished, the walls looked like this. It's hard to take a picture of the entire wall because the room is so darn tiny!
The biggest chunk of time for this project was the hour or so for the paint to dry between stencilings. Even with that, and touch-ups and clean-ups, I got it all finished within 24 hours. If I did this again, I think I'd look for some stencil paint that was pearlized, and mix that with the white semi-gloss wall paint for stenciling. Because although these leaves shimmer when the light hits them, I'd kinda like them to shimmer even without the light hitting them.
Here's the final result:
With lights on:
There's a very subtle contrast when the light doesn't reflect. I think the blue ceiling is playing with the matte background and giving it a subtle blue tinge, which I love. You can see just barely see it next to the mirror:
Here's how the matte/gloss stencil compares to the wallpaper (except for the difference in light exposure):
Here are a few shots of the wall and blue ceiling reflected in the mirror. When the room is only 40" x 60", you have to get creative with your photos! Like, bumping your backside against the wall and sliding down and aiming up.
I love how this turned out. And the fun thing is: If I want more leaves, I can just whip out that stencil and add 'em! And you know I just might do that! Happy continuing summer everyone!
ps I decided to link to Thrifty Decor Chick's "Show Us Your Bathrooms" just for fun. And because I'm off for the summer, so why not? :) There are lots of lovely bathroom posts over there to feed your bathroom decorating imagination.