Recently, I stencilled a shower room at home. I painted over the existing leopard print, mosaic and sun face stencils.
The Versace-esque decorative scheme was stencilled around 15 years ago.
The shower room walls had been painted, stencilled then varnished. Despite having no ventilation in the room except an open door the paint work had held up very well....until now. New shower panels were installed and so the room had to be redecorated A Farrow & Ball paint colour called Charleston Grey was a perfect match to the new panels. I telephoned F&B and asked about the suitability of their emulsion paint in our tiny, steamy room and was advised to use their Modern Emulsion paint which has a semi sheen. The Farrow & Ball web site suggested colours that worked well with the Charleston Grey so for ease and speed I picked two of their coordinating colours. Creating a sample board is a good idea to make sure that you are happy with the colours before ordering paint in large quantities.
I decided that the green would be used for the stencilling only; so a little tester pot was all that I needed and larger quantities of pink and grey. After a scrub and light sanding of the walls I set about painting them.
Firstly I tamed the gold paint with Zinsser Primer. I painted panels of contrasting colour using a low tack masking tape to make a border between the different colours. In some places the paint came away with the tape revealing the plaster. This tape has not let me down in the past and I don't feel that it can be blamed; the room has been painted for 18 years and all that steam must have been going somewhere! I sanded and repainted the damaged areas, then sanded, repainted, sanded and painted again, each time the paint stuck to the tape. I was getting exasperated.
Salvation arrived in the form of some green, low tack tape that we'd had made for a customer, this tape is so unsticky that I worried that we would not be able to sell it but it proved to be perfect for masking the damp, flaky walls. The un-sticky, sticky tape stuck to the paint without removing it and allowed me to paint a nice crisp line. Hurrah! If you would like some I am selling it.
There is a fat and thin version email me for details.
I was told by the builder that the silicone seal around the shower panels could be painted..... He was wrong so I had to buy wood beading and paint it to disguise the join.
Have you an alternative solution to mask the silicone? I still need to cover the join at the ceiling.
The circles are deliberately misshapen so that they look hand drawn.
If perfect circles are preferred try F12 Formal Dots
The stencil within the panels is VN133 Coral no 2. It has two overlays and is set up to repeat in all directions. The stencilling was quick to do, it was the masking tape fiasco that took the time. The gilded tiles near the shower tray were painted with Ronseal's tile paint in black, so was the toilet seat along with a round mirror bought from a local charity shop.
Is the room finished? Well, no....The steam produced from each shower stains the paint on the walls so I shall need to give them a thorough wipe with a damp cloth to lessen the contrast; when dry I shall re-varnish the walls, this was not what I'd hoped for but it will fix the problem. I shall post a 'how to' about the stencil work when I have edited the pictures. If you would like to see more of our mosaic stencils put mosaic into the search box on our website, the same goes for stencils of coral.