Here are the results of our basement bath reno! So much work for such a little space! In the end I tried three different colors and ended up having to prime the walls. Then I decided to paint the ceiling and trim which weren't part of my initial plan but I'm glad I took that extra step. Bernie had to patch walls and remount the light and oh yeah, remove the toilet. Which had a bad valve. Isn't that always the case?
Before: 3/4 bath. Blah creme color on walls and ceiling.
During: I wanted to paint the bathroom a pearlescent color for a hint of sheen. Not only was this an expensive exercise (a quart cost about as much as a gallon of paint) but I just couldn't get it to cover well. I used Benjamin Moore's Metallic/Pearelscent glazes. The first color I tried was "stillness" which turned out to be very green and did not cover well at all.
I thought I would give it another try with "shyness" (it is painted on the left of the picture below). The color was a perfect champagne silver, but I wasn't confident that I could get an even application so I cut my losses and primed over the whole mess. This color went on better than stillness and I switched from a semi-smooth roller to a micro fine roller which made a big difference. Also, I don't think your walls can be super smooth - I may have had better results going over a primer vs. the slick walls I started with.
The final color is AC-28 "Smoky Embers" by Benj M. I love it. It's on the warmer side of gray with a hint of brown. It goes well with the black built in shelves, brushed nickle hardware, and newly white trim and ceiling (BenjM Chantilly Lace).
A couple of things I learned on this project - one, green Frog tape is worth every penny. I had zero bleed through and it didn't pull the paint off my trim work. I'll never buy the blue stuff again. Second, don't waste your time painting around a toilet - pull it off and get a good paint job. Same goes for light fixtures, towel holders, etc.
Now, on to the stencil. I bought a Virginia Creeper stencil and used the Shyness glaze mentioned above. It turned out exactly how I wanted! I couldn't believe how easy it was. For details on where I got the stencil, see my Etsy blog post from last week. I taped the stencil to the wall, the instructions that came with it strongly suggested NOT using adhesive spray. Use a foam roller with rounded edges, get paint on your roller then roll it onto a paper towel so there isn't a lot of paint, use medium pressure and off you go!
Once the room was basically done I decided one more stencil was in order. After I got my main stencils on the wall I pretty much hacked the thing to pieces so I could fit it in tighter spots. Notice the cute little frames did you? Last night I picked up some inexpensive frames and lucite boxes from Target's new Liberty of London line. I wanted to buy them last week, but figured I would never find a use for them. I was totally Wrong.
Drum roll please! Here it is, the big reveal. The metallic paint really gave a barely-there finish that you can't see in all the pictures. I filled the frames with pictures from Todd and Anne Marie's wedding including the family tradition - "jump" pictures. I want to replace the mirror and the glass shades on the light fixture but all in all the room is done and I LOVE it. Big time. Voila!