Painted Bathroom Transformations

Image from ‘Colour Recipes for Style and Colour’, by ANNIE SLOAN, published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books 2013
Image from ‘Colour Recipes for Style and Colour’, by ANNIE SLOAN, published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books 2013

I absolutely adore this bath. It sits in the corner of the master bedroom at my house in Normandy. It’s a real boho-chic country haven. I had hankered after a freestanding copper bath for years – they are so sumptuous yet earthy-looking. Instead of buying one, I decided to make my own by covering the outside of an enamel roll-top bath in copper leaf.

First I painted the outside of the bath in my colour Florence, a coppery green similar to the colour of verdigris. I then applied copper leaf over the top using my Gold Size and a flat synthetic brush. Copper is a very warm and rich, gingery colour. The cool and deep Florence showing through underneath serves to soften its appearance.

The bath is mounted on black slate and the planks of rough wood on the wall have been colourwashed in a mix of Duck Egg Blue and Florence from the Chalk Paint™ palette.

Alex Russell-Flint’s 19th Century Bathtub

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Alex Russell-Flint is a young artist-painter living in France. I visited his house in France when working on my last book and to say I was stunned when I first laid eyes on it is something an understatement. Alex lives and works in a rambling former schoolhouse in Argenton-Château. He works a lot with my paint, not just on furniture but on his walls and floors, too.

I love the way he transformed the 19th century zinc bathtub standing in the middle of this room. He painted the sides of the bath in Chalk Paint™, mixing together three of my colours (Aubusson Blue, Antibes Green and Burgundy) to create the perfect shade. He then applied a coat of my Soft Wax to seal the finish.

Janice Issitt’s Bohemian Bathroom

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Janice Issitt is a British stylist and photographer that I met when working on my last book. Her home is an incredible explosion of colour, bursting with beautiful bohemian features. She came on board as one of my first Painters in Residence, creating this vibrant bathroom scene as her first project.

The striking room shows a great use of colour. Taking inspiration from the enamel bathtub in the foreground, she created a similar green by mixing together my Antibes Green and Old White. She used this to paint the chair and shelf in the background. To give the room a bohemian edge, Janice picked out other details in contrasting pink (created by mixing together my Emperor’s Silk, Henrietta and Old White), as well as blues and reds.

She created the floral backdrop by printing out Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s rose illustrations and applying them onto the wall with my Decoupage Glue and Varnish.

Jonathan Marc Mendes’ Stenciled Tub

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This bathroom project is by one of my customers here in England, Jonathan Marc Mendes. He painted the sides of his roll-top bath in Chalk Paint™. He created this soft purple colour by mixing together my Emile (which is a pale aubergine colour with pink undertones) and Old White. He then created the patterned border by using one of my new stencils called Freya.

I always love to see my customer’s projects, so if you’ve recently tried Chalk Paint™ or any of my other products, please share your pictures with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or via my new online gallery http://anniesloan.com/mimo.

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