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Friday, October 30, 2015

HELP - I Think My Wall Treatment Might Be Scary!

As you may know I have been madly working on the Fashionista’s bathroom for the One Room Challenge.

I knew that the biggest challenge was going to be the walls.

It is a tiny bathroom with very heavily textured walls.

She wanted a tropical looking wall treatment like this:

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You cannot install wallpaper on heavily textured walls. In order to hang wallpaper the walls would have to be skim coated smooth. Add on the cost of the paper and we were looking at $800+. I just can’t see spending that kind of money in a tiny upstairs bathroom that no one would ever see. So, I ordered a rhododendron stencil.

Oh the work! Just this tiny section took over an hour to create.

Wall Treatment 001

This wall took three hours.

After ALL THAT I am just not sure….

Wall Treatment 002

I’m feeling like it’s  a“WALL TREATMENT FAIL” and that I should just repaint the walls white.

I need your honest opinion.



Harold Emery said...

I always stay with white because the accessories create a room.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Jennifer Schmitz said...

I think its a bit busy but I don't think it looks "bad". You can't really see the wall texture until you're right up on it, but another thought is to buy thin veneer and nail it to your wall to create a smooth surface that you can actually wall paper. You could do this to the bottom half of the wall and paint the top half. Maybe put a chair rail up or a thick molding to separate the upper and lower walls. This way you get the wall paper pattern you want along with the smoothness.

Auntie Em said...

Oh my! What to do. Personally, I like the plain walls. a soft neutral off white would even be OK but the leaves are...well...a little overpowering. A few trailing along would be OK, if they were ivy but I don't think that type of plant really climbs. Maybe a lovely print with that kind of plant or something along the same line in a nice frame would be a good alternative and a little more classic. Alternatively some smaller leaves accented in one or two areas might do the trick.
Good luck with what ever you decide!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well, I know what you mean. It's kind of like how my stencil was going to look in my bathroom. I think maybe just do a white wall and concentrate on a great shower curtain or pattern elsewhere. Sorry. It really is a lot of work.

Peggy said...

I think it would look better if the leaves were stenciled lightest color first. The two lighter greens aren't opaque enough to cover another color. With that change, and covering the whole wall, it could work. But it's up to you and the Fashionista to decide if the result will be lovable.

Sandi said...

I like it.

You could try to balance with muted accessories if you think it's too busy, but I genuinely like it as is. I would put a plant in the room somewhere with similar leaves.

Cherie said...

Actually, that's a philodendron stencil. When i did my leaf covered bathroom, it was the long, feather palm leaves, and they were all green on white. So a more flowy look, and probably less busy because the leaves were all green.

Just my thoughts...


Kelley Dibble said...
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Kelley Dibble said...

How about three different sizes with slight variations to each of them versus each Monstera Deliciosa leaf being of identical shape and size.

When stencilling, dab the brush into some "shading" colors as well, like maybe on the lightest color, dab the stencil brush into the middle green color for shading. For the middle green leaf shade, ppounce the brush into some of the darkest green to shadow the leaf "under" the holes or at the base of the leaves. Finally, for the darkest green leaf shade, add a darker green or gray or brown to add shading to the leaves.

Practice on a large sheet of newspaper. You could map out and even pencil the leaf placement on the wall, too.


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Christine said...

Honestly..... white 😁

Kelley Dibble said...

It's a tropical leaf that is knicknamed "Swiss Cheese," or monstera deliciosa. It is in the philodendron fam for sure, and if allowed to, leaves can get larger than a charger or dinner plate and clings and climbs up palm trees, walls, etc. More vine-like than tree-like. BEAUTIFUL! Easy to replicate with her wallcovering inspiration!

The key to stencil is light loading of the brush versus heavy. I wish I was close, Laura. I would come help you!

Kelley Dibble said...

Adding to Peggy's, do not overlap the leaves. Try to replicate the paper inspiration the Fashionista liked? It has at least seven different sizes of leaves that do not overlap.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I really like it - I really do. I usually have all sorts of reasons why I don't particularly like something, but not this time. I think it's bold, and makes a statement, but I love the colors and sizes - I really and sincerely like what you've done.

: - )

Blondie's Journal said...

I think it's personal taste...please yourself. What do you like about it? Not like? Pattern on walls is making a huge comeback (daughter has her degree in interior design and she's constantly lugging around the heavy books to clients). Maybe liv with it awhile longer?

Jane x

The Boston Lady said...

I honestly like what I see. It's a bit hard to judge because the scope of the. Pictures are limited. But I like what I see. Plus....I'm a fan of green. Ann

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Have you thought about using wall liner, the kind used over paneling? It is about 17.00 a roll on Amazon. I am uncertain if a small room should have that big of a design. I think a mirror with a leaf frame (fabric or wallpaper added to frame) might be a way to use the big pattern in a way that isn't overwhelming.

Katie Mansfield said...

I actually think it is a pretty good match to the wallpaper. What does your daughter think? Does she like it? That is the opinion that matters.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I think I would keep going if your daughter is onboard, because it is going to have to be the entire room for the effect. Otherwise, how about wallpops. I think some of their designs are classy, but I have never used them, so I don't know if they work on textured walls.

GSGreatEscaper said...

Hi Laura - I think Katie is right, does the Fashionista like it? I do think you are doing a good job.

One possibility is you could leave a section and 'frame it' so it looks like art and then paint the rest. You could go with a white with a slight green tinge so it would all tone in together.

Karena Albert said...

Laura lots of suggestions and comments, can you use a lighter color mixed in, like a yellow shade or if you are keeping the mirror red, somehow tie that into the wall painting!???

The Arts by Karena

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

On the pictures, it looks great, but I'm not sure you should be asking us, ask your daughter, she's the one who should fall in love with the bathroom and it sure looks a lot like the inspiration picture.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I love it and I think its a great alternative to the pricey wallpaper. What is most important is whether or not you and the fashionista like it!

Prettypracticalhome said...

I really like it and think you should power through to see the entire result. I think it's an excellent copy of the pricey paper and that once you get the entire room done you'll be happy you did. My other suggestion is to have the pattern go under the mirror a bit so it looks like wallpaper. And the mirror looks fabulous!