Reader Rose was inspired by our story about Lora’s painted Franciscan starburst “wallpaper” treatment and decided to attempt a similar feat in her vintage pink, grey and white bathroom. Using some atomic style fabric she found as inspiration, Rose created a pattern of googie shapes in shades of grey, pink and aqua to liven up her already adorable bathroom with just a little paint, some Sharpie markers and a whole lot of patience.
Rose had just completed a similar wall stenciling treatment in her kitchen and was thrilled with the results, so she decided to try the technique in her pink bathroom too. Inspired by the pattern of the “Atomic Dishcloth Deluxe” fabric she found at The Crave Yard, Rose devised a way to bring her own variation of this retro inspired textile design to her bathroom walls.
According to Rose, the process of painting the walls was messy and time consuming — especially the first step, creating “flecking” on her white walls using charcoal paint and a toothbrush. Pam says that she has used the process in her collage classes: You put the paint on the bristle ends of a toothbrush then run your finger across the edge of the bristles so that they “throw” the paint off in flecks. Yes, very messy, but gratifying!
When the flecking had dried, Rose made cardboard templates of the shapes she wanted to use. Then she used these templates — along with paint ub shades of pink, grey and aqua — to paint the base shapes onto her wall. As Rose worked, she made the pattern randomly, trying to evenly distribute the shapes.
Next, Rose used Sharpie markers to add the black lines, dots and other googie shapes on top of the colorful paint. She also used a white oil paint Sharpie marker to add white on top of some of the kidney shapes.
The end result is charming and fun. Rose’s decision to add the aqua color to her wall pattern and bring aqua accents like towels and window treatments into the room really helps kick the bathroom up a notch. The previously calm feeling bathroom now has an exciting new energy.
Rose has documented the project extensively over on her blog Sears Modern Homes. Other than the fabulous end result of Rose’s many hours of hard work, my favorite part about her documentation of this project is this quote:
People’s reaction to The World’s Most Beautiful Atomic Powder Room is mixed. Some fall in love with it, and others say things like, “Well, as long as you and Wayne like it, that’s all that matters.”
Well Rose, you can count us in the camp of folks that fall in love with it. Bravo on a job well done and thanks so much for letting us feature your adorable pink bathroom.