Inspired by this inspiration post over on How About Orange, when we painted our hall bathroom, I decided to pizzazz it up a bit with some metallic paint. I was particularly drawn to this post and this post. I also really liked the streamlined look of polka dots over at YHL on this post.
Ultimately what I decided to do in the heat of the moment was a combination of both a confetti wall and a patterned polka dot wall.
I used a sponge that I found at JoAnn Fabrics – it was actually a 6 piece foam pouncer set by martha stewart. The second largest one seemed like the perfect dot size to me.
The paint color in the bathroom is Brittany Blue by Benjamin Moore – color matched at Lowe’s with their Valspar mid-grade (no VOC) paint in satin finish.
So I needed to find a metallic acrylic paint color that would compliment the grey blue tones in the wall color, but didn’t stand out too much. I chose Silver Anniversary (506) by PLAID. You can also find this at JoAnn Fabrics for around $2 per bottle. I ended up only using one bottle.
I actually started the polka dots on the wall by the sink, but they were too close together to be visually pleasing and they started gradually growing further apart. Needless to say, I had to paint over it and start fresh the next day. I changed my mind about what walls to paint and decided to just do the wall behind the toilet and the wall opposite the mirror. I thought any more than that would be overkill.
I poured a blob of paint (about a tablespoon) onto a paper plate and dabbed the sponge into it just until it was evenly coated. To avoid the dots from looking foamy/bubbly, I realized that I had to lightly dab/tap the foam sponge on the spot to knock out any air bubbles and fill in the circle. For the polka dots, I used half of a paper towel cardboard core to measure the distance between dots to keep them consistent. For the confetti wall, I just eyeballed it as best I could.
The metallic aspect of the paint is very faint, but the light bounces off of it and reflects the shine. It’s subtle, but better than a plain old blue wall.
Here’s a rundown:
Wall paint color – Benjamin Moore Brittany Blue #1633 (color matched with Valspar mid-grade no VOC) in Satin.
Materials – Martha Stewart Foam Pouncer and PLAID metallic acrylic paint in Silver Anniversary.