Our master bathroom was one of the last rooms in our house that I made over because I wanted to come up with something really great that I would enjoy looking at every morning, and I needed to find the time to do it. Well I finally found the time and it was worth every minute I put into the transformation because it came out looking even better than I had hoped and I love seeing it every day!
When people see my bathroom walls they always want to feel them because at first glance they think it is real mosaic and stone tiles. I was able to create a very expensive look on a very low budget!
The first step was to make a stencil for the mosaic border. I used an exacto knife to cut it out of a sheet of plastic (actually it was a “dry-erase poster-board that I found at Hobby Lobby).
I used a level to draw a pencil line around the room at the height where I wanted the border to go. Next I taped on the stencil and troweled on a layer of joint drywall compound on top of the stencil and then removed the stencil, leaving behind the relief of the mosaic. I rinsed off the stencil after every couple uses and worked my way around the room, creating the texture for the mosaic border. When the joint compound was dry I lightly sanded the mosaic to remove the ridges.
To create the faux stone tile texture, I first drew the grout lines on the wall using a pencil and ruler, then I taped over them with 1/4″ tape. Once I had all the grout lines taped on I applied a rough skip-trowel texture over the entire area, removing the tape while the joint compound was still wet. When it dried I lightly sanded it to knock off the ridges.
I also created a faux tile window frame above the bathtub using the same method.
I wanted to update our bathtub too so I primed the front side of it with oil-based primer and added the faux stone tiles there as well.
Next I applied the skip-trowel texture to the top part of the walls and once that was dried painted all of the walls a light mocha color of latex paint (eggshell finish).
To paint the mosaic, I first used a flat sponge brush to paint all the little “tiles” a creamy white color. Then I used a small flat-tipped paintbrush to paint the pattern green (I used a few shades of green) and also added some different shades of cream/tan to the background tiles. I painted the larger “tiles” on the top and bottom of the border with dark brown tones.
To paint the faux stone tiles, I used several brown-tone shades of acrylic paint mixed with latex glaze. I would apply the paint to each tile with sponge brushes and use rags to wipe some off, then add more until it looked good enough for me.
For the upper-part of the walls, I used a dark brown latex glaze that I applied with a roller and then wiped off with a big flat sponge and rags, leaving an old-world appearance.
To complete my dreamy master bathroom I painted a mural of a peaceful pond above the bathtub. I wanted it to look kind of faded like a fresco.
Once it was all dry I applied a clear latex sealant so all of my hard work would be protected from water damage.
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