It’s a silly thing I know, but when eating at a restaurant and a visit to the toilet is required, it brings me real pleasure when I discover a patterned floor! I recently ate at Honey and Co in London and in addition to the gorgeous food, there is also a gorgeous patterned floor leading down to the toilets.
My first job for the new year was to stencil this tiny little space using the new Souk Stencil which is inspired by the simple repeating mosaic tiles found in North Africa. The floor was originally white but in an all white room I wanted to create some depth and add some pattern. There was a stencilled border around the edge which I wanted to keep and so using Duck Tape I masked the edge and with a mini roller painted the rest of the floor with Farrow and Ball Eggshell in Railings, a lovely deep charcoal colour.
Once dry I positioned the Souk Stencil starting at the corner behind the toilet and worked backwards towards the door using my Whitstable stencil paint. The Duck Tape was then carefully lifted to reveal the border.
As the paint is so thinly applied, it dries almost immediately and so I was able to varnish the floor as soon as the stencilling was complete. I applied two coats of Polvine Decorators Varnish in satin finish and then added a final top coat in dead flat finish.
I’m very happy with my first job of the 2016!
After recently receiving the prototypes for fifteen new stencils which I have designed, I found myself wandering around looking for something to test them all on. It was a case of, I want to test them and I want to test them now!
I didn’t manage to use all fifteen, but five on one piece of furniture isn’t bad going. This project took me roughly one and a half hours to complete and that included a tea break.
Even though I am a big lover of pattern, I do believe that there are times when less is more……..but not this time!!
Only another ten to test and photograph before they will be available on the website
In my latest project for Reloved Magazine, I have stencilled some galvanised metal containers with my Whitstable Stencil Paint. I am always trying to convince people that stencilling is really quick and easy. Each of these containers took a matter of minutes.
You can pick up old or new metal containers really cheaply and filled with simple white flowers they make gorgeous gifts at a snip of what it would cost to buy something similar.
The December issue of Reloved is out now if you want a step by step account of how to do this yourself.