A PAINTING FOR THE BATHROOM

January 8, 2014

I almost wanted to throw the towel in on our bathroom. It was getting better, absolutely.

Bathroom from Rachel Schultz Bathroom from Rachel Schultz Bathroom from Rachel Schultz

But the window count is an unrelenting zero. Everything always seems yellow. And in a rental property where you cannot complete any real demo changes, what is a girl to do? My angle up to present had been using only neutrals hoping it might, just maybe, mellow the yellow.

Some of those changes were helping. (I love our shower curtain.) I knew I now needed something bold, bright, and colorful to break up the drab and draw the eye away from noticing all the too-yellowish off-white.

We bought a mega canvas (30×48) a year and a half ago for this arrow paint project. That was back during my color-paralysis phase, so fearing the piece could possibly not work for all spaces for all time, I made it GRAY. I’ve come a long way and fear color no more. In fact, I crave it and think  sometimes really colorful art is just as good (better?) for fitting anywhere as neutrals.

I pin lots of do-it-yourself artwork ideas on my pinterest (under the DIY & Projects board) because, well, art is expensive. Making some myself for much less feels fabulous.

Painting over all the gray felt good, but strange because I spent so many hours on painting it. But, I know that if I’m not loving it, every day I keep it around is just more of a waste. My first idea was to try a piece inspired by Claire Desjardins’ How to Bake a Cake. Trying my own version was a bust. And was taking a long time because the look I wanted was going to require lots of layers. After about six sessions, I was still having David put it in the closet whenever people came over.  It could have probably come out right, but would take a lot of time.

Christmas Eve Day we were unexpectedly at home due to my in-laws power outage. I was ready to try something new (again) for this canvas. This painting took maybe 3-4 hours and I love it. You can see it in the mirror below, if that’s not too mind-bending. Next, we’re going to try to do a DIY frame job on it. (Since custom framing is almost as expensive as buying art!)

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Maybe there’s hope for our bathroom? To see everything about this place we call home, take a tour of our apartment.

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Comments

  • will you try making this and let me know how mustard-y it is? like on a scale of “i hate mustard on ANYTHING to i hate regular mustard but i like mustard pretzels to I can tolerate mustard”

    http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/02/06/holy-yum-chicken/#.Us2gAJ5dWW1

    xoxoxo

    • Rachel Schultz

      That’s my world’s best chicken recipe.

  • Vanessa Chesebro

    Heres a tip I learned when painting with acrylics- use a blow dryer to dry layers, then you can do more than one layer in a session!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Fantastic! Wish I had known that.

  • I love your shower curtain!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thank you! It’s a great Target find.

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