Somehow, I managed to successfully paint my current backsplash, as well as my mom's backsplash. I got the idea from the geniuses at Sawdust & Embryos. I wanted the look of tile without the commitment.
Kinda like how I want to look like Tricia Helfer without all the hard work it would take to get there. And stay there.
Now I'm obsessed with hexagon tile. For a backsplash, a bathroom floor, the exterior of a new car...you name it.
Since even I'm not delusional enough to believe I could tape off THAT pattern, I sought a stencil.
Royal Design Studio has a fabulous hex tile pattern, but the hexes were too big for my taste.
Then I found this one in the kids' section (I opted not to use the bee).
It was the perfect size hex. However, it didn't come with the "bonus" stencil for going around the ceiling.
I was hexed and vexed. But I endeavored to persevere. Of course, I had to start over 3 different times, but I finally finished.
Conclusion? I suck at stenciling. Or, at least, I suck at stenciling when a very small pattern repeat is the subject of that stencil. I think I could have done a great job if I'd had a very small area to do that didn't involve any corners or electrical wires flipping me off. The fitting for my pot sticker didn't help much either. But since I had to deal with all that, I pretty much hated every minute of it.
I was cussing up a storm.
I think I would have enjoyed it much more after a box of wine. It may have even looked better, too.
The Royal Design cremes are AWESOME. They're also too Mettalica for the look I was going for.
SO. I blended the following:
RD Antique Silver Creme
RD Pearl Oyster Creme
Flat white latex paint
I used the larger of the 2 RD brushes. Philly helped me with the corner, and the brush ended up in our mouths at different points because we ran out of hands. We started referring to brush as a cigar.
I've since named them Bill and Monica.
If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't add the varnish. It mucked up the stencil.
Actually, If I could go back and do it again, I'd go to a bar instead.
The pictures are horrible because of the terrible lighting. Parts of it actually look fairly genius in person. Other parts....meh. I'm hoping once all the cabs and appliances are in it will look okay.
But the whole point of this exercise was to see if I liked the result without the commitment. I always have the option of tiling over it.
Zoltar, will I have tile in my future?
Zoltar says as long as someone keeps feeding him quarters, my tile wish will eventually come true.
And it's gonna be Big.