I was trying to come up with a bold design for the backsplash tiles for the downstairs toilet. I was looking through pinterest for ages but nothing quite grabbed my attention. I then saw these gorgeous ‘Gatsby’ coasters on Audenza website and I was immediately inspired! (this is not an ad for Audenza by the way, although you should definitely check them out!)
Products used (affiliate links):
- Frog Tape – Green and Yellow
- Zinsser B.I.N Primer
- Dulux Satinwood in Black
- Eggshell in Pink (Custom mix)
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf Adhesive
- Acrylic Seal/Clear varnish
Step 1. Clean and prep the tiles. Once dry prime them using Zinsser B.I.N primer. I used a roller and put two coats, slightly sanding in between coats.
Step 2. Decide on your pattern, I made a little sketch on how I wanted the tiles to look like before I committed to painting. It can also help you visualise what the tiles will look like.
Step 3. Start taping off the area for the first colour. I decided to go with light pink first. Make sure the edges of the tape are glued on securely (run your nail over it to make sure there are no gaps). Paint the areas in thin coats (I put two coats on). If the paint does bleed a little don’t panic, you can either touch up later on or disguise it with gold leaf!
Step 4. Once the pink paint is dry, tape over the area where you want your second paint colour to go. I chose black and again used two thin coats. I removed the tape while the paint was still slightly wet.
Step 5. Add gold leaf. This part of the process is so much fun as you can be as creative as you like. At first I really wanted nice crisp lines, but as always it did not quite work to plan (I think the black paint was a little tacky still). I’d like to think of it not as a mistake but as a “happy accident”, so I got rid of my sketch and went wild with gold leaf!
Remember to seal everything once it is dry to make sure it is extra durable!
The downstairs toilet reveal will follow shortly!!