Painted Bathroom Transformations

Image from ‘Colour Recipes for Style and Colour’, by ANNIE SLOAN, published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books 2013
Image from ‘Colour Recipes for Style and Colour’, by ANNIE SLOAN, published by CICO Books. Photography by Christopher Drake © CICO Books 2013

I absolutely adore this bath. It sits in the corner of the master bedroom at my house in Normandy. It’s a real boho-chic country haven. I had hankered after a freestanding copper bath for years – they are so sumptuous yet earthy-looking. Instead of buying one, I decided to make my own by covering the outside of an enamel roll-top bath in copper leaf.

First I painted the outside of the bath in my colour Florence, a coppery green similar to the colour of verdigris. I then applied copper leaf over the top using my Gold Size and a flat synthetic brush. Copper is a very warm and rich, gingery colour. The cool and deep Florence showing through underneath serves to soften its appearance.

The bath is mounted on black slate and the planks of rough wood on the wall have been colourwashed in a mix of Duck Egg Blue and Florence from the Chalk Paint™ palette.

Alex Russell-Flint’s 19th Century Bathtub


Alex Russell-Flint is a young artist-painter living in France. I visited his house in France when working on my last book and to say I was stunned when I first laid eyes on it is something an understatement. Alex lives and works in a rambling former schoolhouse in Argenton-Château. He works a lot with my paint, not just on furniture but on his walls and floors, too.

I love the way he transformed the 19th century zinc bathtub standing in the middle of this room. He painted the sides of the bath in Chalk Paint™, mixing together three of my colours (Aubusson Blue, Antibes Green and Burgundy) to create the perfect shade. He then applied a coat of my Soft Wax to seal the finish.

Janice Issitt’s Bohemian Bathroom



Janice Issitt is a British stylist and photographer that I met when working on my last book. Her home is an incredible explosion of colour, bursting with beautiful bohemian features. She came on board as one of my first Painters in Residence, creating this vibrant bathroom scene as her first project.

The striking room shows a great use of colour. Taking inspiration from the enamel bathtub in the foreground, she created a similar green by mixing together my Antibes Green and Old White. She used this to paint the chair and shelf in the background. To give the room a bohemian edge, Janice picked out other details in contrasting pink (created by mixing together my Emperor’s Silk, Henrietta and Old White), as well as blues and reds.

She created the floral backdrop by printing out Pierre-Joseph Redouté’s rose illustrations and applying them onto the wall with my Decoupage Glue and Varnish.

Jonathan Marc Mendes’ Stenciled Tub


This bathroom project is by one of my customers here in England, Jonathan Marc Mendes. He painted the sides of his roll-top bath in Chalk Paint™. He created this soft purple colour by mixing together my Emile (which is a pale aubergine colour with pink undertones) and Old White. He then created the patterned border by using one of my new stencils called Freya.

I always love to see my customer’s projects, so if you’ve recently tried Chalk Paint™ or any of my other products, please share your pictures with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or via my new online gallery

Written by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan

One of the world’s most respected paint and colour experts, Annie Sloan brings decades of expertise – and plenty of style – to her hugely popular line of decorative paint, Chalk Paint™.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, Chalk Paint™ is a unique, eco-friendly, formula that sticks to just about any surface – inside and outside the home – without the need for priming or sanding. Inspired by 18th and 20th century décor and design, the range comprises over 30 decorative and historic colours, which combine well to provide an even larger colour palette. With a brand new line of stencils, fabrics, brushes, waxes to provide protection and durability to painted projects, and other finishing products, Annie’s inspirations are transforming more and more homes every day.

While growing the range, Annie also finds time to swap paintbrush for pen. Her 24 books on decorative painting, with a 25th due to come out later this year, have sold well over 2 million copies and are giving people the world over the skills and confidence to get creative.

A passionate supporter of small businesses, Annie only sells her products through independent shops. She encourages each of her tight-knit group of global Stockists to be individual and inspiring in their ventures and – like the lovers of her paints and products – to find their own Annie Sloan.

Annie trained as a fine artist and turned to decorative work after university in the mid -1970s while painting murals in houses as commissions. By 1987, Annie had written the phenomenally successful book ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ which is considered to be the industry bible on the subject. Unable to find the paints that she wished to work with, Annie used her knowledge of colour, paint, pigments and art history and invented Chalk Paint™ in 1990.

In 2000 Annie set up a shop in Oxford to showcase Chalk Paint™, run courses, and offer interior design services. More books followed and there are now nearly 1,500 Stockists around the world, with 43 Stockists in Canada and growing, and an ever-expanding portfolio of complementary products.

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