How to paint porcelain flowers on toilets.

In September I got a call from Marcus, who is one of the wonderful guys who runs the restaurant The BARN in Gothenburg. I’ve been working with them before. Helping them to illusion paint their metall roll-top outside the restaurante so it looked like wooden planks and I’ve made some drawings for their restaurant and now he called me and revealed that they had started on a new and very exciting project. 1st October 2016, they would open a new restaurant in Gothenburg. Teaterkällaren! (Theatre Basement in english)

Everything would go in a little old-fashioned, French / Swedish country style kind of look, and he wondered if I could help them decorate their toilets so that they would match the theme. I giggled a little at first. It’s not every day that you get the request to paint toilets. But of course I thought this sounded really fun and I told him that I would love to do it!

They wanted a blue floral pattern. Similar to the flowers on the Ostindia porcelain from Rörstrand (It’s also the porcelain serie that they will use at the restaurant). So I immediately started googling pictures and sketching on a pattern that I thought would match the porcelain.

This is how the Ostindia porcelain looks like. .

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I had never painted on porcelain before. So I bought some porcelain paint and sat and practiced on plates a few evenings at home while watching TV. Really cozy homework! ;)

My dear grandmother was in fact a master of painting on porcelain and the motives were very often small, blue-purple flowers (“granny glasses” and bluebells if I remember it correctly). So it felt a bit like when I was a kid and at my grandmother’s house and we sat together painting (but this time by myself). I used water colors on paper and she painted tiny blue flowers on egg cups. Wonderful memories! <3

From the beginning the plan was just to paint three toilets with floral pattern. But it ended up with three toilets and three walls covered with this pattern. ( It wasn’t actually me who couldn’t stop myself and went bananas along the way, it was the guys at Teaterkällaren who wanted it like that ;)

….And this is how it turned out in the end!

Before:

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After:

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.Not so bad right? :)

….And here are som pictures from the process.

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Me, sneaking around taking pictures.

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Full action! Here it’s only one week left before the opening of the restaurant.

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Last flower painted!

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I also drew two signs with their logo on, to display outside the restaurant. And decorated their blackboards inside Teaterkällaren which they use as menus.  It look like this:

And this is how it looks like inside the rest of the restaurant.

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Matching porcelain.

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.Doesn’t it look nice? I love this kind of old, country-style when it comes to interior.

Thank you Teaterkällaren for a very fun commission work! It has been so nice to work with you these days. Next time we meet, I promise that I won’t wear my dirty painting clothes and hang out at the toilet all night long, I’ll be sitting at the dining table with a glass of red wine in my hand and munch on some good cheeses instead ;)

À bientôt!

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Monday October 10th, 2016