A Tropical Escape for Your Walls: Painted Fish

A Tropical Escape for Your Walls: Painted Fish

Mark Chamberlain
Jul 6, 2010

I've been painting fish bathrooms the last year like they're going out of style — here's my latest offering, which is slightly different then the others as each project requires a different set of solutions…

In this instance, after much ado, I settled on tropical fish, as opposed to gold or bronze. The turquoise ground color was inherited, but was in the range of Benjamin Moore Santa Clara 753 or Wilmington Spruce 754 — it was also painted in oil and didn't really require the mess of changing it over to latex. As far as the fish, I wanted something that tilted glam but still had personality. The paint I chose is by Lascaux, the Rolls Royce of acrylic paints.

I found various reference photos and then went to town. The only stipulation was that something had to cover a small hole and its repair behind the doorknob, which resulted in the coral clump.

• Lascaux, various colors

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- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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