How to Paint Your Bathroom

How to paint a bathroom

Painting a bathroom is more difficult than any other room in your house. Before applying the paint, take the time necessary to plan a good execution. I assure you that it will help you save time and money in the end.

A good plan will help you choose the right color, you also have to know what areas of the wall need to be restored, what needs to be covered or removed.

Here are 6 recommendations that can go into the perfect plan to paint your bathroom correctly.


Choose your favorite color.

Choosing the color is always the most stressful part of this project. The good thing is that you can always return to this option. if you are not sure what color you want look for inspirations. In Home depot, Lowes, Sherwin Willians or Benjamin Moore you can find catalogs or you can also ask for paint simples.

Some of the things you have to do is choose the type of paint semi gloss or high gloss for easier maintenance.
Also something very important is to choose paint especially for bathrooms since these paints have a different formula that will help not to accumulate mold or mildew caused by so much humidity.

When choosing the color, also keep in mind that bathrooms usually do not get much light, therefore using a lighter color will be more practical than a darker color.

Material & Right Equipment

  • Interior latex paint.
  • Primer.
  • Paint rollers in multiple sizes.
  • Sash brush.
  • Paint tray and liner.
  • Paint stirrer.
  • Sandpaper.
  • Putty knife.
  • Spackle.
  • Paintable caulk.
  • Drop cloth.
  • Plastic sheeting.
  • Painter’s tape.
  • Shop Vac.

Remove Hardware & Cover Objects

Painting will always be much easier than preparing. The secret of doing a good painting job is to be very detailed when preparing the work area and its surfaces.
Removing hardware from walls and doors is part of a painter’s good practice, as is covering objects that are not going to be painted.

  • Cover the toilet
  • Cover the sink
  • Cover the floor
  • Cover or remove the lamps
  • Cover the bathtub
  • Cover or remove the handles
  • Remove hardware from outlets, switch, etc

Clean The Walls

Note that before applying any product to clean the walls you must remove dust and cobwebs.

Then you can check for stains, mold or adhesives on the walls and try to remove them. There are many products on the market that will help you restore the surface:

  • Mold Control
  • Clorox.
  • Goo Gone
  • degreaser cleaner heavy duty.

Be sure to wear goggles, gloves, and a mask before using these products.


Repair The Walls If Necessary

I think the step that needs a lot of attention to make your bathroom walls look luxurious is to do a good repair or a good drywall job.

You may need professional help for this step, because if the walls or ceiling have cracks, you need to know how to diagnose the cause of the cracks.

Another challenge that we could find are bubbling wall. Water is the key cause of peeling paint on ceilings and bathroom walls.

And in this case, you have to remove the weak paint, patch it up with compound and try to make the surface smooth and ready to be painted.


Prime and Paint

After your walls are clean and properly patched it’s time for the last step which is the most fun.

Yeah! Priming and painting is the most fun step of the project, it is entertaining and relaxing, although it is very important to be careful when you are applying the finish.
You have to apply the final paint evenly from top to bottom with the roll and you have to use the 2.5 brush in the corners where the roll can’t reach.

Something that I recommend when you are going to paint is to use a good lighting system so that you can see every angle of the wall and so that you know if the wall is being painted evenly.

Putting down at least 2 coats of the final paint is necessary but if you can apply 3 coats that would be great.


Looking for some inspiration?

  • How to paint a bathroom

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