Remodeling Like a Pro
Rembrandt I m not! – The “UnArtist’s” Tips on How to Paint Your Bathroom. Before you renovate, prepare your bathroom by clearing out the clutter and removing as many things as possible. Painting a bathroom can be time consuming because of all of its little angles and corners.
When remodeling, painting the corners of the medicine cabinets or the vanity all take more time than painting an entire wall. If you take the time to clear out the clutter and remove what you can, it will actually save you time in the long run.
Clear off your vanity, tub, shower, toilet and shelves. Once you have done this, you can start looking around for things you can remove off of the walls to make your painting job much simpler. It may seem to be adding more time to your remodeling project, however, not having to brush around these items, will make your painting job go much quicker.
Things to remove:
• Switch plates
• Towel bars
• Lighting fixtures
• Toilet paper holder
• Medicine cabinets without lights
• Shades on medicine cabinets with lights
• Top of the toilet tank
• Fan grates or vents (if you choose to paint, it is easier to paint off of the walls)
• Shower rod spring-fitted to the walls
• Shields that are around the toilet tank pipe
• Shower head plumbing
Clean the walls before you paint.
When renovating, unless your walls are extremely dirty, there is no need to clean the walls. However, you should consider wiping down the walls around where people use the deodorant, hair spray or cologne.
These items will leave a residue that can interfere with the paint adhering to the surface. Just take a mild, natural window cleaner and wipe them down. This will eliminate any hassles that could arise later, if you do not clean.
Filling in the Gaps
Caulking can improve the entire paint project.
Caulking will help your paint job look more professional and will make it easier to paint corners. Check around the entire bathroom for big gaps that can be filled.
For example, look in between where the countertop meets with the bath wall or around the edges of the tub and shower enclosure. Be sure to use high quality paintable silicone caulk.
If you have tiles that are missing some grout along the wall, you can purchase a special grout-colored caulk. If you choose not to caulk your tiles, the humidity in the bathroom will make the tiles eventually come loose.
Spackle and sand.
You should spackle any nail holes or cracks and sand when they are dry.
Cover your floor, vanity, toilet, etc. with plastic.
Tape anything you cannot move or cover.
Steps to painting your bathroom
Now that all the preparations are complete, it is time to paint your bathroom.
Tip: Work from the top down and brush before rolling.
1. Paint your ceiling first. Paint your trim where it meets the wall first. It is easier to make a straight line with your wall paint.
2. Roll the edges as close to the wall as possible, then use a brush to get the corners and smooth out any of your drips. After you have finished the edges, simply paint the rest of the ceiling with your roller.
3. Once your ceiling is dry, you can begin your walls.
4. Start with the edges and corners. Use a good quality brush because a cheap one will lose its threads as you are painting. Use a 3” brush for the corners. For trim, you should use a smaller angled brush.
5. If you are using a different color or sheen, plan on at least two coats. If you do not use two coats, you will need to spot prime any of your repairs first.
6. Roll the walls.
7. When painting your trim, it is better to do two thin coats of paint, than one thick coat.
Now, sit back, relax and enjoy your freshly painted bathroom.