Big Improvement On a Little Budget
At bathroomgurureview we understand that not all washrooms give the desirable impression you would like them to. You’re unhappy with how your bathing space looks. You think it’s ugly. You wish you could demolish it and renovate the whole thing. Unfortunately, you don’t have a big budget, and you don’t have a lot of time. Your best choice is to re-paint. Freshen up the room with a new color.
Maybe you will discover the tone that helps to balance out the room and smudge out that ugliness that was once glaring at you every day. With this definitive guide to painting your unsightly bathing chamber, you will learn which tools you need, what paints to purchase and how much this is all going to cost so you can better plan out your budget. Follow these easy to understand decorating directions and you too can transform your unattractive bathing space into a room that is inviting and admirable.
The first step to re-painting that surly looking room is making a list and a budget. Find out how much money you have available to spend to update your home decor, and decide on how much you want to devote to this quick fix. As always, prices will vary depending on product quality.
As a general rule of thumb a decent can of paint will cost around $50.00 a gallon (before sale or taxes). Do not cheap out on your powder room and buy a $20.00 can from your local hardware store. You want a quality pigment that is durable, washable, and moisture resistant in order to create a long lasting attractive space.
If you do not already have decorating supplies, you will need to pick up the following provisions for your bathroom remodelling project:
1. Brush $5.00 – $10.00
2. Roller $7.00 – $14.00
3. Sleeve $2.00 – $4.00
4. Tray $2.00 – $5.00
5. Liner $0.75 – $1.50
The Right Tools Save You Time and Money
These items are necessities for coating your lavatory ceiling and walls. If you think you can get away with brushing every inch of your walls, think again. The bristles of the brush you use may leave an distracting texture behind. Basically, you traded one form of unpleasantness for another, because you didn’t want to spend the money on a roller, which would have left a smoother coat; not to mention speeding up the whole touch up process.
When updating the look of your bathing area, you will need a stir stick for your can of paint. Most home renovators don’t realize that the liquid slowly settles over time and will need to be re-shaken once ever week and a half to two weeks. Some home improvement stores may offer stir sticks for free.
They may even offer to shake your cans if it has settled again. If you do not wish to spend the money on a stir stick or another trip to the store, an alternative quick fix is to use a spare piece of baseboard or anything else expendable for agitating the paint and keeping it a consistent color. A dry film may also form on the liquids surface if exposed to air for an extended period of time which if left in the mixture will create unsightly lumps on your walls.
The most unpleasant thing about adding new color to your bath is the potential mess. Drop sheets for preventing messy spills can be made from old blankets, plastic or tarp. If you are going to use old bed sheets to capture dripping pigments, try to use something with a heavy weave that won’t allow the liquid to seep or strain through.
Inspect all plastic sheets or tarps for cuts or holes before use. Another tip when painting your bath is that cutting cans can make life much easier. Instead of hauling paint cans up onto a ladder, use a recycled margarine or butter container to make this remodelling task easier.
One thing you will need to add to your list when painting your powder room, but may not need to buy, is primer. Always leave room in your restoration budget for primer. You may not need it, but it is always good to have it just in case you do. A can of primer can vary greatly in price range, from $19.00 to $40.00 a gallon. It all depends on quality and coverage.
Powder Room vs Family Bath Durability Matters
A reason you might need primer while painting your bath, is for patchwork or preparing your bath walls for a new color. Yellows and Reds do not cover well and need tinted primers in order to cover in fewer coats. The less time you spend painting your walls coat after coat, the more time you can enjoy the revamped appearance of your bathing facility.
Ok, you have made yourself a budget for re-painting your hideous looking bathroom walls; you have visited the paint store and chosen a color scheme. All that is left is choosing the right paint.
Unfortunately there is no quick fix for this and when you walk into a paint store and look around this can be a daunting task. Yes, there is more than one type of paint. In fact there are hundreds of paint brands and paint types. Each has a unique formula, giving it a quality suited for a specific task.
Fortunately for you, the paint you are looking for is specifically targeted for a washroom remodelling job. However, you must first ask yourself, what kind of washroom you have? Is it a simple loo? Maybe it’s just a guest powder room. Does it have a shower and tub?
If the bathroom is a simple loo then the paint you need may not need to be as durable or as washable as you first thought. If it is a powder room, used by many guest then you may need a color that is durable and resistant to stains and constant cleaning by chemicals. If it is a shower room, then you will need a durable, washable, water and mold resistant pigment.
One other question you might ask yourself is how long will you keep the color you intend to paint your lavatory? Is it only going to last a year until a full renovation begins? Do you intend to keep it for several years until you have saved enough money for larger home modification projects?
Quick Sale or Are You in it for the Long Haul
Are you quickly freshening up the bath ing space to prepare it for a quick sale? If you are moving out or renovating again in the near future, then you won’t need to spend as much cash on the paint.
For the sake of keeping things simple, we will examine three manufacturer brands from ICI/Dulux Paints, and the three types of washrooms as mentioned above.
As any experienced Customer Service Representative in an ICI/Dulux store will tell you, there are 3 plausible brands for use in a room where moisture is prevalent. These are the Lifemaster brand, the Kitchen & Bath, and the Diamond.
• Lifemaster is a high-quality Eco-friendly paint brand. It is durable, washable, and stain resistant. This paint would easily be recommended for any regular Loo or Powder room.
• Kitchen & Bath has the exact same qualities as the Lifemaster brand. It is high-quality and Eco-friendly. However, Kitchen and Bath has a mold resistant formula. This paint would be ideal for any environment that will see moisture. It would be recommended to place this product in the Loo or Shower room.
• Diamond, is a highly durable and scrubable paint brand. Its Ceramic based formula gives it a chip and wear resistant finish that will prevent moisture penetration on your bath walls. However, having a highly resistant finish causes the Diamond brand to have a naturally higher sheen quality so you may need to tune your colors down.
Using the Matt finish in any of the three rooms would be recommended. Not only would the Matt finish reduce the sheen, it would also reduce the chances of ghastly Run-Lines.
Too Much Moisture is the Enemy
What are Run-Lines? Run-Lines look like dried water streaks that have dribbled down your restroom walls, only they don’t wash away. These lines are created when the moisture in your home spa is high enough to cause the pigments to run. This effect is minimal at best, and usually takes months if not years to become apparent. However, if too much moisture is created before the paint has set and cured, these Run-Lines may appear more quickly and could cause damage to the finish.
Do not wash your walls or expose them to high moisture environments until 30 days have passed. Acrylic and Latex paints require 30 days to fully cure and dry. This warning should be on the label of All Acrylic and Latex brand s.
For more information on these products and for free Datasheets and MSDS sheets, visit www.dulux.ca Always check in-store and online for prices or plausible sale prices. As you can see paint can be quickly and cheaply used to fix and brighten up an unattractive room.
Knowing which tools and primer to use will ensure you get a durable and beautiful finish to your shower room walls that will last for years to come. So what is stopping you, grab that paintbrush and spruce up that dreary looking residence today! Paint is truly the quick and easy fix to an ugly bathroom, go ahead, nirvana awaits…
Article written for the BGR by BJ Frost