Updated: Jun 11
The bathroom not only serves a functional purpose, but it also showcases your personality and style. This is why it's important for your bathroom to always be in top shape.
So painting a bathroom is an important project, and you can ONLY get it done like a professional if you use the appropriate tools and understand the correct painting order.
In this guide, I'll show you some tips that will be very useful next time you decide to paint your bathroom.
Again, we all know that the bathroom has lots of moisture. So it's important to pay special attention to all aspects of bathroom painting - from surface preparation to colour choices and the process of tidying up the work.
Basic Safety tips!
Keep your bathroom well ventilated.
Wear a respirator while painting.
Tools & Materials Needed
Here are the steps to painting a bathroom:
Step 1: Choose the color and the right paint.
Whether you're painting a bathroom with newly plastered walls completely afresh or you're repainting a bathroom with existing paint, you need the right colour and moisture-resistant paint.
Before concluding on a colour, review your colour chart to get the best colour that will give you a feeling of freshness and cleanliness. White or lighter colors are better as darker colors tend to be too heavy for a bathroom environment. They also make an already-small room look smaller.
Since bathrooms are always wet and moist, it is ideal to use high-quality moisture-resistant paint.
Step 2: Clear the Bathroom
Remove any countertop displays, electrical outlet covers, decorative shelving, hardware, and accessories. Keep all screws and fasteners together in a zipped plastic bag for easy pick-up.
Step 3: Cover all surfaces, especially the bath, taps, shower, fittings, and the floor that do not need painting.
It's quite difficult to remove paint from the aforementioned items without scratching them. The floor should be completely covered with drop cloths up to the baseboards.
Step 4. Clean the wall surface
Ensure the walls are clean before applying any paint. The best way to ensure this is to use a small quantity of bleach and warm water to scrub the wall.
You can also use trisodium phosphate, TSP. It's a very powerful cleaning product that gives your walls a clean look.
If the surface has been painted previously with gloss paint, use a solvent designed to "de-gloss" the paint. This will speed up adhesion for the new paint.
Step 5: Fill up any hole or crack with a filler designed for bathrooms.
After cleaning the walls, cover any hole or crack with filler to guarantee durability.
Step 6: Paint the Ceiling
If you're going to paint the ceiling, first cover the top parts of the walls with tape. Then, use a small brush to paint the borders that you can't do with a roller.
Complete the painting with the roller. Pour the paint into the tray, roll it onto the roller, and paint.
Step 7. Prime your walls
Priming is recommended, especially when painting a bathroom with a lighter colour than the previous one.
Furthermore, attention should be given to areas or spots where refilling was applied or where repair is needed.
Step 8. Cut in edges
Once you're set to paint the entire wall, use tape to cut in around the edges to prevent paint splashing on the ceiling or any other area you don't want to paint.
Step 9: Paint the walls with a roller
Use the roller to paint the rest of the wall and allow the first coat to dry for at least two hours. Please, refer to the guide for more clarification.
Step 10. Apply a second coat
You need to apply the second coat for the best result. You also need to give it at least two hours to dry naturally.
Step 11. Tidy up your work
Observe the painting after the surface must have dried completely to ascertain if it meets your expectations. Once you're satisfied with the work, put everything back in place.
Important: After painting the bathroom, avoid showering in it for 24 hours so that the paint can dry properly.