It may be time for your bathroom to get a much needed makeover. A simple and effective way to brighten up the look of your washroom is to give it a fresh coat of paint. Bathrooms are usually smaller than any other rooms in the house. This means painting it shouldn’t take as long as a larger room does. There are also ways to reduce the time that it takes to paint your washroom with just s a bit of preparation. Here are some tips:
BEFORE AND AFTER
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Step 1: Prepare the Bathroom for Painting
- Take down any objects screwed into the wall – like towel bars, mirrors, or shelves.
- Check for any accessories near the sink or tub and put them away in a cabinet or closet.
- Remove electrical outlets, wall switch covers and cabinet handles or knobs.
- You don’t have to remove the toilet. This is only necessary if you want easier access to the wall behind it.
Step 2: Painters Tape and Dropcloths
- Line baseboard moldings, doors and window frames with painters tape. This stops paint from dripping on areas you don’t want painted.
- Choose tape with a width of at least two inches for maximum coverage.
- Use your putty knife to smooth down the tape. This makes sure that it is fully stuck to the wall. No paint should get in between the tape and the wall.
- Place drop cloths on the floor and over the counters and bathroom vanity.
- The edges of the drop cloths have to be as close to the baseboards as possible. This prevents paint from dripping onto the exposed areas.
Step 3: Paint the Ceiling
- Start from the top down. Paint the bathroom ceiling first if you can.
- A brush should be used where the ceiling connects to the wall for closer accuracy.
- You can also use an edging tool to paint the edges around light fixtures.
- Let it dry and put a second coat on the bathroom ceiling.
Step 4: Paint Washroom Walls
- Apply primer. Dark rooms need more primer.
- Use edging tool to paint around mirrors and permanent light fixtures.
- Begin in one corner, then work your way around the room.
- When the edges are completed, use the roller to fill in the larger spots.
- Use a smaller paint brush for tight spots.
- Let the first coat dry for 3-4 hours.
- When the first coat has dried, apply a second.
Just complete these four steps and you’re on your way to bathroom renovation bliss!
Bathroom Painting Tips
- Keep your rollers and brushes wet in between painting by wrapping them with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
- If there is any mold on the wall, make sure to remove it before painting.
- A semi-gloss finish that is mold and mildew resistant is recommended.
- Paint bathroom walls and ceiling the same colour.
- Gently tap the brush inside the can to drain excess paint.
Make sure you take preparation seriously, bathrooms have a lot more accessories than regular rooms so be careful not to get paint on places you don’t want.
If you feel like you need a professional for this, call Home Painters Toronto at 466 494 9095 or email Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com.