7 Secrets to Perfectly Painting a New Bathroom

Painting a bathroom can require a lot of time and effort, but save yourself stress and hassle by following these guidelines.

Painting a bathroom can require a lot of time and effort, but save yourself stress and hassle by following these guidelines:

Preparations Save Time in the Long Run

Though it may feel like busywork, removing furniture, taping edges, repairing drywall, and other important preparations will save you time and heartache in the long run. Nothing’s more frustrating than getting the wrong color of paint on the ceiling or permanent fixtures. Consequently, be sure to drape drop cloths over toilets and tub edges to avoid unwanted splatter.

Test Colors First Before Painting a Bathroom

Before buying an expensive gallon of paint, take a moment to ensure the color will look right in your bathroom. Most hardware stores have paper samples that don’t cost anything, which you can take home. You can even purchase a small sample of the intended paint color for just a few dollars, that way you can apply a small patch to your walls to make sure the color really works before investing in an entire gallon (or more!), only to discover that it doesn’t go with your vanity the way you thought it would.

Choose the Right Finish

There are many different types of paint finishes, and the type you purchase will effect the way your bathroom looks (as well as the way you should apply the paint!) To see which paint finishes work best in the bathroom, check out our paint guidelines here.

Buying the Right Amount of Paint for Painting a Bathroom

Now that you have the color you like in a moisture repellent finish, it’s time to get started! Painting is easier if you can estimate how much paint you need, and avoid returning to the store for another can or, worse, end up with more paint than you actually needed. Try out this paint calculator to estimate how much paint is right for your bathroom.

In addition, check the type of paint you intend to purchase. Some types of paint need multiple coats to achieve a smooth finish. A layer of primer is also required as a preparatory layer under paint, unless you purchase a 2-in-1 paint and primer.

Proper Supplies are Worth the Cost

It’s important to budget when redecorating or remodeling your bathroom, but there are some things you shouldn’t skimp on. Proper supplies will help you achieve the look you want and save you the expense of costly repairs in the long run. A step ladder and some drop cloths won’t go amiss either.

Edges First!

To get an even coat of paint, work on one wall at a time. First, get the edges, then use the roller for the middle. Doing this wall by wall while the paint is still fresh can help to smooth those edges, keeping your paint layer even and giving your room a cohesive look.

Take Care of Your Supplies

Save on expenses by taking good care of your painting supplies. When switching between colors, drape a damp cloth over your unused paint pallet to prevent the paint from drying out on your appliances. Once done, thoroughly rinse rollers and brushes in warm (not hot) water until the water running from your paint appliance is clear.

Need Help?

Overwhelmed by your bathroom remodel? Let us help. When you call, we’ll set up your free onsite consultation to help you decide what budget, materials, and style is best for your bathroom.