How to paint your bathroom like an expert…
If you’ve taken the time, trouble and expense of refurbishing your bathroom and not opted for the fully tiled look, then you will need to paint the walls and ceiling.
Due to the very nature of the room, humidity and condensation are always going to be a major issue and unfortunately, painted areas are going to show the first signs of wear and tear.
So that you don’t end up touching up the walls and ceiling every couple of weeks, you need to follow some simple rules in the preparation, painting and use of the right materials.
As in all decorating projects, the first step is always preparation, this is so important and there really is no short cut when it comes to preparation!
If you follow these simple rules, life will be so much easier…
- Make sure you cover all surfaces, especially the bath, taps and shower. If you don’t, it could prove difficult to remove paint from the taps and bath without scratching it.
- Scrape off all loose paint and sand down any uneven surfaces, remove any dust and wash down with sugar soap to remove any grease or residue. By doing this, it will allow the new paint to adhere to the surfaces.
- Fill all holes and cracks with a good quality filler specifically designed for kitchens and bathrooms.
- Use a primer coat designed for bathrooms, they are normally oil based and will prevent moisture penetrating into the walls.
Choosing the right paint
The market is flooded with paints specifically designed for use in the bathroom, some are obviously better than others and you will have to make the decision to go with the one that suits your needs.
Depending on your bathroom environment, will determine what type of paint you need to consider using. Ask yourself the following questions –
- Is the bathroom well ventilated?
- Does it suffer from damp or condensation?
- Does it suffer from mould and mildew?
Using a good quality, branded paint from a company you know and can trust is essential. Companies such as Dulux have an eggshell, water based paint for specific use in the bathroom which is ideal. It is slightly more expensive than your run of the mill paints but used after careful preparation will produce fantastic results even for an amateur!
Keeping it looking good…
If you have followed some of our tips above and chosen the right paint, there is no reason why the bathroom can’t still look good after a couple of years.
- Just remember to keep the bathroom well ventilated or install an extractor fan
- Try avoid splashing too much water on the painted surfaces
- Install a splash back behind the basin and the bath, something simple such as a clear acrylic panel or tiles will do the trick
- Keep it clean, at the slightest sign of mould developing, wipe it off, (not with a scourer!) but a diluted bleach solution. If left, mould will destroy the condition of the paint and lead to the paint surfaces peeling and chipping.
Hoping these tips and ideas give you an insight into what is possible when you next re-decorate your bathroom.
That’s all for now folks!