Bathroom Paint

Decorating My Bathroom

My new house had a lovely lime green bathroom, full of mould and generally nasty looking bits on the wall. However in just one day I managed to turn it into something that you might want to clean yourself in! Just a couple of coats of paint was all it needed, I didn't even replace the tiles.

Prepare the Bathroom

First things first, I took everything out of the bathroom that I possibly could, even took out the carpet (it came up quite easily), and then covered the fittings with some dust sheets. There should be no problem with paint splashes everywhere now!

Preparation is the key to painting any room, and the bathroom is no exception:

Polyfiller the Bathroom

First of all fill in all those gaps, cracks and holes with some quick setting polyfiller, I would recommend the stuff that you can get in the squeezy tubes, far less hassle than mixing the stuff up yourself. I bought the cheapest polyfiller spatula I could find. I like the cheap ones as they are a little bit more 'bendy' which means you don't accidently take a lump out of the wall

Once the polyfiller has dried, sand it down flat to the walls. At this point you may find that some areas my need a little bit of touching up, just go over them again with polyfiller, wait until it drys and then sand down.

Clean the Bathroom

Now go over the whole bathroom walls and ceiling with a fine piece of sandpaper, you are aiming to get as much of the top grease, grime, mould and mildew off as you can before you apply any paint. Now hoover up as much dust as you can, and go over the bathroom walls and ceiling with some sugar soap solution (I got mine from a DIY store, don't forget to wear gloves, the stuff started to melt my hands!) to try to remove the last bits of dirt and grime.

Now let everything dry completely and make sure that you don't have any dust or dirt remaining on the bathroom wall or ceiling.

Paint the Bathroom Walls

Buy good quality bathroom paint! Go for a good known brand, not the DIY stores own brand and make sure it is for bathroom and bathrooms, otherwise I am told that you might end up with cracked and peeling paint in a few years time.

Mask off any areas that you don't want to get the paint on and then begin. I went all the way around the tiles, the light fittings, the skirting board (which I wasn't going to paint), and then for no reason at all, I masked off the edge around the ceiling. This last lot of masking was pointless, as I was going to paint the bathroom ceiling later, but I didn't think of that at the time!. Apply using the usual painting tools, I find a roller better than the pads, but it is a matter of personal preference. I found that the paint was a lot lot thicker than I had anticipated and only needed a small amount on the roller at one time. I think I could have watered it down with a bit of white spirit or something, but I just persevered and watched out for big thick dribbles of paint down the bathroom wall.

Let the paint dry for a couple of hours, and then see if you need to apply a second coat. (I found the lovely lime green paintwork that was there previously still showed through in some places, but it depends on how much of a colour change you have gone for)

I found a small brush (more like the ones used by artists), was really good for covering up the last little gaps in the paint, especially around the tiles.

Painting the Bathroom Ceiling

Once the wall paint had completely dried (and I mean completely dried!), mask off edge of the walls and start painting the ceiling. I went around the edges with a large paint brush, getting up and down a step ladder rather a lot. Once the edges are done switch to a roller brush and you should be able to reach up and do all the painting standing on the floor (well I'm 5 foot 8" and managed it!). If you wear glasses then I would recommend putting some goggles over the top of them or something, mine got covered in specs of paint.

Once the first coat had semi-dried I applied a second coat using the roller again. I ignored the edges this time as I had put a good thick coat on the first time around.

A New Bathroom

And that was it! My bathroom was looked a million times better, and all it needed was a coat of paint. I think the tiles could either do with being redone completely, or at least re-grouted, but I will leave that for another day

How I: Painted a Bathroom

Alastair Taylor

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"I too wear specs sometimes. If spots of paint are getting on the specs then that is a warning for non-spec wearers to use a pair of safety specs!"


"thanks for all the info! definitely helped!"

Oliver- San Francisco, CA

"My mom and I are currently re-painting our bathroom and this page has provided me with some great info. Thanks! Another way to get mould off is to simply take a normal roller brush but soak it in Jik or Bleach and simply roll over the mouldy areas the same like how you go about painting only you using Bleach or Jik and the mould disappears. That's what my mom and I done and it works brilliantly :-) No gloves or sugar soap necessary. "


"Thanks for the detailed account. We are first home buyers and need to get organised about sanding & painting the bathroom. Wanted other peoples perspective before diving in. Great page! "


"sould have painted ceiling frist would have saved time not having to mask off wall edges "


"Very handy stuff! I wouldn't have thought on using "sugar soap"! Thanks for all your tips :)"