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Painting the Bathroom, from Prepping to Process

Painting the bathroom is very similar to painting other rooms throughout your home, but there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to ensure a satisfactory result.

Preparatory Steps. A room known to house a lot of moisture, bathrooms are very prone to mold and mildew growth. Before you even consider repainting, it is wise to give your bathroom a thorough inspection. Look for any signs of mold or mildew, along with any areas in the floor or walls that may have water damage. In your inspection, look for any areas that should be spackled or repaired. It is not uncommon to find little yellow patches caused by steam and poor ventilation. These will wash off, and it doesn’t hurt to scrub the walls with some mild soap and water. While the wall is drying, carefully mask over the windows, outlets, fixtures, and the floor. Bathrooms will appear larger if the ceiling is painted a lighter color, so you might want to mask around the edges at the same time. After the walls are dry, apply a stain sealing primer to prevent water or mold stains from bleeding through your paint job.

Choosing the Right Paint. Satin, gloss, or semi-gloss paints are all recommended in bathrooms. All of these finishes will wash easily. Choose colors that best compliment the size of the bathroom. Warmer colors work well in bathrooms, encouraging comfort and relaxation. Consider mixing in a specialty technique such as a sand finish or metallic glaze.

Painting Process. Bathrooms are conducive to many design liberties with painting and wallpapering. Darker colors work better in larger places or for accent walls. Consider combining wallpaper and color, or adding a decorative design with a stenciling effect. You can use special paints to add texture or employ a faux technique. It is advisable to allow the paint to dry for at least two days before using the bathroom. Steam and moisture can negatively affect the drying process, leaving you with streaks.

The bathroom is one of the most important selling features in a home, and fresh paint can be a great way to fix it up in a hurry. Request free estimates from licensed contractors to give your bathroom a quick makeover.

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