Painting the bathroom can be an easy weekend DIY project for many home or condo owners.  Paint colours can help create that relaxing home spa bathroom many of us dream to have in our homes.

You can create that exact spa like bathroom with a fresh coat of paint.  Choosing paint colours that best accessorize the walls in bathrooms can make a small room look larger.  Adding a bold dark focal or accent wall and focal or accent wall to match the walls or in a different shade can transform any bathroom into the perfect retreat. Enhance the entire space with the perfect accessories and lighting and voila you have your own in home spa.
painted spa like bathroom with turquoise blue focal wall
The bathroom is right up there with the kitchen in the competition department.  By this we mean both bathrooms and kitchens are the busiest and most used rooms in the home.   The painting tips that follow can be used as a guide the next time you start painting the bathroom.

Preparing The Bathroom For Painting

In order to prepare the room to be painted by yourself or if you’ve hired a professional painter you need to follow just a few steps.
Remove anything from the room that you do not want painted. You or the painters should cover the floor with drop cloths to ensure protection to the flooring. You can use painter’s tape around the edges of the baseboards to ensure straight paint lines.
Using a scraper remove the old paint and clean the debris with a dry paint brush or vacuum. Prime the walls, baseboards, trim and ceiling with a primer painter before you start painting the walls.

Choose the Paint Colour

Choosing the paint colours for that zen look and feel to your spa bathroom, choosing neutral paint colours is always the safe bet.  Neutrals have really come along way, as gone are the days of just painting a white or beige and calling it neutral.

Neutrals now come in every colour out there.  From browns, grays, blues and greens, there is that perfect paint colour for every room.   When doing an interior house painting project, pick up colour samples at local paint stores, or ask the painters you may have hired to do the work for you.   Narrowing down the colours to three gives you the opportunity to try the paint colours on the walls to see them at different times of day as paint colours will vary depending on the lighting.  It also reduces the expense of buying paint, because having more than three to choose from will increase your cost for painting the bathroom.

Tools and Materials To Use

Purchase a paint brush for cutting into corners and behind the toilet, vanity sink and any other fixtures in the small room, and for painting trim and baseboards.  Buy a paint roller and paint tray for ease of painting walls and ceilings.  You will also need painters tape, sandpaper, screwdriver, drop cloths to cover flooring, a ladder and a few other basic painting tools and supplies necessary for painting the walls, ceilings and any trim and doors will make the whole project run smoothly.

interior painting of bathroom by PG PAINT & DESIGN Ottawa painters

Prep Work To Do Before Applying Paint

Before beginning any painting project the prep work is key to a successful result.

It is imperative the prepare the walls before painting.  Start by removing the electrical plate covers and light switch covers, cover any furniture or in the case of the bathroom you can lay a drop cloth over the vanity and sink countertop area.  If there are any large hanging light fixtures you should wrap them in plastic tarp to protect them from any splatter when painting the ceilings.

Use painters tape on baseboards and any other place you don’t want paint to cover, such as door knobs.  Once you have everything covered and protected from any accidental spills or drips, you need to ensure any nail pops, and drywall imperfections are tended to.  Preparing drywall for painting ensures a smoother finish and paint application.

Best Paint Finish To Use

Because the bathroom is a high moisture area from the hot water steam from showers or baths the best paint finish and sheen to select here would be a semi-gloss paint for the walls.  Semi Gloss Paint can withstand the acccumlation of moisture better than the other paint finishes as well it is tough enough to withstand frequent clean ups and is mold and mildew as well as stain resistant. Semi-Gloss paint finish is recommended for painting the bathroom.

Painting Bathrooms

Now you are ready to begin.  Painting bathrooms is a rewarding update and investment for your home.  If you have a few hours to spare over a weekend, and the right supplies, painting a bathroom can be an easy DIY do-able project.  If you do not have the extra time, consider hiring a professional painting company to do the painting instead.  From getting a paint colour consultation, to an estimate and quote, hiring the right painters in Ottawa can free up that weekend to enjoy doing fun things around our city.


This post was originally published on Apr 30, 2017 at 13:22 and edited on Mar 13, 2020 at 20:03