5 Bathroom Painting Tips – Avoid These Common Mistakes!
Painting your bathroom, like painting your kitchen, is a high-value project.
In fact, beyond just boosting aesthetic appeal, it can add substantial resale value as well. Improvements made to kitchens and bathrooms (including interior paint) consistently yield the highest return on investment of almost any other update you can make.
Bathroom painting may be similar to kitchen painting in this positive way, but it also requires a similar word of warning: there is little margin for error, and you really need to know your paint.
With that said, here are a few tips to keep in mind that will save you from a major headache.
Painting Your Bathroom? Here’s What You Need to Know
- Keep your sheen in mind. Remember, the paint sheen (level of gloss) you choose ranges from flat to high-gloss, and as the sheen progresses so does its level of durability and shine. Higher-gloss interior paint is also less forgiving of ANY surface imperfections, so make sure you invest plenty of time in preparing the walls (repairs, cleaning, etc..) and applying primer. For a bathroom, you’ll need an eggshell or semi-gloss product so that it can stand up to higher levels of moisture, towel drying after the dog takes a bath, and anything else you might throw its way.
- Is your paint mold/mildew resistant? Bathrooms, especially smaller ones, are saturated with steam on a regular basis. Choosing an interior paint that inhibits the growth of mold and mildew can add a nice layer of protection, and extra peace of mind, too.
- Give your bathroom plenty of time to dry before painting. Leave the fan, door, and window open for a while after the last shower is complete, allowing time for air to circulate and any residual surface dampness to clear out.
- Take your time painting! This tip really goes for any room of the house. As exciting as the process can be, leave time for every coat to fully, fully dry before you apply the next. Mostly dry doesn’t count!
If you read only one tip, make sure it’s this one!
Let your walls fully dry before you use the bathroom again.
Too many homeowners finish the process, give it a couple of hours, then start using the bathroom again. Especially if steamy showers are your thing, you need to let your bathroom dry fully for at least a day or two. Beyond drying to the touch, it needs to cure, and this takes time.
The reward for your patience is NOT having to watch your beautiful new paint streak. That’s worth it, right?
Contact a Professional Painter for Your Interior Painting Needs
The best course of action is to put your update in the hands of a trustworthy professional. They also can give you insight into which product to choose for your specific home, and how to best care for it.
If you have any questions about your Chicagoland house painting project, contact us at Jalapeno Paint Werx! It would be our pleasure to serve you.
Categories: House Painting, Interior House Painting