Painting Walls and Ceilings – Bathrooms especially

The two most important aspects of any bathroom remodel or paint job is the use of natural and artificial light and ventilation. Bathrooms are one of the most heavily rooms in a house and take the greatest level of abuse thanks to drastic swings in temperature and humidity from baths and showers. The paint and primer both need to sustain and survive rising and falling humidity levels in order for the paint and walls to stay healthy.

But before jumping in brush first, make sure your walls and materials are adequately prepared. This article will detail how to keep your bathroom paint job looking like new.

1. Proper Ventilation

The most critical step in painting or remodeling a bathroom is ensuring that the room is properly ventilated and can manage large swings in humidity and temperature. If your bathroom doesn’t have proper ventilation, the high levels of moisture in the air can damage both the paint as well as the walls. Commonly, an open window and a ceiling fan or exhaust fan can help remove the steam and eliminate the moisture from drying on the walls. The best habit is to keep your exhaust fan running for at least an hour after a steamy shower or bath.

2. Proper drywall texture

Remember, a coat of paint won’t cover up defects introduced by uneven dry wall texture. work with your contractor to make sure that the texture is even across the walls. Remember to ask your contractor for a level five drywall finish for the most even end result. Always look for a nice, even sheen with no signs of shadows or overlapping marks on the walls you are looking to paint.

Professional Tip: Common spots for the drywall texture to have defects are around the window trim. Window Concepts provides exceptional window replacement services in Milwaukee, WI and are always cognoscente of the effects the window trim and paint.

3. Sharp drywall corners

No one likes droopy or shabby corners, so work with your bathroom remodeling specialist to ensure perfect corners before picking up a paintbrush. Pro bead corners create perfect corners every time, and add strength to the wall’s assembly.

4. Durable paint around windows

Bathroom windows undergo enormous trauma every year due to the blinds, the windows opening and closing, candles, blow dryers, and other objects you or your wife may leave around. If the bathroom window faces a storm or takes direct rain or window, you may consider using exterior paint around the window for added protection.

Professional Tip: Most bathroom windows are located slightly higher than standard windows for privacy purposes.  That being said, every window should be accessible and easy to open for all.

5. Good natural and artificial fixed lightning

Lighting is absolutely critical in determining how your bathroom walls and ceilings look. The level and color of light impact that shadows and colors your bathroom wall takes on throughout the day. When picking out a color, always consider how the natural light will change throughout the day to make sure you are happy with the final color selection.

Light can also be used after a paint job is completed to highlight any potential flaws. Be sure to have these taken care of right away to ensure the highest levels of satisfaction.

Tip: Small touch-ups can be done every now and then, and minor imperfections can be fixed after the priming and first coat of paint. Make sure the door and woodwork finishes are inspected in all lighting conditions, too.

Getting the same color you see on a paint chip onto your bathroom walls isn’t easy. This is why lighting is so important. Look at this picture: Both walls are painted the same color, but it looks like there’s a slightly darker shade in the corner.

Tip: In small bathrooms with little natural light, we often ask paint suppliers to prepare a mix at 75 percent strength for a lighter feel.