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Realistically, how hard is it to paint a bathroom?(11 posts)

Realistically, how hard is it to paint a bathroom?PseuZQ
Oct 16, 2003 1:14 PM
Given that:

I've never done anything like this;
I've never even had the *desire* to do this;
I don't even know where to start.

My landlord is a total absentee. I guess I could just get someone to do it but that might even be more of a hassle.

It's not that big a bathroom, by the way. There's a little water damage from a leaky window (drywall is OK) but it seems like it would be pretty straightforward. Any links you can suggest?
Piece of cakeLive Steam
Oct 16, 2003 2:04 PM

You shouldn't have any trouble doing it yourself, but the link should provide some valuable info so you can make an informed decision. The patching and repairing that you may have to do is probably a little harder than the actual painting. If you have a super in the building, they usually look for side work and do it at a more reasonable price than an outsider. Good luck!

Oh I think ther are more sites you can Google to help you out.
no harder than any other roommohair_chair
Oct 16, 2003 2:13 PM
The biggest difference about bathrooms (and kitchens) is that you usually use semi-gloss paint, because it's much more washable and tolerates wet conditions better.

If you care enough about a rental, clean the walls and ceiling with a TSP solution to get rid of any mold and mildew. Then, if you really want to do a good job, put down a coat of primer (Kilz is great stuff).

With a small bathroom, you can probably get away with a quart of paint, which should cost you $8-10. There's probably some trim and a door, so there's another quart. Get latex paint, because it dries quickly and cleans up quick and easy. Buy a decent 2 inch sash brush made for water based paint (latex). You'll need it to get edges, corners, and for the trim. Then buy a roller and a tray, which you can get as a set for $10 or so. I recommend getting plastic liners for the tray, which makes cleanup really easy and allows you to use the tray with multiple colors.

Lastly, mask off stuff you don't want to paint, and that includes switches and outlets. I cannot stand when people paint outlets. How lazy do you have to be not to put two strips of tape over an outlet?

To start, pour paint into the tray, stick your brush no more than an inch into it, then tap off the excess. Don't soak the brush with paint!!! That's a recipe for a mess. And don't paint directly from the can--that's a rookie move.

Paint the corners and places where the roller can't get to. Don't get carried away with the brush--Anything you can roll, roll. Then use the roller to finish it off. Stick the roller in the paint, then drag it up the tray to get all sides and work off the excess.

When done, wait for the paint to dry (4 hours at least, 24 hours is better), then, depending on results, you might want to put down another coat. When that is dry, do the trim.

Trim you always do with a brush. Work slowly, and get enough paint on that you don't have to keep working it. If you work it (brush it) too much, you'll leave ugly brush marks. Start in the less obvious places (above and behind the door) so you can "practice."

Lazy people will roll the door, but doors should be brushed as well. That's what a professional painter would do. Actually, these days, pros spray everything, but doors are supposed to be brushed. That's tough to do with a 2" sash brush (4" is much better), so you'll likely end up rolling it. It's a rental, so no one will even notice.

Clean your brush well. Latex cleans up with soap and water. I usually discard rollers because they are cheap in bulk and too much of a pain to clean thouroughly.
easy but pick color with careColnagoFE
Oct 16, 2003 2:31 PM
White or some version of white is always safe. If you paint it black with red racing stripes you'll likely have to paint over it a few times before you'll get your deposit back when moving.
Hah! Sounds like you know my taste. (nm)PseuZQ
Oct 16, 2003 4:16 PM
Painting - A guy walks into a bar...moneyman
Oct 16, 2003 2:38 PM
He sits down next to a lovely young thing. She looks him over and leans in close, saying in a low, alluring voice "I'll do anything you want for $20, but you have to be able to say it in three words." The guy thinks for a second, leans toward her and says "Paint my house."

Ba boom.

3 words? I could think of lots of things [more interesting]nmDougSloan
Oct 16, 2003 2:56 PM
Great suggestions so far -- thanks!PseuZQ
Oct 16, 2003 2:46 PM
This is another one of my little goals. Painting/home improvement stuff is one of those things that I've never had the desire, nor skill, nor confidence to attempt. (I know it sounds silly -- I'd bet more people out in the world would rather paint a bathroom than go on a 100 mile bike ride.)

Now I'm on this kick to do stuff that I've been avoiding.
It's about as hard as trying to lick your elbow =) (nm)BCtriguy1
Oct 16, 2003 7:48 PM
doh, I tried that....nmafrican
Oct 17, 2003 2:54 PM
Harder to prep than paintchar
Oct 23, 2003 7:33 PM
Hardest part is just getting started. After that, it's a 2-day job. Thanks for reminding me, i need to paint the interior where I am renting, its been 10 years, and the bachelor/divorce men crashpad needs it so we can invite some women over.

You will need probably 2 coats, probably 2 gallons. don;t get the roller tray and liners, that's called housewife painting. Instead buy a 1-2 gallon bucket, you need one for the brush work anyway, and a metal grid that fits it. Paint stores have all this stuff. Use a 7" roller instead of the larger ones, these fit in the small bucket.

The hard part is the preparation, I don't tape the receptacles, remove them and put in a can (switch, plugs, TP holder), leave the towel hangers attached. Sand everything with 120-180 grit, you can make this into a big deal or not, and maybe a little TSP with clorox bleach to wipe down. Patch, prime, paint. And let the paint cure for a couple of days before taking that really long hot shower/bath that you have earned.

See, real easy.

When you are finished I have a job for you.