What Paint To Use in Bathrooms and Kitchens

Bathrooms and kitchens are areas with constant moisture, so choice of paint and preparation is important. We look at what paint to use in Kitchens and Bathrooms as well as how to prepare them for painting.

The choice of paint will usually be between gloss and semi gloss. Any area that is subject to splashing should be painted with gloss. In modern bathrooms tiles and splash backs usually cover most of these. So why do some people steer away from semi gloss? Because it is a little more difficult to apply, however if you sae the right roller and prepare the surface well you should have little trouble.

ALL woodwork should be gloss as well.

Semi gloss is widely used in bathrooms and kitchen as it will last longer will the moisture in these rooms. Low sheen is not as durable. You may also consider having a mould inhibitor mixed in with the paint.

You might consider getting a professional painter especially for bathrooms and kitchens, however if you do want to DIY here are a few tips.

How to paint a Bathroom or Kitchen

Preparation is important

Mask all fittings, cover all tile work and use a proper ‘drop cloth’ for the floor (forget the black plastic). Consider some extra lighting so you can see what you are doing.

In a newly renovated bathroom or kitchen – new plasterwork you will need to follow the following steps.
Remove all dust from the new plaster work, fill and sand back any imperfections.
Seal all plaster and wood woodwork. Use specialist sealers for this and usually 2 coats, the second coat is easy.
Undercoat using a proper undercoat. Many manufactures suggest you can go straight to a top coat, we do not do this in bathrooms.
Paint the ceiling first.
You will need at least two finishing coats, maybe three on new work. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats.

If the room has previously been painted

In a bathroom or kitchen the first step is to make sure the walls are free from mould, you may need to wash them down first using a mould remover.
Secondly make sure the walls are dry, so if you can have the room well ventilated for a few days to dry things out. Even consider using a heater if the walls or woodwork is damp.

All loose paint needs to be removed, imperfections and cracks need to be filled and sanded.
Undercoat or seal any new areas.

Apply top coats, usually two on previously painted areas unless you are changing colours dramatically. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats.

Applying the paint.

You will need a small to medium sized brush for cutting in, and a roller for the large flat surfaces. Cut in and them use the roller to paint up to the already cut areas.

Top Tips

  • Prepare the surfaces first
  • Mask tiles and fixtures
  • Use a drop cloth
  • Do not paint in cold weather (less than 10C) or on hot days (more than 35C) and avoid humid weather as drying will be difficult.
  • If you are thinking of painting over tiles, forget it, this is a short term solution that usually looks terrible.