How To Paint Bathroom Trim

If you are having a bathroom remodel done, a contractor will probably do all of the heavy lifting. However, if you want to change the bathroom's color during the remodeling, painting your bathroom is great do-it-yourself project.

Getting paint onto the walls is simple. However, painting the bathroom trim and creating straight lines and edges is difficult. You need to be more careful and precise when it comes to painting the trim. This article looks at the best tools and techniques for painting wooden baseboards, moldings, crowns, and all of the trim around the windows and door fixtures in a bathroom.

Using the Right Paint

When you paint your bathroom walls, you also want to repaint all the trim. It is very important that you use high-gloss paint in your bathroom, especially on the hardwood trim. The moisture in the bathroom can damage wood if it is not protected.

Even if you are changing your wall colors, a new trim color can completely redefine the look of the paint. Additionally, certain pieces of trim in your bathroom, especially the baseboards, can receive a lot of wear and tear. Painting over all the scratches and bruises is going to make them look much newer. In fact, you should start the job off by patching any holes or dings in the wood.

Using the Right Brushes

The best way to paint a baseboard is with a handheld paintbrush. The only other option is to remove your baseboard from the wall and paint it using a spray gun. In fact, when you are initially installing a new piece of molding or trim, you always want to use this approach. However, using a spray gun is probably not practical in a small bathroom. If you do decide to do this, you might as well just install a completely new trim style to update your walls.

Painting Like a Pro

The key to painting on hardwood surfaces, especially in confined spaces like trim, is to use the paint very sparingly. That is, when you dip your brush into the can, wipe away the majority of the paint so you don't have any drips or runs. Hardwood will not absorb paint as quickly as drywall panels, so you need to do your best to control the paint. It is also important to use a brand new paintbrush, because if you use an old brush, brushstrokes will likely be more visible.

Usually, it is most practical to paint all of your trim after you are completely done painting your walls. This way, you can cover up any spills that got on the trim and create more controlled straight lines between the trim and the walls.