Painting the bathroom, the last major painting project

So here we are with the last major painting project of the house. With the floors recently finished, we haven’t worked on the house for fear of scuffing those lovely new floors. However, the work must continue and painting the bathroom is one of the last projects. In fact, it’s the last of the large painting projects. It’s also the one that will require the large amount of plastic since spilling a renegade drop of paint on the brand new tiles or grout would be a disaster.

Once the bathroom was taped off, the first order of business was to cover the entire surface with Killz to get rid of the much darker cover. I also have to say, the bathroom is about the most awkward room I have ever painted. It’s quite small and cramped. I actually had to put part of the ladder in the bathtub in order to reach the high places.

It was first trimmed in Killz, then the rest was rolled on. My original intent was to remove the border wallpaper trim that some goof decided to put up. Why do people put wallpaper in the bathroom?

Well, removing that didn’t go so well. Oh it came of with relative ease, but so did the underlying plaster. It all began to crumble and tear off in my hands. I only did a small sample area, but had I kept going, the damage would have been pretty extensive. Time to go with the backup plan.

We had talked about simply painting over the wallpaper if it didn’t come off, or layering over it with spackle. For now, it’s going to be painted. If it looks too obvious, then out comes the spackle.

Unfortunately, the room looks uglier now than when I started. Everything is a patchy white, but that’s to be expected. This is just to get things ready. Tomorrow, the walls will be painted with the same Gravity as the kitchen. It’s still going to be bluish, but a lighter shade. The bathroom is just too damn dark, even with all the white tiles.

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Oh hell, I was afraid of this. The wallpaper is literally pulling the plaster off the walls.

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Have no fear, a wee bit of spackle and it’ll look like I was never here. I hope.

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The bathroom looks pretty splotchy with just a layer of Killz on it. Not a problem, it’s just to help mute the underlying paint and give the new paint something better to stick to. Should look fine when it’s actually painted.

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