Use Colour to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Bigger

Refresh and renovate your bathroom, summer ready.

Refresh and renovate your bathroom – summer ready.

Your bathroom doesn’t have to look like John Wick paid it an angry visit to deserve an upgrade.

Next to kitchens and living rooms, bathrooms take a hit in terms of “foot traffic”. Now that we are entertaining at home more often and generally spending more time in our abodes (as the “new normal” settles in) you may be thinking of a few upgrades.

Hyper Paint checked in with our partners, Dulux, on some tips you could follow to spruce things up without going full-renovations-Monty and, of course, fresh paint and a few other touches is the easiest and most cost-effective way to update your bathroom.

Here are some easy steps to consider.

  1. Get rid of the mould: Not only is mould a fairly unattractive addition to any bathroom it’s also a health risk and we can all do with less risk at this stage, right? The most common places to find mould are tile grout, caulk and painted or wallpapered walls.

Make use of a diluted bleach solution or a fungicidal / mould cleaner to remove any mould and we suggest doing this a day or so before you start painting anything, just to give the affected surfaces enough time to dry.

  1. Remove all items and prep surfaces for painting: Take all the towel rails and everything else down and please do keep any screws grouped and locked away. Screws are like socks and seem to always find a way to make a run for freedom . . . so rather keep them sealed in a bag.

Now you need to prep your surfaces which means getting rid of all the loose paint with a scraper as well as filling any cracks or holes with a water-resistant filler. Dulux recommends you sand down surfaces (gently) once they are dry – following which you need to wash off the dust residue with a detergent solution which will help new paint stick to the surfaces.

  1. Protect the floor and prepare your tools. This is where you CAN go a little John Wick (clean-up crew) on yourself by covering the floor with dust sheets while you can also protect your shower head and taps from unnecessary splatter by covering them with small, plastic, bags. Don’t forget to also put some masking tape over tile edges.

    You will need a roller to paint the ceiling and walls, plus a smaller brush for touching up and cutting in.

  2. Start at the top and work your way down. You’ve selected your paint (maybe Dulux Bathroom + or another washable, mould-resistant paint), have your gear, protected everything and have your favourite “work tunes” playing in the background.

    Start by painting the ceiling so paint drips will fall on floor or other unpainted surfaces where you can quickly wipe it off (or paint over). If your ceiling and wall are going to be different colours you will need to “cut in” the corners to get the finish you want.

    >> read about cutting in

Once done painting you have to give everything time to dry properly. Nobody likes repeating unnecessary actions so once you’ve allowed all painted areas to be 100% ready you can reattach fixtures and move things back into your bathroom.

Your project is now complete! We recommend you stand back, admire your work, take a few photos and share them with us on our social media pages.

Colouring our lives is fun and we love seeing what you get up to.

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