A fresh coat of paint is a budget-friendly way to give a bathroom new life, but choosing the right product is tricky. To keep your bathroom looking great, here are four tips for buying (and applying) the best paint.
Consider Your Bathroom’s Lighting
Both natural and artificial light can affect paint's appearance. Because a hardware store's bright lights differ from those in your home, color may look different, too, so don't rely on a paint chip. Most retailers let you purchase paint samples inexpensively, so try out several shades before committing.
Purchase Moisture-Resistant Paint
Whether it’s a bath-time splash or steam from the shower, moisture can cause paint to bubble, peel, or streak. Keep your bathroom looking great by choosing paint with a glossy or satin finish that blocks out moisture. Plus, for added protection, ask for paint with a mildew-resistant additive that's safe for indoor use.
Adjust Your Budget
Good bathroom paint is washable and has antimicrobial properties, so it often costs more than standard indoor paint. However, the right product will typically last longer and look better, so it's worth paying more. Plus, many bathrooms only require a gallon of paint, so the additional cost may be minimal.
Start With A Clean Canvas
Dust, soap residue and other substances can keep paint from sticking and cause unwanted blemishes on otherwise smooth surfaces. Cleaning your walls can ensure a clean canvas for paint. You can whisk away most residue with warm water and a sponge. For stubborn spots, try dish soap or white vinegar.