Complete Guide to Painting Bathrooms and Kitchens

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Because they are areas in constant contact with water, moisture, and grease, it is common to see toilets and kitchens covered only with tiles, tablets, porcelain tiles or hydraulic tiles.

And even though there are already paints and finishes appropriate to paint these rooms, many people still are not sure if this is the best option.

With that in mind, we have prepared this guide to answer your questions and help you out of the ordinary. Check out now all you need to know before you paint your bathroom or kitchen:


Preparing the walls

Just like in the other spaces of the house, it is necessary to have some care before painting the walls of the bathroom and the kitchen.

The first step is to clean the walls. For this, you can use a simple broom, plus a damp cloth or sponge to remove larger and more difficult dirt.

If there are holes, cracks or other imperfections in the walls, it will be necessary to pass dough in place, sanding the excess with a medium-sized sandpaper and finish with a finer sandpaper. Whether it’s just to clean or fix faults, the important thing is to leave the wall surface clean and uniform so as not to damage the paint.


My bathroom/kitchen ready has flooring. What do I need to do?

In this case, cleaning the walls and repairing irregularities with acrylic mass is still fundamental – if the tiles are already painted, it is recommended to remove the paint existing before this process. Traces of existing paint and greasy or dirty areas may compromise the fixing of the new paint, so it is important to ensure that the wall is clean.


What is the best paint for bathrooms and kitchens? What Type of Paint for Bathroom and Kitchen?

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There are two types of paint suitable for this type of paint:

Premium acrylic: preferably washable and anti-mold, it is ideal for indoor and outdoor areas. However, it is recommended to use a sealer prior to painting to better prepare the wall as well as avoid using it in wet areas such as the bathroom stall.

Price: One gallon of 900 mL varies between $ 30 and $ 60. (Source: Google Shopping)

Epoxy: ideal to be applied to wet areas and tiles, has a high degree of waterproofing, durability, and resistance. In addition, because it has high abrasion resistance (scraping), it can be cleaned with common cleaning products.

Price: One gallon of 3.6 L varies between $ 170 and $ 210. (Source: Google Shopping)

Although more expensive, epoxy paint is more resistant to heavy cleaning and weathering. By having catalysts in its formula to facilitate the painting process, it becomes a more difficult application paint.

You can already find water-based epoxies ready to be applied – they have a glossy and semi-gloss finish, also called satin finish.


And the finish?

The paint finishes are three: matte, semi-gloss and glossy. The brighter the paint, the more durable it will be. Thus, this finish is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, as it is more suitable for rooms that suffer from environmental interference.

However, the gloss of the paint also highlights the imperfections of the wall; hence the importance of cleaning and repair before painting.


How to measure yield?

The amount of paint needed to paint your bathroom or kitchen depends on the yield of the paint chosen. Some brands already offer ink calculation tools, such as Suvinil or Coral.


Whole wall or half wall?

Okay, now you know that it is possible to totally paint the walls of the bathroom and kitchen without problems. However, if you choose acrylic paint, it is still interesting to keep some areas protected by other types of coating.


With acrylic paint

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In the bathroom, it is important that the paint is restricted to the outside of the enclosure due to humidity. That way, you can coat the walls up to the height of the stall and paint them at the top. It is also recommended to coat the area above the worktop because of direct contact with the water, either with a raised pediment or even a mirror.

Already in the kitchen, all walls can be painted completely, but it is also suggested to use coating in the area above the countertop and stove, both for durability and to facilitate the cleaning of the environment.


With epoxy paint

What Type of Paint for Bathroom and Kitchen

As already mentioned, epoxy paint has greater strength and durability. In this way, it is also possible to use it in wet areas with tranquility.

Tip: In both cases, pay attention to the walls’ footer. It is not necessary for it to be so tall, but it is important to use it to preserve the painting of the room.


Can I paint alone or call a professional?

As you’ve noticed throughout this guide, the ideal paints for painting bathrooms and kitchens are not easy to apply. In the case of the sealer, although its application is not so complicated, if done incorrectly can cause several problems, such as peeling paint or surface calcination, which leaves the finish very thick.

In addition, if not done under certain care, the painting process can be harmful to health. Therefore, we recommend that you hire a professional to perform this service.

For simpler areas, we did this tutorial for those who want to paint their own house 🙂


And which colors are cooler?

In addition to the technical concerns with how best to paint the walls of your bathroom and kitchen, we could not fail to give tips on colors and their effects in each environment.

The kitchen is a more agitated and less intimate room, so it is interesting to explore warm and livelier colors in this environment. Black and dark gray are also a great choice to make your kitchen more elegant.

For the bathroom, we recommend colors such as gray (elegance), pink (calm), green (nature) or yellow (joy), all in softer tones. Also, the classic white always works.

But all this will depend on one important factor: your preference. So if you prefer a quieter kitchen and a super colorful bathroom, fine. We only recommend that you test before painting and always refer to a professional in case of further questions;)

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