Project Bathroom: Paint Shop Pro.

And, at last, we’ve come to the good stuff; painting. Not that everything before this wasn’t important, but at least with this step you get visually pleasing results. Ideally, anyway ;-).

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We have decided upon two separate colors for the bathroom; a very light blue (almost white, especially in photos) for the walls, and a darker blue for the ceiling, windows and door frame. We were on the fence on whether or not to paint the inside of the door, but have decided to leave it as-is for now. The project was already starting to take up a lot of time and kept us from being able to use the bathroom at home. Not the greatest experience, I have to admit.

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We put on three coats of paint in total. The first two coats on the same day, as the paint dried relatively quickly, and the third coat the next night. The dark blue covered much better so we didn’t have to be as thorough with that one as with the light-blue color on the walls. Even after two coats we could see some shadows coming through of what was behind it before, but the third coat fortunately got rid of that all.

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We also painted the windows right away. These only needed two coats, so that was great.

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That’s it! I’m telling you, even after the first coat the bathroom already looked completely different (heck, just the primer did that). When I started with the ceiling the entire room just completely changed, and I mean that in the most positive of ways.

Project Bathroom: Cleaning, Preparing.

As with most of these kinds of projects, you have to start at the cleaning and preparation phase. In this case that means taping off everything you don’t want covered in paint, taking everything removable out of the bathroom and, of course, clean everything.

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We started off by taking out all things detachable from the bathroom, and then taped off the floor with masking tape that has plastic attached to it (150cm long). This was quite convenient, as we didn’t have to separately place plastic on the floor. We also taped around the sink, toilet and shower water control thingamajig. I detached the shower head as it would only get in the way anyway. No shower at home for us the coming week.

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Next it was time to sand off as much as we could from the previous tenants’ paint job. Some parts were quite thick, so we wanted to smooth it out as much as possible. This was quite a bit of work, but it had to be done.

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I also took out the windows and their rails so we had full access to the wooden frame. As you can see in the photo, it’s quite old looking (and decidedly messy between the window rows. Yikes.

With everything cleaned up and out of the way, no we can get started with the real stuff. Excited? I am!