Rust-Oleum Projects

Bathroom Paint

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  • Bathroom with a white vanity and dark gray tile floor and grout.
    Painted Bathroom Floor
  • Bathroom Wall Tile DIY
    Wall Tile Update For Less



A fresh coat of bathroom paint is an easy way to give your powder room a brand new look. See how we gave ordinary white walls some modern warmth with pre-mixed Rust-Oleum Studio Color Wall Paint.

  1. Before you begin to paint your bathroom, use spackle to repair any minor crack or holes. After applying spackle, sand the walls to a smooth surface, according to package directions.
  2. To start with a clean surface, you can clean the walls with a mild, non-oily soap and water. Be sure to let the walls dry completely before painting.
  3. If you’re going to apply a lighter paint color over an existing dark color, it’s a good idea to use a paint primer first. Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer can be used to cover dark walls or to prepare new drywall, bare wood, metal and surfaces that may have issues with paint adhesion.
  4. Apply painter’s tape to protect base boards and other areas including trim, molding and light fixtures. Make sure to create a tight seal when applying painter’s tape to ensure no paint seeps underneath it. We suggest using a drop cloth or plastic sheeting to protect your floors as well.
  5. Be sure to properly mix your paint with a stir stick prior to pouring into a paint tray. If your project requires more than one can of paint, mix them together in a larger bucket. Be sure to only combine cans of paint if the color and sheen are the same. For this project, we used Rust-Oleum Studio Color Wall Paint pre-mixed in the color Monterey.
  6. Use a high-quality angled brush to cut in around the trim and the top and bottom areas of your wall first. Without reloading your brush, make a second pass at your first stroke. Finish by feathering out the edge and dragging the tips of the bristles lightly over the outside line to help spread the paint. This technique will provide a smooth appearance after roller application. Be sure to keep a wet edge and not let the paint dry before rolling paint onto wall.
  7. Use a high-quality roller with a 3/8” to ½” nap to apply paint in a “W” motion to ensure equal distribution of paint and even coverage on your wall. Using an extension pole with your roller helps to reach the highest sections of your wall nearest the ceiling. Work from the top of the wall to bottom, in small sections, Overlap your strokes for best coverage and be sure the roller is consistently reloaded with paint to keep a wet edge. Continue until the wall is completely painted.
  8. Gently remove painter’s tape when paint is dry to the touch, but still slightly tacky. Work slowly to ensure paint doesn’t pull up with the tape.
  9. Clean up spills, splatters and paint tools with mild, non-oily soap and warm water.
  10. Wait 24 hours before hanging pictures and other décor on your wall.