How to Use Satin Paint in a Bathroom

A bathroom is one of the highest-traffic, highest-moisture rooms in the house. Thus, when decorating a bathroom, you need to ensure that you use sturdy and waterproof materials. Satin paint is a good style of paint to use in a bathroom because it can withstand moisture well and can be cleaned as necessary. It isn't as reflective as semi-gloss, which can benefit a bathroom with underlying drywall imperfections. Satin paints come in a variety of colors and can be applied by spray, brush or roller methods.

A satin finish around the splash-zone of a sink makes cleanup easy.
  1. Run a piece of 2-inch masking tape along every edge where the bathroom fixtures meet the walls and ceilings. Mask the edges around the mirrors, the window(s), the toilet lid, the shower/bath, the sink, the cabinets, the towel racks, the lights, the electrical outlet plates, the vents and the floor. Try to get the tape as close to the wall edge as possible. Mask these areas to protect them from paint drips and to provide a straight guide line for painting.

  2. Open a gallon of satin paint and stir the paint with a stir-stick until the paint is evenly mixed.

  3. Dip a paint brush into the paint to load the bristles of the brush with the paint.

  4. Paint around every masked edge until all of the fixtures in the bathroom have been encircled with paint. Feather the paint out and away from the fixtures at least 3 to 4 inches. Follow the straight line the tape created as a guide, but don't push the bristles of the brush directly into the tape or the paint will soak underneath the tape's edge.

  5. Pour the remaining paint into a 5-gallon bucket with a paint-rolling screen hung over the lip of the bucket.

  6. Dip a 9-inch roller frame equipped with a 1/2-inch roller nap into the paint repeatedly until the nap has been loaded with paint. Look at the roller from the side to see if the paint has saturated the fibers all the way down to where the fibers are glued to the nap's core.

  7. Open the bathroom's door and windows, and set a fan in the doorway to provide ventilation while painting. Paint the unpainted surface area of the walls and ceilings in an up-and-down and side-to-side motion until the entire bathroom has been painted. Allow this coat of paint to dry for two to four hours. Paint a second coat if needed.

  8. Remove the masking tape from every fixture in the bathroom. Touch up any areas where the line isn't as straight as it could be with the paint brush.

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