How to Paint Bathroom Wainscoting

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-40
What You'll Need
Wood putty

Wainscoting is usually the last piece of bathroom décor to be installed. Wainscoting adds visual appeal to a bathroom. Placing it at the bottom of the wall ensures that there are no scuffs or join marks from the visible tiles. Whatever kind of wainscoting you use, you will probably want to paint it to match the décor and color scheme. Follow these simple steps, and you will soon have brightly colored wainscoting decorating your bathroom.

Step 1 - Prepare the Wainscoting

Before you begin painting the wainscoting, you will need to make sure that it is smooth and hole-free. If you have used nails to install the wainscoting, cover them with wood putty. Use your finger to press it gently into the hole. Smooth the putty with sandpaper. Sand the rest of the wainscoting until it is smooth, and ensure that the wainscoting is properly ready to receive the paint.

Step 2 - Prime the Wainscoting

Once the wainscoting has been properly sanded, add the paint primer to ensure that the wood is ready to be painted without peeling or cracking. Before you continue, make sure that the room is properly ventilated and cover the floor and furniture with the newspaper.

Step 3 - Add the Paint

Begin by mixing the paint in the tin using a spoon or a paint stirrer. Once it is mixed well, begin painting in a corner of the bathroom. Check that it matches the color and overall décor of the room, then move slowly around the top edge of the wainscoting first. Add paint to any grooves or patterning on the wainscoting, making sure that all molding gets around the same level of paint across the whole of the wainscoting.

Step 4 - Continue Painting

Paint carefully along the lower edge of the wainscoting, taking care that you do not touch the tiles or flooring. Instead, if you need to touch the floor with a brush, you should slide a piece of newspaper until it touches the bottom of the board and paint using it as your edging tool. If you happen to splash or drip onto the bare tile, clean it immediately. Be careful not to allow paint to pool in corners or at the bottom of the wainscoting.

Step 5 - Finish Painting

When you have finished painting across the top and bottom of the wainscoting, you can use broader, up-down strokes to cover the middle of the wainscoting. Paint slowly along the vertical edges of the wainscoting. When you have finished with the first coat, allow it to dry thoroughly before adding a second coat of paint. Leave it to dry, then remove the newspaper from the floor.