(Closed) Repainting a bathroom?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You’ll have to scrap and sand the spots that are peeling. If there is water damage, then technically you’d want to remove that piece and replace it with new drywall (they have a specific drywall for bathrooms).

We had to put a hole in our bathroom ceiling to run cables, so we just picked up that drywall from Home Depot and put a new piece in place, used some standard putty, primed the ceiling, then painted it. I painted the entire bathroom as well – I think I used a Satin, as I didn’t like the look of semi-glass and gloss.

Post # 4
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yup – should be fairly straightforward, unless there’s underlying problems as the last poster mentioned.

Just go to your local home depot or paint store and tell them what you want to do.  They’ll be able to hook you up with the proper primers and such.  

Post # 5
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You said the house is “OLD” and there is peeling paint…did you make sure there is no asbestos? Before you scrape you might want to make sure.

Post # 7
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I will be painting my bathroom this weekend! We went to home depot and they recommended cleaning the walls first with a sponge loaded with watered down bleach, sanding the spots that are peeling, then priming and painting. We got a special kind of paint that is supposed to be good for bathrooms, but the guy said bathrooms hate paint regardless of what kind you use so we’ll see. WE might put more tile in the area closest to the shower eventually since that is the area that is peeling.

Post # 8
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It sounds to me that there is some kind of underlying problem, as paint shouldn’t be chipping away like that. Maybe the grout is not sealed or the bathroom isn’t adequately ventilated–is there a fan that vents to the outside, or a window that you can prop open after a shower? Where there is water damage, there is likely to be mold… plus the asbestos concern a PP raised… I would leave this to your landlord to take care of.

Post # 9
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

One small other thing to consider..  Yes it could be something more serious like water damage, mold or asbestos or lead in the walls..

But they might have oil paint on there right now..  Something to look into?

Since we came across that in my house that’s older.  When we were renovating, there are some areas in the house that we prepped the walls properly (putty, sanded, primed, painted).  Painted the whole thing in latex and noticed later it was peeling off in strips and you could easily take it off and it looked splotchy.  We found out that some areas had oil paint, and latex doesn’t stick on it without the proper primer.

So you can sand it down, use an oil based or ‘super adherent’ primer, and then do latex paint over.  That primer stinks though so make sure its well ventilated.


To test for oil or latex paint on walls, spread some fingernail polish remover (acetone-based) in a small place that’s not noticeable. This will remove latex, but not affect oil in anyway.

And yes you should buy bathroom specific paint that is Mold and Mildew Resistant.  I like Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paints.


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