This past summer, we did a renovation of our master bathroom. You can see the full details HERE. The renovation was floor to ceiling. Here’s what it looked like before.
As you can see, it’s a small, regular bathroom. It’s not one of these huge train-station-ish master bathrooms. Since it’s not big, I wanted to make the most of the space and I wanted to pay attention to the details. The ceiling was painted a creamy off-white, which would’ve looked grungy against all of the bright white in the new space.
And I painted the ceiling before we installed the new tile, vanity, toilet, etc., so I wouldn’t have to worry about splatters, which just happens when you paint a ceiling.
Warning – The process pictures in this post have terrible lighting! This was before we installed the skylight tube, so I just had some incandescent lighting to work with!
If you’ve ever painted a ceiling before, you know it’s tough on the shoulders, arms and neck! An extension pole definitely helps with that.
The fact that our bathroom was small was a good thing when it came time to paint the ceiling! I did need two coats, even with white on cream, but they went on quickly and I allowed about 2 hours of dry time between the two coats.
So, why did it take two coats to paint white over cream? I have found in all of my years of painting that white is the trickiest color to work with when it comes to coverage. Just expect two coats when you’re painting with white and be pleasantly surprised if you don’t need that second coat, but most of the time you will.
If possible, it’s best to paint the ceiling before the walls, so you can be messy and drips aren’t a big deal. I cut in around the perimeter of the room, lighting and the fan with a 2″ sash brush.
Ceilings aren’t the most fun to paint. They aren’t glamorous to photograph, but it’s the kind of thing that can detract from a beautiful space. As you can see, a bright white, matte ceiling blends into the room, letting the marble, fabric, trim, etc. shine.