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How to achieve a painted bathroom

We all know that the right colour can completely transform a bathroom. But not everyone realises that it’s not just the walls which can benefit from a lick of paint. Did you know painted bathroom furniture and even sanitaryware (especially baths) are bang on-trend? These provide excellent ways to add touches of originality and flair to a room that can otherwise feel bland.

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Shade selection

If you have a favourite colour, don’t be afraid to introduce it to your bathroom. White, monochrome and neutrals are perennially popular. But there’s no reason why you can’t incorporate everything from pale pastel shades to dark, dramatic hues into your chosen colour scheme. For a chic, seamless flow, consider matching your painted bathroom en-suite to your bedroom décor. Your can always pep up your palette with some subtle splashes of colour. Otherwise, why not dare to be different and go bold with brights?

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If you’re not too sure about, say, a deep purple wall, start small, particularly if you’re short on space. A painted bathroom vanity unit makes a versatile addition, especially if you choose your colour wisely. We love our Burlington 1340mm Wall Hung Curved Vanity Unit, Worktop & Basin in Sand (although it’s also available in Olive and Matt White finishes). It features ample storage, while creating an illusion of space. Five layers of primer incorporating UV stabilisation prepare the Sand painted finish to minimise colour fading from exposure to sunlight. It comes complete with a choice of Minerva worktop, available in White, Carrara White Effect & Black Granite Effect.

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Another great painted bathroom furniture option is our Imperial Etoile Canterbury Large Wall Hung Vanity Unit & Basin, available in a range of solid wood and hard-painted finishes. Grey continues to be a popular choice for bathrooms, for good reason. It’s an understated neutral that works well in both classic and contemporary settings. This is demonstrated so well by this shade of Stoneywell Slate. The painted bathroom vanity unit comes complete with two soft-closing storage drawers and the Etoile large basin. Other colour options include Nutmeg Haze and Henley Blue.

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How to paint your bath

And so to painted sanitaryware. Don’t panic – we’re not advocating a return to the now-notorious avocado bathroom suite of the 1970s! However, trust us, a painted freestanding roll-top bath adds instant oomph to any bathroom. If you’re confident with colour, don’t discount primary shades such as blue or even red. The latter adds energy and flamboyance if you’re desperate to dodge all that’s bland. For a more classic look, black also works beautifully. Try complementing your bath with a black basin tap or a black bathroom radiator.

If you’re planning to paint your bath yourself, don’t even think about skimping on the prep. Before you begin, tape up any areas that require more precise work such as claw feet. Don’t forget to make sure your tub is clean and dry.

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If your bath is acrylic, you’ll need to ‘key it’ by roughing up the surface with sandpaper. This will give your primer a better surface to adhere to. Rinse and dry again, then apply two to three thin, even layers of primer. Take care to avoid any drips with some more light sanding in between.

When your last layer of primer is completely dry, you can apply your chosen shade of paint. Choose whichever way suits from from a paint brush or roller to a spray gun. Depending on the colour and type of paint, you may need up to three layers. Leave to dry completely for at least 48 hours. Before using your bath for the first time, you can seal your paint with a suitable sealant.

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The benefits of a bath painting service

If you prefer to let someone else do all the hard work, help is at hand. We offer a bath painting service for our BC Designs Traditional Freestanding Baths – the traditional bateau baths to be precise, using any Little Greene or Farrow & Ball paint eggshell finish. The shade range available from us via BC Designs really is impressive. So, whether you’re a fan of millennial pink, show-stopping scarlet, timeless grey or baby blue, there’s sure to be a shade to suit you. You can even benefit from a digital scanning service for colour matching to ensure you enjoy paint perfection. We order your bath for you then, when it has been painted, we simply deliver it your door!

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Top tips for painting a bath

Step 1: Be prepared! Tape up the feet, and clean and dry your bath

Step 2: ‘Key’ the surface of your bath with sandpaper so your primer adheres better

Step 3: Apply 2-3 thin, even layers of primer. Sand in between

Step 4: Apply your chosen paint. You may need up to three layers for optimum coverage

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