5 Quick Tips to Paint a Bathroom with The Idaho Painter — by Home Repair Tutor

By Grover Koelpin 41 comments

So here’s today’s question: How do you
paint a bathroom? Well, there’s no better way to learn than
from a professional. So I’ve got an awesome surprise for you
today. Chris Berry, The Idaho Painter, is going to
show you all of his tips and tricks on how to paint a bathroom quickly, efficiently,
and professionally. So I’m partnering with Chris on this video. You’re going to love it. He does awesome YouTube videos. You can check him out over on YouTube at the
Idaho Painter. But let’s dive into his tutorial right now. This is Chris, The Idaho Painter. Glad to be here on the Home Repair Tutor to
give you five tips and tricks to painting a bathroom to make it just like a professional
painter did it. So stay tuned for this video. So I’m here in this small bathroom right
here. And painting a bathroom doesn’t have to
be this really long, draw-out process where it takes a day or multiple days to do. A bathroom like this can easily be done in
just a couple of hours. But one of the key elements to painting a
bathroom and making it look like a professional painter did it is actually have tools that
a professional painter would have. Now I’m going to give you a list of the
tools and some of the items that you’re going to need to get this project done. So this is tip #1 when it comes to painting
a bathroom, and that’s actually having a paintbrush and a paint roller that’s actually
going to give you quality results. And if you’re trying to save money and go
cheap on a paintbrush and a roller, you’re just not going to get those straight cut-in
lines, you’re not going to get the quality finish on the walls, and it’s just going
to take you a lot longer to apply the paint. Typically when I’m painting interiors, I
like using an interior brush that’s a 3-inch angled sash brush. I like a wider brush because I can paint a
lot faster with it. A good quality brush is going to give you
nice, crisp, clean cut-in lines. It’s going to hold a lot more paint, and
you’re going to be able to go a lot farther. So you’re going to paint a lot faster with
it. The brush that I typically use on interiors
when I’m painting interior walls and doing cut-ins, I like a Purdy brush. It’s called a ClearCut brush. And this is the actual brush I use. That brush is really good for doing cut-ins. It’s really good for doing the layouts on
your walls and edges. Doesn’t leave a whole lot of roping. It’s an excellent brush. The next thing is your roller. You got to have a quality roller. And when I’m rolling the walls, I use a
3/8-inch nap—that’s the depth of the roller. So use a 3/8-inch nap, and I like the white
woven rollers from Purdy. Now if you go cheap on a roller, the first
thing that you’ll notice when you start rolling on the walls, it leaves a lint on
the walls which just doesn’t look good. The lint—that’s actually the fuzzy stuff
on the rollers. So cheap rollers leave the lint on. Cheap rollers will have the tendency to splatter,
so you’re going to get a lot more mess on your floors. Use a high quality roller and you’re going
to get a lot less splatters or almost none. The rollers we use—I use a Purdy WhiteDove
white woven roller. And that roller’s excellent. It hardly ever leaves any amount of splatters,
and it also holds more paint and lays the paint out a lot better. And it doesn’t leave very much stippling. A cheap roller or cheap nap is going to stipple
your walls really bad, and you’re not going to get that good quality finish. So tip #1 is buy a good quality paintbrush
and a good quality roller. But now you got your tools all gathered together. Got to get your good quality paint for a bathroom,
depending on the condition of your bathroom whether it has moisture issues or not. You definitely want to look into paint. Jeff is going to be doing a video on my channel
of how to select the paint for a bathroom. So if you want to come check out Jeff’s
video on my channel, The Idaho Painter, you can also come check it out. Can’t wait to see his video on selecting
bathroom paints. So tip #2, I got all my tools gathered together. Tip #1 was buy a good quality paintbrush,
good quality roller. Tip #2 is buying a high quality tape. And the best tape that I’ve ever found for
doing my cut-ins—around edges, around door jams, around my baseboards, all my trim—the
best tape that I found is FrogTape. You want to get a tape that the paint’s
not going to bleed through to give you edges where the paint’s bleeding through on your
trim. FrogTape is the very best. I’ve used every tape out there in the market. There’s nothing better than FrogTape. But I also use clear caulking along with my
Frogtape which will actually give you just laser straight lines on all your trim—around
your door jams, your baseboards, window trim, around stuff like your showers and bathtubs
and stuff like that. So tip #2 is get yourself FrogTape. I don’t use anything but just 1-inch FrogTape. I do get a lot of questions, too, about how
you go about using the FrogTape and clear caulking. I do have a video that explains that in depth,
too. It’s a really good video on how to use caulking
and FrogTape to make laser straight lines on a wall, like if you’re painting the stripe
or something like that. So you can check that out later, too. But we’re going to move on to tip #3 now. So tip #3 is actually getting into the managing
of this project and actually getting it done in two ours. And tip #3 is once you get all your masking
done, you want to get a first coat on these walls so this first coat will begin drying. And that first coat, you don’t want it to
be heavy like you’re trying to cover it in one go. Typically when we’re painting and rolling
interior walls, we always figure on putting two coats. And our first coat is what we call a skim
coat. So we’re going to roll on here a light coat
on there enough to just get a nice good thin coat on the walls, and then that will dry
in about 30 minutes. So tip #4 is part of the next process. We’ve rolled our first coat on the walls,
that’s tip #3. Get that first coat on there. A skim coat. Get that stuff on there. Nice and thin so it’ll dry fast. Turn on your fan; that will suck out some
of the extra moisture in your bathroom that the paint is actually creating because the
humidity is actually going to slow down the drying time. Crank up the temperature in your house. Get it up to about 75°. That will help it dry fast. But tip #4 is actually doing your ceiling
cut-ins. Now I’m going to go around and do my ceiling
cut-ins. And I’m going to do them and try to do my
ceiling cut-ins so they will cover in one coat. So I’m going to put them on there pretty
heavy. I’m going to cut in and then I’m going
to back roll it with my 4-inch roller that’s in my bucket. Get those all done. It’s a small bathroom, I could do the cut-ins
in here in about 15 minutes, and then I’m going to move on to the next process. Now I’m going to move on to tip #5. This is the last tip, and this is doing your
cut-ins and rolling your final coat. So you’ve done your ceiling cut-ins now. And now we’re going to want to move down
to doing cut-ins along all your trim, wherever your 1-inch tape is. You’re going to cut all that in and then
roll your second coat over the top, overlapping those edges. So you’re keeping a wet edge. You’re going to roll all that, and then
you’re going to pull off all your masking. So I’m going to run around, put my clear
caulking on all my tape, then I’m going to cut my cut-ins in with my paint, and then
I’m going to go back and roll the walls and fill in the walls. So the process is going to be: I’m going
to run my clear caulking all around all my edges. That will only take about 5 minutes or less. Then I’m going to do my cut-ins with my
brush and my roller around all these edges, which will probably take me about 10-15 minutes
to do the cut-ins. And then I’m going to begin rolling my second
coat on my walls, and the second coat’s going to happen really fast in here. There’s not a lot of walls. It’ll probably take another 10 minutes. And then I’m going to just pull off all
my tape. You want to make sure you pull off that tape
before the paint or the caulking dries. The caulking’s going to dry slower than
the paint because it’s underneath the paint, which is you’ll put a wet film over the
top of the caulking. So then once you’ve rolled the final coat
on the walls, you’re going to immediately go back, pull all that tape off, then let
your walls dry, let all your cut-ins dry. Then you just go back typically on your cut-ins
because you’re trying to do this all in one coat. You might have some blind spots. I just go back, do all those touch-ups on
my cut-ins. You see the walls, there’s going to be—you
have nothing more you’ll have to do the walls because you got two coats on the walls. And your project’s all done. Check it out once it’s all done. Should look like a professional painter just
did it. Once again, if that caulking process, what
I’ve explained here, if it’s a little bit difficult or a little confusing, go check
out my channel, The Idaho Painter. I do have a video explaining in depth this
caulking and taping process and exactly how you go about doing it. But it’s a very important process if you
really want those laser straight lines. If you’ve ever wondered how a painter got
laser straight lines on all of this trim and stuff, that’s exactly one of the tips and
tricks out there that a lot of Do-It-Yourselfers don’t know about. So there you have it. There’s five tips and tricks on painting
a bathroom and getting that done in a reasonable amount of time. Shouldn’t take you a whole day. If you’re a first timer, a bathroom like
this, you can literally get done in less than a half a day. Should take you two to three hours. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help
you. If you don’t know how to properly roll a
wall or do a cut-in, I got a lot of videos on that’ll teach you how to cut-in just
like a professional painter. Well, I’ve got probably five or six videos. I even got a video with a GoPro stuck to a
paintbrush so you can see exactly what I’m doing. Also got videos on how to properly roll and
layout a wall. That’s going to make your finish look a
lot better. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this video. I’m glad to be here on the Home Repair Tutor. If you haven’t subscribed to Jeff’s channel,
please subscribe to his channel. Consider going over to my channel, The Idaho
Painter, and check out some of my videos. I got all kinds of videos on interior and
exterior painting and home improvement tips and tricks. Hopefully we’ll see you on my channel or
see you back here on Jeff’s.


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Feb 2, 2017, 1:02 pm Reply

This guy looks like John Cena😂


Feb 2, 2017, 1:35 pm Reply

Came to watch because I thought John Cena was presenting 😂


Feb 2, 2017, 4:33 pm Reply

Great tips. Thanks!

Trevin Shu

Feb 2, 2017, 8:14 pm Reply

Dam HRT is going up in the world. Y'all got John Cena teaching us how to paint 😂

Aparecido Parussolo

Feb 2, 2017, 4:19 am Reply

I like your vdeo but you speak to much

How I made

Mar 3, 2017, 11:49 am Reply

what about type of paint to use for bathrooms? matte, semi gloss, mildew free?

LiveLaugh MakeLove

Apr 4, 2017, 3:38 pm Reply


Kat Jaibur

May 5, 2017, 4:46 pm Reply

Holy moly. I thought you were going to show us some tips, not just talk about them. You completely lost me on cutting in. And I don't know whether the caulking seal goes under the frog tape or over it. Other than sending me to your Amazon links, what was the point of this? Now I have to go find your seven other videos that demonstrate the actual how to's?

Kayinfso Here

May 5, 2017, 1:38 am Reply


Danny Webster

Sep 9, 2017, 6:35 pm Reply

Where can I get a shirt?

Anthony Raynor

Oct 10, 2017, 12:58 am Reply

Wow. He's my favorite painter on YouTube. What a great pairing.

Carl Demmin

Nov 11, 2017, 7:56 pm Reply

When doing instructional video please include the part where you actually paint. I need all the help I can get to learn how to do this well.


Nov 11, 2017, 6:00 pm Reply

It would be easier to watch!

Lorenzo Cole

Nov 11, 2017, 12:48 am Reply

Idaho Painter, I love, love love, the Spring Tool spring punch. Its an incredible tool. Thanks so much for the tip. Watching your your video's are so incredibly helpful.

Gerardo Ramirez

Dec 12, 2017, 9:58 pm Reply

Too much talking. If you really wanna show how to do it just do it. Those are not even tips on how to paint a bathroom. You are just giving your opinion about good and bad quality products. Everyone knows that.

Cheryl Oldford

Jan 1, 2018, 12:39 am Reply

Stone Cold look alike…..howdy!

Rusty Shackleford

Jan 1, 2018, 9:54 am Reply

itsssss….JOHN CENA….
bum budam bum

Troy Edwards

Jan 1, 2018, 5:01 pm Reply

No bathroom painting tips. Moving the toilet, cabinets, etc

Cristel Boeglin

May 5, 2018, 9:12 pm Reply

I was wondering if you could give me tips on getting rid of mold? The last guys that did our bathroom used moldy paint and now we have a big mold problem in our bathroom. Please help!

Larry Aldama

May 5, 2018, 8:56 pm Reply

Good one Chris ✌️👍

Ai PaintingPlus

Jun 6, 2018, 1:38 am Reply

Does anyone else remember the Kleen Edge baby blue tape? Man that stuff was the bomb. Thanks for the great vids IP. Always a good resource. White Dove naps are second to none.. Whats your workout routine? You always Looking swoll as hell!

Rt L

Jul 7, 2018, 12:01 pm Reply

hi Chris, do you recommend sanding walls between coats?

gigi martinez

Aug 8, 2018, 6:23 pm Reply

Thank you for this video, I love the straight forward tips and not the ongoing mambo jumbo other videos have. 🙌🏼👌🏼👏🏼

jorge hernandez

Sep 9, 2018, 3:49 am Reply

I don't liking using tape or rollers when I paint. I always use a good quality paint brush, good quality primer and quality paint. By the time I lay tape, I could have used an angle brush to paint the spot. I learned some tricks from an old timer that was in the painting business for decades. Old man Fargo was slick when it came to painting transition areas! His lines were straight as an arrow and fast. He had a feel of the paint in the can and on his brush. His motto was "a painter uses a roller or sprayer; an artist uses a brush."

Salvador Barbosa

Oct 10, 2018, 10:22 pm Reply

I agree as far as there was way too much talking. He should of shown some examples of a fast forward of him painting and completing a bathroom In half a day

Deborah Bonney

Jan 1, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

How long after painting a bathroom baseboards can I use the shower ? I’m worried the moisture will prevent drying correctly

Pedro L. Hernandez Musse

Mar 3, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply

Stone Cold Steve Austin wearing John Cena's attire.


Mar 3, 2019, 9:51 am Reply

Nice body 😆😊☺

Lonni Martin

Mar 3, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

How do you remove dried paint from Floors and things like sinks or vanity's?

Lord Cromwell

Mar 3, 2019, 5:04 am Reply

Cut in cut in cut in cut out cut in . Buy the most expensive buy the most expensive blah blah geez

Byron Diamond

Apr 4, 2019, 5:06 am Reply

too much talking……yawnnnnnn

dark image

Jun 6, 2019, 6:05 pm Reply

Aren't you supposed to prepare the wall first. In terms of dusting…. etc?.

kelly love

Jun 6, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

My issue is I can't reach certain places in the bathroom bec of the tub, tell me how to get above the tub!


Jul 7, 2019, 3:52 pm Reply

Not very informative video. Just talking, no painting!


Aug 8, 2019, 5:38 am Reply

Caulking and cut ins? But what does that mean🤷🏻‍♀️


Aug 8, 2019, 3:19 pm Reply

No surface prep and a two-hour job? Good luck, homeowners!

sierra adams

Aug 8, 2019, 9:47 pm Reply

Could be a helpful video for beginners but there's a lot of repeating and redundant statements. Better editing?

WN Continental Broadcasting

Sep 9, 2019, 6:43 pm Reply

You should NEVER use a latex or water base (or BEHR brands) paint in bathroom. Use oil base .

Jack Blaznowski

Oct 10, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

I tried to find your video showing how to use caulking on the masking Frog tape. I can't envision when you apply the caulking to the tape.

Manuela Helena Fernandes

Oct 10, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

Don't you need to prepare the walls with sugar soap or something like that? Lots of Purdy products. These are not available in Europe.

Angel N

Oct 10, 2019, 1:52 pm Reply

All talk no action.

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