How to paint a nautical bathroom

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How to paint a nautical bathroom
A nautically themed bathroom will instantly remind you of the ocean. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A nautical theme can give your bathroom a splashy new look. Even if you don't have a lot of money to spend on redecorating, you can give your bathroom a nautical vibe by painting the room strategically. The two colours that evoke images of the sea are blue and green; tan can evoke images of warm sand. You can apply these colours to the walls in soft waves or with a sponge. Perhaps the most undeniably nautical paint job that you can select are blue and white sailor stripes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 to 3 dust sheets
  • Painter's tape
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose cleanser
  • Bucket
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • Sponge
  • Spackle
  • Spackle knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint roller
  • Level
  • Blue paint
  • Nylon brushes
  • White paint

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  1. 1

    Throw down a dust sheet or several dust sheets on the bathroom floor, the toilet, the sink and any other areas that need to be covered. Apply painter's tape around the door, windows, mirror and other places where you don't want paint to go.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/4 cup all-purpose cleaner in a bucket with a gallon of warm water. Dip a sponge in the mixture and combine them well. Wring out the sponge and wipe down all your bathroom walls. Pour out the soapy water and fill the bucket with clean water. Rinse the soapy reside from the walls. Allow the walls to dry thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Check the walls for holes and cracks. Apply spackle with a spackle knife to these spots. Allow the spackle to dry, and go over the spots with coarse sandpaper.

  4. 4

    Coat the walls with a primer, using a paint roller. Allow the coat to dry completely. Decide how wide you want your stripes to be; use painter's tape to designate the vertical stripes. For example, if you want 2-inch blue stripes with 1-inch white stripes, run 1-inch painter's tape from the ceiling to the floor every 2 inches. Check the straightness of the lines with a level, and adjust as necessary.

  5. 5

    Paint the wider stripes first, using a nylon brush of the appropriate width. For example, if your blue stripes are 2 inches wide, use a 2-inch-wide brush. Remove the painter's tape, and allow the paint to dry. Paint the other stripes with a narrower brush.

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