I need some help with bathroom walls. I was going to tile the walls half
way up. I had some problems pick through all the tiles available. I also
hated the prissy and annoying people at the tile store. I have to deal
with that and pay their markups?
I decided to paint the walls instead.
I also decided to tile just the bathtub area and avoid tiles wherever
1. What should I do near the lavatory area backslash? I will be using a
2. How should I go about waterproofing everything as in behind the tiles
near the tub behind the painted area and near the pedestal lavatory?
3. I currently have wall paper. What kind of preps should be done before
Thanks for any help!!
I did exactly that with my old loft's bathroom and for the same
reason: I was fed up with the look of tile. Also it was a huge
bathroom (9x18) and I didn't want it to look like an operating room.
I used two coats of medium gloss oil on the wall instead.
It worked but I don't recommend this route. While I didn't experience
any water damage to the wall, the regular cleaning of toothpaste,
soap and (whatever) splatters on the wall caused the paint around the
lav and toilet to mismatch with the painted surfaces further away. I
don't know if it was because the cleaning chemicals lightened the
color and dulled the paint sheen or just because the wall around the
lav and toilet got cleaned more often but after a couple of years it
looked pretty awful. I had to repaint every couple of years.
Thanks for the suggestion but I need something more durable around the
tub I will probably go with tile around the tub but melamine plastic my
be good near the lavatory :
Melamine is a thermosetting plastic. It is strong,
lightweight and hard, but can be scratched or broken or
cracked. It resists acids and alkalies, and most food
stains but can be stained. It also stands fairly warm
temperatures, but absorbs heat and softens if it gets
too hot so cannot be used in microwave ovens. It's used
for dinnerware, mixing bowls, laminated counter tops, and
other items. Melmac is a common trade name.
Avoid exposure to hot objects, and prolonged exposure
to boiling water.
Stains may be removed with commercial cleaners made
for melamine. Never use scouring powder or any other
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