Before you start, cover all of your fittings in the bathroom in plastic to prevent paint splatters getting on them. Also, make sure you put a drop sheet down.
If you've got any mould, get rid of it with a bleach solution before you begin. You'll need to sand the paint coats off your plaster walls and ceiling before you paint. Use a sanding pad and 150-grit sandpaper for a nice, even finish. Then wipe down the surfaces with a cloth to get the dust off.
When painting a surface, always start by cutting in the edges. Use a cutting brush, which is cut on an angle, to make sure you get an even, clean job. Then apply your undercoat to all the edges.
After cutting in your ceiling and walls, paint the ceiling with the undercoat. Use a roller for good coverage when painting larger surfaces. Make sure you keep the flat surface of the roller on the wall side when rolling, so the metal bracket doesn't damage your wall.
Once the undercoat is dry, apply your topcoat the same way you applied the undercoat in Steps 4–6. Start by cutting in your ceiling and walls again along your marking tape for the topcoat. Then paint the ceiling using your roller, applying an even paint spread. Let the topcoat dry and give the ceiling another topcoat.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.