Treatments For Your Bathroom Ceiling

Written by bprescottJanuary 30, 2012
bathroom with lighted ceiling and fancy bathtub

Giving your ceiling the top treatment

Years ago, some decorating magazine must have featured a picture of a bathroom with wallpaper on the ceiling. It was a bad idea then, and it still is today, but many people thought it a clever idea. Unfortunately, the moist conditions in even the best-ventilated bathroom will force the corners of paper to peel off. Avoid the temptation and save the wallcovering for the walls.

Another not-so-good idea for a bathroom ceiling is using a suspended ceiling made of metal grid that holds acoustical tiles. The strips of metal grid tend to rust, and with age, the tile discolors, so it’s not a good ceiling material.

Paint the ceiling. Period. Choose a good-quality latex paint like Perma-White, a mildew-proof bathroom paint that prevents mildew growth on the paint film. It is self-priming, and you can tint it any color. Whether the ceiling is wallboard or plaster, paint it.

Within the confines of a tiled bathtub or shower enclosure, it’s a good idea to continue the tile on the ceiling. The tile creates a durable surface that’s easy to clean and care for.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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