How to update an RV bathroom the super-easy way
How to update an RV bathroom the super-easy way if you can’t take the dated look of it anymore.
If you can’t stand your dated looking bathroom anymore, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time and money updating it, follow the best tips for a bathroom makeover right here.
You can do all the work by yourself. No power tools needed, you don’t need to remove the toilet, you just need to get the material and then get started.
The question I am being asked all the time is: “Can I paint an RV shower?” “Can I actually paint my yellow sink?” “What shall I do with this dated looking toilet?”
And the answer is, you don’t need to replace anything. Yes, you can definitely spray paint or paint the plastic bathroom devices.
Here is how:
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1. Start with spray painting your sink
If your shower and your sink have a dated yellowish look that you can’t stand looking at anymore, get spray paint for appliances from Rustoleum. Use the spray paint for your sink, but be careful with all the fumes. Wear a mask and protection glasses and keep doors and windows open, because the spray causes a bad smell.
Also, cover everything up. The surrounding will get sprayed on, therefore use plastic foil or newspaper to cover up if you don’t want to have paint drippings all over.
Before you start spraying the sink, be sure the sink is clean and dry, otherwise, the paint won’t stick.
- Shake the appliance spray well,
- keep the bottle at least 10″ away from the sink
- easily spray over the surface moving the bottle constantly.
- Let it dry and then go over it one more time.
If you are thinking of updating the tub/shower also, I would recommend you use the Appliance Paint and a foam roller.
I used the spray paint in my shower and the paint ran down on a couple of spots, and it doesn’t look very good.
This is how you do it:
- Clean the tub/shower well and let it dry.
- Then use a small foam roller and roll the appliance paint on the plastic shower.
- Let the paint dry and apply one more coat.
- Roll the paint on from top to bottom. Always paint in one direction.
It will look so much better immediately, because it is white again.
The easiest and fastest way to update a dated looking RV bathroom is by spray painting the yellowish sink and shower. You can also paint the linoleum in a fresh color, add colorful towels, a hanging shelf, and you are done.
Now let’s paint the floor
Do you have brownish linoleum covering your tiny little bathroom?
You are not sure what to do with the floor?
You definitely don’t want to remove the toilet to be able to put new floors in?
Then just paint it!!! Yes, you can paint linoleum, it is sooooo easy to do:
- Valspar Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel Paint (decide on the color if you don’t want to paint it white)
- Kilz General Purpose Interior Primer
- Paint rollers
- Paint trays
- Deglosser or TSP for cleaning the floor
- gloves for protection
How to start:
Decide on the color you want to paint your floor with. Do you want to paint it in one color or add a second color with a stencil or a pattern?
Then you need to get the Porch and Floor Paint tinted in the color(s) you want to paint it. I had my paint tinted in a light grey.
Step 1: Clean the floor
Before you paint you have to clean the floor. Use warm water and detergent if the floor looks decent, if the floor looks bad then use deglosser or TSP to get a deep clean and all of the grease and grime away.
Step 2: Prime the floor
Prime the floor with Kilz. Either use a brush or a paint roller. One coat of primer is enough unless the floor looks really bad. Then it doesn’t hurt to add another coat of primer. Let it dry overnight if you can before you paint the floor with the floor paint. If you are in a hurry, let it dry for at least 2 hours.
Step 3: Paint the floor with the Floor Latex paint
Paint the floor with Valspar Porch and Floor Latex Paint. Use a small/medium size roller (depending on the size of your bathroom) and roll the paint on the floor with your selected color. Paint in one direction with your paint roller. Use a small brush to reach inside all of the corners.
Let it dry and add another coat of floor paint. And done.
This is how the floor looks after one coat of Valspar Floor and Porch Latex Paint
Watch how to paint your RV walls fast and easily
Want to add a stencil?
If you want to make the floor more interesting, get your second-floor paint color and add a stencil on the floor.
Or make a pattern with masking tape, for example, a stripe pattern. Depends on your creativity if you want to add a pattern.
You just have to be very careful when you add a stencil. I used a different paint and it didn’t work out well. If you decide on adding a stencil, get the same floor paint and have it tinted in your favorite color.
Use a small foam roller to roll the paint onto the stencil. Use very little paint, otherwise, it will bleed. You can see the bleed here in the picture, I also used the wrong paint.
So I had to redo the floor and it looks better now. But I am going to try it one more time to make it look better.
Add a cool backsplash
Now, this is the easiest update you can do in your bathroom. If you don’t want to paint the vanity, leave it like it is and add a funky backsplash.
The good thing about a tiny bathroom is that you don’t need a lot of backsplash tiles. It is easy to apply, just be sure the walls are dust and grease-free. Hold the tile on the wall for at least 30 seconds so the tile has enough time to adhere. Decide on how high you want to go with the backsplash and draw a line with a level in order to keep the tiles straight.
You can get some really cool patterns on Amazon. There is not much of a selection available at Lowes or Home Depot.
Here are some patterns I absolutely love, if you want to add a little color to your bathroom:
Add a colorful shower curtain
If your shower is as small as our shower, you need to have a shower curtain. Otherwise, your elbows will be bruised badly. In order to make the bathroom nice and colorful, just get a pretty shower curtain.
We added a new shower curtain rod. Now we are able to hang a regular shower curtain.
So check first before you buy anything if you can hang a regular shower curtain onto the clips of your curtain rod. Ours were very small and needed a special shower curtain.
Replace your showerhead
If you want to use your shower in your RV you need to learn how to shower fast and with very little water. It takes some practice but it is doable. To make your life a little easier, use a shower head with some pressure:
You can hold the showerhead and turn the water on and off with the on/off button.
- Powerful Oxygenic setting amplifies existing water pressure and widens coverage
- Easily control the flow of water with the push of a button
- Designed to achieve maximum performance with tank size and pressure limits
Add a space-saving towel hanger
You are going to love this towel hanger because you can flip the hooks up if you don’t use them. Of course, this hook also works for your bedroom or kitchen. It looks so good.
If you don’t want to screw anything into the wall, get an over the door hanger:
How about a toothbrush holder for the kids?
Summary of How to update an RV bathroom the super-easy way
These are super easy tips you can do to almost instantly update your bathroom. If you have wall space, add a pretty picture or add a hanging shelf for towels and shower necessities. If you need more storage tips, here are a lot of very useful tips.
So don’t stop now, get the material together and start updating your bathroom. It will look so much better.
And if you are searching for more tips on how to update your dated-looking Camper get all the information you need right here in the guide on how to update the interior of your dated-looking RV.
See you on the road,
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Hi what paint did you use to paint the counter?
Hi Sari, I also used Milk Paint, the same paint I used on the cabinets. But I added at least 4 coats of Top Coat to protect the paint. It held up great. All the links are in the article. Hope this helps.
I bookmarked your site, so helpful!! I loved the bathroom floor stencil design.
I was looking for info on updating a plastic RV toilet. I thought it would be in this article. My bathroom is black and white. My idea was to use white in the bowl and black on the exterior. I’d cut the 2 colors someone near the rim.
My biggest problems are the question of what paint to use that’s waterproof for plastic. And can I buy it in a small quantity. I prefer spray on, could you please suggest something for me.
Thanks a bunch for this wonderful site.
Hi Bell, thank you for your nice words.
Yes, use the appliance spray from Rustoleum to update your toilet. I sprayed my yellowish-looking toilet with the white spray paint from Rustoleum. Still looks great. Just make sure you clean it well before spraying, it has to be completely dry. Cover everything, especially the floor. Also, be careful of the fumes. Wear a mask.
Hope this helps.
Thank you! These tips are exactly what I needed to update my well-cared-for, yet extremely dated 1997 Winnebago Brave.
Hi Rob, glad you found what you were looking for. Hope your updates will look great.
How long do you have to wait before you can use the RV bathroom sink that has been spray painted?
Hi Betty, I think I waited maybe an hour. The spray paint dries pretty fast, depending on how much paint you use. It is actually best if you spray it on one day, and then add some more paint the next day. Also, read the instructions of the spray paint you are using. Hope this helps.