A Quick Bathroom Painting Tip

January 7, 2013

After hearing from several of you that you’re planning to paint/remodel a bathroom in the near future, I wanted to share this brilliant idea that I found on The Family Handyman on how to paint that pesky area behind the toilet.

Because no way was I about to uninstall our toilet, paint the area behind it, and then reinstall it.

And if I hadn’t found a way to paint behind it, I’m the type of person that being able to see a little bit of remaining white paint poking out behind the toilet would drive me nuts.

Anyway, all you need in preparation is:
-A paint stir stick
-A flat paint edger brush (if you have no clue what I’m talking about here is a link…you don’t need the handle, just by the replacement brush/pad that goes with it)
-And adhesive putty or glue

How to paint the pesky area behind the toilet without having to remove the fixture.

All you have to do is glue the paint stir stick to the flat edger brush/pad and let it dry.  Once you get to where you’re ready to paint the area behind the toilet…your brush is ready to go and the paint stir stick will allow you to reach the entire area!  NOTE – you may want to cover your toilet with plastic so you don’t get paint on it…but I figured no one would see the paint so I skipped that step. 😉

Oh and another thing I learned…don’t paint your nails the night before you want to paint your bathroom…



Haha…such trivial problems, right?!


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    Ashley Richards
    January 7, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Charlie Hendricks
    January 29, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing Morgan! We just pulled our toilet this weekend as a toothbrush was wedged in the s-trap. My husband was out in the yard shaking the toilet base with neighbors driving by…We were lucky it was a warm day for January. We did get the toothbrush out!

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    October 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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    October 25, 2014 at 12:18 am

    …Or you could do it the right way. In the time it takes you to run to Lowes to get your special edger/paint pad (does anyone really use these??), you could paint behind 15 toilets… And do it without getting paint all over your hands. Oh, and you don’t have to “uninstall” your toilet, unless, of course, (for whatever reason) your bowl is right up against the wall.
    1) Turn off the water valve directly under the toilet
    2) Flush the water out of the tank
    3) Unscrew the 2, maybe 3, nuts under the tank. Most of them are plastic wing nuts and are hand-tight, so no tools needed
    4) Lift the tank off the toilet (for the “modern mommy,” a tank weighs less than a toddler.
    After you paint the area like a normal person, complete the above steps in reverse order. I had mine done in about 20 minutes, start to finish, because I was careful and reinstalled the tank while the paint was wet. There was no mess, no trip to the store, no money wasted on a gadget. And I got the entire area evenly painted, which is the important part. Now when a future owner removes the tank they won’t say, “man, what a lazy douche… The paint’s all streaked because they didn’t remove the tank…”

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      October 25, 2014 at 12:28 am

      I’m so glad you could spend your Friday night leaving such an insightful and thoughtful comment. 😉 Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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        July 7, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        Poor guy must have had a bad day. If his wife had painted the bathroom and surprised him, he would probably would have said what a great job! Some people have no couth and way too much time on their hands. I’m totally doing it your way!

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      April 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      That was actually very helpful. I thought I needed a plumber to remove the ENTIRE toilet. I didn’t know the tank was removable… that’s why I’m looking for solutions.

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    January 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the tip. I use those edgers all the time for painting around casing, baseboard and the ceiling edge. Does a much better job and is quicker than taping everything. For those of us that do not have the confidence to remove the tank, this is a great solution.

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    May 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I am definitely not removing my tank. I will use the other method. Thank you for the great tip!

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    May 31, 2015 at 2:01 am

    Pull a plastic garbage bag down over the tank to help from getting paint all over it.

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    June 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Or you could just pick up those edger pads while at Lowe’s buying the paint.

    Love the tip and will be using it next week when I paint my bathroom. Thank you.

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    July 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I had this problem this morning and didn’t even want to wait to fire up the computer to google the answer let alone remove the toilet tank, so I thought one up myself. I used a painting pad just like you suggested but instead of gluing it to a stick I inserted it into a report binder spline…you know the plastic report covers that come with the little plastic spline piece that holds the edges of the papers together? I slipped the paint pad into it and within a few seconds …whallah! I also use the report spline pieces to stir paint.

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    July 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for the fantastic tip! I just (as in 5 minutes ago) painted one of our bathrooms and that area is all that is left…..I’ll be doing this later today. Can’t wait to call this part of the job done!

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    September 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Holy crap this just saved me today! And I did an speedier hack – instead of waiting for glue to dry, I noticed one of those heavy weight 3M Command picture hangers in my hub’s work bench; took out the sticky strip and put the red side on the smooth edger, and pressed the wooden handle onto the “wall” side. Pressed for 30 seconds, and presto! Thing is designed to take 40 lbs of weight so it’d be darn hard to pop off. Thanks for genius ideas to build on!!

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