This bathroom, like most projects, evolves with its own momentum. The last post was before eight-plus hours of wallpaper scraping, which I’m grateful is over given the current heat wave in the Northeast. My contractor followed up with two layers of skim coating to get the old bathroom walls smooth again. Keeping things clean during days like this is a bit of a blur, but my secret is Seventh Generation wipes. They’re free of toxins, and come in handy at midnight when it’s time to clean up the wallpaper reno, and every second lost means less sleep.
Amid this, it was time to address mold in the bathroom closet, which looked like it had been there for years and thankfully no longer active. I called in my environmental service company, and they didn’t think it was anything harmful, as the area was completely dried out. Cutting out that section of wallboard, he advised, would eliminate the issue, and the need for having it tested to confirm just what kind of mold it is. The room would need to be draped with plastic to avoid dust migrating elsewhere in the house. He gave me specific instructions on how to ‘DIY’, and thankfully my contractor team took it on. The EPA has specific how-to’s on treating and eliminating mold that are a go-to source for dealing with this potentially health-compromising problem. When more help is needed, getting a certified mold-abatement firm to assess the situation is a next step.
With the prep finally done, it’s time to prime and paint the bathroom walls. I’ll be using eco-friendly Ivy Coatings Primer and eggshell. The glossier top coat will be more mold resistant than a flat finish. The inside of the closet, where the mold was, I covered with Benjamin Moore Regal Satin left in the basement from the previous owner. Most BenMoore paints are mildew-resistant and low-VOC according to newer formulations that deputed just a few short years ago. If it was an unhealthy paint or varnish, it wouldn’t be worth re-using it for the possible health risks involved, but recycling better paints can be good for the planet, and for us. The Freecycle Network is a resource for recycling (and accepting) paints and as the name implies, it’s all free.