How to Paint a Toilet Seat | The Ultimate Guide

How to Paint a Toilet Seat | The Ultimate Guide

Let’s be honest, toilets face a lot of wear and tear over the years and deserve a face-lift every once in a while. So, if the paint is chipping off of your trusty throne, maybe its time to change the color of your toilet or paint the seat. In this guide, we will go over everything you need to know about how to paint a toilet seat, as well as some tips to make the process as easy as possible.

What Do You Need to Paint a Toilet Seat?

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, yes, it is possible to paint a toilet seat — both wooden and plastic. To get started, you’re going to need a couple of different items that you can pick up at any hardware store or through an online merchant like Amazon.

  • Painters Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush (or Spray Paint)

As you can see, aside from paint, you’ll only need a few items to get started with changing the color of your toilet. Honestly, all of these items may not be necessary, but they’ll certainly make the project go smoother and easier. You can find some of the items listed above in the table below to get started right away!

If you keep reading, we will go more into detail on what kind of paint you should use and why picking the right type of paint is important!

Paint a Toilet Seat | What Type of Paint Do You Need?

If you’ve ever done a painting project at home before, you’re likely aware that you normally will need a painter and a primer — the same is true when you paint a toilet seat. The most important thing to note is that you’ll want to pay attention to what kind of paint you’re buying and what kind of seat you’re painting.

For example, if you’re painting a wood toilet seat, you’ll need to use wood primer and wood paint. If you’re painting a plastic seat, you’ll want a plastic primer and paint. Additionally, as a general all-around rule, you’ll want to avoid using latex-based paint, as it’ll likely fade quickly with most household cleaners.

Below you’ll find our paint picks for wood toilet seats. Additionally, the option in the middle will serve as a primer and paint, saving you a little bit of time!

Below you’ll find our paint picks for plastic toilet seats. Additionally, the option in the middle will serve as a primer and paint, saving you a little bit of time!

With the pain in hand, you’re almost ready to get started!

How to Paint a Toilet Seat in Four Simple Steps

Now that you’ve got all the materials necessary, it’s time to get started with changing the color of your toilet seat. So grab your materials and follow the steps below!

Step 1: Remove the Toilet Seat

It’d be really hard to paint your seat while it’s still attached, so you’re going to have to take it off — but it’s super easy. Simply remove the cap on the top of the hinges to reveal some type of bolt and screw holding the seat in place. If you feel underneath the toilet, you’ll find a bolt holding the screw in place.

Hold the bolt with one hand and with the other use a screwdriver to take out the screw. Do the same thing for the other hinge and then you can easily lift off the toilet seat. If you’re having trouble, check out the video above for visual instructions!

Step 2: Clean and Sand the Seat

If you’re like me, it’s probably been a while since you’ve given your seat a good clean. So take a wet rag or a Clorox wipe and give it a good scrub down. Once you’ve done that, grab some sandpaper and smooth off any rough edges.

This is especially important if you’re going to change the color of a toilet seat. You’ll want to sand the seat down and get off all the old paint, as it’s hard to paint over old colors. When you’ve got it looking good, you’re almost ready to apply the paint.

Step 3: Place Tape Over the Hinges

Just in case, it’d be smart to put some tape over the hinges on the toilet seat. It’s not the end of the world if you get paint on the hinges, but it’ll be easier to put back on and take off in the future if you keep it paint-free.

Step 4: Paint the Seat

It’s finally time — grab your brush or spray can and let’s get started. Take the seat outside or put down some type of drop cloth/newspaper and put a coat of primer on one side of the seat. Go grab a bite to eat while it dries and then apply the primer to the backside. When it’s dry, grab your can of regular paint and apply it over the primer. Rinse and repeat the same method as the primer. Additionally, check the can of paint for additional instructions. If you’d like, apply a second coat once the first is dry.

And there you have it, you’ve just painted a toilet seat! When it’s nice and dry, simply attach it back to your toilet and enjoy your freshly painted seat!