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Paint the Walls and Install the Toilet

To avoid painting around a new toilet, apply a coat of paint to the bathroom walls and then complete the toilet installation.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Paint the Walls

It's a good idea to spread professional quality canvas drop cloths over the floor and fixtures. If any paint is spilled, it won't soak through. Tape off the counters and trim (Image 1), then add a coat of primer (Image 2). Assemble the power roller following the manufacturer's instructions and apply a coat of paint to the walls (Image 3).

Step 2: Attach the Shutoff Valve and Wax Ring

Trim the supply line with a close-quarter pipe cutter and attach the shutoff valve using adjustable wrenches (Image 1). Tap out the center of the toilet flange with a hammer, then add the closet bolts and wax ring (Image 2).

Step 3: Attach the Supply Line

Set the toilet on nice and straight. Set the nuts onto the closet bolts, then tighten with an adjustable wrench. Attach the supply line to toilet and shutoff valve, then turn on the water at the main.

attach supply line to toilet and shutoff valve

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