In yesterday’s post, I discussed the use of glass as a decorating material, and how it can be used in the kitchen. The kitchen in any home is one of the toughest environments. Rapid changes in heat and humidity, and exposure to UV light make the space a challenge. In addition, we’re likely to use some of the harshest cleaning chemicals on the surfaces in the kitchen, and constant exposure to water and water-based compounds mean that whatever you use to decorate the kitchen will have to be tough. If there’s any room that’s tougher to decorate than the kitchen, it’s the bathroom. In today’s post, we’ll look at how you can use backpainted glass in the bathroom.
Glass is ideal material for tough environments
The bathroom has many of the same challenges the kitchen does. High humidity is an absolute given. If you’ve ever tried to maintain a bathroom, you know that it’s one of the hardest rooms in the house to maintain, even under ideal conditions. Paint just doesn’t perform well in humidity. It tends to delaminate from any surface. Water-based paints are especially vulnerable to this condition, but most people don’t want to use oil-based paints in the house – and for good reason!
To put it bluntly, oil-based paints stink. And stink. And stink some more. They’re loaded with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which not only smell bad, but also they’re hazardous to human health. That’s not the only downside. Oil based paints are prone to yellowing with age, and they don’t dry in high humidity. Oil based paints can take hours to dry to the touch. They are also considered hazardous waste, so disposal isn’t straightforward.
Glassprimer™ glass paint is different. It’s specially engineered to stick to glass, but it can also permanently bond with other surfaces, like Plexiglas™. In the same way you can use backpainted glass in the kitchen, you can use it in the bathroom. Because the bathroom doesn’t get quite as hot as the kitchen, and because there are no serious high-heat dangers, you could use regular untempered glass to create a beautiful backsplash for the bathroom. Tempered glass is stronger, and will give you some additional impact protection. (Tempered glass can break, though!)
The bathroom is a high humidity environment, so mold and mildew are right at home. Because Glassprimer™ glass paint bonds permanently to glass, you do not need to worry about encroachment from mold or mildew growing between the paint and the glass. Your backpainted glass will retain its beautiful, like-new look for years to come.
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You can also use glass countertops in the bathroom. Low-iron glass (Starphire glass) can be backpainted and mounted as a custom countertop installation. Glass countertops range in thickness from 1.5″ to 4″ (or more) and can create a dramatic, clean and elegant look in the bathroom. Just as in the kitchen, glass is easy to clean and sanitize, and is impervious to germs and biological agents.
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