How to paint the molding above your toilet in the bathroom?

Hi I am currently trying to paint my bathroom and realized I could not reach the ceiling above my toilet. I know I can use a roller brush but what about the molding which I had planned to paint a different color? Absolutely no one has a video or answer on how to get this done without removing the toilet. Which I have no idea how to do please help
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  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Apr 29, 2018

    I would stand on the toilet

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 29, 2018

    If your ceiling is the same color as your wall, you can tape a paint brush to the end of a wooden pole (old broom handle, piece of pvc pipe) with duct tape and paint away. Looks like you might need to prime the trim before painting it.

    • Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller on Apr 29, 2018

      I was going for a different color but i ruined it trying to rig my step ladder over the toilet. Shaking so bad it looked like tie dye painting!!!!

  • Kim Kim on Apr 29, 2018

    I place my step ladder over the toilet. (2 feet on one side, 2 get on the other) I hope that makes sense.


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    • Kim Kim on Apr 29, 2018

      Your step stool is just enough smaller to not actually fit over your toilet. My stepladder is bigger so using the same format it fit soundly. I would have been a nervous wreck as well!

      That is a tight space to try to rig something other than a step ladder. Maybe you can borrow one?

  • You do not need to remove the toilet. Stand on it, use a ladder, rent scaffolding. Invite your tall friends over to help you paint the ceiling and trim. Not to fret, you can do this! 🌞

  • Here is another way - lift the toilet seat up. Drape a towel over the bowl. Grab some scrap wood (sturdy enough to stand on without bowing), set it across the toilet. Gingerly get a step stool, then step on the wood across the toilet seat. Be careful though as this is not the "safest" way to paint, but will do in a pinch.

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    • Stephanie Miller Stephanie Miller on May 01, 2018

      My lighting is horrible but i think it looks better. What do you think? I added my countertop to see of you knew how i could possibly remove this liner or somehow get it to blend with the counter. I thought black would be cute but nope and when i tried to remove the black......well u see what happened

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  • Susan krom Susan krom on Apr 29, 2018

    Lean/tilt a ladder up against wall and/or over toilet with someone securing you for extra safety or use some other way to secure it.

  • Wow, much better! Looks bright, fresh and clean. Good job! 👍

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 03, 2023

    May be hire or buy or borrow a folding platform you could stand on or hire a decorator to do it for you.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 07, 2023

    Don't stand on the toilet!!!!

    I did that and broke the plastic lid. With a ladder you should be able to move it so you have access to the molding above the toilet.