I know some of you thought I was absolutely crazy to do this, but after researching the process, I felt confident that it could be done successfully. No, it probably won’t last forever, but what metal finish does?! The good thing is that this can actually be touched up if need be. And like I said before, almost anything would have been better than this…
The process definitely wasn’t quick and easy. The hardest part was getting everything taped off and covered. That process alone took me more than one entire day.
And the process was messy and frustrating, as my shoes kept sticking to the plastic that I had used to cover the floor.
But I think the outcome was worth the effort. And even though I wasn’t able to change out the handles like I had hoped, I still think the “afters” are a vast improvement over the “befores”.
And I’m so incredibly proud with how the shower enclosure turned out!! I did get a little overspray in some places that I now need to clean off, but that should be pretty easy.
The only real frustration with the whole process was the tub faucet. It still looks like this…
…because I had to paint it three times. Yes, three times!! The first time, the paint wrinkled for some reason. I’m convinced that spray paint has a mind of its own. Sometimes, you can do every single thing right, take all of the necessary steps, and it still just decides to wrinkle.
So I got a razor blade, scraped the paint off, and started over again. I repainted the faucet on Monday right before I left to go home. When I arrived Tuesday morning, I saw that the plastic drop cloth that I had taped to the wall around the tub had come loose and had fallen right on to the faucet.
Soooooo…after peeling the dried-on plastic from the faucet, I got out the razor blade once again, scraped off the paint again, and started over…again!
I’m about to head over there and see if the third time will be the final time.
But all in all, I’m very pleased with how everything turned out. It’s a drastic improvement!!
**Move your cursor back and forth over the pictures below to see a quick before and after view of the faucet and shower enclosure.**
I’m actually debating whether or not I want to do one more step. One professional painter I talked to said it wasn’t necessary…another one said he would recommend it. So, I’ll make a decision on that, and then give you all of the step-by-step instructions tomorrow.
Psstt…This bathroom is finished now! Want to see the completed bathroom makeover? Click here to see the whole before and after.
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