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Painted Bathroom Faucets…In Progress

I’ve started painting the bathroom faucets in John & Alice’s master bathroom, and wanted to give you a little sneak peek of the progress.

If you’ll remember, they started out like this…

After spending about an hour in Home Depot weighing my various options, I decided to use Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze for the faucets.  I also decided to switch out the acrylic handles for something with a more attractive shape.  The HD employee helping me could only find one in-stock handle that would fit the shape of the stem on the current faucet.  They weren’t exactly the shape I had wanted, and they were $26 each (and I needed eight of them), but I decided to go for it anyway. 

Unfortunately, the stem thingy was the right shape on the end, but it wasn’t long enough on these, so they wouldn’t work either.   

Bummer.

That meant that I was stuck with the acrylic handles, so I just had to make the most of it.  Here’s a peek at what they look like now…

The paint is still wet in this picture.  The final finish won’t be that shiny.



Still wet…and shiny.



With the original handles.


So, while these handles certainly weren’t my preference, I still think that the paint makes a big difference.  And really, for those of us on budgets, sometimes we just have to learn to “make do”, don’t we?  I actually find the challenge to be fun most of the time.

And let’s face it…anything would be an improvement over this…

I can’t wait to see this tub faucet with a fresh coat of paint!!!  Hopefully I’ll finish up today, give it a few days to cure, and show you the results next week.  I’ll also show you the process I used, as I know that several of you will be curious. 

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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    CandaceAshley
    January 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    This is a great idea, and mini tutorial! If I have this problem with brass at my next house, I could use this idea! Thanks for the insight, because we will have a next house in the next few months! I am building my repertoire!

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    paige
    January 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Please please share your process. I feel so wasteful, replacing newish fixtures because they happen to be brass, bu that gold has got to go. Your help will definitely be appreciated!

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    A. Jackson
    January 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I hadn't even thought to spray paint fixtures! I can't wait to see the final results!

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    Anjolette
    January 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome! Adding this to my list of projects. Will be waiting for your how to. 🙂

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    Corie
    January 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Oh I can't wait for you to do a tutorial on this! Our upstairs bathroom has silver finish hardware and I just hate it. Everything else is oil rubbed bronze and the silver just sticks out like a sore thumb!

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    Selina
    January 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Wow. They're really roughed up in the before photos! They look like they've certainly seen better days. I'm a huge fan of spray paint and almost nothing's safe around me with it. lol I've never heard of anyone spray painting bath fixtures, however. I'm mostly cuious about the drains. I'd worry about the paint holding up against water beating down on it all the time.

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    Laurie
    January 8, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Curious is right. I am bummed to hear about the handles. I have been dreaming about changing my tub handles out (to the ones you bought) and I hope they will work with what I have.

    Oh well- until next time.

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    Patty Hibble
    January 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Funny that I started this thought process this morning! We have very hard water and our faucet looks bad. I was thinking of brush painting with a metallic bronze or nickel (but was afraid to do anything to the drain as I didn't think it would hold up over time).

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    plumbing
    March 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    The results are very exciting. Nice idea you've got there.

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    Patty Hibble
    April 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Funny that I started this thought process this morning! We have very hard water and our faucet looks bad. I was thinking of brush painting with a metallic bronze or nickel (but was afraid to do anything to the drain as I didn't think it would hold up over time).

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