Anyone who has taken a stroll down the plumbing and fixtures aisle at their local home improvement store knows that buying new faucets can be a very pricey proposition. Even the plainest most utilitarian models come at a significant cost, never mind the fee to get them installed by professionals.
What if you have perfectly serviceable bathroom fixtures already in place, but they have a color or finish that is causing you visual discomfort? Say you have a bathroom sink that has handles and spout that are a garish shiny gold/brass, so popular 20 years ago, but downright cheesy now; and yet the style of the actual hardware isn’t as objectionable as its finish? What can you do?
Ever thought about painting your bathroom fixtures instead of replacing them? Probably not, painting is something most of us think about in terms of changing the color of walls or wooden furniture, not plumbing fixtures, but it can be done, inexpensively and with fantastic results!
Take a look at this creative project post from Sara at Sincerely Sarad: sincerelysarad.com
Sara, had a perfectly functional bathroom sink fixture with the aforementioned garish gold finish. The actual style of the faucet was completely acceptable, a retro profile with interesting detail. With nothing to lose, the homeowner decided on a radical course of action, painting the faucet and handles with Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover paint in Metallic oil rubbed bronze finish. The product is available in spray form or cans, she chose the latter.
Opting not to remove the fixtures to apply the paint, this innovative DIYer masked off the sink around the faucet, handles and drain herself and set to applying the paint. This particular paint is oil based as the name indicates; and anyone who knows oil paint knows it can be a pain to apply and clean up after, so careful attention to protecting the surfaces involved here pays off in frustration later on. Oil based paints also have a long drying time—days as opposed to minutes or hours, another factor to take into consideration. Do you have an alternative to using a sink for the length of time the paint takes to dry?
Paint manufacturers recommend using a primer before applying paint; but our intrepid DIYer decided against it, wanting to get on with the project and see the end result. You can see her finished effect and follow up here: http://sincerelysarad.com/painting-faucet-3-month-update/ where she assesses the project three months later to see how well the paint job is holding up without the use of primer paint.
Amazingly well as it turns out. The paint looks great in spite of heavy use and regular thorough cleaning with strong disinfectants! Signs of wear are minor and easily touched up. Another important take-a-way: the small amount of paint required; no need to invest in that huge can unless you have a LOT of guest bathrooms to do-over. Check our our ideas for bathroom faucets in brass, copper and gold.
A GREAT alternative to the expense of new fixtures, done on a budget and an end result better than new!