Can you paint a faucet? Find out in this week’s DIY post!
Here at the Van Slyke residence, our master bathroom remodel is coming along beautifully (we are so close to completion!).
Given my husband and I have been doing a “dry January”, our productivity is thru the freakin’ roof.
Entire weekends and evenings have been dedicated solely to finishing this space so that we can move on to the next major project of 2020- brand spankin’ new hardwood oak flooring!
In today’s post, I am sharing a DIY hack that saved us hundreds of dollars in potential plumbing costs.
For under $15, I was able to transform an ugly, 1980’s faucet- into a sleek, modern farmhouse bathroom fixture(no plumbing skills required).
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As you can see from the image above, my Jacuzzi tub had been frozen in its 1980’s glory days.
When approaching our bathroom remodel, I had originally intended on simply purchasing a new tub filler altogether. That is…until my husband investigated the plumbing and discovered that the fixture was attached directly to our home’s main supply line (we can only assume this was standard practice back in the day).
Given faucets are no longer designed to be directly installed to the hard-line, if I wanted a brand new faucet, we would also need to hire a plumber to install flex-lines. The miser in me gave a resounding “hell no!” to the thought of any additional plumbing investments as we have already dropped a pretty penny on our shower remodel.
Having already had some experience using a weather resistant, oil-based paint for outdoor fixtures, I thought I would use the same product for my outdated tub filler and knobs. Over a year since I applied this technique to my outdoor lighting sconces, they are holding up perfectly to all of the elements (rain, heat and humidity). So, I am confident the paint will also prove durable for this application (so far, so good!). ** UPDATE January 2021:Click here for the one year review of my painted faucet! **
Here is what I did…
How to Paint a Faucet without having to remove it:
(Step 1). Wipe your faucet and knobs clean. Allow to dry.
(Step 2). Using painter’s tape, tape off all of the hardware you will be painting.
(Step 4). Allow paint to cure for 3-5 days before using your faucet/knobs.
Once the paint had dried and fully cured, I realized that the “flat black” finish was still a bit too shiny against the rest of my matte black hardware.
Searching for a “matte” version of this extremely durable paint, I came up empty handed.
That is when I decided to take a walk on the wild side, and do something incredibly risky.
Achieving the matte black finish:
While Rustoleum didn’t make a matte version of this brush-on paint, they did carry a black matte spray paint. Not wanting to fool with a rigorous prep regimen to actually spray the paint on, I decided to spray the paint into a disposable cup, and then apply the matte finish with a foam brush (over the existing paint)…
Because I was only attempting to alter the sheen (and not the actual color), this process was super quick. It was so simple, that I didn’t even bother to do any prep work…
By lightly applying the matte finish with a brush, I was finally able to get the look that I originally had in mind – the matte black, modern farmhouse vibe.
Not too shabby for thirty minutes of my time and less than $15 of my cash.
If you are interested in seeing how this project has held up after a year, click here!
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If you are in the process of a bathroom remodel, you may also find these posts helpful:
- How to Paint Countertops with Epoxy
- My Painted Bathtub 5 years Later
- Master Bathroom Remodel on a Budget Reveal
Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life.