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My Painted Faucet: One Year Later

My Painted Faucet: One Year Later

One year ago, using a special paint, I hand-painted my bathtub faucet and handles matte black. In this post, I am sharing how they have held up so far.

Throughout my years of DIY home improvement, I have executed some pretty unconventional projects.  You see..

As a budget-friendly blogger, I kind of feel compelled to act as a human guinea pig – sharing whether or not certain “hacks” or products live up to their hype. 

diy painted tub faucet review

Out of all the unorthodox improvements I have made to my home, I would have to say that hand painting my 1980’s  jacuzzi tub faucet and handles matte black last year totally takes the cake. (You can see the before photo directly above).

Yes…you heard me right!

In the midst of my master bathroom remodel last year, I decided to do something entirely reckless and risky by painting my faucet instead of replacing it. (Click here for the original tutorial)

Why would one do such a crazy thing? Well aside from my primal drive to shock and rebel, I was trying to avoid spending hundreds of dollars on plumbing expenses.  Let me explain ..

Oddly enough, my tub faucet and knobs are attached directly to our home’s main supply line (perhaps this was common practice in the 1980’s?). So in order to replace the nasty a$$ plumbing fixtures, we would have needed to hire a plumber to install flex-lines first. 

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Before I invested unnecessary spending on an outside contractor, I decided to give a $9 can of special paint a try. (For the full tutorial click here)

diy bath faucet makeover

To my delight, the project was an initial success! But would the paint withstand regular use and exposure to shower steam? That was an answer only time could tell….

So after waiting twelve long months, I am here to document the durability of this paint

My Painted Faucet One Year Later:

hand painted black faucet

As you can see from the photo above, my painted faucets have held up beautifully. 

I will note, however, that the knobs are not used on a daily basis, but they do endure weekly use. 

Also, I am careful to always run my bathroom fan while taking hot showers.

While I occasionally dust the fixture off with a damp cloth, I have never put any sort of cleaner on them (yeah..I’m nasty like that!). 

my painted matte black faucet review

As you may notice, I decided against painting the jet covers as I was worried the entire submergence of water would be too much for the paint finish. 

Nonetheless, I am extremely satisfied with how this project has proven to be effective and resilient. 

Here is the finished result of my master bathroom remodel…

honest review of my painted faucet

For the full details on my bathroom, click here

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one year review of my painted faucet



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...


Wednesday 13th of January 2021

I plan on doing this to my polished brass 90's faucet in my master bath. I am going for a champagne bronze look. I hope it works!

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Wednesday 13th of January 2021

I bet that will look pretty. Good luck! :)