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.
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!
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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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:
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!).
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…
For the full details on my bathroom, click here.
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