Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

Update Your Old Bathroom Faucet by Painting It!

by Jill Jenkins

If you want to update your bathroom, but don't have the funds available for a full demolition and remodeling job, you may be wondering what you can do to give the space a new look—without taking out a second mortgage to do it. Well, for starters, you can update your faucet by painting it, and this guide explains how.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • sandpaper
  • painter's tape
  • newspaper
  • spray-on metal primer
  • spray paint for metal surfaces
  • handheld vacuum

Step 2: Clear the Area

Before you begin the project, clear out all the items that surround your sink. Spray paint can easily splatter, so remove your toothbrush and everything else on the counter.

Step 3: Sand the Faucet

Sand the faucet to smooth the surface. Don't forget the knobs and drain plug. Expect to sand a few times to ensure that it is completely smooth, vacuuming up the waste between sanding sessions. Sanding allows the primer and paint to adhere well to the hardware.

Step 4: Tape the surface

Once the sanding is complete, expect to spend quite a while taping the faucet. Use the painter's tape and newspaper to cover the basin of your sink and counter, leaving only the hardware of the faucet exposed. The more exact your tape is, the more professional your paint job will look.

Step 5: Prime the Faucet

Open the bathroom window to provide ventilation. Spray the faucet, handles, and drain cover with the primer. Give the first coat of primer an hour or so to dry and apply another coat. Continue priming until the hardware is completely covered and you see only white with none of the metal shining through.

Step 6: Paint the Faucet

Shake the can of paint and spray the primed surfaces. If the primer does its job, you should be able to achieve the look you want with about two coats of paint. Give the paint ample time to dry to between coats. Faucets, knobs, and drains endure a large amount of use, so it's essential that the paint dry well and that you have enough coats of paint on it before use. Store the paint away for later touch-up jobs if necessary.

Expect this project to take a few hours; most of the time is spent sanding, taping, and waiting for the paint to dry. Ask a representative from a company like Central Plumbing Specialties for other ways to improve the look of your bathroom without spending a lot of money.

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