Sunday, December 06, 2009

Painting Faucets (and painted floor progress!)

oeshelI know most of you have seen this, but since one of the projects I'm currently working on that which involves Rusteoleum isn't completed (something for the bathroom wall but like I've said...this entire project is forever due to time constraints.) , I thought I'd share my faucet project again AND A FLOOR UPDATE at the bottom of this post!

Shanty 2 Chic

We're keeping the pedestal sink. It's pretty. It's in like-new condition although I'm certain it is fairly old and I kind of like that it has a history. It stays until big dream-remodel occurs. However the faucets presented a dilemma. Look at the set up. One faucet for cold. A separate faucet for hot. Washing hands is a challenge. It requires a back and forth motion between faucets or hoping that the hot water isn't instant. Or, using the stopper and filling the basin to get a sink full of warm water. I imagine original home owners used it that way. I looked to replace them...but I didn't have any luck in finding separate hot/cold faucets. Now I'm kind of glad that I didn't.
The old faucets are solid and silver. I'm guessing these things are old. I tried looking them up. They say "volverwine". There is an old "Wolverine" brand. ? They're heavy and the quality is awesome. I however want oil rubbed bronze to match other fixtures in the room. I decided that my old trusty favorite DIY magic transformation technique (spray painting) was the answer.

tested the process on a gold brassy door stop. I loved the results. This is my all time favorite spray painting project so far!
I sanded all surfaces of the faucets, drain and metal parts and chain for the plug. I used a 3M sanding block and even an emery board to get every single area. I made sure I got all areas nice and scuffed up.

(At this point...they looked beautiful and polished. I almost backed out but I felt like silver faucets and oil rubbed bronze everywhere else just didn't "go together". I found the courage to move on. I think it was when I dreamt of wearing brown boots with black pants.)
I washed and dried them and I taped off the areas I didn't want painted and put the knobs in the "off" position so I wouldn't gum up the opening/closing function.
I start by painting the underneath and sides. Each piece got a couple of lightly sprayed coats of Rustoelum Primer in "rust". I let each coat dry at least 8 hours before applying another. Once the underside was done, I flipped and did the top and sides.
I used a piece of packing styrofoam to hold them upright.
I followed the same steps for the oil rubbed bronze spray paint. (Upside down and sides = light coats, then flip and top and sides = light coats). Once that was dry...

I used a high gloss lacquer and the same steps. It's been drying for about a week. It'll probably two weeks by the time all is said and done and ready for installation. Plenty of time to cure. The sink isn't back in place but I can't wait to see them!
This piece was easier painted when hanging. After: Here is it against the porcelain: I LOVE how they turned out. What do you think? The finish is very hard and durable. The faucets open/close without any issues. And now they match the door knobs and light fixtures. I'm happy!

I used:
Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer Rustoleum Metallic Brilliant Metal Finish (oil rubbed bronze) Lacquer Hi-Gloss (for metal) I did at least two coats of the primer and ORB then quite a few of the lacquer. I stayed back about 9-12 inches to keep the spray even and to prevent runs. More information on painting faucets here:

And I've been sharing a few steps as I complete them so here is the latest. I hope to have this room finished before 2010! I'm waiting for this to dry so I can begin touch up and stenciling. Then the last step of polyurethane. I can't wait to get the trim back up. One step closer to total completion!

What I haven't decided is - if I'm going to keep the bold espresso stripes and do the stencil in the espresso for a dramatic contrast or stick to my original plan of using a lighter gray instead for a lighter more neutral style. The part that looks white in pictures is actually BM's Smoke Embers which is on the same color swatch as what used on the wall stripes, Nimbus and Light Pewter) Decisions. Decisions.


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

WOW, fantastic!!!!


Little Lizard said...

Awesome job!!! Fantastic result. I can't wait to see the faucets installed. Looks perfect! I did something similar on a brass light fixture. 150% improvement. Great work, DIY Showoff!

Hissyfits & Halos said...

*Gasp* I LOVE the floor! I'm going to have to get some more details from you on those! We have stained concrete floors, {one of our DIY projects gone poo!} and they're lookin' really rough! This would be a perfect idea for a revamp!

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

OMG! I'm speechless! They are absolutely gorgeous! All the fixtures in my bathroom are a chrome/silver finish. I want to paint them with ORB, but can't find any where we live. I'm going to keep looking. Your faucet makes me want to find the paint that much quicker! Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

How very pretty! Nicely done!

Angie Kerr said...

I love the floor!! Great job! I don't know if I could be that brave to do that.

Good luck on completing it before 2010!!

Candace said...

The faucets look wonderful! Good job! Your floor is beautiful too!

Jenny said...

Very nice! I had no idea you could spray paint faucets! Seriously taking a sanding block to it would have run it, I would think. It looks awesome!

chair up said...

When I saw the title "painted faucets" I was intrigued! I have to say, I don't think the product should get too much of the credit, as I could have used the same stuff and got nowhere near the fantastic result you did! You really have done an outstanding job.
I am, right now, doing a mental scan of my house to see if I can use your floor idea anywhere :o)

Wendy said...

yeah!!! If you could only see the smile on my face!!
I just spray painted all my lights and door knobs and scared to do the faucets!!
I know what I will be starting this weekend!! Thank you for sharing!

Mid Century Madam said...

The faucets look great. Nice job.

Rhonda said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! Impressive! I want to do all my brass knobs. Now I'm excited!

Jen said...

WOW!! Your faucet is absolutely AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing the how to. I think I am going to try your idea on one of our old kitchen faucets. I had no idea this could be done. Great work!

Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks fabulous.


asnipofgoodness said...

Those faucets look awesome! Who knew? Good job, thanks so much for sharing. We just bought a fairly new house (5 yrs old), and the master bedroom faucets are just like that. I guess they were going for authenticity, but it does make it hard to wash your face!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my goodness, those look amazing! I've thought about painting my door knobs witht the ORB paint, now I'm inspired!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What a cool idea. I think there will be a lot of people borrowing this one!

theLennoxx said...

Aw, the floor looks fantastic!

The Jerseymooners said...

Wow, the floor looks fantastic!

Tricia said...

Oooohhh! (Did you hear that girlish squeal?!) Love the floor! Love A-MA-ZING!! I love it dark. Very chic. Can't wait to see the whole thing. You are my hero!


Dragonfly Treasure said...

We had those same faucets growing up! So hard to get "warm" water!! I just got used to using cold....I was little and usually got burned.

The faucets turned out awesome!! You did such a great job. Can't wait to see what you decide with the floor and to see it all finished

Frugal Jen said...

So glad I just found your blog! Another use for spray paint faucets!

Waisaths said...

Do you think the same would work for Gold doorknobs? The finished result is beautiful!!

The DIY Show Off said...

Waisaths - I do think it would work for door knobs! In fact, the door stopper was gold/brass. It was my test piece and it turned out beautiful. Good luck!

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