This is the second DIY tutorial post about a bathroom faucet this month! I’ll shoot right to it and let you know that this one has nothing to do with the crazy water leak we had in our master bathroom. Thank God for that! We have a half bath downstairs that has a few neat characteristics. Originally the walls in this bathroom were all baby blue—eek—but it had white pallets of wood on the bottom half of the walls. The wood part we liked, the baby blue part, not so much.
Since we had painters come in after Christmas to paint the whole house, we decided to go with Sherwin-Williams Aristocrat Peach for the top half of the walls and Snowbound White for the wood, which is the shade of white we chose for the rest of the house. We wanted to go with an old-fashioned farmhouse style look with this bathroom. This was inspired by the waterfall faucet that the bathroom came with. Score for us!
The first glass shattering problem with this fixer-upper bathroom was that the faucet was chrome and that did not fit our farmhouse style idea. To get rolling on the bathroom remodel, we snagged a couple things at Home Depot—all in oil rubbed bronze, of course: toilet bowl flusher by Moen, toilet paper roll holder by Delta, and a small guest towel holder by Glacier Bay. We had received some Home Depot gift cards from family members during the holidays as a housewarming gift. Isn’t that the best gift ever?? We only spent about $36 on these three items that really gave a farmhouse touch to our half bath.
We had some round oil-rubbed bronze cabinetry hardware stocked up from a previous project from when we lived at the Lake Debra house. Oh! And some bronze switch plates for the outlets, so we pulled those out as well. We told ourselves that once we installed these few things, we would get cracking on painting our waterfall bathroom faucet that we had grown to love.
We tossed the broken plastic switch plates and installed our new ones—at least new to this house but not to us. As my wife replaced the rusty toilet flusher, I measured and drilled holes in the white wood pallets for the pretty toilet paper roll holder we got. We quickly switched out the old cabinetry hardware for the pretty copper and bronze ones we had stashed away and I put away the satin nickel ones that the house came with to wash off for another future project. She installed the decorative towel holder as I cleaned out the drawers and cabinets, giving them a good rub down. Before I pulled out the countertop decor we had decided on, she had to remove the old faucet to be cleaned and painted.
Once she removed it, it was a jiffy from there. Let’s just say that if it weren’t for magic eraser and barkeepers friend, there would have been no saving of this faucet. Soap scum and hard water stains don’t even cut it. I am sure the pictures don’t do the filth any justice, which is okay because it’s kind of embarrassing after all that we even lived with the faucet like that for two months.
I cleaned it up real good and, once I dried it up and it looked polished, it was onto the second phase of the project: spray painting! Any project that includes a spray paint can is a favorite of mine. Before we decided on spray painting our waterfall bathroom faucet, I did my research on spray painting faucets. I read a ton of blog posts and magazine articles that I found interesting about success stories when it comes to spray painting faucets that need some updating—or TLC, more like it.
We felt confident in this project and decided it was worth a shot at saving $140—the one we currently have is sold in stores in oil rubbed bronze for this price—by restoring our current faucet and not sparing the cash on a brand-new oil rubbed bronze waterfall faucet. How far would you go to restore a faucet?
Edit: It has been well over 15 months (!!!) since we completed our “Update Bathroom Faucet with Spray Paint” project and it is still holding on so well! We get compliments about our guest bathroom faucet all the time when we have visitors over.
Update Bathroom Faucet with Spray Paint
Don't want to buy a new faucet? Update your faucet in a jiffy. Give your bathroom a fresh, new look with a can of your favorite spray paint!
Prep time: 30 mins
Work time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Makes: 1 new faucet
Remove old faucet using provided tools while following instructions (can find online).
Clean your faucet using Bar Keeper's Friend and a rag. This will remove hard water stains, rust and crusty grossness.
Using your sand paper, rough it up a little bit. Wipe down with rag.
Place your faucet and corresponding pieces in the box laying on it's left side. Spray with paint at all angles. Allow to dry overnight.
To repeat, flip the faucet and corresponding pieces to lay on it's right side. Spray with paint at all angles. Allow to dry overnight.
Reinstall faucet using provided tools while following instructions.