Sunday, March 17, 2013

painted faucets & shower enclosure...

Goodbye ugly shiny brass,
 hello diy painted faucets and shower enclosure in Satin Nickel!
My last diy for the One Room Challenge is off the list - woo hoo!
 I changed my mind last minute and decided on the nickel finish, the
gold looked a little too faux, instead of the aged brass I was hoping for.
For the full bathroom reveal go here.









I combined parts of two tutorials, I chose to use the same Rustoleum product that
Sherry from Young House Love used on all her hardware, she had great results, it's been
 over a year and they still look perfect. I used the procedure for the shower enclosure
(removing caulk and taping) that Kristy at Addicted 2 Decorating  shared on her redo.

PRODUCT
Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in One - Satin Nickel
220 Grit Sandpaper
150 Grit Sandpaper
TSP  Cleaner as de-glosser


PRICE
3 cans Rustoleum Paint @ $7.28 ea = $21.84

PREP
Remove all existing caulk from shower surround, you won't get a clean paint
line, if you don't remove it. I found a razor blade worked best.

Sand all surfaces well, I started out using 220 grit sandpaper, and ended up using 150 grit,
 because it was faster and Sherry said you don't see any scratches after you paint.
 It's more fun if you have a friend to keep you company!




Clean debris from sanding and wipe with TSP cleaner as a de-glosser.


Tape off fixtures and areas to be painted and cover ALL exposed surfaces.


PROCEDURE
Just basic spray painting, 3-4 light coats of paint, following manufacturer's instructions
 for re-coating time, I waited anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour depending on what I had
going on.

PROBLEMS
Learn from my mistakes! I was impatient and applied more than a light coat in an
attempt to cover the area more quickly...bad idea...runs and drips = more work!
Let dry, sand the mistake away, and apply four light coats!

Over spray cleans up nicely with a razor blade.

I turned the bathroom fan on to help with ventilation, I'm pretty sure it contributed to a fine
 dusting of paint throughout the nearby rooms, it cleaned up easily, but next time I'll stick
with the open window!

When your doors are overlapped, don't forget about those hidden areas!
See the gold strip I missed...ugh!

Neither of the other tutorials mentioned this, but it doesn't have a smooth satin feel
that I was expecting. I may give it a of coat clear spray for a nicer feel, I'm going to try
 a sample.

It's really not difficult, but the prep is a bugger,
removing the caulk took a few hours (interrupted, of course). Sanding was easy,
and the tapping off took much longer than anticipated.  The painting was quick, but you
need to keep in mind you most likely won't be able to paint everything in one day.
For example, the track, you'll need to move the doors from side to side, allow drying
time and re-taping some areas.

I'll keep you up to date on the all important question...
how well does it hold up?


35 comments:

Kim said...

You are amazing. This looks fantastic and I cannot wait to see how it all looks together. I had a doggie helping me this weekend as well!! xo

Dana Frieling said...

Wow, that was an ambitious diy project! The results look great. Wouldn't you like to know what our furry friends are thinking? Glad you had such great help.

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

wow! I am not that committed. Great job! can't wait to see it all pulled together...

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

It came out beautifully, Pam!! I can't believe all that prep work….ugh, aren't you so glad it's behind you?? And so worth it for the results. So updated. Can't wait to see the big room reveal after all these projects you've put into the bathroom!

Cathy Wall said...

Looks fabulous Pam and a brave decision to go that way. Nothing ventured, nothing gained right? If it doesn't hold up well over time, you can always replace it when your budget allows.

Nancie Bee said...

Looks wonderful!! The silver is so much nicer than the gold in there.
I want to see next year's follow up post on how it holds up.
Great inspiration for a Monday morning.

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

I have the exact same one but 2 sided since we don't have a tub under it and it wraps around. I don't think I can do it but I am so freakin impressed Pam!

Andrea said...

It looks fantastic! I commend your bravery and patience. Looking forward to seeing the final reveal.

Lori said...

What a professional job- it looks great. You are so patient Pam!

Nancy said...

Sensational DIY Pam. I had no idea painted faucets would work..great tutorial and it turned out perfect. I'm glad Rio helped! Good luck with the final reveal. It looks fabulous already! Oh, and I did the same thing- had to tear out my roman shade and start over...ugh, but finally got it.
xo Nancy
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Julia Konya said...

Wow what a job and it looks beautiful!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks so awesome and new! i totally would have missed that strip, too- oops!

Mallory | Confetti and Stripes said...

It looks awesome!!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Wow! I would have never thought you could do that with a shower surround. It looks awesome though...bringin' that bathroom into the 21st century. Looking forward to the full reveal

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What an undertaking! It looks great! That was my thought...how will it hold up? I know you'll keep us posted!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

You are so patient and thorough, well done! Love Rio's sweet eyelashes, helping mom as always, providing moral support. If they only had fingers, they would gladlyvpitch in!

Michelle Lunt said...

Darling Pam, I read this post with great interest. Congratulations on being so fearless! The new finishes look fantastic. I hope it wears well for you - can't wait to hear the update in a while.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Pam this looks fantastic. What a huge prep job. I hope it holds up really well, you deserve that. Can't wait to see the full bathroom.

Shannon Fox said...

Looks gorgeous! Love the update with spray paint :) I've got a gold shower enclosure too. Dang.

SO true, it's the prep that is a real BUGGER!

Seattle Emergency Plumber said...

I'm glad to see someone else do this! I spray painted my bathtub faucet black last year and it has held up great! I replaced the other faucets. but the bathtub ones were $250 and up...not happening! Mine has held really well so far. I would love to do the edge of the shower door, but was not brave enough. Beautiful!

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coffee heart said...

How has your paint job in the bathroom been holding up??

cindy hattersley design said...

This is genius! I am going to try it!!

Ruth Rosenblum said...

Did you know that the shower doors lift up and out.....at least mine do.

D Sheehan said...

Did you rechaulk right after, or did it have to cure first?

pam {simple details} said...

D - I probably waited about a week before re-caulking. Good luck if you try it!

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IslandCre8tion said...

I'm in the midst of doing this exact same project. except i took apart my entire stand up shower so i can get into the nook and crannies and do a through cleaning.

how is yours holding up?

pam {simple details} said...

It's still holding up well, although I have noticed the back side of the faucet handles at the sink are beginning to show some gold. No chipping, just wearing off a bit, since it's fine everywhere else my guess is that the coverage in that area wasn't as good because it was a little tough to get back there. Good Luck!!

Peggy Morrison said...

I'm tackling the brass to satin nickel bathroom fixture today on a rainy Saturday - or get a start anyway! I've got three bathroom and two shower stalls to do. Curious if spraying the clear coat over it made it look a little more shiny??

pam {simple details} said...

Hi Peggy - I didn't ever do an additional clear coat, I got used to the finish and it doesn't bother me at all now. Good luck with your project, let me know how you like it!

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Unknown said...

How did the shower for hold up? I'm thinking about doing the same thing.

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