Painting a Faucet – 3 month update

Painting a faucet – 3 month update.

It has been over three months since I painted my bathroom faucet, so I figured it was time for an update.

Here’s a picture of what it looks like now:

Painting a Faucet - 3 month update

There is slight wear on the handle, and a little paint has chipped away on the base of both handles.

faucet update 9

It was really easy to touch up with a small brush, and overall I’m excited with how well they have held up.  This faucet sees a LOT of use.  It’s the bathroom on our main floor, and our family and guests use it.  Also, I don’t mess around with germs, so this faucet has seen lots of Scrubbing Bubbles.

Now that I feel confident on how the paint has held up on the faucet, I painted the faucets in our master bath and my boys’ bathroom.  This time, I did use primer.

kitchen faucet 4

It is Rust-Oleum and easy to use.  Now, I know you’re not supposed to spray paint inside, but it makes it SO much easier.  You MUST make sure you prep the faucet/sink area before you prime and paint.

Faucet Update


If you look through the pics above, you can see the before.  Next I taped around the faucets with Frog Tape and used bags to protect the sink.  I also completely encased the sink area and mirror/walls with a drop cloth.  I did a couple light/quick coats of primer and then I painted three coats of oil bronze paint.  As you can see in the last pic, I did have a bunch of touch up work despite all my prepping.  The excess paint I scraped away with a small flathead screwdriver and/or a rag with mineral spirits.  It really was only a 5-10 minute clean up.  It looks MUCH worse.  I used a small brush to paint the areas that need paint touch up.

My only complaint about using the primer (besides an added step) is that the paint did not go on as smooth as it did the first time I painted a faucet without the primer.  I’m curious to see if the primed faucets hold up better than the original unprimed one – I’ll continue to post updates as time goes on.

To see more about how to paint a faucet click HERE or on the pic below:




  • The primer really didn’t seem to help much.  My faucet without the primer has held up just as well as those I used primer on.  The Rust-Oleum paint is pretty amazing on its own! 
  • I did eventually replace all the painted faucets in our home.  It was a great way to buy time before buying new faucets, but painting a faucet (in my experience) is a temporary fix.



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  1. Phyllis C says

    Hey, just because you mentioned oil base paint and how hard it is to clean up with mineral spirits, I have to share with you the new trick I just learned! Use olive oil instead!!!! Yes! Just olive oil! The paint comes off of your hands in no time. It even worked on a brush that the paint had halfway dried up on. I am so excited to use and share this trick!

    • sedavis17 says

      Thanks so much for the tip, Phyllis! I will definitely have to try your tip next time. I shy away from oil based paints because of the mess, and I always ruin my brush. You may have given me a new blog post idea… 🙂

  2. Tricia says

    I have been spray painting gold ceiling lights, door handles and hinges in my 1980’s home but I do not prime but rather take sand paper and rough up the gold before spraying. This has worked for me.

    • sedavis17 says

      Tricia – You’re my kind of girl! I definitely am skipping the primer next time. It made the entire process harder. Thanks so much for your comment!

    • Vicky says

      So both are not necessary? I read where you, Sarah, preferred to skip the primer step because your unprimmed faucets turned out just as nice. I would love to skip the sanding step. If I spray primer on my chrome w/o sanding will that work.

      • sincerely, sara d. says

        I didn’t have much luck with the primer I used (but I have read other tutorials where people loved their primer – maybe I used the wrong kind), but I would definitely recommend sanding so the paint has a better chance of sticking and staying put.

  3. Kristie says

    Hi there, I’m thinking of trying this is our half bath. We have a brass faucet as well as a brass light fixture. We will be replacing them at some point but in the meantime, I want to ‘fix’ both. I am planning on removing the faucet and spray-painting with Rustoleum Oil rubbed Bronze. I know you used the primer this time, just wondering if it seems to hold up better than the faucet you painted without primer? Or is it still too early to tell? I’d be happy to skip this step as well.

      • sedavis17 says

        Hi Kristie! Primer + Paint? I think you lucked out! To answer your earlier question, I probably wouldn’t waste me time with primer if I did it again. That Rustoleum paint is pretty amazing on it’s own. You can sand a bit, but I wouldn’t do primer again. My original faucet (sans primer) is holding up amazingly well! Good luck!

  4. Tina Matteson says

    You did a great job on these. I realy love how they look, and you saved a lot of money. I did the same with my kitchen cabinet hardware and some of the handles looked very worn after about a year… so I got some black appliance paint and painted them with that. I tooks just like the oil rubbed bronze but holds up better.

    • sedavis17 says

      Hi Barb – the drain actually holds up better than the handles. I have had to touch up the handles, but never the drain. (?!) Good luck and thanks for the comment!

  5. Eileen McCarthy says

    I just sent this link to my Sister-in-law, she has a house full of “gold” faucets and door knobs she absolutely hates!! I see a project on my next visit! Further I was trying to clean hard water stains (that my husband says we don’t have!!!) around the base of a bathroom faucet and inadvertently scratched the heck out of it, I think I’ll start there! I’ll take it out to paint though since those hard water stains (that we don’t have!) are still there! You rock Sara!

  6. Jennifer S says

    We have oil rubbed bronze spray painted every door knob, hinge, light fixture, in our house. The best advice is if it is touched regularly (ex. Door knob, faucet) you must do a coat or two of spray poly on it for durability. We do not use primer or rough up the surface, only clean it thoroughly. I ended up here because our next step is hand painting with the quart jar our bathtub fixtures. I will probably end up poly’ing the in tub fixtures and not the shower head.

  7. roberta says

    AHHHHmazing, someone recently suggested how great my rustic appearing refinished cabinet would be with oiled bronze faucets (currently they are chrome. Before reading your suggestions I was going to spring for new, now I have another project added to my list. Thanks so much.

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      I hope it works out for you, Roberta! Your rustic refinished cabinet has me intrigued! My faucets have been painted for over a year now, and they still look pretty good. I have had to do touch up a couple times, but it’s worth for now. Someday I’ll replace the faucets, but this is such a great inexpensive fix for now!

  8. Sarah says

    Thank you! I have two great extra tall faucets that I love except they are chrome and the rest of the bathroom is Oil Rubbed Bronze. Just bought my can of paint for those -plus a basement faucet-and can’t wait to see the results!

  9. marcia says

    Looks fabulous! I am hearing comments that the fumes are extremely toxic and will give you a headache even using a fan and adequate ventilation! What was your experience?

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Hey Marcia! I don’t remember having issues with this paint. The faucet is such a small surface area, and I painted it in short increments. (I painted and allowed it to fully dry before the next coat.) So no, I didn’t have issues with the fumes. I hope I helped!

  10. wanda says

    I painted my drawer knobs with this stuff they came out sticky I was very disappointed had to replace . Looked good but were very sticky even after one year couldn’t handle it anymore using them daily. Jut my opinion

  11. Cyn Johnson says

    I love this paint. After spray painting a bright gold tone “antique” bed frame with the oiled Bronze I am addicted. I spray painted all my gold tone door handles, hardware on doors and shower rod. I didn’t us a primer but my bed frame has a few nicks on it. I will eventually spray paint it again and apply a spray paint sealer. For now I just use a small foam paint brush, spray the Oiled Bronze on and use it to touch up nicks.

  12. Amber G says

    I love this idea. I’m seriously considering painting my entire sink with this paint! Overkill? I can’t find one tutorial on a painted sink other than using tub and tile paint, which is usually only white and pretty pricey. I’m thinking about using a marine varnish for a sealant, it’s made to hold up to water, heat, uv rays, etc… Worst case scenario, I buy a new sink, it can’t look much worse than it does now! Thanks fir this tutorial!

  13. Grace says

    Hi Sara, I have been reading your blog and the suggestions given by your readers. I have been trying to replace a drain on a powder room bathroom sink, but have not been successful. There is not enough space in the back of pedestal sink, 4 inches is too tight to turn a wrench. I used every tool known in plumbing. I did manage to change the faucet out. But, since I can’t change the drain ring with out taking the sink off and pulling half of the sheetrock out, I decided I will paint the ring to match. I just have to find the right color. I read that the consensus is to NOT use a primer, but a primer with paint, or just oil based paint with a sealer. Sara, you mentioned Rust-o-leum as your oil based paint. What kind of sealer would you recommend?

  14. Vicki says

    Hi Sara! I love all of your ideas. Can bronze paint be purchased in a spray can? Seems like it would be easier. I hope that hasn’t already been addressed but I don’t have time to go through all of the comments. Thank you for sharing your fantastic projects with us.

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Hi Vicki, yes you can buy in in a spray paint form! I didn’t feel like messing with spray paint inside and/or taking of the faucet to paint it which is why I used the brush on version.

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Hi Paula, no it doesn’t. My unprimed faucet actually looked the best of of the bunch, but I don’t know if this is because of the lack of primer or because it was the first faucet I did (and I spent more time carefully painting it). I just replaced the unprimed faucet last week. For 2.5 years, the paint held up fairly well. It just required the occasional touch-up, and I was tired of the maintenance. I hope this helps!

  15. Barbara says

    I have used the paint on knobs for doors also ,on ceramic lamps .Also taken brass ceiling fans and used the same paint you used to paint the hardware . Love it

  16. AJ Smith says

    Thank you for your post, this is something I’ve thought (& researched) for some time. To that end, I’ve read several posts about painting faucets (as you did) & THEN applying a clear sealer after the paint dries. The posts didn’t follow up on how their faucet held up after use, thus, I don’t know if this made a difference with the durability of the paint.

    To that end, is this something which you considered? I’d ❤️ To know of the sealer makes a difference in the painted faucets ability to ‘hold up?’ time…

  17. sedavis17 says

    Hi AJ,

    Honestly, I painted my faucets thinking maybe I’d replace them in a year or so. That being said, I didn’t worry too much about longevity. I think clear sealer would probably be a great idea. My issue with the primer is that it was clumpy and then the paint wasn’t as smooth looking. The clear sealer wouldn’t have this issue, and I think it would definitely help with durability. My faucets have held up really well (almost a year later), and I’m less anxious to replace them seeing how well they’re doing. Now, I do need to do a little touch up maybe ever 6 months, but we’re talking tiny little spots.

    So, I guess I’m saying go for the clear sealer and let me know what you think!

    Thanks for the comment and good luck!

  18. Susan says

    The black appliance paint looks like the oil rubbed bronze? Wow, would love to try this! My faucets are already bronze color but it has wore off in several places, can I just paint over these? Thanks for all the lovely ideas!! And do I need a clear sealer put on them?


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