Painted Bathroom Faucets

Are you a risk taker? I'm usually not but today I'm taking a small risk in the spare bathroom that turned out to be an even bigger one...

black matte painted faucet

First of all, this bathroom has been through about 5 makeovers in the past. 

Here is the faucet before...

bathroom with old sink faucet

You can read about the orange bathroom to a more neutral one with DIY accessories. 

You can read about the mirror frame I made for this bathroom. 

And you can read about how I fixed the water damage on this same vanity.

old bathroom

Today... I'm painting the sink faucet matte black. 

I have a good feeling about the results but I am definitely taking a risk. 

Truthfully, I probably wouldn't have done it if I didn't think it would hold up. 

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The faucet was a mess and it ideally needs to be replaced but I'm going to give painting it a go first.  

black faucet with painter's tape

I began by taping-off the surrounding countertop with painter's tape and lightly sanding the faucet with a fine grit sandpaper. 

I am using Rustoleum Protective Enamel in flat black.

This is an oil based product so I'm brushing it on with a small brush that I'll throw out when I'm finished. 

The paint went on easily, there were no brush marks and I let it dry between the 2 coats. 

painted faucet

I have faith that this paint is going to hold up because my daughter used it on her front storm door. 

Her storm door gets handled everyday in snow, rain and with 3 kids and there isn't a nick on it. 

I also painted my slop sink at one time then later painted the fixtures with this paint. 

slop sink comparison

slop sink faucet painted black

The slop sink faucet held up so well that at one point I had to scrub green paint off the handles and it came off without damaging the matte black!! 

bathroom sink with black faucet

So here's to hoping! 

bathroom vanity

When I finished the sink and the drain I looked to my right and realized that I now needed to paint the shower fixtures to match. 🙄

         painted shower fixtures

This for me was the bigger risk... while they were not as bad as the sink faucet, I previously had no plans on replacing them. 

And this is the spare bathroom... so what the heck! 

I painted the shower fixtures as well. 

painted shower fixtures

I let the paint dry for 24 hours. 

black matte painted shower head

I have to say they look amazing and I did a quick scratch test and the paint didn't scratch. 

It's been 2 weeks and not a scratch but I will be sure to update you in a few weeks on this project. 

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painted faucet and overlay

I've also used this paint before on metal candle sticks and it doesn't scratch off there either. 

The knobs on my vanity were replaced with handles and cup pulls from my original kitchen before we did a kitchen renovation. 

black matte vanity hardware

The floor is a 12" x 12" blue tile that has been there for about 20 years but looks great now since I fixed up the grout with this grout pen that worked amazingly! 

The hardware was spray painted with this same product. 

Before I was finished I added hooks to the wall to hang towels.

hooks on wall with pink picture

And a quick repurposed garden hose toilet paper holder

repurposed vintage garden hose with tp

The last thing I did was to use the spray paint once again to paint the clock above the vanity. 

So cross your fingers for me, this non-risk taker may be extremely happy with these results or I will be replacing all the fixtures in this bathroom.  

finished bathroom vanity with black hardware and faucet

I will be sure to let you know! 

One last tweak to this cabinet was the addition of more cup pulls on the drawers, I like the look of three on each side. 

bathroom cabinet with black cup pulls

Update: The paint held up very well for about a year on the faucet. The paint ended up chipping on only the porcelain part of the faucet handles. I did end up replacing all the faucets and shower parts a year and a half later and they were still in good shape. It did give me some time. 

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painted bathroom faucet



I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .