Golden Girls, er, Tub

In the spirit of wrapping up the final details on the bathroom reno, I thought I would share with you our spray painting bathroom extravaganza. Gold. It can work, in select settings. On my finger – yes. On my tub – no. Now I’m not talking about a nice authentic vintage brass, that, that is amazingness. I’m talking about 80’s builder grade – we all know it – most of us hate it. Let’s just say it had to go. I’m all about mixing the metals, but this was a bit too mixed for me.

Spray painting gold hardware
Gold Hardware

So in an effort to rid this bathroom of it’s final gold influence, we pulled out our favorite tool in the DIY arsenal. The spray paint. Whether it’s door knobs or bathroom fixtures, you can bet my first plan of attack is always that little can o’ paint. Call me trigger happy, call me cheap, but the bottom line – if I can solve the problem with $3 of paint, you better bet I’m going to try!

Rust Oleum Appliance Spray Paint
Rust Oleum Spray Paint

After chatting with the guy in the paint aisle for a few, we decided on this appliance grade stuff. It’s supposed to be super durable so I’m hoping it’s able to stand up to the test of our bath jets – we shall see! I can tell you when we were applying it that this stuff definitely felt a lot more substantial than our typical spray painting fare. It went on thicker, and had more precise directions to reapplication. Per it’s suggestion – we had to wait a full week before applying the second coat. Dang a langa.

How to spray paint tub
Spray Painting

This stuff stunk with a capital S, so we kept it out on the screened in porch in order to avoid too many fumes entering our lungs. After one coat, they were definitely looking much improved and on their way. There were still a few spots of gold sneaking through though, so we did opt to wait it out for the week and apply another coat. (Waiting a week for me is like waiting YEARS!! 😉

Spray Painting Bathroom Vent
Bathroom Vent

In addition to spray painting the gold tub hardware, we also opted to spray paint the air vent that is around the tub surround. We knew that since this guy butted up right next to the new crisp and white subway tile, that anything other than white was going to stick out like a sore thumb. Look how purty and white this guy looks after a solid two coats!

One kink in our remove it and spray paint it plan was that one of the vents would not budge. Not sure if it was stuck on there, or if it was designed to just not come off, but this guy was not moving. In an effort to complete rid the tub surround of it’s goldie locks, we proceeded with taping the entire area off to all of the hardware to be white.

How to spray paint bathroom hardware
Spray Painted Hardware

It took some time, but overall, I think this new look is preferred in our white and bright space to the gold we were rockin’ before. Final step was applying an ample coat of caulk. I think you can pretty much chalk that one up as our final step with all projects 😉

White Spray painted bathroom hardware
White Hardware

6 thoughts on “Golden Girls, er, Tub

  1. I love this! I just spray painted some door knobs, but we also have a jet tub with old gross fake brass fixtures. I’ll definitely have to check out this appliance spray paint and check it out!

      1. That’s great to hear. We have a 2 person jacuzzi that we haven’t used because it’s so gross and unwelcoming. It’ll be nice to get this fixed up and have that added feature finally working out for us! I look forward to seeing all of the other great things that you’re doing!

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