One of my first (and most popular) DIY projects in our new home was our painted faucet.
Our home was filled with lots of brass, and I was loving oil-rubbed bronze everything at the time. Since moving into a new home comes with lots of expenses, I could not justify replacing a faucet that worked. As a girl who turns to paint to solve almost any problem, I decided to paint it. I knew the worst thing that could happen would be buying a new faucet.
In the early spring of 2014, I said goodbye to the shiny brass faucet and welcomed an oil-rubbed bronze faucet.
Being a little bit of a germ freak meant that that painted faucet experience a lot beyond normal use. It was scrubbed with harsh cleaners and surprisingly held up fairly well. The first year I would occasionally touch up nicks with a q-tip and paint. However, I stopped the touch-ups on year two.
After 2.5 years, there was quite a bit of paint missing from the drain. I knew the painted faucet was temporary (and I had quit touch-ups long ago), so I decided it was time to say goodbye to the painted faucet.
I had no idea the amount of work replacing the faucet would require. We (when I saw “we” I actually mean my dad) had to remove the pedestal sink from the wall to even get back to the faucet. Removing the pedestal sink was just a chain reaction which meant removing part of my paneled wall which required the paneling to be redone and recaulked and repainted.
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It was all worth it for my Ultra UF55113 Two-Handle Brushed Nickel Lavatory Faucet. I think it is funny that all I wanted 2.5 years ago was a brushed-nickel faucet. Then when it came time to select a replacement I went with brushed nickel. If I had waited a little longer, I may have ended up with another brass faucet. Preferences and styles change so fast!
This faucet cost a little more than my painted version, but having a pretty, brand-new faucet is wonderful!
Do I think painting the faucet was worth it? Absolutely! It bought me over two years of replacing a faucet!