How-To Spray Paint a Bathroom Faucet

How many outdated shinny chrome fixtures do you have in bathrooms and sinks that are just begging to be changed? I have way too many and it would be a fortune to fix them all so decided to try a more economical approach, Spray Paint.

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical, and so I tried this technique on our utility sink in the powder room. This technique is so incredibly easy and it only requires a few simple steps.

What You’ll Need:

  • Automotive Primer- This will help stop any rust and will help mattify the shiny metallic finish so that the next layer can adhere to it better. I used Rust-oleum Automotive Primer.
  • Metallic Spray Paint– I chose to use Krylon Metalic Gold
  • Plastic Tarp– A few plastic trash bags will do the trick.
  • Painter Tape

Let’s Get Prepy

This process does not require you to undo the fixture or to mess with the plumbing but you are welcome to if it’s easier.

The first step would be to prep the surrounding space. I took a few trash bags and draped them over the vanity and taped it up the wall to protect from overspray. Use painters to tape to tape around the faucet to protect the vanity.


Make sure your space is really clean. Wipe down your faucet and the surrounding area.

Now we’ll give the faucet a good coat of the Automotive Primer. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Let it dry.

Everything is Better Gold

This step will bring the fixture back to life. Once the first coat has dried, spray the first coat of the Metallic Gold. This may require a few layers. Use the manufacturers recommendations.

Make sure to spray in all the nooks and crannies and to get the underside of the fixture. Rotate the handles (while remembering that your WATER IS STILL ON) a few degrees to insure a full 360 spray. Also, don’t forget any accessories such as sprayers.

At this step, I have read that you can seal everything with a sealant or you could end the process here. For this project, I chose to end the project here. This particular faucet is in a minimally used 1/2 bath that doesn’t get much use.

Please follow along for all of my Powder Room Renovations!

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