Out with the Gold and in with the New

19 Sep

I have been talking about updating our bathroom (first here, then here) for a while now and it is slowly coming along.  Instead of purchasing all new fixtures we decided to try to spray paint everything first.  Why not pop for the $7 can of spray paint and see where that takes us?  Well, so far, so good!

Last month, Sherry @ Young House Love painted quite a few handles with Rust-oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint & Primer.

ORB Handles via Young House Love

They looked so nice when she was done!

ORB Handles via Young House Love

Sherry gives you the how-to on her post here.

Now, back to our bathroom…here is another look at the beautiful gold light fixtures:

Golden glow

Because we were only painting towel rods, hooks, and a couple of light fixtures (that really don’t get touched very much), we decided to skip all the steps (de-glossing, sanding) and start spraying (there is a good chance this will come back to haunt us, but that’s ok)!  The one $7 can of paint and primer was all we needed (and some cardboard/plastic and sticks from the yard).


I got creative by pushing sticks in the ground to hold some of the fixtures:

Thank you Mother Nature

After a few thin/even coats we had this:

Bronze Beauties

Closer View

Once they were completely dry we re-assembled the lights and hung the rods/hooks back up…

After-Oil Rubbed Bronze!

My mom thought we bought new fixtures they look so good =)   Before we painted them we thought we were going to have to purchase new shades, but it’s definitely not necessary once we got rid of the gold.

Like New!

{The color of the walls vary quite a bit in these photos}

ORB towel ring

Pretty little hooks =)

So far the paint has held up (for almost 2 weeks now), and I just love the finished product.  We’ll see how it goes.

I promise to show the rest of the room this week, so please come back to see the (almost) finished bath!

Today I am partying at:


3 Responses to “Out with the Gold and in with the New”

  1. Shari September 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I use the same Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze on many of my hardware pieces and I love it. I also go chrome a lot – any metal finish is great in my opinion. I always put two coats of light, water based, poly on mine as well just to give it a little more durability. If you run into trouble with the finishes, try that and see if it works!

    Thanks for finding my blog the other day and commenting. I really appreciate it.

    Turnstyle Vogue

  2. Terri D. September 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I love this idea…I’ve sprayed a couple of things so far but need to update our gold/chrome bathroom fixtures for sure!

    • cornerofmain September 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Terri you should definitely give it a try! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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