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From Drab to Fab: Refurbishing Bathroom Surfaces


The bathroom may seem like one of the updatewithpaint_intextmost difficult places to update in your home, with sensitive fixtures and appliances to go around. But these three tips will guide you through using one of the most versatile decorating tools to spruce up your bathroom—paint! The best part is you don’t even have to buy new fixtures, saving you a lot of time and energy.


Fiberglass Tub or Shower
Start by removing the existing hardware in the tub or shower, and cleaning the surface. Use a scum remover and/or all purpose cleaner for general grime, and acetone for any waxy spots or stubborn buildup. Use a polyurethane-based automotive paint and coat the surface evenly.

updatewithpaint_step1Sink or Cast Iron Tub
Remove existing hardware, then clean the entire surface and scour with steel wool. Using a dry brush, apply two even coats of an epoxy paint.

updatewithpaint_step5Metal Fixtures 
(Faucets, Handles, Knobs, Hinges)
Remove the hardware or fixtures to be painted. If the items can’t be removed, use masking tape or painter’s tape to carefully tape off the surrounding areas, to protect them from paint. Holding the can approximately six inches from the metal, spray the fixtures in light, even coats. Apply two coats, allowing the fixtures to dry in between coats.


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