August 24, 2015

Spray Painting a Brass Sink

When I told my daughter a couple of years ago that I was going to start blogging, she told me, "You should call your blog, 'There's a spray paint for that! hahahaha!'" She's a funny girl.

Obviously, I didn't follow her advice - but there's some truth in her statement.

There are a lot of things in our house that have been spray painted.  A couple of times. My spray paint collection is pretty impressive.  My husband will occasionally look at something in our house and ask me, "How many colors has THIS been?"  He's a funny guy.

But this is the first time I've ever spray painted a sink.

A couple of years ago we redecorated our main floor bathroom.  We spray painted all of our towel racks and hardware oiled bronze. They've held up perfectly.

We never use this sink. It looks really shiny in this picture.  I had scrubbed it for about 10 minutes. You might be able to tell that it's still not perfect. It stays shiny like this for about 3 hours.  Then it tarnishes.


This area in our dining room is obviously for mixing and serving drinks and we have never used it for that in the 12 years we've lived here.  I occasionally set a plant in it to water it well but otherwise...nothing. So I felt pretty confidant that it wasn't going to get a lot of wear and tear.  I certainly wouldn't advise doing this with a sink you use daily.

We tried to get this sink out.  Either to replace it or paint it...at the time we weren't sure which.  But we soon found out that it was in there for good.  So I went to Plan B.

We removed the faucet so that we could paint that separately. I taped off the sink and surrounded it with trash bags to protect the cabinet.

I then fixed a cardboard box to further protect the room while I painted.

I stuck the paint can into the box. sprayed all around and then 'closed the window' with a rag until the mist settled.

I did this several times until the sink was perfectly painted. I used Rustoleum for metal that included a primer.

We let it dry for several hours before we reattached the faucet.

Et voila!  New sink!  And I don't know if you can tell from this picture but it really is perfect.  And because of our experience with the bathroom, I think it will be durable enough.

I had a nice comment on my From Farmhouse to French Country-Part Two that the brass sink added some 'up' to the room and I agree.  It was a very pretty sink.  But it didn't match and it was hard to keep looking nice.  I think this was a nice solution.

Previously the sink was the only brass thing in the room.  Now it ties in perfectly with the cabinet hardware.

Have a great week!  I'll be back in a couple of days with my living room's newly painted French Blue shutters!
French Shutters
love and blessings~

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19 comments:

  1. I'm a spray painting gal, too! :) But I would've never thought to spray paint a sink! Your's turned out great! Great job, great color, and it ties into the room perfectly! ~Rhonda

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! I'll let you know how it holds up!

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  2. You are a brave woman! I don't know if I would have the courage to do something like that....LOL

    It looks much better now, you did a great job!!

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  3. Hi Lynda! Oh, your sink looks wonderful! I have never thought of painting a sink! Just love it and it all matches your lovely room so well now.
    Hope you're doing well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you, Shelia! I am doing well - hate that summer is ending. love and blessings to you!

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  4. Love, love the sink! That bronze looks so good in your kitchen. I have to agree that the brass is very hard to maintain. But you paint booth is absolutely brilliant.:)

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    1. Thank you, Peggy! I like it better. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  5. I'm impressed! It looks wonderful!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan! It turned out even better than I had hoped.

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  6. I love the window box you constructed for the spraying process. Its funny in its own way and such a good idea. The sink turned out beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Audra! I thought my paint box was funny too and my husband really laughed. But it did the trick. There's no paint anywhere that I didn't want it! Yay!

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  7. Wow what an awesome look now! I also spray paint ALOT! Glad to know how well your sink and fixtures turned out. I spray painted some hardware and so far it has held up as well. I love your blog and your home. I think it is beautirul.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kris! Hope you have a wonderful day!

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  8. I am a
    So a HUGE fan of spray paint but I never would have thought of this! It looks fantastic!
    And your solution to paint it when it wouldn't come out is genius!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks, Karen! My paint box wasn't pretty but it did the job! ;)

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  9. Brilliant! I'll be so interested in knowing if this works! You mentioned that you wouldn't recommend using this technique on a sink that is used daily, but I'm wondering about one that's used "occasionally"? The sink in our guest bathroom sure could use a facelift and the use of the Rustoleum may be just the thing! Thank you for the idea.

    Brandi Bradley @ Rotax Metals

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    1. Hi Brandi! I think it might. Our faucet in one of our bathrooms was brass and as a temporary fix I spray painted it with the Rustoleum Oiled Bronze. It lasted for several years and then began to wear a little around the edges. I would think you could get by for a year or two. Hope this helps!

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  10. Hi Lynda,

    Looks great! How did it hold up after almost 2 years?

    Cheers!

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