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Spray painted tapware

Making a Splash
Making a Splash

Spray painting tapware can be a quick and affordable way to give your bathroom a fresh look.





The project


I spray painted the tap and mixer in my bathroom and was pretty impressed with how it turned out. After looking at prices to buy a brand new one, I thought I would try out the Dulux 300g Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Spray Paint Satin Black first since it would save me a lot of money and it would be such a quick D.I.Y. project. 


How to spray paint tapware


Here's how I turned my tapware from chrome to black.


Step 1

Clean the tapware well.


Step 2

Sand with 240 grit sandpaper.


Step 3

Clean again to make sure the area is ready for paint.


Step 4

Tape around the tapware to make sure spray paint doesn't go everywhere.




Step 5

Spray following the instructions on the bottle (I applied two coats).


A more comprehensive step-by-step guide, including video, is How to spray paint a tap

Before and after






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Getting Established

Oh wowwwww!! That is AWESOME!! Excellent job!👍👍👍

Having an Impact

@rubytuesday1953  Fantastic job @lifestylebymari. We also have the same problem. The black tap ware is sooooo expensive. This seems like a great alternative. We're doing up our laundry and we want to update the taps to black. How's the wear factor?

Building a Reputation

Wow, that's awesome. Would the same work for aluminium / chrome finish door handles for kitchen cabinets?

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @terrywang


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you for joining us and sharing your query about painting cabinet handles.


Let me tag @lifestylebymari so that she is made aware of your question. Would it be possible for you to post the handles you are planning on painting? Our members will then have a better idea of what you have. They will then be able to offer you a comprehensive recommendation. Are you just painting the handles or are you renovating your kitchen? Any updates you can provide would be much appreciated.


If you need more advice or information, please let us know.




Getting Established

May i know what product did you use for spray painting? Thanks heaps! 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @ongbianca88,


I'm sure @lifestylebymari will correct me if I'm wrong, but from their description "I thought I would try out the Dulux 300g Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Spray Paint Satin Black", it appears to be Dulux 300g Metalshield Epoxy Enamel Spray Paint Satin Black that they used.


Please let us know if you have further questions.




Growing in Experience

I wonder if this would work around a chrome border of a mirror so the mirror matched the taps? 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Very possibly @Simone1976. Chrome plating is exceptionally smooth and primers or paints don't bond well with it's surface. By scratching up the surface you are keying it which allows it to take paint closer to what a standard metal would. You are creating microgrooves which fill with paint and allow it to bite into the surface.


We'd be keen to see your results.




Projects Editor
Projects Editor

A quick and efficient bathroom refresh. 


For those who are interested in replicating this popular project, @lifestylebymari shares step-by-step instructions and an instructional video in How to spray paint a tap.




Building a Reputation

The difference between before & after is remarkable. 

Just Starting Out

awesome hack!

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @mga. It's great to have you join us and wonderful to see you've enjoyed this project.


Do you have some tapware that could do with a spruce-up?


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