DIY Gold Bathroom Hardware

Go for gold without going broke. This clever hack transforms basic bath hardware into glitzy gold features.

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Add a little sparkle to your bathroom. Simple chrome fixtures are nice, but they don't have the same impact as dazzling gold. Hack your way to pricey hardware with this simple DIY. A combination of gold spray paint and two shades of antiquing wax give bathroom hardware bling status with little effort.

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What You Need

  • Bath hardware
  • Damp cloth
  • Gold spray paint
  • Light antiquing wax
  • Dark antiquing wax
  • 2-inch round paintbrush

Step 1: Remove and Clean Hardware

If you're adding a gold finish to existing hardware, detach it from the vanity, wall, cabinet, etc. If you're dressing up new hardware, remove it from packaging. Wipe each piece with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris.

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Step 2: Paint Hardware

In a well-ventilated area, spray-paint all sides of the hardware gold. Apply thin layers of spray paint, working in smooth, long stroaks to coat the entire surface. Let dry completely between coats.

Step 3: Apply Antiquing Wax

Apply two coats of antiquing wax—one light and one dark—with a round paintbrush. Dab the antuiquing wax lightly with the blunt end of the paint brush, making sure to get in the indentations and creases. Let dry between each coat.

Step 4: Install Hardware

Install hardware in desired spot using the appropriate mounting hardware and tools. We love the look of a faux-gold towel ring, but this technique works on knobs, handles, pulls, and any other metal hardware.

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