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.
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.
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.