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Mark Twain House, end of gold faucet project

Last weekend LG and I visited my grandmother – St. Patty’s Day corned beef and cabbage and celebrating her 94th birthday. On our way back LG and I stopped at the Mark Twain House and took a few pictures. He enjoyed the irreverence and humor of Samuel Clemence. In an odd mix of time periods we bought the Manga version of Tom Sawyer and he read it in the car on the way home.

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I am also considering the gold faucet project closed. Hooray! Here are the final work pictures of the shower enclosure. Overspray came off easily with GooGone. Next is the continuing with the linen skirt around the sink.

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Gold shower door enclosure

Gold shower door enclosure

This has to be sprayed in place. Currently in process!

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March 17, 2014 · 3:13 pm

UPDATE #3 Gold faucet trim project

This project is making me a little batty — and I am wondering if I should have just bought new fixtures…   But I am determined to see this through!

The good news is that the new spray I bought, Chase Champion Metallic Silver, is great. While it doesn’t sparkle like chrome, it has a very rich pewter-like finish.  It looks very solid.

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The bad news is I am worried that the paint will chip off and won’t withstand daily water use and weekly cleaning.

I sprayed the parts last night at about 8:00 pm and started to install them this morning at 7:00 am. This was not enough time for the paint to set and my hands left dull impressions. This spray paint needs a good full day to set. I also found that unlike the common practice of many light coats, this products looks better when you apply something between a light and heavy coat. If you spray it too lightly the paint doesn’t blend together to form a smooth coating. If you spray too much it drips.

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On the homefront, last night we had a friend of LG, also age 8, sleepover. Yes, a school-night!! They did homework together and were asleep by 8:40. For dinner I made some rice, frozen corn and barbecue chicken and everybody loved it. You never know these days what a visiting kid will eat, so I was pleased. I marinated the chicken breasts with Bone Suckin Barbecue Sauce for a day and then cooked them on my grill.

I haven’t used it this much this season, but I love my powerful Weber grill. Mine is brown, which is apparently a special edition (in form only, not function). I learned the fine are of cooking on the grill through the winter from my father, who lives in The Adirondacks. Each year he snow-blows a path from the kitchen deck door to the grill. It is pretty hysterical watching him cook out there surrounded by 3 feet of snow and wearing full winter gear, kinda like this guy grilling outside (not my dad).

 

June 16, 2014 NOTE:

Since I’ve been using these fixtures a lot since I posted this, I wanted to add a note that the finish got sort of sticky with use. I tried waiting quite a while to let the metallic spray dry days before using it, but the faucet and handles sort of never dried and would mush a bit with hand use.
To fix this I sprayed them again then sprayed them with sealer after they dried. Unfortunately, the sealer made the metallic lose it’s awesome shiny look. Fortunatly, they now look like pewter and I like that look.

I may try one more time by giving them a refresher coat of metallic spray then waiting a week to spray them with the clear coat. If I get better results that way then I’ll add a note. Otherwise assume that they still look pewter!

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UPDATE #2 Gold faucet trim project

I was hoping for better results with the hardware store metallic paint. The color is good but the sheen is dull. I bought some Krylon metallic spray, which has a shinier cap on the top of the can, but the finish is the same as the Rust-oleum. I am leaning towards trying some glossier spray paints before I throw in the towel.

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There are some higher gloss specialty spray paints by the major brands, but based on the tests done by Diane in her In My Own Style blog.  (Thanks for the research, Diane!), I am going to try Chase Champion Metallic Silver.

This stuff is hard to find near me! I called Chase and they told me that there are no distributors near me, but I could order through their prehistoric online store. I put two cans in my shopping cart, $5.50 each, and with shipping the total bill was over $20. Instead I bought a case with free shipping and a $5 promotion from Betty Mills. What I don’t use on this project I will resell through my art supply store. Hopefully this stuff will sparkle!

The pot roast was great last night. I didn’t add additional liquids, so it had a good texture–not too mushy. And since I didn’t really flavor it, my kids and The X all really liked it. The other guests (JnJ, aka The Boys) and I added hot sauce, salt and pepper!

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UPDATE: Gold faucet trim project

Removing the faucets and trim was pretty simple, but it did take a while. Everything except for the sink faucet came out from the counter tops either by loosening a set screw or by untwisting. For the sink faucet I had to turn off the water supply and unscrew the nuts from underneath. The drain plug lever was pretty corroded. One handle’s set screw was stripped, and P was able to hammer in a square drive bit and turn the bit with a wrench to release the handle.

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On Saturday I used my bench grinder brush wheel to get the corrosion and crud off of everything.  Then last night I washed everything with hot soapy water. It was all dry by this morning and I laid out the pieces in the basement (after I put the pot roast in the crock pot) and I am applying subsequent LIGHT coats of spray paint. I’m using Rust-oleum silver metallic spray paint. I do wonder if I should have used their specialty metallic paint, but that wasn’t available at my local Ace Hardware.

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Re-working gold bathroom faucet trim

Gold fixtures. Yikes.

I moved into this house a year and a half ago, and after settling in one thing I’d like to change is the gold finish fixtures in the master bath. There is nothing wrong with the fixtures, and they are high quality Newport Brass fixtures, so I’ve decided to rework them.

At first I tried to use my variable speed Dremel rotary tool to remove the gold outer coating. This sort of worked, except in some places I went too deep and I could see a copper color underneath. Since I didn’t want to end up with a copper color finish, I looked into other options.

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1) Rechrome
I heard from my plumber, Kenny, that I could re-chrome the trims, like they do with car bumpers. I am inquiring locally about this option, but it is probably too expensive.

2) Replace Trim Only
How about replacing the gold trim on the faucets and drains with trim in a different finish? This ends up being about 80% of the price of replacing the fixtures completely. And since the faucet costs about $350 and the tub fixtures about $750, I dropped this idea. However, if all else fails and the installation costs start to add up, I may come back to this grudgingly.

3) Completely Replace Fixtures
I could replace all of the fixtures with good solid new products. I found some excellent faucets by Grohe. These come in at about half the cost of new Newport Brass faucets. The installs are more elaborate, though, since I need to go under the counters to install. In fact, getting to the roman tub filling hot/cold guts is pretty much near impossible (see picture).IMG_5668

3) Paint the Trim
Painting the fixture trims with metal spray paint sounds sorta cheesy, but could be the solution. It seems like people on the internet are having good luck with this, but I am impatient and have a hard time doing many light coats.
Usually my spray paint projects end up with drip marks. However, knowing this about myself could help prevent the problem.

So I’m going to try spray painting as the option of least cost and time investment.

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