Is your bath in a state? We show you how to refurbish it in a few quick and easy steps.

Materials you will need:

  • sander
  • small mohair roller and tray
  • brush
  • cloth
  • Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile (available at Builders)
  • 60-, 80- and 100-grit sandpaper
  • thinners to clean brushes and roller
  • blue painter’s tape
  • 2 brushes (one to apply the adhesive and one soft-bristle brush)
  • copper leaf
  • gilding size (adhesive)

Step 1

Use the 60- and 80-grit sandpaper to get rid of any flaky and uneven surfaces in the bath. Then use the finer 100-grit sandpaper to sand it smooth. Use a cloth to remove any dust; the surface of the bath must be dust-free and dry before you apply the paint.

Step 2

Mix the two components of the refinishing product together, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3

Mask around the taps and outlets – we used blue painter’s tape – then apply the paint to the surface with the mohair roller and brush. Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat. Let the paint cure for three days before you use the bath.

Step 4

Apply the gilding size to the legs; let it stand for about 10–15 minutes to get tacky.

Step 5

Carefully place a sheet of copper leaf over the tacky areas and use the soft-bristle brush to help it adhere all over.

Step 6

Use the clean soft-bristle brush to wipe away any excess copper leaf.

Credits

Referenced from Gallo images / Home Magazine