An Easy Bathroom Update: Changing Tap Buttons

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Our main bathroom is the guest bathroom and I like to keep it as clean as possible for guests. This can be a difficult feat when I have girls that like to squeeze more toothpaste in the basin and on the vanity, than on their toothbrushes. At least toothpaste is fairly easy to scrub off. One thing though, that had been grating me a little in the main bathroom was the discolour of the tap buttons on the bath and basin taps. If there is one thing that can date the taps in your bathroom, it’s the discoloured white tap buttons that differentiate which tap is hot or cold.

old tap buttons on basin

old tap buttons on bath taps

Yesterday I changed the tap buttons and it’s lifted the bath and basin 100%. If you have similar taps to me, you can easily change the tap buttons yourself by purchasing these buttons from your local hardware or bathroom supply retailer.

new tap buttons on basin

new tap buttons on bath

You may need to use a shifter to undo the tap button (turn shifter LEFT when loosening the tap button). When doing this use your other hand to hold the tap handle as the motion of taking off the button can turn the tap on. Especially if the buttons haven’t been taken off – ever.

tap buttons

The tap buttons simply unscrew from the top of the handle and the new ones can be re-screwed in. Easy.

My leftover yellow buttons would normally be upcycled into cufflinks, which I used to do many years ago as part of the blog. I once had Phoenix Tapware email me to make a custom set of cufflinks for their managers using the Phoenix Tapware buttons. Not sure what I will do with these old buttons.

Anyway, I digress, if your buttons are looking a little worse for wear, go and replace them. It’s an easy job you can do, and will make a big difference to your bathroom. Make sure you put the hot button on the left and cold button on the right when facing the taps. I have been to homes where the buttons have been inserted on the wrong tap.

new tap buttons

Before you get new buttons, take the old buttons out first and take them with you when you purchase the news ones to ensure the new ones will fit. There are some buttons that are red and blue and may need the same buttons to be replaced.

It’s the most smallest detail that can make a big impact.

Have you done anything around your house this week that has made a big improvement on the interior of your home? Ever changed the tap buttons on your taps before?