Get a new look for less: Save thousands of dollars by painting—not replacing—your perfectly good (perhaps slightly outdated) appliances.
ByJillLawrence O'Hara andBobVila | Updated Apr 19, 2021 9:58 AM
Wishing for a way to refresh a kitchen or laundry room without sinking thousands of dollars into a renovation? If your outdated appliances are still in good working order despite some small signs of a little wear and tear, consider this familiar store-bought solution: paint. Just as a fresh wall color can invigorate any space, so, too, can a brush of bold color or coat of stainless steel completely transform your current refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, or dryer. Painting appliances can cover up their scratches, update the finishes, and even extend their lifespans—all without breaking the bank.
Pick the Right Paint
Yes, sprucing up your appliances can cost as little as $20, thanks to the power of paint. Depending on the appliance and its condition, you might need only a small bottle of specialized paint for touch-ups or an entire one-quart can for complete coverage. For long-lasting results and household safety, choose paints appropriate to your project.
Before You Start
You’ve carried home your paint cans, but before you begin, remember: Safety first! Start by unplugging the appliance from the wall. Then, spread out a drop cloth and/or plastic sheetsto protect your floors and surroundings.Need a hand?Consider hiring a pro if you don't trust your DIY skills. Get free, no-commitment project estimates from vetted experts near you. Find a Pro+
The Painting Process
Once your appliance is properly prepped, spray, brush, or roll on the product of your choice.
While painting appliances is not a permanent fix, it does offer you additional time to budget and save for those replacement appliances you’ve been dreaming about all along.Don't want to do it yourself?Get free, no-commitment estimates from pro painters near you. Find local painters+
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