The original color of our appliances was “biscuit.” While the kitchen was still in a cavesque state they weren’t offensive, just noticeably dated – because the dark wood spindles didn’t make it obvious enough. Once the cabinets were painted, that was a different story. “Biscuit” became “yellow curdled milk” and looked awful.
I had seen appliance epoxy at Lowe’s before, and I have seen a painted fridge – but never a dishwasher, oven, range top and hood. Just as an FYI – appliance epoxy is not meant for any surfaces that are subject to prolonged periods of high heat. After doing a bit of research – I found nothing. Literally, it’s like the DIY world was plagued with Pissy Polly’s that day. “It’s not worth the time and effort, mine looked horrible” blah, blah, blah. Well, if you don’t spend the time doing prep work and don’t use the right materials, then I completely agree – it’s absolutely not worth the effort at that point.
Rustoleum makes heat resistant spray paint in a variety of colors – “stainless” being one of them. I previously used the flat black on our fire pit with great results (that reminds me, I need to post that picture soon). No flaking, bubbling, or discoloration. So, why not try it in gloss? The fun part was disassembling everything – luckily I have an awesome family and they were willing to give up their Saturday to help!
In taking apart the dishwasher my brother and I realized that the front was really just a reversible panel. All this time, I could have had a black dishwasher! To make your life easier be sure to label all of the hardware and pieces – take pictures as you take pieces apart that way you will have a reference for how to put them back together!
Yes, we wrote how to put it back together on the cardboard inset panel -- just cool like that.
The oven door was fairly easy to remove – for mine; we opened the door about 4 inches and pulled straight up. I highly recommend checking out your owner’s manual or researching your particular oven online – they all hinge differently. The door itself was two panels screwed together. Given that everything was disgusting I went on a cleaning spree. Being able to take the door fully apart made painting much easier, because I wasn’t worried about having to tape off the glass or handle.
The range top came off by unscrewing the heating element screws as well as the knob electrical units. Do yourself a favor, TURN OFF THE POWER. Kill the switch at the breaker, at 220V [fried] is an understatement. The hood was a different story – it was snug. There were also a lot of wires that had to be disconnected and finagled, and the stupid exhaust fan. Talk about obstacles!
Once everything was off I set everything up outside. The first thing that I painted was the range top; to get a uniform finish spray in a smooth sweeping motion. If you stop and start in the middle, you’ll be able to see it. Wait about an hour before you spray the second coat. For the second coat switch directions so that you end up with a uniform finish. This spray paint is rated up to 1200F, and unless I suddenly was gifted with a kiln, I’m fairly certain my range doesn’t get that hot. I ended up doing 4 coats of paint – that way I could spray from each side. Between the coats I lightly sanded with an automotive paint sanding block. I also did this after the last coat so that the clear coat would adhere better.
The oven door followed the same procedure, as did the range hood and dishwasher. The only difference was that I used the stainless paint. This was a little trickier, but just because I felt that it looked splotchy in some areas. This was combated by doing a bit more sanding than I had done on the range top. This paint is also rated up to 1200F. The clear coat that was used on all of these pieces is actually used as a finish coat for car engines. It is rated up to 550F. Time will tell if this is a high enough heat rating – but given my experience cooking in my kitchen rarely do the oven door and range top get hot to the touch.
Let everything dry longer than you think you need to – there is nothing worse than getting impatient and ruining your paint job. Once you’ve bitten off all of your fingernails in anticipation reassemble everything, BAM! Updated appliances!!
The dishwasher turned out a little splotchy, but I think a little bit more sanding will fix that!
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