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$10 Appliance Makeover Continued: Better Controls

It’s possible by now that if you’re one of my followers that you’ve seen my $10 Washer and Dryer makeover.

Basically I took a $7 can of enamel paint and with only 3 coats, totally made over the look of this set. I followed it up by spraying the knobs chrome and using a paint pen for the settings. The one downfall? I didn’t take detailed photos, so a lot of the settings were missing.

These puppies have held up great over the past year, until I tossed a rag with cleaning solvents on the washer and forgot about it for a few hours. That’s when this happened:

Yeah. I dissolved a quarter-sized glob of paint! Since I was breaking out the can to repair the chip, I decided to bite the bullet and redo the controls as well. First came scraping off the paint so I could see the settings.

Then I took some detailed close ups of the settings to re-create in my Silhouette software. First I drew the colored shapes in Illustrator, and imported them into my Silhouette and used the tracing tools to get my outline. I added in all the words, but they were just too tiny. Half of them didn’t cut right and I had serious issues getting 15 point font letters out of the vinyl! So I just called it a day and put on the vinyls and used a fine-tipped paint pen to write in the words.

Now I finally know which settings to use, instead of blindly guessing!

It really did make a huge difference. I’m happy I took the time to fix this.

So if any of you are on the fence about painting, I highly encourage it! If you don’t have a fancy cutting machine, you can take detailed photos of your controls, print them out, and have them turned into a magnet or sticker. Or even just mod podge it straight onto the backers. Or you could just leave the control panel unpainted. So many options!

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  1. Our Wired Lives (@OurWiredLives)

    Totally impressed. I wish I had an appliance to paint over!

  2. Allie

    Love the way the controls look with the silver oval backdrops!

  3. Ira Morse

    Nice handwriting, love your ideas and there is something missing, try put some arts at the front of your dishwater.

  4. Jamilet

    Thank you!, so doing this to my washer and dryer :), will send photos afterward.

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