Wow. That’s all I have to say about this project. I LOOOOOOOOVE IT!! Oh my goodness, best project ever. The result is so fun! I still need to spray on a few layers of protective laquer so the paint won’t chip. I don’t think it will, but I really want to cover all my bases this time. So, wanna know how easy it is to completely revamp your boring old washer and dryer? Here’s how I did it for under 10 bucks!
• 1 quart Rustoleum Protective Enamel paint in your color of choice
• Brush or Roller (be prepared to toss it after, because the paint is oil-based and a nightmare to clean)
• spray paint for knobs
• spray laquer
• paint pen or custom stickers/vinyls
Both appliances took 3 coats of brushed on paint. Each coat required 24 hours before I could re-coat. Also, after the third coat I still had a few small problem areas, and I touched them up with a teeny cheap craft brush that I have like 30 of. It was very similar to painting with nail polish. That’s roughly the consistency of this paint. It’s really tough not to let the brush get too goopy, so you gotta be careful. If you play your cards right, you’ll get a beautiful finish.
I decided to go ahead and paint over the original labels. I removed the knobs and sprayed them with metallic chrome spray paint. Then I used a silver paint pen to write on an edited version of my settings, because I honestly don’t need all that information to wash my jeans.
Since my handwriting rivals a first-grader’s, I’m going to upgrade at some point to custom magnets that I’ll print out and run through my xyron, like my dishwasher sign. But right now this gets the job done, even if it’s not the prettiest thing out there.
Even if you use a roller, you’ll need a brush to get into some of the smaller crevices. Like the sides of the washer lid and the lip that you lift it up from.
As the light is absolutely horrible in this room for photos, I messed around with my flash and settings forever to finally get a more accurate depiction of the shade of red these are. They’re more dark and cranberry-ish than the bright cherry in the other photos. Like the perfect shade of red nail polish. Vintage Marilyn Monroe.
Can you tell how glossy and reflective the paint is? I mean, check out that knob reflection on the dryer! It looks amazing. It definitely gets me inspired to do the rest of the projects I have planned for this room, so it doesn’t look so shabby compared to my snazzy new(look) appliances. Luckily I have most of the supplies on hand, now I just have to find the time!
Want to see the finished laundry room? Check it out here!
I gussied up the controls with vinyl and a sharper paint pen! Turns out I really did need to see all those fancy settings
- Take a detailed photo of the controls and print on sticker/magnet paper to scale.
- Print a detailed photo and commission a custom vinyl on Etsy.
- Skip the paint around the controls altogether
Good luck you guys!