In my head, a few coats of paint can make anything new. It doesn’t help that I have an addiction to change. I had this idea to glam up my laundry room to make the mundane task more interesting. Plus, this room was just disheveled and dreary. So, I bought a quart of Rustoleum’s protective enamel paint (after a little googling) and now my washer and dryer are looking like this:

Wooooo! Fancy, right? This is only 2 coats, and it’s looking like it’ll need 3 to get the job done. This is a sloooow project, since I have to wait 24 hours between coats, and I’m determined to actually do things right this time and not mess it up like my chalkboard fridge. Well, to be honest, 2 coats may have been enough if I’d just used a little roller instead of a paint brush. But, you live, you learn, right? I think it’s looking pretty fabulous myself!

Do you see the glam starting to come together? This photo is a little more true-to-color. And the paint is crazy glossy. I love it. I’m planning on spraying the knobs chrome, and using a silver paint pen to come back and write the labels. Then I’ll finish them off with a few coats of poly for protection. Amazing, no? I mean, there’s so many colors of Rustoleum to choose from! In fact, there are 21…

How cool would an orange washer/dryer pair be? Or that amazing magenta? Or grey, or sunny yellow, I could go on all day! And I’ll probably only end up using a half of the quart, which runs about 8 bucks. Yup, you heard me. 8 bucks for a whole new look on some pretty Plain Jane appliances! I mean, how boring are they? Unless you want to spend a grand, you get to choose between white, cream or bisque. Blah. I’ll do a whole write up on my procedure and finish once I’m done with this whole thing (probably in about a week, at this rate).

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    1. Haha! This comment totally cracked me up ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve totally been guilty of “Oh, my, that sure is interesting!” comments on projects that totally weren’t my taste. I appreciate your honesty! In reality, the red isn’t so hooker bright. It’s called Cranberry, and has more of a maroonish tint that I can get in photos. The lighting in that room is just so poor. Maybe I’ll have to just suck it up and take a flash picture so the color will look right. But, it is my room, and I’m really the only one who has to like it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Trust me, there are some very, uh, “interesting” developments coming to this room, and I know it’s not going to be very many people’s taste. So I’ll prep for your honest comments in the future! Hahaha!!

  1. I never would have thought to paint a plain jane washer/dryer combo, but I think it’s genius! And who cares if the color is bright…anything to make a boring task like laundry at least a little more fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hey! I love love love. Have you had a sec to publish the full write up? I want to do this within the next week or two to my set, they’re in a totally exposed brick room, so I’m thinking something like lime or olive green would be a great POP of color. Also really like your shelves that you found and put over it in your next post about this. (I’ve been trolling CL but where I live it’s in the country so I dont find much) Question for you though – I am not much of a painter, and prefer spray paint. I’ve seen some semi-gloss enamel spray paint out there, and was considering picking up a few cans for my project. I’ve spray painted furniture before, and it’s come out better than the regular paint I’ve used. Any tips/pointers/no-no’s?

    1. I really hope the comment above isn’t just a url… I wrote out a whole long thing and instead of “copy” I pasted something right after I hit submit. If it is please let me know, I will re-type what I had.

    2. Hi Gary! I did the full writeup here: . I think the epoxy spray paint should work out the same as the brush-on version. Just give it a light sanding to rough up the finish of your appliances a bit. I used a 220 grit sanding block and just whirled it over them in circles. I also wish I’d thought to pop a piece of wax or transfer paper over my removed knob areas and traced out the writing below, so it would be easy to replicate after I painted over it. Good luck!

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