Dishwasher Transformation

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The dishwasher in our rental home has bugged me the minute we moved in. We brought our fridge with us and it’s black, the front of the stove is black, but the front of the dishwasher is almond. Yuck! I like things to match a bit better than that, especially since you can see the whole kitchen from the family room.

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It also has 2 gouges in the front of it. So what do I do?

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I decided to cover it in black vinyl. It will be fast and easy to remove when we move out and I’m going to be able to enjoy matching appliances while I’m here. I had to use 2 sheets for the front of the dishwasher. Peel off the paper backing a little at a time.

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I used a wallpaper seam roller to smooth out the vinyl as I applied it. There were a few small bubbles I had to work out. Roll from the center out for the best results. Then apply the second sheet. The vinyl has guides on the back so you can easily cut it to the length you need.

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For some reason the bottom of the dishwasher is textured. That was actually easier to apply. The texture helps the air bubbles escape making the application smoother.

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You can see the seam a little in the picture, but it isn’t recognizable in person. I love how it looks now. When you’re renting, every little thing you can do to make it feel like home helps. Think outside the box!

{ 9 comments… add one }
  • Carrie February 21, 2014, 8:31 am

    That’s an amazing idea! Not only does it look better, but it protects the surface from stains and scratches.

  • GumTreeGirl February 21, 2014, 11:59 am

    That looks awesome. We are renting and will probably be moving into another rental this summer. It is nice to know I can pick the one with the mix matched appliances and then fix it.

  • Heather February 21, 2014, 3:08 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I like it! Such a simple and budget-friendly transformation. I will be sharing this idea with my clients. 🙂

  • Chrissy February 21, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Looks great! Could you also use chalkboard contact paper, then you could write messages on the dishwasher!

  • Jonie @ Just Between Friends February 21, 2014, 10:03 pm

    What a smart idea! It really is the perfect solution for a rental.

  • Jesseca February 24, 2014, 8:10 am

    What a SMART idea!! This can even work for apartment living. I would have never thought of this.

  • jamie@kreyv February 24, 2014, 2:17 pm

    That looks awesome, what a great idea!

  • Tansy March 2, 2014, 4:07 pm

    oh my goodness! I just did this to our fridge thats a little old and worse for wear. We won’t get a new one for a few months so i covered it in contact! It looks awesome!

  • Theresa July 2, 2014, 12:45 pm

    I did the same with an avocado green dishwasher about 15 years ago. Now, I love avocado green, yet no longer have the dishwasher. Ya gotta love contact paper. Your washer looks fantastic!

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