So your kitchen is all dolled up. The cabinets are customized, the granite countertop is smooth, and the floor is just well-polished. Everything looks great except for one thing: the dishwasher in between the sink and stove. With constant use, your dishwasher is likely succumbing to wear and tear. And its age is probably apparent on the breaking coat of its door, which is grabbing your attention for all the wrong reasons. In such case, there are things you can do to address this problem spot and bring the life back to your aging dishwasher door. Below are some clever ideas how you can do that.
Give it a new hue
The easiest and least expensive way to jazz up your dishwasher door is to give it a new hue by applying appliance paint. Similar to conventional wall paint, appliance paint come in a wide variety of colors, allowing you to pick a tone that goes well with the existing color scheme of your kitchen cabinetry. It is also available in both brush and spray varieties.
Although this is a do-it-yourself project, the application can be a bit labor intensive. So you need to have a lot of patience to get things right. As with other paint jobs, you have to make ensure that you’ve sanded and treated the rust spots on your dishwasher door. Then, clean the entire surface thoroughly with soap and water, and allow it to completely dry. To make sure that the appliance paint will bond well on the existing surface, be sure to apply a primer first before applying the first coat.
Reface it with decorative stock panel
Another cheap option to give your dishwasher door a new face is to outfit it with decorative stock panel. These ready-made panels are available in different sizes to befit a wide range of dishwasher models. They also come in colors that are typically used in the kitchen such as black, white and stainless steel. You may even find some stock panels that mimic the appearance of solid wood. The latter option may cost you a little, but once applied, it will surely give your dishwasher door a high-end look.
Peel-and-stick film covering
If you’re not handy with tools, you can still configure the appearance of your dishwasher door without a fuss. How? By opting for a peel-and-stick film covering. There are a number of peel-and-stick film coverings specially designed for refacing dishwasher doors and other appliances. They also come in a wide variety of custom colors and designs.
The great thing about peel-and-stick options is that they live up to their name as you can install them in no time without using any tool. All you have to do is peel the backing off, then carefully stick the piece on the surface. Once you’ve gotten tired of the look, just slightly heat the finish then peel it off the surface. Another plus factor is that some peel-and-stick products can be used to cover the sides of your dishwasher, allowing you to give your appliance a uniformed look from front to sides.