DIY Stainless Steel Makeover

Transform ordinary appliances into stainless steel with this easy & inexpensive DIY via www.julieblanner.com
I have a confession to make.  I’m not always the most patient person.  I thought I could live with black appliances for a year in my all white kitchen, but I barely made it a week.  It just stuck out in the otherwise bright space.  Fortunately, I found a simple and reasonable fix. Here are the details for our DIY stainless steel dishwasher and a before photo…
Transform ordinary appliances into stainless steel with this easy & inexpensive DIY via www.julieblanner.com
With a few dollars, a little time and patience, we transformed our black dishwasher into one that looked like stainless steel. What do you think? Friends and family didn’t even know it wasn’t truly stainless steel.
Transform ordinary appliances into stainless steel with this easy & inexpensive DIY via www.julieblanner.com
Transform ordinary appliances into stainless steel with this easy & inexpensive DIY via www.julieblanner.com
Supplies:
Stainless Steel Contact Paper: Lowe’s $5.00
Credit Card
Scissors
Razor blade
A Project Partner
Patience
1. Cut a piece of contact paper 3″ longer than required.
2. Open your dishwasher {or other appliance} door and start at the edge.  Line the paper up with the top, peeling only an inch or so of the backing off at a time.  Partner 1: Start at the top, slowly working your way to the bottom using the credit card.  This will eliminate most bubbles.  Partner 2: hold onto the contact paper with a little tension to keep the paper from adhering. If you should end up with any large bubbles, just pull back and try again.
3. Once you reach the other side and are happy with your result, trim the excess off with a razor blade.
4. Remove any bubbles working them out with a credit card.
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Transform ordinary appliances into stainless steel with this easy & inexpensive DIY via www.julieblanner.com
I’m extremely pleased with the result.  It provided some cohesion to the kitchen, making it feel more modern.  We’ve come a long way!  Don’t miss our recently transformed kitchen and take a tour of our home full of diy projects. For more everyday inspiration, follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook, pin with me on Pinterest and go behind the scenes on Instagram. Get more inspiring ideas delivered directly to your inbox.
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97 comments on “DIY Stainless Steel Makeover”

  1. Looks awesome. I didn’t know they made stainless contact paper. I will definitely be passing the word on.

  2. I’d love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!

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  3. now that is INSANE!! why are we shelling out gazillions for stainless when we can get it for five bucks????

    love this idea!

  4. I canNOT believe that transformation!!! For real! Please share this with my readers at the Meet Me Monday linky party! This is so thrifty and smart! They will love it! Getting ready to subscribe to emails. I don’t want to miss what you are doing! Love, Me
    http://youaretalkingtoomuch.blogspot.com/2011/11/meet-me-monday-10.html

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  6. That is such a great idea!

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  9. Any problem with the steam from the dishwasher damaging the paper?

  10. Hi Julie! This is really a terrific idea! Just wondering if this paper is removable? Or permanent? Thanks so much. 🙂

    • Thank you! Honestly, I don’t know. I know that when we were doing it we were able to peel it back up and reset it as needed. However, we never felt the need to remove it and kept it like that until we purchased all new appliances a year later. I would assume it would be just like any other time you remove contact paper after a year, there would be residue you would need to remove with adhesive remover. I hope you continue to find inspiration on my blog!

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  12. Hi Julie! That looks awesome. Quick question: was your black dishwasher textured at all? I want to do this with our textured black dishwasher but am not sure if it’ll stick due to the texture. Thanks!

    • Great question Kaitlin, it was not. You could do the stainless steel paint, however, I’m not sure textured either would give you the effect/result you want. I’m sorry!

  13. This is such a great idea! We’d love to do it in our new house, but we haven’t been able to find contact paper that is big enough. We looked at 2 different Lowes stores, and neither had any contact paper like this. We found some online, but the biggest sizes were only 18″ wide, and our dishwasher is 24″ x 24″, which means there would be a seam in the middle. How did you do it on yours?

    • I’m sorry Samantha! We did this project a couple years ago, so availability may have changed. I do recall that we used it horizontally vs vertically, so the width didn’t matter, just the height. You may try calling manufacturers to see if they make it in wider widths. Best wishes!

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  57. Brilliant. I’d like to know what dishwasher you have that has outlasted the exterior. 🙂

  58. @Kaitlin. Great question. Have you transformed your dishwasher yet? Just wondering which treatment you chose. I’ve found a how to video from Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel:

    http://www.liquidstainlesssteel.com/learnhow.html

    I had to see it to believe it. Looks like an all day job but it looks great and would certainly be well worth the effort. I guess all the layers gives it more depth and makes it look more realistic. 🙂

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  68. I love it!!! Looks great. I’m going to try it on my fridge.

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  74. I TOTALLY Love This!!! 😉 I painted ours, it’s OK, but NOTHING like yours. I’m gonna have to go to Lowe’s and buy it today. Omgosh!! Thank You. Not only am i a clean freak, but i can NOT stand looking at the same thing for less than a year.I re-do everything, all the time.

  75. Did the contact paper interfere with the magnetic function? I love the look of stainless but hate that I can’t hang anything.

  76. The stainless contact paper isn’t quite wide enough for my dishwasher, so I used masking tape about 1 1/2 inches down from the top all the way across and painted black paint. When it dried, I took the tape off and applied the contact paper from the side and bottom. It looks fantastic and I didn’t have to piece any in. Ginger

  77. The stainless contact paper isn’t quite wide enough for my dishwasher, so I used masking tape about 1 1/2 inches down from the top all the way across and painted black paint. When it dried, I took the tape off and applied the contact paper from the side and bottom. It looks fantastic and I didn’t have to piece any in. Ginger

  78. Wow! Love it! It’s a great idea!

  79. Did you cover the buttons and add a new handle? I am a bit confused by the before and after? Looks amazing! Want to try it myself.

    • No – the very last photo on the page is when we ultimately replaced the dishwasher. You can see a few “afters” just under the before. Enjoy!

  80. Makeovers like these make such a huge impact! I love contact paper:) Thanks for the idea. Saw your post through the amaze me monday party!

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