Saturday, September 1, 2012

DIY Faux Stainless Steel Dishwasher

I have done a lot of updates inside and out of our home. This weekend I covered my 1990's almond colored dishwasher (still works) with Faux Stainless Steel film.

First I taped off the control panel and spray painted it with black satin spray paint.

Next I searched for the Faux Stainless Steel film and found it online at Ez Faux Decor

When the film finally came in I gathered all the supplies; basically a spray bottle with water, a blow dryer, a squeegee (I made mine by taping painters tape to a plastic drywall knife), scissors, and a razor blade. I have to admit this was pretty hard, just like trying to put really thick contact paper on a vertical object. There are quit a few imperfections that you can see close up but not really noticeable from a regular stance. If I were to do it again I would have someone standing close with the blow dryer turned on the entire time. Doing it myself, I had to blow the heat and then set down the blow dryer and smooth it out. Also, follow the instructions and smooth the film down from the center out, have several new razor blades handy, and don't expect perfection. I almost gave up but after numerous attempts it turned out alright. I'm pretty happy with the results and it will do until the dishwasher breaks and I can replace it with a brand new stainless steel one.

Not bad huh? Of course I am sitting on the kitchen floor to take the picture and you can see where the film didn't fill the space between the door and the bottom panel but unless I have guests who sit on my kitchen floor no one will ever know except me. 

Now...what the heck to do about those counter tops??

5/4/13 Update - It has been 8 months since I did this project and I just want to let you know that the faux stainless steal and spray painted top have held up perfectly. Absolutely NO issues or complaints here. I highly recommend the product but still suggest that you practice before and/or at least have someone standing by with the blow-dryer. I would do this again without reservation. 


  1. Looks great! What a change!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  2. Well, then. I mean you can't go wrong with stainless steel, but to have that updated for a year or so, and yet its spray paint still look perfect after is a proof of its durability. Thank you for sharing that DIY, Debbie. I hope that stainless steel dishwasher will last for more years to come!

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising