As I started cleaning up my small laundry room, aka “laundry closet”, for my $100 room makeover project, I realized how bad my dryer actually looked. Our washer and dryer are old, they came with the house and we’ve lived here for over 10 years. But they still work well so there’s no need to replace them. And a new washer and dryer are definitely NOT in my $100 budget! I usually pile things on top of the dryer which has caused lots of scratches and rust spots on top. I’d never used appliance paint before so I thought I’d try it out on this project.
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Here’s a close up of the scratches and wear along the edges of the dryer. The washing machine didn’t look nearly as bad as this.
How to Use Appliance Paint
I wasn’t sure exactly what I needed so I ordered appliance spray paint AND appliance touch up paint. The appliance spray paint does come in different colors so you could actually paint the whole washing machine and dryer if you wanted. I decided to stick with white appliance spray paint and I’m really glad I did.
This project was actually much easier than I thought it would be. Most of my time was spent in prep. And let me warn you… unless you can pull your appliances outside MAKE SURE YOU COVER EVERYTHING IN THE AREA and WEAR PROTECTION ON YOUR FACE. My laundry room is upstairs and I was home by myself that day so I painted them where they were.
First, I removed everything from the areas I was going to paint and cleaned the washer and dryer. I even got out some Q-Tips and cleaned the tiny little nooks and crannies. My appliances were already looking better!
Then I hung some old sheets to protect the laundry closet walls and an old rug on the floor in front. I know from past experiences spray painting indoors that those little paint molecules settle ALL OVER THE ROOM.
After that I just followed the instructions on the can of spray paint: Shake can for one minute before painting and shake often during painting. Hold can about 12″-16″ away from the appliance and spray with a back and forth motion. Always keep it moving. A second coat may be applied after 30 minutes.
The Finished Painted Appliances
It took three light coats to get my dryer to look like this:
Quite a difference, right?
The appliance touch up paint comes in a little bottle with a brush applicator. It looks exactly like an old bottle of “Wite Out”. I used it on the top edge of the control panel where there was a scratch. Of course, I forgot to take a before photo on this one. In the photo below I pointed out exactly where the scratch was. If you look closely you can tell the area where I used the appliance touch up paint looks different. But if you didn’t know, you probably wouldn’t even notice.
Here’s a little spot on the washing machine where I used the appliance touch up paint. Again, slightly noticeable. I had more trouble covering the deeper scratches on the sides. But those didn’t bother me as much as the ones on the top.
Here’s a side by side so you can see the difference in my dryer. Wow! My husband actually thought I had bought a new dryer without telling him!
These might be at your local hardware store but since I have Amazon Prime I ordered from them and received my appliance paint in two days! Here are a few of the products I found on Amazon. I used the two Rustoleum products.
By the way, since I am so used to painting with chalk and mineral type paints I’m always shocked by the smell and fumes from other paints. Beware! Make sure you have some good ventilation before you start painting your appliances!
More DIY Home Projects
If you enjoyed reading my experience with appliance paint, you might also like these:
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‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Featured on 10+ Laundry Room Ideas. Originally published on March 22, 2017.