Sunday, May 6, 2012

Turning White Appliances into Stainless Steel for $25!


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When we moved in to The Money-Pit 2.0 it came with all white appliances.  We immediately bought a new fridge, stove, microwave and dishwasher but it wasn't in the budget to upgrade the trash compactor. (Did you know trash compactors cost between $500 and $1200? All for your GARBAGE?!) 
Granted, the compactor had stainless steel trim and a black foot pedal, but the rest of her was shiny white!
Then one day I was browsing a linky party and I stumbled upon this post where Traci turned her white appliances into black and stainless with spray paint and SoftMetal film and I knew that was the answer. I bought 2 linear feet for a total cost of $25.80 (including shipping.) I bought my film here, although I am not specifically endorsing this company.
The install was a breeze.  I used a couple of putty knives and a texture knock-down knife (aka a squeegee).  You wet down the surface, apply the film, smooth out the bubbles and then trim it down with a razor blade.  This is what I ended up with:
I was AMAZED with how real the stainless steel looked.  It actually was reflective and had fine honing lines in it.  
Once the film was all smoothed out, it looked nearly IDENTICAL to my authetic stainless dishwasher!
 
A fantastic $25 transformation!  I can save the $1175 for my next project! 


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31 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great idea and it looks fairly easy to do. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving kind words about my kitchen remodel.

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  2. I love it. I'll have to give it a try. We are in a rental home at the moment. This would be a quick fix. Are you able to remove it without damage to the appliances?

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  3. The film was like really thick contact paper. I was able to peel it off and reposition it. I would bet you could take it off later on down the line.. but you would probably need to use goo-gone or something like that to get the sticky adhesive off. As long as your appliance surface would tolerate that, I think you would be fine.

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  4. What a great idea! It's quite a transformation. It makes it look brand new. Megan

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  5. Looks great and for that kind of savings, well worth it!

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  6. Looks wonderful!! Will definitely have to keep this in mind for my white appliances.

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  7. Brilliant! It looks great. I will keep this in mind when I'll redo the kitchen.

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  8. Great Kim! It looks like you got a brand new appliance! what a difference!

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  9. Nice idea! I love saving money. I'm featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com today!

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  10. This looks awesome! Makes me think twice about some of those clearance appliances that are the wrong color. What an awesome transformation!

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  11. Genius girl...pure genius. That looks awesome. thanks for sharing your inspiration with the newbie party.

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  12. Huge savings and it looks great! I definitely got to check them out. I'm now an active follower!

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  13. Wow! This looks fabulous and for so little $. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative goodness! :-)
    Sharla

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  14. Hi! I love the idea! This will be perfect for my little renovation project. I hope you don't mind but I added your blog page a a little link to mine.
    Check it out:
    http://thewifeiam.wordpress.com/2012/05/09/looks-like-the-real-deal-stainless-steel/
    Skylar

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  15. Wow, that turned out so perfect! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: http://printabelle.com/?p=3188 Thanks!

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  16. I am so super impressed and super excited! Our next place might have a VERY limited budget, so this would be perfect!!!

    FBing this!
    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  17. I found you at Handy Man Crafty Woman. This is a great solution to a common problem. I pasted a link to your post onmy FaceBook Group Page. Thank you!

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  18. Genius! Thanks for sharing this idea - it may save me some moola too!! Loving it!

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  19. Thanks for the shout out Kim. I am so glad you found my post helpful. Your compactor make-over is fabulous. Isn't that film wonderful. It doesn't show finger prints like the real stuff so I am thinking about putting over my already stainless dishwasher.
    Traci

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  20. Very cool! Love the before and after pics. I found your link on Delightful Order's Link Party. I would love for you to post this on my link party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
    Thanks for sharing!

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  21. It looks great! Thanks for sharing this with us @ the Sunday Round Up.
    Hope you have a wonderful week,
    Rose

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  22. I had no idea this could be done, wonderful idea! Tanya :)

    ps- I am a new follower, creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com

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  23. This is amazing, I had no idea there was such a doing this to items. I need to do this to our dishwasher. We have a stainless steel fridge and everything else is white. blah!
    Love how it looks, and I didn't know how much trash compacter cost! Thats crazy expensive!
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up! Can't wait to see what you have for us next weekend. Have a GREAT week!
    xoxo
    Heather

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  24. What a great idea. I love your blog title!!!

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  25. Great idea! Much better price too :o)
    You are being featured tomorrow as the week's most clicked link!
    Thanks for charing with us!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  26. That looks great! What a huge difference! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!
    I hope you have a great week!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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  27. That's awesome! Great idea and it looks amazing! Love it!

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  28. Way to save some serious money! It looks real. Love this idea!

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  29. Hi Kim - I just love what you have done with your kitchen and the appliances! Has the 'stainless steel' film stood up to knocks and scrapes fairly well or not? So glad that I have found your site as I'm a big DIY-er myself.

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  30. Great idea! I so need this. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. Hi Kim,

    I know we haven't met, but I need to tell you...that I love you. Yes, love at first sight. You had me at,"how to paint your kitchen cabinets without losing your mind," but the fact you made my biggest peeves about many of life's more difficult DIY fears...disappear well my life is more beautiful because of you...a life changer," how to trim out a mirror without miter cuts, and how to turn white appliances in to stainless Steele...well it's beyond love, it's better than love, it is DIY perfection.
    You rock so very, very much!
    Your # 1 fan,
    Keri<3

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