Painted Dishwasher

This project has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier to finally be able to scream it to the world, I PAINTED MY DISHWASHER!
It may sound a little risky, but it was totally worth it. The ugly almond color had to go. It was the only appliance we had that was an off-white color and it stuck out like a sore thumb in our primarily black and white kitchen.
To begin this process, I covered the surrounding area with garbage bags and plastic table cloths and secured them with painters tape. I also thoroughly applied tape to the button control panel to help keep them readable after the new paint job.
Next, I sprayed the dishwasher with a few coats of Rustoleum Black Appliance Epoxy. It was very important to follow all the instructions on the can to insure even coverage.
Finally, I removed all of the layers of plastic and tape to reveal my beautiful, new-looking dishwasher.
We are very pleased with how this turned out, but there is one tiny thing I am not entirely crazy about. The control panel is still that almond color. Eww. But, I am so much happier with having a black dishwasher with a small off-white stripe vs. an all almond appliance. What do you think?
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  • Penny Penny on Aug 30, 2017
    Is there stainless steel pant

  • Donna Donna on Jan 31, 2020

    Wouldn't it have been easier to take the door off to paint, it's not hard to do?

    I'd be afraid of paint getting into areas that couldn't come off if paint ran into crevices.

  • Angela Angela on May 05, 2020

    I love it! We did our refrigerator years ago with “appliance” paint. (Basically Rustoleum) I’m thinking if you have the model # for the dishwasher, you may be able to go on line for that particular part (the facia panel or control panel facia), & purchase it. It looks great!


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  • MillieS MillieS on Dec 29, 2020

    Well, swallowing hard, I am going to try this with a paint brush rather than a spray so it will match my cabinets. I just painted my cabinets a beautiful dk blue which looks so good. After seeing what you did, I want to paint it where it is one continuous flow and a spray paint wouldn't match it well enough. Hope this works, wish me luck. that green on top of the cabinet is a book case I sat up there to get out of the way and have since painted in the white that showed around the dishwasher.

  • Victoria Victoria on Aug 03, 2021

    Elizabeth, good for you! Been painting my appliances for years. I actually use a really good paint roller and good paint brush where roller wouldn’t work. Leaves a slight texture (not high gloss finish) that doesn’t show pinger prints. My coppertone fridge went white. White freezer went red. White washer/dryer went bright yellow. Green dishwasher went a custom white to perfectly match my cabinets (thanks to Benjamin Moore). Have done black too.

    ‘First clean, clean- I use TSP, clean it off good, them prime with oil base primer then pain color of choice with oil base paint (I worked for BenM so of course use their products)

    What have you got to loose, sooner or later you’ll get read of it just because of color.