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DIY Hack: Faux Stainless Steel Kitchen Upgrades

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

We’re all about DIY hacks that lessen the budget burden. Why spend thousands of dollars on home improvements if there’s a more cost-effective solution? We apply this thinking to every room in the home, including the kitchen, which is how we found painted appliance makeovers. The results in those transformations were mind-blowing and had everyone wondering if there’s a way to give outdated refrigerators a modern stainless steel look. Thanks to paint technologies and high-quality contact papers, the answer to that inquiry is yes.

 

REFRIGERATOR

This fridge instantly looked two or three decades younger when The Honeycomb Home applied liquid stainless steel paint to it. Who knew that a modern appliance was only a few thin coats of paint away?

 

DISHWASHER

A brand new stainless steel dishwasher will cost you hundreds of dollars. Craving Some Creativity covered hers with contact paper and got her dream appliance for $10!

 

COUNTERTOPS

Want to give your whole kitchen an industrial overhaul? There’s a hack for that too! These old formica counters were ripped out and swapped with wood outfitted in sheet metal. Read more about the process on Remodelaholic.

 

TRASH COMPACTOR

After The Kim Six Fix upgraded all her white, dated appliances with a new stainless steel fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher, there wasn’t enough budget left to replace the trash compactor. With a little research, she found a hack that uses a thin film to match her other kitchen items, and it only cost $25.

 

OVEN

Curious about the power of stainless steel paint, Apartment Therapy’s Ashley Poskin tested it on an oven. She notes that although it’s not a permanent fix, the end result is impressive and it’s a good short-term solution.

 

SMALL APPLIANCES

Once the bigger kitchen pieces get a metallic facelift, you may want to match the smaller appliances. Stainless steel paint can get the job done, learn more at Giani.

 

RANGE HOOD

A single sheet of contact paper can totally elevate your cookery, just look at the results on Build Sew Reap’s range hood.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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