DIY Appliance Update

We all know a focus in any home is the Kitchen. Ever wanted stainless steel appliances, but just couldn’t bring yourself to spend that kind of money? Admit it, when you bought or rented your home, the kitchen was one of the deciding factors to make you choose that home. Appliances can make a big difference in how the kitchen looks as well. What happens when you find that amazing home, but the appliances are not exactly how you had hoped? What if one of your appliances breaks and you don’t have the money for new stainless steel one? Good news for you, there is a fix that is much cheaper, you can DIY your appliances.



All you will need for this project is:

  • Stainless steel Contact Paper: Walmart $13
  • Credit card or something comparable to smooth out the contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Razor blade
  • A helper
  • And a little patience


How To

First thing you will need to do is measure the size of your appliance (dishwasher, refrigerator). Then cut a piece of Contact Paper about 3 inches longer than the size of your appliance. You want to make sure the contact paper wraps around the edges, so you can’t see the original color on the sides.


Once you have that measured and cut to the correct size, you will want to open the appliance you are going to be covering. Take the contact paper and start around the side edge, smoothing out the contact paper as you work your way down to the bottom still on the side.


Once the side is done, start moving towards the center slowly. Make sure you are using the credit card or other tool of choice to smooth every little inch out so there are no bubbles. If you do end up with a bubble, pull the paper up just to where the bubble is gone, then start that section again. Keep moving towards the other side of the appliance until you finish.


Once you are finished applying the contact paper, trim off the excess using the razor blade. Go back through the entire thing with the credit card or tool of choice pushing any bubbles towards the edges to you can smooth it out.


This is a major update to a kitchen, also helpful if you are trying to sell your home as well as just an update for your own eyes. No more spending that crazy amount of money for stainless steel appliances when you can DIY with just a little work. This is so simple, you don’t have to be a crafty person to do it.