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!

Painted Dishwasher DIY Epoxy

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.

Paint Dishwasher Black

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.

Paint Dishwasher

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.

Appliance Painting 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?

This project was not the first of its kind in our kitchen. Over a year ago, I also transformed our range hood from almond to black. You can read all about that experience here.



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16 thoughts on “Painted Dishwasher

  1. Janice

    Could you not use model car paint, in silver or black, on the control panel? It would be time consuming, but probably worth it if it bothers you that much.

  2. Monteen Mulcahy

    Wow! I am impressed and inspired. It has never occurred to me an appliance could be painted. Guess that goes to show anything can be painted using the correct paint. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Sandy

    It ‘s usually pretty easy to remove the door and bottom panel…makes painting even easier when you can get it out of the house.

  4. Naomi

    Hi Emily – this looks AMAZING! I am so impressed by how it turned out. What a difference – and it totally looks like it was always meant to be that color. I have some ugly appliances, myself, and hand’t considered spraying… until now!

    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Naomi for your kind words! It was extremely simple to do and totally worth it! Let us know if you try it.

    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Christine! Yeah, the appliance expoxy is pretty awesome stuff. I have been extremely pleased with the results.

  5. Lori @ Thrifty Decor Mom

    Stopping by from Handy Man, Crafty Woman link party. I love your dishwasher makeover! It’s such a great inexpensive solution for an appliance that works but isn’t very pretty. I absolutely love your blog and am a new follower!

  6. Cynthia Greenfeather

    For future reference, a safer way to do this is to remove the door, then take it outside to paint, which would also allow you to lay it flat. But hooray for diyers! You rock!

  7. Laurin

    Your dishwasher looks great! I need to do a refrigerator and a dishwasher! I would say I have a normal use kitchen, but with kids and others bouncing in and out, just curious how the paint has held up over time??


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