You move into a new place, and everything is perfect. Except for that one white appliance that clashes with the other stainless steel pieces in the kitchen. Or that one laminate backsplash that doesn’t quite go with the rest of the room. If you can’t afford a new dishwasher or a remodel, what’s a design enthusiast to do?! How about enlisting the help of stainless steel paint! Today we’ll show you a few techniques with the power to transform your space. Read on for all the details… [image from Koch Architects, Inc.]
Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel
One of today’s most popular options for stainless steel makeovers is Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel. Below we see the way this product has transformed a kitchen countertop. Sleek and chic! So what is liquid stainless steel anyway? Known as “the world’s first brush-on stainless steel,” this product can be applied with a roller or a brush.
While liquid stainless steel provides an easy way to update appliances, it has benefits for counters and furnishings, as well. Check out this link for a list of frequently asked questions about Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel, as well as a list of surfaces that can be updated with this product. You may be surprised to find items such as bed frames and light fixtures on the list!
Another thing about Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel: as noted on the website, it’s “made with 100% stainless steel in an automotive grade, clear resin”. Yes, automotive grade! Below we see a refrigerator makeover using the product:
Let’s take a look at one final makeover using liquid stainless steel–a dishwasher transformation that’s quite striking! Are you ready to take the plunge? For helpful tips on using the product, check out this helpful FAQ section from the Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel website. Multiple coats will be necessary, but they’re essential for a seamless finish. This blog post is also filled with helpful tips on using the product!
Stainless Steel Spray Paint
We couldn’t write a post on stainless steel paint without exploring the world of spray paint. It’s affordable, and it’s super easy to use. But does it succeed in creating the look of stainless steel? Below we see an image of a furniture makeover involving metallic spray paint. [from Dasken]
A few notes about using spray paint on a surface such as an appliance… For one thing, it can be tricky to get a smooth coat. Then there are the fumes, and the fact that you likely need to remove the appliance or furnishing from your home in order to complete the project in an area with plenty of ventilation (and to protect the surrounding items). With that said, there are times when using spray paint really pays off, especially when it comes to smaller appliances! For a thorough look at this approach, check out all the details from the amazing trash compactor makeover shown below at Stillwater Story.
Regardless of your final decision on whether or not to use metallic spray paint for a stainless steel effect, this strategy can certainly be an amazing option for smaller objects such as vases. The pieces below were once gold, but with the help of spray paint, they were transformed into silver vessels perfect for holding a beautiful holiday arrangement. View the entire process at The Hand Me Down House:
A Stainless Steel Paint Alternative
Yes, this blog post is devoted to stainless steel paint options, but we had to shine the spotlight on one more possibility: stainless steel contact paper! This option is ideal for renters who are not allowed to paint their homes, and it’s a great way to test out a stainless steel finish without the commitment of paint. The d-c-fix self-adhesive vinyl film shown below is available through Amazon. [via Do It Yourself Fun Ideas]
Another reason to go with contact paper: you don’t have to worry about strategically creating a smooth finish with special techniques or several coats of paint. It’s as easy as cut, peel and stick. And you don’t have to deal with paint fumes! Read about this dishwasher makeover at Coordinately Yours:
Did any of the projects above inspire a DIY project of your own at home? Remember that if you’re renting or you simply don’t feel like painting, stainless steel contact paper is a great way to test the waters without leaving a permanent mark. Happy decorating!