And… I LOVE IT.
I have thought about doing this for literally years. YEARS. I don’t know why it took me so long to bite the bullet — probably because we bought these appliances brand new in 2016 and it’s hard to taint brand new thing with a DIY. You know what I mean? But, alas, everything under my roof is bound to get painted eventually. And let me tell you: this is one of THE BEST DIYs I have EVER done.
So, spray paint?
And the answer is yep! Regular, old, bought-it-at-Home-Depot spray paint. This one, to be exact. Some spray paints are enamels, but this one is not. It is, however, a paint and primer in one and specifically states it adheres to metal.
Do I know how well this will hold up over time? Absolutely not; if I could see the future I would probably be draped in velvet looking over a crystal ball for money.
Do I have a fair bit of confidence that I’ll be just fine? Yes. We have used this same spray paint on our metal patio furniture, and it holds up to the elements and abuse of being outdoors, plus an annual power wash with no issue. Call me crazy, but I decided to just say f*ck it and give it a go.
If you want a look into my brain, here it is. I almost never plan out colors before I get to Home Depot or any similar paint desk. When I was at Home Depot (the same night I began this project) I was texting these colors to one of my best friends, Claire. She would give me feedback and I landed on the color Ocean Mist in gloss, though Golden Sunset was a cloooooooose second. I wanted to go for a vintagey look that would complement the teal backsplash in our kitchen nicely.
This was the picture I sent to Claire when I got home. This is when I was like, “Oh, yep, this is the right choice!“I still think Golden Sunset might have been nice. Maybe in another project.
Okay, so how did you do it?
This is thankfully an easy tutorial: remove panels, paint panels, put panels back on.
First, start by removing the panels from your oven. Mine was held on by about 5 screws per panel. The top control panel piece was held on by a few tabs that you could pop off and then two screws on the bottom, and the knobs popped right off when you pulled them. Make sure you keep track of the screws you remove!
PRO TIP: keep the screws from each separate area in their own cup. I learned this trick working on motorcycles. It ensures you don’t lose any small pieces and you understand which screws belong to which piece.
This is the point where I got slightly overwhelmed for about three seconds and then powered on. Then I was like, LET’S DO THIS.
After the panels are removed and disassembled (I removed the bottom one after I took these photos), get these bad boys super clean. I’m telling you now: paint will not adhere to an oily surface. GET. THEM. SPOTLESS. I used commercial-grade windex (thanks, Jake) and a plastic wire brush. This combo worked perfectly!
This picture is obviously from when I was cleaning the knobs, but it worked on the stainless too.
After your pieces are niiiice and clean, lay them out to prepare for paint. Maybe I’m crazy, but I found that painting at night by the light of my iPhone made the process go super smoothly. I used the flashlight reflection to make sure my coats went on evenly. Do I recommend this? Not exactly. But it worked for me.
I have a few spray painting tips:
- When the can says shake vigorously for one minute, you listen.
- Make sure your paint can is always in motion when you are spraying.
- More light coats is better than one or two heavy coats. I did about three light coats on these panels.
- Re-coat within 30 minutes maximum, and if you miss that window you must wait 48 hours. I would recommend spraying within a few minutes of the first coat; I did a new coat every 5-6 minutes.
- If adding a clear coat, spray it on within 30 minutes of the last color coat. Again, it doesn’t hurt to do sooner. I did about 5-6 minutes after I painted my last colored coat.
With that in mind, get to spraying.
As you can see in the second picture, I did get quite a bit of overspray on the glass front of the panel. This doesn’t concern me — I just used a flat razor to scrape it off. Easy peasy.
After the color was on, I sprayed a clear coat. I just used the Rustoleum brand clear top coat.
I removed the panels, got all three coats plus the clear coat on all of my panels and knobs painted, and cleaned up my workspace in under three hours. This is an easy project, I swear. And then I let them fully dry overnight.
When I woke up, I couldn’t rush down to the garage to see my project in the day time fast enough.
When I saw these in the cold light of day, my jaw dropped. I squealed with delight. I yelled “oh f*ck, Jake, these look so much better than I thought they would!”
I mean, I spray painted my oven, but not only that: I spray painted them at 10 pm with shoddy lighting.
Oh and before you ask, here’s a link to my ridiculous but incredibly dope Croc-material faux Birkenstocks that keep making an appearance here. They’re my garden shoes, and also my painting shoes.
Anyway. Then, my friends, you re-assemble your panels and pop them right back where they came from. I think this goes without saying, but please be careful when reassembling these. Fresh paint is easy to scrape off. I scuffed the bottom corner of the bottom oven panel, but I’m not particularly worried. I didn’t notice it once it was back on.
Without further ado…
*Cue runway music*
If you’re thinking about doing this project, I say go forth and conquer. Paint your oven; paint your dishwasher; paint your fridge. If I can do this, you can do this. I don’t have any special skills — spray paint is an easy intro tool. And regardless of how scary this project seems, it’s not that bad. I promise.
Do you have $20 and at least one working arm (or a friend with at least one working arm)? You can do this.
As always, please tag me on Instagram or email me if you end up doing this project! I love to cheer y’all on.