Monday, 5 October 2015

pimp my dishwasher

I stuck gold foil tape on my dishwasher!.........

Wow, that really didn't take long enough to explain to warrant a full post :/

Oh well, on to the pretty pictures!!!!

Kidding :D

So really, what happened was that when we bought this house appliances were not meant to be included in the purchase, but when the sale was complete and we came to look around we saw that the previous owners had left their dishwasher for us. 

It was white, and basic, and past me was a little disappointed that I wouldn't be able to have a stainless steel one to match the fridge I had picked out.

Present me just rolled her eyes so hard that she nearly hurt herself. Past me may have been a little bit too used to having two incomes coming in!

But I wasn't silly enough to think that replacing a perfectly good dishwasher just because it wasn't as aesthetically pleasing as I had hoped was an option, so the white dishwasher stayed, and has been serving us well ever since.

But then, when we were making over the whole kitchen I was browsing pinterest and came across these pictures.....

Use electrical tape to make over your washing machines. | 36 Genius Ways To Hide The Eyesores In Your Home

perfect for the office fridge!  (Honey-and-Fitz-Ruth-Eileen-Loft-Gold-Duct-Tape-Striped-Fridge)

....and that was all she wrote folks, decision was made. The above tutorials use black electrical tape and gold duck tape, which are great ideas, but I already had some foil tape I had bought on Ebay with the intention of using it for art projects, so I decided to use that, and I'm glad I did, because it was ridiculously easy to use!

    Search for chrome/metallic tape on Ebay
It smoothed on really well with no bubbles, and there isn't actually any adhesive on it, it just kinda...clings, so it was simple to re-position if I wanted to, and it was also be a cinch to remove if I want. You could coat the whole thing with modge-podge if you wanted to really protect it, but to be honest I don't think it needs it, and if you chose to do that obviously you couldn't remove it.

I didn't plan my design or anything, I just started sticking bits of tape on with the aim of creating something geometric-y and about ten minutes later this is what I ended up with.

I went back and tidied up those straggly bits near the dial after I noticed them in this photo!

I think this is such a great non-permanent update for those boring appliances, and a great way to add personality in an unexpected place. I know it's been a talking point in our house every time someone sees it for the first time!

I'm really happy with my little blingy dishwasher now, I'm kinda sorry I don't have a white fridge I can go at with some gold duck tape...although I have found another use for that particular miracle substance in this kitchen ;)

What do you think, am I nuts?!

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  1. ha ha! "That's didn't take a whole post to explain." I also laughed out loud about "current Me" rolling your eyes so hard you hurt yourself. Live and learn, hey? When I first got married, my husband and I barely had two nickles to scrape together so we took whatever furniture relatives gave us and I got some folding chairs for our table (only 2, cause there were two of us, forget about any guests!). They were $8 each and that was a stretch. I also threw a blanket over a cardboard box and used it as an end table for months. It NEVER occurred to me to go to a thrift store and find something with potential. Now, I flip furniture all the time!

    1. hahahahaha! When we first moved in here we used two cardboard boxes as bedside tables!:D I'm so glad I discovered diy blogs before we bought a house, cos like you it had never occurred to me to buy furniture in thrift shops, and now I literally can't pass one without checking if they have anything interesting! Do you sell stuff on? I'd love to try that but I don't really have the room to store/work on furniture ;(
      And as for being a broke young family, I'm telling myself it's character building ;)
      Linda xx

    2. I upcycle furniture for myself to suit our needs and to change things just because I like to change things. I figure if I come out ahead (by selling the old piece) it's ok to do. If people give me free furniture I will flip and resell it but I don't seek it out. It's more like a relative saying, "I have this ugly dresser that I want taken off my hands, do you want it?" Then I make it cool and sell it (not for hundreds like the talented bloggers we read, more like $80- cause I had fun making it cool again, don't have any money into it (leftover paint) and want it to go quickly). Whoops, that was a lot of parenthesis. Budgeting is character building. You should see the ugly van we drive. I'm thinking about putting some gold foil tape on it's super ugly flat (yet stick out like 4 inches beyond the tire) rims on it. LOL!

    3. I have yet to find anything that isn't improved by gold tape, just saying! ;) And the passenger door on my car currently doesn't open, yay for crappy cars!lol

  2. You're in no way nuts!!! It's amazing Linda! And yes, even though the DIY could be explained within your first few sentences (LOOOL!), some of the best DIYs are the most simple.

    Gold tape FTW!!! :D xx

    1. I do love it, gold makes everything better, EVERYTHING! :D

  3. This is a really cool idea. I love how it looks with your gold drawer pulls.

    1. Thank you! Yeah I'm a bit of a magpie so the little flashes of gold really make me happy :)