Give the Fridge Some New Stripes
Duct tape, once a humble handyman’s helper, has morphed into an essential DIY decor tool, available in compelling colors such as this metallic gold. It’s perfect for renters who want to give their appliances an update, since it peels right off most metals. Use a ruler and pencil to mark guide points before slowly applying the tape in long strips.
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Dress Up Your Laundry Machines
To lend an old school washer and dryer a glamorous new look, tape on a plastic stencil (there are a slew of stylish options available online) and roll on some chalk paint. It’s a smart idea to protect the new finish from scratches with a topcoat of polyurethane.
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Another ultrasimple way to make statement in a bland rental kitchen: Jazz it up with contact paper. For the punchy look shown here, white chevron stripes were applied to a black refrigerator.
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Disguise Your Dishwasher
So you can’t afford a fancy new dishwasher at the moment? It’s still possible to make your old one disappear. These homeowners used painted beadboard and wood strips to cover their unit’s front panel and mimic their cabinetry. A hinged drawer front hides the controls; it flips up for access and ventilation while the machine is in use.
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Custom presson letter decals (easily found online) can personalize a standard appliance or give an old one a new lease on life. Here, a small, curvy font is used to add a bit of attitude to a mixer; a big, bold monogram on a refrigerator would add impact on a whole different scale.
Color Your World
Colorful finishes are a hot trend in the high end appliance world; happily, it’s easy enough to get the same look for just a few bucks. Simply grab a can of spray paint in your favorite shade. Tape off all working parts and openings, look for a paint that’s heat and rust-resistant, and follow the paint manufacturer’s prep guidelines.
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Small Change, Big Impact
Decor is all about the details—so even minor touches will give well-used appliances new allure. Consider brightening knobs or handles with a contrasting paint (use a heat resistant type). Here, a splash of red, inspired by the trademark knob color used on a super pricey brand, gives an ordinary range a major style boost.
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If you're interested in more quick DIYs, consider:
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20 Insanely Easy 60-Minute Home Improvements
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