All there is to know about painting kitchen appliances


What should you consider before painting kitchen appliances, is it really necessarly? Why and when should it be done? How should you go about it? If you find yourself with this questions then you are not alone. I had this same questions once. Here are the best answers that satisfied my search and did the same to many of our clients.

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A kitchen appliance is simply a tool designed to do a specific task in your kitchen, such as cooking, preparing, or storing food. Kitchen appliances can run on electricity, gas, or manual labor and are necessary for cooking and food preparation.

The most popular kitchen appliances fall into different categories and come in different sizes, shapes, and styles to suit different needs and preferences. Large kitchen appliances include;

  • Versatile Refrigerator
  • Conventional Microwave
  • Dishwashers
  • Multi-burner
  • Range Hoods
  • Stove with electric plate

Whereas small kitchen appliances include;

  • Air Fryer
  • Deep Fryers
  • Water filter
  • Cooktops
  • Microwave ovens
  • Food processor
  • Multicooker
  • Coffee maker
  • Blenders
  • Mixers
  • Pressure cookers 
  • Toasters.

Why paint kitchen appliances

Cutting cost of replacement and customizing your kitchen are two of the main reasons in deciding whether to paint your kitchen appliances or not. Painting kitchen appliances adds personality to your kitchen creating a cohesive kitchen design. The price of a new and recent appliance might be expensive more so if you plan to purchase more than one kitchen appliance. Best reasons for painiting kitchen appliances include:

  • It improve the overall look of the kitchen, making everything feel fresh and new.
  • It’s cost-effective: It’s often much cheaper than buying new appliances.
  • It allows you to choose exactly the color and finish you want, which may not be available in pre-made appliances.
  • Helps with preservation: If the appliances are still functional but have cosmetic wear and tear, painting them can help preserve them and extend their lifespan.
  • It’s Eco-friendly: Painting appliances is an environmentally-friendly option compared to disposing them off and adding to landfill waste.

How do you prepare kitchen appliances before painting?

The preparation method of Kitchen appliances depends on the materials used to manufacture them, primarily determined by the type of appliance and its intended function.

Common materials for production of kitchen appliance

Some common materials used in the production of kitchen appliances include:

  • Stainless Steel. Used for appliances such as ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers. It is known for being strong, easy to clean, and resistant to rust and corrosion.
  • Aluminum. A lightweight metal commonly used to construct cookware, bakeware, and smaller kitchen appliances. It is prized for its ability to quickly and evenly distribute heat.
  • Glass. Commonly found in oven doors, blender jars, and other components of kitchen appliances. It can withstand high temperatures and lets you see inside the appliance while it is in use.
  • Plastic. Often used to create small kitchen appliances like toasters, food processors, and blenders. It is lightweight, durable, and can be molded into different shapes.
  • Cast Iron. A sturdy material commonly used for cookware such as skillets and griddles. It retains heat well and is highly durable.
  • Ceramic. Used for cookware and small appliances like rice cookers and slow cookers. It is easy to clean, durable, and can be decorative.
  • Copper. A highly conductive metal in some cookware, such as pots and pans. It is known for distributing heat evenly across the cooking surface.

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All the above-listed materials should be prepared in different ways. The best way to prepare is to customize the preparation based on the material. Moreover, the following basic preparation steps apply to most materials, if not all. Preparation for kitchen appliances before painting helps ensure a smooth and durable finish. Here is how to prepare kitchen appliances before painting.

  • Clean the appliances with a degreaser or all-purpose cleaner, removing dirt, grease, and grime from the surfaces to paint. Rinse the appliances well and let them dry completely.
  • Use fine-grit sandpaper, like 220-grit, in a circular motion to rough up the surfaces to be painted, ensuring better paint adhesion and durability.
  • Remove any hardware or accessories, such as knobs, handles, or trim, before painting to ensure even and thorough coverage of the surfaces.
  • For a neat and professional finish, apply painter’s tape to mask off areas you don’t want to paint, such as logos, buttons, or displays.
  • Optionally, apply a deglosser if the appliances have a glossy finish to enhance paint adhesion. Carefully follow the product instructions, as they may vary by brand.
  • Apply a high-quality primer explicitly designed for metal surfaces to create a smooth surface for the final coat of paint. Apply the primer in thin, even coats and let it dry completely before moving on to painting.

Painting kitchen appliances step-by-step guide

Assuming you have prepared the appliance as guided above and primed the surfaces. Wait for the surfaces to dry completely, then follow these simple steps to paint your appliances.

Before you get down to painting the appliances, consider the following.

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The right paint for kitchen appliances:

  1. Look for a paint specifically designed for use on specific surfaces you have.
  2. Consider the type of finish you want (matte, satin, gloss), and make sure the paint you choose matches your desired finish.
  3. Choose appropriate paints for your project to ensure long-lasting results and household safety.

You should purchase a heat-resistant specialty product designed to withstand high temperatures for appliances that generate heat, such as the oven. Rust-OleumOpens in a new tab. and KrylonOpens in a new tab. are leading suppliers of “high heat” appliance paints.

If you want to unify the color of your appliances and conceal any nicks or discoloration, appliance epoxy paintOpens in a new tab. is a good option. This self-priming paint is available in standard appliance colors and can be applied easily with a brush or sprayer.

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To paint kitchen appliances, you will need several tools. Using the right tools is essential. It will go a long way in making the work easier and safer and ultimately give out a professional look. The right tools include an all-purpose cleaner or degreaser: To clean the appliance’s surfaces thoroughly before painting, fine-grit sandpaper, and a paint sprayer. Here is a complete list of the right tools for painting kitchen appliances.

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  1. Disassemble the appliance by removing any hardware, accessories, or removable parts you don’t want to paint. Cover any parts that you don’t want to paint with masking tape.
  2. Lightly sand the surfaces of the appliance with a fine-grit sandpaper. It will help the paint adhere better to the surface.
  3. Apply a coat of primer to the surfaces of the appliance. This will help the paint stick better and provide a smooth surface for painting. Let the primer dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Apply the paint in thin, even coats using a paintbrush, roller, or spray gun. Let each coat dry completely before applying the next one. Depending on the quality of the paint and the desired finish, you may need to apply multiple coats.
  5. After applying all necessary coats of paint, let the appliances dry entirely for at least 24 hours or as the paint product recommends.
  6. Once the appliances are completely dry, reattach any removed hardware or accessories that was detached before painting.

Common mistakes to avoid when painting kitchen appliances

Some common mistakes to avoid when Painting appliances are;

  1. Not cleaning the surface properly: Thoroughly clean the appliance to remove dirt, grease, and grime before painting. If you skip this step, the paint may not adhere well and could peel or chip easily.
  2. Not using a primer: Applying a primer creates a smooth surface for the paint to stick to and helps it last longer. Skipping this step can lead to uneven and peeling paint.
  3. Applying too much paint: Using multiple thin coats instead of one thick coat is best. Too much paint at once can cause drips, bubbles, and uneven surfaces.
  4. Painting in unfavorable conditions: Avoid painting in high humidity, extreme temperatures, or windy conditions. These conditions can negatively affect the paint’s application and drying process. It’s best to paint in a well-ventilated area with moderate temperature and humidity.
  5. Rushing the drying process: Allowing the paint to dry completely between coats and after the final coat is crucial. Rushing the drying process can cause the paint to peel or chip.
  6. Skipping protective equipment: Painting can be hazardous to your health, so it’s essential to wear protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, and a respirator.

Avoiding these mistakes can ensure safety and that your kitchen appliances are painted correctly and have looked beautiful for years.

Maintenance and care for Painted Kitchen Appliances

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After successfully modifying your appliances to your liking, it’s essential to take good care of them to ensure they last long and avoid the unnecessary cost of repainting them. This guide outlines the best way to maintain and care for painted appliances.

  • Use non-abrasive sponges and cloths: Avoid using rough or abrasive sponges or cloths that can scratch the painted surface. Instead, use soft and non-abrasive materials to clean your appliances.
  • Use vinegar and water solution for tough stains: If you have tough stains on your painted appliances, you can use vinegar and water to clean them. Use a mix of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the solution onto the stain. Give it a few minutes before wiping it off with a cloth.
  • Dry thoroughly: After cleaning your painted appliances, dry them thoroughly to prevent water spots and streaks.
  • Do not use sharp objects: Avoid using sharp objects such as knives or scissors on painted appliances, as they can easily scratch or damage the surface.
  • Store carefully: When storing pots, pans, or other kitchen items, be careful not to scratch or damage painted appliances. Use protective pads or coverings to prevent scratches.
  • Don’t use wax or polish: Avoid using wax or polish on painted appliances. These products can damage the paint and cause it to peel or chip.
  • Regular inspections: Regularly inspect your painted appliances for any signs of damage or wear and tear.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  1. Can kitchen appliances be painted?
    Yes. With proper preparation, right tools and the right type of paint.
  2. What kind of paint do you use on kitchen appliances?
    Appliance epoxy paint is a good option. Use paint suitable for specific appliance surface material.
  3. What is the best way to paint kitchen appliances?
    First clean and prime the surface thoroughly, then apply thin, even coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one.
  4. What kind of paint do you use on a refrigerator?
    high-quality paint such as epoxy or acrylic paint suitable for metal surfaces.
  5. Can I paint my appliances to look like stainless steel?
    Yes. We have available specifically designed to create a stainless steel look on appliances.
  6. What is the best color for appliances?
    It depends on personal preference. Popular appliance colors include black, white, stainless steel, and slate.
  7. Can I spray paint my refrigerator?
    Yes, it is possible with the right type of paint and a suitable sprayer. HVLP (high volume, low pressure) sprayer is recommended.
  8. Can you brush on appliance paint?
    Yes, but applying thin, even coats and allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one is essential.
  9. What color appliances are in style?
    Black stainless steel and matte black appliances are in style, but popular colors include white, stainless steel, and slate.
  10. How do you clean and keep black appliances shiny?
    By using a soft cloth or sponge and mild soap, avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals.
  11. How long does appliance paint take to cure?
    The curing time for appliance paint varies depending on the type of paint and the manufacturer’s instructions. Generally, it can take between a few hours to a few days to fully cure.
  12. Can you paint other types of appliances besides refrigerators? Yes. You can paint other appliances such as Dishwashers, Sinks, Conventional Microwave, Multiburner, Range Hoods, Stove with electric platesAir, Fryer, Deep Fryers, Water filters, Cooktops, Ovens, Food processors, Multicooker, Coffeemaker, Blenders, Mixers, Pressure cookers and Toasters.
  13. Are there any safety precautions you should take when painting appliances? First, work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes from the paint. Wear protective gloves, eyewear, and a mask to protect your skin, eyes, and respiratory system from any harmful chemicals in the paint. Additionally, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the paint and any other materials used, and avoid using the appliance until the paint has fully cure

Kitchen cabinets and windows


Finding a kitchen without cabinets or at least one window is almost impossible. With that in mind, when Painting kitchen appliances, it’s a good idea to consider your cabinets and windows, as it will help create a cohesive and impactful transformation that completely transforms the look and feel of your kitchen. Take into account these three things when painting kitchen appliances.

  1. Kitchen cabinets are a crucial element in any kitchen design, and updating them can significantly impact the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Painting kitchen cabinets gives them a new lease on life and creates a new look for the kitchen as a whole.
  2. The right window treatments help to tie the room together. Updating your window treatments to match your new appliances and cabinets can give your kitchen a cohesive and polished look. For example, you could choose curtains or blinds in a color or pattern that complements your new appliances.
  3. Lighting is crucial in any kitchen, and updating your lighting fixtures can help to create a more inviting and functional space. Add pendant lights over your kitchen island or under-cabinet lighting to illuminate your countertops and make food prep easier. This helps to showcase new appliances and cabinets and make them stand out even more.


In summary, kitchen appliances are essential tools that make cooking and food preparation more manageable and convenient. Is it possible to add personality to your kitchen if you’re tired of the same old look of appliances? Painting your kitchen appliances might be the solution you need! Not only is it cost-effective, but it also provides an opportunity to customize the color and finish to match your kitchen’s design and style. Employing the proper preparation and tools, you can quickly transform your appliances and give your kitchen a new look. So why not give it a try and see the difference it makes?

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