Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I Hate Our Dryer... I spray painted it! Well, if we're going to be honest, first, I used blue acrylic paint on it to fill in the hideous rust spots. Nice, eh? Our dryer has seen better days. I really wish I'd taken a "before" picture, so you could see the 1980s beauty of it all. Regardless, I have "after" pictures and we all know that's what you're really after.
Here's what you need to make your very own amazingly spray painted dryer and/or washer:

  1. A hideous washer and/or dryer. Or not so hideous. Whatever.
  2. Primer. I used Kilz spray primer because we have a theme going here. The theme is: Heather is lazy & just wanted to spray paint things today. See also: Kilz spray primer is THE BEST. The best. In case you missed it, Kilz spray primer is the best. #thebest
  3. Spray paint. I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Sun Yellow in Gloss. I like Krylon because it's a high quality paint. After used, it lasts a long time and sprays on smoothly. It also has the easiest nozzle to press down, so my arthritic fingers appreciate it.
  4. Contact paper. I used plain white contact paper so I could have a smooth base to spray paint. The stippled kind would be more difficult to get an even layer of spray paint laid out. 
If you're doing your spray painting outside or in a well ventilated area like a normal person, that's all you need. If you're like me and you like to do things crazily like, oh, I don't know... spray paint inside your laundry room, then you probably need some kind of tarp or covering. I used aluminum foil because it's moldable and I can just throw it out when I'm done. So! Getting down to business.

First, you need to tape off anything you don't want covered in a fine sheen of spray paint. Of course, we hope you're outside in the fresh air & not holed up in a tiny room where you're about to give yourself "Sun Yellow" boogers. Next, spray on your primer. Use light, even strokes when spraying and try to start and end off of the area you're working on so you don't end up with the blobs of paint at each point. Wait for this to dry. I suggest drinking whilst doing this. My personal choice of beverage today was Wild Turkey & Diet Dr. Pepper. But you know, drink what you want. 

Once the primer is dry, you may start spray painting with your color of choice. Again, use light, even strokes so you don't end up with disgusting blobs of paint everywhere. You also need to spray paint in the same direction. I usually use a left to right motion, then go right to left so as to eliminate any stripes. Wait for this to dry. While you're waiting, drink some more. Or you can start working on your contact paper polka dots. I chose to do both. Grab a sharpie & a saucer  you're not fond of and get to work marking out dots. And drinking. That's the important part. Drinking. Once you have a sufficient amount of dots and the spray paint is dry, start sticking on your dots in any pattern you feel would be appealing. I chose to do a pattern similar to dice. What can I say? I like symmetry. And Wild Turkey. Both of those things. 

At this point, you could do your other appliance the same or you could do an opposite effect. I chose the opposite effect. Mainly because of my first point when addressing the theme of the day. I'm lazy. So I spray painted the contact paper, made some dots, and started slapping those on the washer. Chuck got home before I could finish, so I'll probably finish it up on my next day off. What!? We always have a Ramsay marathon on Wednesdays of MasterChef & Hell's Kitchen. (GO KIMMIE & CHRISTINE!) Regardless, now we have an awesome splash of color in our tiny tiny laundry room and I can start on my next project: spray painting our kitchen table. Bam. Enjoy spray painting your appliances.

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