Laundry is the bane of my existence. And I don’t say that about just everything. Only laundry.
And lets face it. If there is ANYTHING we can do to make laundry less painful, we should give it a shot.
I saw this great picture of a girl who painted her washer and dryer to make them look less generic. I understand. I’m the one who hates things looking generic when with a little imagination and some elbow grease they can look amazing. Or unusual. I’ll let you decide which one my washer dryer set have become.
So, this is how I completely re-vamped my BOOOOOOOOOOOORING washer and dryer for $20 dollars. And yes. I am aware that in the photo below I have enough dryer sheets and laundry soap to last until the zombie apocalypse. I am a coupon-er, and I purchase laundry stuff twice a year. So this is a 6 month supply, plus I keep some extras on hand to give away if there’s a need.
I started off by picking my color scheme. I was trying to go a little vintage-ey, and really wanted an aqua blue. But they (the walmarts) didn’t have that color in the “Rustoleum Protective Enamel” paint I needed for the surface of the appliances. However, Rustoleum offers some wonderful colors to pick from. I chose a sunshiney yellow for about 9 bucks. I was going for cheerful and energetic. (More on that later.) I also picked up a small can of the same type of paint in white and black, both for 4 dollars each. I also found a roll of cool graphic giftwrap from my local hallmark store to use for accents. I already had Mod-Podge on hand. (…I own a gallon size bottle of it. And that is the one item in my house I will not share with others. I’m anal about that mod-podge.) I used a small foam roller for my appliance painting, and some cheapo craft brushes for the detailed paint by hand jobs.
I then printed out a phrase I knew I wanted to put on the dryer. I like when items in my home have a sense of humor. This one totally fits the bill. I laid the printed papers on my cutting mat and then laid contact paper over it and traced it onto the contact paper with a sharpie.
After I traced it all, I used an exacto knife to cut out the letters, leaving behind a stencil for me to use.
Now that I was done with that part, I started by cleaning my washer and dryer with an all purpose spray. (I like Mr. Clean.) I can’t stress enough how important it is that you start your projects with clean surfaces. It makes your life so much easier in the long run! I taped off the areas I didn’t want painted, and tried to figure out a plan.
I then cracked open the Rustoleum enamel, and went for it. And their bright sunshiney yellow is more like “Sunshine punching you in the eyeballs” bright. At first it scared me, because I thought I had made a really bad color choice. But frankly, some of my best works of art have come from bad color choices. So I stuck it out. I left the dryer door white, and also made sure I didn’t paint the controls.
I didn’t do this, but you might also want to consider unplugging your appliance while painting it. That paint has some wicked strong fumes, and the air got a little wobbly in the kitchen for a while. And I was just too lazy to carry these monsters outside.
I had to give each coat about 24 hours to dry, and I did a total of 2 coats. While I was waiting for the yellow to dry, I started on the lettering for the dryer. I peeled it and carefully stuck the contact paper on the dryer door, one phrase at a time. After one phrase was stuck on there, I simply took a black sharpie and colored in the letters, then peeled off the contact paper.
After that, I cut strips of the gift wrap and mod podged them onto the control panels, leaving the necessary information uncovered so I can mix up my laundry routine with various settings. As you can see, I still could set my washer on a “small hot delicate” cycle. (who does that? Cause I sure don’t!)
Next, after the last coat of yellow had set, I added some freehand yellow flowers and scrolley thingys, and a red nail polish check mark next to “Fold ‘Em.”
By the time I got to the washer, I was kind of sick of this whole project. But committed to the finish line, I drew a gargantuan flower on the side of the washer, threw on a mod podge-ed flower center, and added some white polka dots. Also added some “whimsey” to the washer lid.
And that’s about it! From boring…
To filled to the absolute BRIM with sunshiney snarky personality, just like their operator. (And I was too exhausted to actually make the coordinating curtains, but you can see the fabric that I’ll be using on the left upper side of the pic.
So what do you think? Is anyone else out there brave enough to art up their washer and dryer and make it a little off color?