Laundry will never be boring again…




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?



  1. Jen says:

    Holy COW girl!! You are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! I would seriously PAY you to do this to mine….I definitely do not have the artistic skills you have. I would LOVE to do laundry in those machines…AWESOME!!

  2. Ashlee says:

    I love them! The washer is my favorite. The flower is gorgeous and the “drop a load here” is charming! When I have my own house (instead of the never-ending feeling of being a renter!) and my own washer and dryer, I will be doing this. I REALLY want a pastel blue fridge. I <3 vintage!

  3. Devin says:

    Charlie! This is truly amazing. You’re gonna be the girl who is famous on Pinterest someday! LOL!!

    Also, and more importantly: wanna come do mine next?

    • Charlie says:

      Devin, I would do it for you. But only because your blog has brought me so many smiles over the years. I wouldn’t hate returning the favor! <3

  4. Rhonda says:

    WOW!! I love it Charlie! You done an awesome job! You could make some money doing this stuff!!!! : ) Thanks for sharing!! : )

  5. Sonnia says:

    Dearest Charlie, Just when I think I couldn’t love you any more, you go and do something like this. Love your friend, Sonnia

  6. Beth Cafarella says:

    Wow they turned out great!!! Yellow was the right choice!! Love it! Wish we lived closer so you could inspire me!

  7. Carrie says:

    They’re perfectly perfect!

  8. Gina Covello says:

    You have some real talent and just upped the worth of those washer and dryers immensely. If you ever need a money-making idea, this is it!!

  9. Steve says:

    Fun fact: I used to be obsessed with washers and dryers when I was kid, and whenever we went to the mall I’d have to go to Sears and check them out. There was a black set that I thought was the coolest thing ever…

    …until today.

    I’m also glad you acknowledged the dryer sheet hoarding, because I was going to otherwise :P

  10. Hyla says:

    How awesome!

  11. Julia says:

    These are awesome! You should link up to some of those blog parties out there to get more traffic on your blog! A couple I follow that would be perfect for you to link this post to are – Simply Klassic Sunday link-up and – Grace at Home link party. Love you!!

  12. Just awesome. That’s all.

  13. Tanya says:

    LOVE THIS Charlie!! Now I want to do the same…only problem is that I live in an apartment building with a community laundry room…with 8 washers and 8 dryers…I suppose that’s understating “only problem” a bit eh?

  14. Holly says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

  15. Marla says:

    A-freaken-mazing! If I had a set, I would want to do laundry.

  16. Shrinkingmommyof 2 says:

    I love this! I would probably be in LOTS of trouble if I did that to my washer/dryer! I love it and you are amazing!

  17. Tami says:

    You amaze me! This is so inspired and so adorable. This is going on my ‘one of these days’ list :-)

    BTW… I was wondering if you would consider putting one of those gadgets on this blog that lets me get new posts via email…so I don’t miss a single post! I almost missed this one… :-/

  18. Okay – why do I never, ever in a million years think of anything as clever as this? Love, love, LOVE those machines! When can you come do mine? ;)


  19. Erin says:

    Forever now I will be refering to “that place” as “the WALMARTS”. So funny. Awesome DIY.

  20. Alison says:

    WOW! You brought a smile to my face. Your washer and dryer look better than those new front loaders. Too cute.

  21. Rebeca says:

    GORGEOUS!! I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing for a while but I’m afraid it’s gonna start to get scratches from the laundry basket!! Did you apply any protect coat??

    • Sami says:

      That’s what I was wondering, as a military family we move frequently. Painting on a metal surface, does the paint adhere to the surface well? Is the any further method that could be used to really lock it in place? I’m also wondering if the back area, if a contact paper couldn’t also be used and some carefully cut out wall paper boarders used to deco for those saying they don’t have your talent.

      Such a gorgeous idea, you talent is remarkable!

  22. Chris says:

    That is really cool, I want mine to look like Optimus and Megatron.

  23. Teh Doll says:

    I love this and I am total inspired to make my washer and dryer not so boring =) thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Katheryn Townsend says:

    LOVE IT!! I have that exact same set! How were you able to cut around the knobs and settings so perfectly??

  25. Maggie the Cat says:

    Looks awesome! I’d love to paint my scratched, dingy white w&d black and aqua or black and white (if I can’t find aqua spray paint)… if my husband won’t freak out, LOL. BIG question: how does this paint job hold up? Can you set baskets on top without the paint flaking or scratching off? Did you have to sand at all to rough up the surface?

  26. Carrie in NC says:

    Love love love it! I just went out and bought the rustoleum paint in Sail Blue so that I can try something like this!

  27. Paula Pierce says:

    Love that you admit to the exhaustion! Never stops me from coming up with a new project though…

  28. Michael says:

    Unbelievably cute! Could you email me a full size pic of the finished product for a blog I’m working on? I’ll gladly give you credit and link back to your blog!!!

  29. Camille says:

    That is seriously so unique and beautiful. And after doing 8 plus loads a week, how awesome would it be to look at something so pretty while I do something I so dispise!

  30. Heather says:

    Words can not express how much I love this!!!!! Keeping this on hand so someday when I get my own house (we are curantly renting) I will be doing this to my own!!!!! Love the color!!!!!

  31. Tajuan says:

    I am totally doing this. I have a question though, what did you use to write on washer? And could use colored contact paper instead of painting? I have a Cricut and was thinking I could use it?
    I wish I could pay u to come do this but I am going to make it my summer project! Thanks so much for sharing your project!

  32. Cyndi says:

    Oh how I wish I was brave like you! I LOVE this!! years ago I painted my kitchen cabinets that very color… with orange accents.. oh, yes, I, did! Now.. my sense of adventure has disappeared.. but I do appreciate your’s!!
    Thank you for the details!! One day.. I may find my adventure… again… one.. day… hahaha

  33. I absolutely love the design you put on your washer & dryer. Definitely brightens up an otherwise boring task. I might just be inspired to paint mine once we move. hahaha

    I’m linking to you in my Fabulous Idea Friday post this week on my blog ( I hope that’s okay!

  34. Erin Durst says:

    So cute!!! I am doing this as soon as I get my new w&d! Question: Did you go over with some kind of clear coat to make sure the sharpie didn’t eventually start coming off??

  35. Brittney M. says:

    I love this idea and want to try it myself; however, I looked at the RustOleum colors available and didn’t see anything that struck my fancy. Do you know if you can use other brands of paint? Is there a particular reason you used the rustoleum brand? Thanks for the great idea!

  36. Janelle says:

    I just “stumbled” upon these one of a kind washer & dryer on Pinterest & I must tell u that this is truely AMAZING!! I am so looking forward to reading your blog. I also can not wait to get home from vacation so I can beautify my own boring washer & dryer!!

  37. Melissa says:

    Cutest washer/dryer EVER!! Trying to dream up a fun design so I can attempt this on my ugly little set. ;)

  38. Angelique says:

    WOW!!! OMG!!! I am sooooooooo going to do this!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I will personally send my pics to you as soon as I am done!! Give me a month and I am painting ASAP!!!!! I love Pinterest and those people who love to share!!!

  39. Shelly says:

    This is the most awesome idea ever!!! I HAVE got to do this asap!!! I am not sure of the colors, but since they are in our daughters play room, which is full of every color….pink & black & white…..NFL themes are a good idea too! Green Bay Packers! that would be super cool!!! this is one of those ideas where you say to yourself, why didnt I think of that!!! thanks for the idea! :]

  40. Bethany says:

    I’m so doing this to my washer and dryer and maybe they will actually look like they are a matching set.

  41. Stephanie says:

    Wow, I am so excited! Just went to Home Depot and got my yellow paint!!! I live in Florida and have a beach theme patio, gonna do this on my pool deck fridge!! Thank you so very much for sharing!

  42. Erin says:

    These are awesome!! So inspiring! I am very big on making a project like this last. So my question is have you had any problems with chipping/scratching? Did you put a finish coat on them of some sort? I can’t fathom seeing a scratch on something so beautiful!
    Thanks for the ideas…very creative!

  43. terri m says:

    pretty. will you please come paint rosie the rivetor on my set. there are some days i feel like one more day of laundry would kill me. lol

  44. Robyn Seavers says:

    That is amazing!!! I have no artistic ability……. I love when I see stuff like this!!!! Your awesome!!!!

  45. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! I am going to have to steal it exactly how it is, I love Yellow and Sunflowers/Daisies. This will be the perfect accessory when I am done updating my laundry room. THanks so much for sharing your genius with us;)

  46. Nico De says:

    This is simple and SUPER CUTE! I will be trying this!!!!

  47. Jennifer says:

    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. I ran across this on Pinterest at the PERFECT time since my kids got a hold of spray paint Sunday morning and tagged my washer. Thank you for sharing!

  48. I absolutely ADORE this and can’t wait to do something of my own. I really LOVE your ‘catchphrase’ .. but I’ll try to find one just as cute and relevant to the bane of BOTH of our existences. I just bought my washer and dryer and will bring back some pictures, when done – thanks SO MUCh for sharing .. you’ve pinspired me ! :)

  49. River F says:

    You inspired me to paint my washer and dryer Tiffany Blue! I’m going to free hand designs in brown one day…when the kids aren’t home to accidentally ruin it! Scaring my husband to death that the appliances are changing colour!! Thank you for the idea!!

  50. Kim says:

    So ‘Happy’!!! I would like to paint my laundry room a seagreen and the washer and dry in peach and white! That will remind me to get my ‘Happy Hour’ drink when I start the laundry and hope for the best after that! :) Beautiful work! :)

  51. Suzanne says:

    Here’s my version thanks to your inspiration!

  52. Molly says:

    Is this with spray paint, or did you brush it on?

  53. This? Is spectacular. Last night I bought a spectacular lime green to do mine with. Now to find some retro housekeeping ads to mod-podge on. LOVE this idea.

  54. Rob L. says:

    coolest washer/dryer … ever

  55. Hi! Went to Walmart tonight and got my paint for my labor day project…love a labor day project..Anyway , I wasn’t as brave picking the bright colors, but I got kahaki color…it will be cool, I plan to add some black …hope to upload pics after done…Wish me luck! Or I prefer to say wish me Blessings! I will need The Lord’s help with this one…I hope the washer & dryer turn out half as good as your…they are Awesome! Mae

  56. Sara says:

    I love this! You mentioned a sharpie, but you also mentioned purchasing black paint. Which did you use for the flower and words?

  57. Veralyn says:

    OooooOooooOo, I like it!!!! I really want to decorate my washer and dryer now. I don’t HATE laundry, but it can get a little mundane, and making the washer and dryer look happy would definitely help lighten the mood.

  58. GladImSaved says:

    I want to do this to my machines also!!!!!!! I saw someone was going to do a lime green?!?!? SUPER COOL! I like the brown/blue combination too!!!

    I will be checking out the rustoleum colors!!!

    Did anyone have any problem with uneven coating with the paint?? I just thought I’d check first, cause I tend to get easily discouraged and just quit instead of forging on to see if I can finish it right!!!LOLO I’d be excited to see mmore pictures and see more stories!!!!

  59. monica says:

    can i do this w/ my fridge??? =)

  60. Wendy says:

    I love it! Would this work on my deep freezer?

  61. Raja Huzaifa says:

    cool idea

  62. Gael says:

    Fantastic! The dryer door is my favorite! How clever!

  63. Kelly says:

    Doing this this weekend!!!!! Wish me luck!!!

  64. I think this is my next project for sure! So cool!! What did you draw the flower on with?

  65. amanda says:

    Did you use spray paint? Or a paint can? And also did you seal this with any type of clear coat? I use cleaning products to wipe mine down every so often and don’t want them to break the paint down. I’d love to try this but I’m nervous! Beautiful job =)

  66. I know I’m late to the party here, but these are rockin! Very very clever. I linked to your post in my that is coming out tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

  67. I know I’m late to the party here, but these are rockin! Very very clever. I linked to your post in my post for tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

  68. Sonyabobonya says:

    That is the cutest thing EVER…I have this 70′s gas dryer that wont die so I can’t wait to paint it!!

  69. susan says:

    Saw this on FB today and fell in LOVE. I love flowers so you theme is perfect for me!! I am all over this project when I get a free minute!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  70. Charlie says:

    DUDE… THIS IS AWESOME!!!! And yes, I was yelling that! ;)


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