Confession- I am an DIY addict! Whenever I hear of a project I haven’t done, I can’t help but think- I can do that! I have a long list of ideas to try out. It’s actually pretty fun!
So when I heard that my friend Krys from Melodrama covered her appliances with car vinyl, I thought- I want to try that! My super boring and dated white stove had been bugging me. I thought it would be a great rental and budget friendly project to do!
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She reports that her have held up nicely for a year. Sold! Then I heard that Elsie from A Beautiful Mess covered her appliances (both the fridge and stove) in mint vinyl! This is a great project because the vinyl can withstand heat up to 400 degrees so it’s safer than most paint on an oven. Plus it adds the perfect retro look!
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Now that I was convinced that this project would be both beautiful and affordable, I ordered my vinyl. Want to see how to do this project?!
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Let’s start with the video tutorial so you get an overview on what I did. Then, I’ll dive in with more details below:If the video doesn’t work here, you can watch it on YouTube here. P.s. I’m trying to build that page up, so if you’d subscribe, I’d really appreciate that!
- 2 pieces of 24″x60″ pink car vinyl (mine came with the small tools to apply the wrap)
- blow dryer
I spent $15.90 and had the rest of the supplies. Such an affordable project!
Start by cleaning the stove REALLY well! If there is a dot of grime, it’ll result in a bubble in the vinyl.
Next, stick the vinyl to the stove door and use a squeegee to smooth the vinyl onto the top to the door.
And now, start working down the front of the oven door. Here’s what worked best for me- do one 1″ section at a time by pulling off the backing and then blow heat onto that section. Use a squeegee to smooth down that section. Repeat. If you have a part where you get a crease or bubble, pull the vinyl up, use the blow dryer to heat it up, and try again.
The more the vinyl sits, the tackier it gets. So you want to work with the vinyl quickly while it’s easiest to work with.
Finally, cut the vinyl on the sides so you just have the height of the oven door. Smooth that over onto the side of the oven door.
Use the snake razor blade included in the kit to slice off the excess vinyl. I was worried about this step, but the razor easily sliced it.
I was planning on also covering the drawer and side, but I ended up strongly disliking this color. It’s too bright of a pink for my personal liking. I love how subtle pastel pink is. This is not subtle- it’s shocking and feels out of place in my house. Which is such a bummer! But I figure I can order a color I like and easily peel off the vinyl and start again.
I’m searching for a lighter pink vinyl or maybe a gold option. What color do you think would look good in here?
Since I got the color wrong, I’m a little bit considering this a fail. BUT the application looks good. And I think it is doable! So if you’re looking for a $16 project to change the color of your appliances, this post is for you! Here’s some other color options if Barbie pink isn’t your style either-
When I change the color I’ll do another tutorial for the side and drawer (gulp! The indentation for the pull scares me). Anyway, even though I didn’t complete what I set out to do, I still hope you’re inspired by this project. Potentially you can have a fridge or stove in a super fun color! And it’s affordable! And renter friendly! Possibly the trifecta of DIYs. P.s. just the door took me an hour to do.
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