After having to wash my dishes by hand after my dishwasher decided to stop working about 3 weeks ago, I am happy to report – those hand washing days are OVER! It wasn’t too bad at first, but it did start to get old around week #2. I noticed I wasn’t so quick to wash the dishes right after I used them, instead they started piling up in the sink. :)
Now I have a new dishwasher. I went with the GE since it looked the best with my GE oven.
We like the new dishwasher – much quieter, but I did not like the fact that you could see the black base. All models seem to have this. I knew I would be whipping out some paint to fix it to my liking. The white dishwasher that this stainless one replaced, had a black base also that I painted, as did the base on all the cabinets when we first moved into the house. I painted that base after the first few weeks of moving in. I am not a fan of black cabinet bases.
It is not that I don’t like black, I actually like black and think every room could use a little bit of it to create balance and interest, but your eye goes right to the floor when the cabinet base is black on light color cabinets. I like to create visual flow, so out came the Antique White paint.
I put down painters tape, roughed up the surface with medium grit sandpaper, which I found out was plastic – not metal! I cleaned it well and let it dry. I then rolled on a light coat of Gripper primer. It was hot and humid here yesterday so it took a long time to dry. I then rolled on a coat of paint.
The floor is going to be refinished very soon – my summer project. I may have to repaint the entire baseboard around the cabinets, but that is OK. For now I am happy that the black is gone.
When I redo the floor, I plan to add “feet” in front of the dishwasher like I did on the end of each section of cabinet. (photo below)
When you own a house and like it to look “just right” for your style – there is always a project that needs doing. Now having two stainless appliances in the room, I want to replace the brass faucet and drawer pulls – will be doing that soon.
My summer is going to be filled with lots of projects – floor work and painting mostly. I am most excited about my plans for the floor in my mudroom. Will be starting on that soon now that the dishwasher project is behind me. *Update: Here is how I painted a colorful rug on my mudroom floor.