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Why I Painted My Brand New Dishwasher

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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)

Painted Kitchen Cabinet tutorial

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.

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  1. What a great idea! I would’ve never thought to do that, but what a difference it makes :)

  2. Looks good, Diane! And it does seem to make a difference in your kitchen. Now I have to go look at the bottom of my appliances. I love the stenciling on your floors! How unique! Will you keep it when you refinish your floor?

  3. Love it! I’ve been a silent follower/lurker for years, you are such a talented person.
    I’ve been searching for a rug (in front of your sink) similiar to yours and would much appreciate if you would tell me where you bought/ordered it.

    1. Hi Ruth – I found it at HomeGoods about 2 months ago. Could not walk away from the $14.99 price. It is sisal with an overall design printed on it in green.

  4. Diane,
    Kitchen looks great and what a clever idea to paint the base! You might want to hold off on changing out your brass – today’s Boston Globe (my local paper) had a squib about brass making a huge comeback! You could be cutting edge without even knowing it lol.

    1. Hi Denise – The new “IN” seems to have updated styling – there is a more modern feel to it. I am a fan of it, but my faucet leaks and needs replacing, so I would like to get a new one. I may keep the pulls – I will do the floor first and see how it all looks.