Monday, June 13, 2011

From "Borrring..." to "Baby, Yeah!!" My dishwasher transformation.

 I was mentioning that I still planned to cover my dishwasher front with bead board.  It's all done and I thought you'd like to see it.  Before, it was just a boring, ordinary dishwasher front.
 Now, however... it's rockin' awesome. (Please ignore the fact that my dishwasher leans outward on top.  It's not level, but hopefully when our counter tops arrive next week, we will be able to fix that.)  I had a chunk of leftover bead board cut by my man, and I selected a piece of picture frame molding trim that had a groove for the bead board to fit against, much like a picture and glass would fit under the lip of a frame.  Savvy?   Adrain cut the trim at a 45 degree angle and I used my staple gun to adhere the molding trim to the back side of the pre-cut bead board, thus creating a "frame" for my bead board dishwasher front.  Once done, I primed and painted a coat of the same paint I used for our cabinets, all over it.  Then I used some epoxy glue to adhere the piece to the front of my dishwasher. 
 Now here's the thing.  Epoxy is supposed to set up in about five minutes.  But I have never epoxied anything that set up in less than ten minutes.  So... unless you want some sliding action, you'll need to sit across from your dishwasher and brace the whole thing. I didn't have clamps that big, but if you do, you won't need to worry about this step.
  I used my feet and a stack of Ava's dog books, because we're all about improvising around here. 
Do you guys think it's as fun as I think it is???  I think Adrain might be rolling his eyes right about now, so this must be a girl thing.  Ha!

**UPDATED MAY 2013**
Quite a few changes have happened in this little kitchen since we originally posted this.  To view the entire transformation with before and afters, click here.  
 (We painted the island "Night Owl" by Sherwin Williams after living with it for a year.  It just needed a little "something."  And it gave me an excuse to paint.)


KC and the Sunshine Kids said...

Luuuuurve it all. Can I pester you for MORE intel on the yellow paisly fabric boards on the inside of your glass cabinets. We "pulled the trigger" on our own "orangy-oak" to white update a few weeks ago. YES. A. FEW. WEEKS. AGO. **We don't move as fast with a 16 month old underfoot. Imagine that! ;) So, since my process is taking sooo much longer...I have time to maybe do something as cutesy as you! ;) said...

Well aren't you the clever lemonade makin' mama. So great...I'm filing it away for the kitchen I've been thinking of doing for about 10 years now :)

Dena said...

Okay, I think the dishwasher might be my favorite part about the kitchen re-do!! How clever!!! So smart!!! So stinking cute!! I'm glancing over at my sad, boring white dishwasher wondering what I could do to it, now.......

uh oh. this could get expensive....

daisy said...

I loooooooove beadboard! What a great idea. Somehow it looks modern and vintage at the same time! Nicely done, y'all!

Cheryl said...

Sasha you totally rock! Two thumbs up for covering your dishwasher in beadboard and with lovely pedicured piggies no less. : )
LOL we are all about using what u have. Way to go girl! The kitchen looks fabulous. Your new countertops will be the icing on the cake.

Jeannie said...

Very impressive, love it! You sure do rock in the home improvement area. Just think, somewhere someone is probably fixing up a house that you will eventually move into, at least that's what I tell myself everytime we put more money into our house. Enjoy your dreamy kitchen!

Alicia said...

i love how this turned out! way to girlie! i think i'd be too freaked to tackle this myself :| it looks great!

Jessabells said...

You kill me! Laughing at you holding up the beadboard with your feet, but I guess you needed to improvise and it worked. I love the white. It has made your kitchen look so much bigger. Sasha, enjoy it!


Jensamom23 said...

So pretty! Great job improvising!

Deborah said...

What a great job your doing with your kitchen. It's beautiful. Now you'll never want to move. Looking forward to floors an countertops.

LeAnna said...

Yes, it's totally fun!!! Very cute!

Tatiana said...

Oh, that is genius! I love the way it turned out! And I love that you used your legs to help you get it done. Very clever.
Such a cute blog you've got by the way :-)

Farmgirl Paints said...

ROCK STAR! Holy cow that looks a-maz-ing!!!

Kelli said...

That is a great idea. I adore, ADORE, beadboard. I love you sitting there holding it're so smart. The kitchen is just lovely...makes me want to make a few changes to mine. Enjoy.

NaomiG said...

Aw, that is TOO cool! Love it!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

I looooove are one smarty psntsz!!! Woo incredible...ppl pay a lot of money for that exact dishwasher. Thanks for your sweet comment yesterday...i may be coming back soom...

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

The beadboard looks great!! Only a woman could've come up with that way to improvise!! Great job and your toenails aren't too shabby, either!! : )

~ Wendy

Tamera Beardsley said...

love your blog!

shawn said...

This is on my summer to-do list too! You make it look easier than I had expected it to be though.
I was told to use a special paint that is just for cabinets. Is self-leveling the same thing?
Also, are you free for about three days anytime soon? :)
It looks AWESOME!

Dandy said...

No seriously, that is incredible. Like super duper incredible. I mean, seriously. What a great idea!

Carmen said...

LOVE IT!! It looks so fresh and clean! And thanks so much for those before and after pics! ; )

Paula said...

I had no idea that a dishwasher could be transformed the way you did it. I really like the beadboard and how your dishwasher now blends in with your cabinet.

dedemetal said...

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Laura Lightner said...

I love your web page and all your cool stuff u have made. I love to find old pieces and reperpus them. You have done a great job. Your kitchen is so bright,cheerful,and makes me want to go in there myself and whip some of your cupcakes or maybe something healthier for dinner. Thanks for all the insperation

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