Did you ever have an idea of something beautiful you want but can’t afford, so you think, I’ll DIY it! And then it doesn’t turn out anywhere near what you thought it would look like? Yep, been there done that, total flop, this is my story.
I have had a dream for a very long time of a new kitchen full of beautiful pink appliances and white cabinets with beautiful marble countertops.
I love pink.
Anyone who spends any amount of time around me finds this out fairly quickly. Click around my blog for a bit and it becomes really obvious. So When I found out that there were companies that sold kitchen appliances in my favorite shell pink color I was hooked!
There are two main companies that I discovered. The first is SMEG. SMEG has an entire line of both large and small appliances in a full range of colors as well as some very striking patterns for the more adventurous. Everything from 50’s retro to the most sleek and modern lines, there is something for everyone.
The other company is Big Chill. Big Chill is wonderful. They have the full suite of kitchen appliances in 50’s retro and a professional line as well. I really loved the look of the Big Chill appliances and was hoping I might be able to remodel with them.
Gorgeous isn’t it? Then I started looking into pricing. Nope. Not gonna happen. Both Smeg and Big Chill are simply far too expensive for my budget. So I started looking at how I could get the look in other ways.
Being the crafty, DIY sort my first thought was, quite naturally, paint. After I read several accounts of DIYers painting refrigerators, I thought I would brave the waters and attempt my cooktop. Unfortunately, I should have researched it a bit more.
I made the mistake of using a normal spray paint and not an appliance enamel. I could not find an appliance enamel in the color I wanted so I thought I would take a chance. Very bad idea.
I think painting the drip pans was the worst idea.
It was impossible to clean once it got dirty, started to flake almost immediately, and couldn’t withstand intense heat. So it had to be redone. Back to DIY.
This time I got the right paint. Rust-Oleum’s Black Appliance Enamel. (Dear Rust-Oleum, why can’t you make this in pastels?)
Ideally we would have disconnected the cooktop, removed it and taken it outside to paint. However, Mr. Belle did not feel his expertise would be up to the task for that so we left it in place. I taped off everything around it and used grocery bags as drop cloths to protect the surrounding counters and cabinets.
I cleaned and sanded the cooktop and then sprayed on two coats of the appliance enamel.
With new drip pans and new cooktop stickers from www.stovestickers.com , my cooktop looks brand new. Not the pink fantasy I dreamed of, but, I’ll take it.
Now, if I could just win the lottery…..
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