About This QuizTired of the fingerprints all over your stainless steel kitchen appliances? Or just in the mood to be creative, colorful and totally unconventional? Then take our quiz and learn how you can reface your appliances yourself, whether you want to paint them in bold colors or go for the standard plain white.
What is your first port of call if you want to reface a kitchen appliance?
the appliance's manufacturer
Call or check out the manufacturer's Web site to find replacement panels for the outside of your appliance. If your manufacturer does not produce replacement panels, there are companies that make third party panel-changing kits for particular models.
your local hardware store
third party panel changing kits
How much does a third-party panel-changing kit cost?
between $100 and $1, 000
Third-party panel-changing kits are more pricey than purchasing replacement panels from the manufacturer. Depending on the finish you select and the size of the appliance, prices range from $100 to $1, 000.
between $200 and $2, 000
between $500 and $5,000
Where can you purchase panels to cover your appliances so that they will be integrated into your kitchen cabinetry?
the appliance manufacturer
a custom solution from your cabinet maker
Panels to cover your appliances to give them an integrated look need to be custom made, best by the same company who made your kitchen cabinets. You could have it done later on in the piece, not when you are doing the first kitchen refurbishment.
your local hardware store
What is "Plan 3D" an example of?
an interior design company specializing in kitchens
a peel and stick appliance cover
a software program to help you redesign your kitchen
Plan 3D is an example of a software program that can help your redesign your kitchen. Other names are Kitchen Designs for Everyone and Kitchen Planner Software.
What temperatures can peel and stick covers withstand?
up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius)
Peel and stick covers are a cheaper alternative to custom made integrated panels. They can be used on the sides of microwaves and ovens because they can withstand temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
up to 302 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius)
up to 392 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius)
What do you need for best results with peel and stick covers?
stainless steel products
white enamel products
patience and a steady hand
To get smooth and bubble free coverage with peel and stick covers, you need patience and a steady hand to apply it.
When painting a small appliance, what form of paint applicator is best?
the spray variety
the brush variety
Spray paints are best for large appliances and brushes for small counter top appliances. Remember to use appliance paint and not regular enamel or acrylic paint.
the sponge variety
What is the best way to apply appliance paint?
Paint with a sponge.
Paint in thick layers.
Paint in thin layers.
When applying paint with a brush, paint in thin layers and apply a second coat if necessary.
How can you ensure the best results when painting appliances?
Prep very well.
When it comes to painting, the way to get the best results is to prep very well. In this case, it means cleaning the appliance thoroughly with soap and water and letting it dry.
Use only the best quality paint.
Hire a professional painter.
What can heat resistant paints be used on?
stove tops and oven sides
range hoods and oven sides
Heat resistant paints can be used on range hoods, oven sides and microwaves. They have limits to their temperature resistance, so they can't be used on stove tops.
stove tops and range hoods