DIY Removable & Customizable Dishwasher Panel

Let me say right off the bat that my dishwasher is a bare basic model that doesn't allow for custom panels.  I seem to be the only person in the world who isn't fond of stainless steel appliances and my appliances are all stainless steel... sigh.




When I painted my kitchen cabinets last year, I wanted my dishwasher to blend in with them.  Here is my dishwasher:


It's not a bad little dishwasher and the stainless looks ok but it's not my preference.

Since I don't know what the future may hold and stainless is still a really popular look, I didn't want to paint or glue or do anything that would be permanent.  Here is what my dishwasher looks like now:



I took a piece of thin maple veneer and cut it to the width of the dishwasher.  There is a little lip between the bottom of the black panel and the front of the dishwasher panel that the veneer tucked into.  Then I used Command Strips to attach the sides and bottom of the veneer to the front of the dishwasher.  How brilliant is that??  Here is the veneer before I painted it to match the cabinets.


Since it's real wood, you can paint it, stain it, add trim or appliques - make it look like anything you want it to!  I could have attached corner bead trim to the edges to hide the door sides as well but I'm not that fussy.  I'm so happy with this temporary fix!!

Here's my newly renovated kitchen with my new dishwasher panel.

Such a simple DIY I'm kicking myself that I didn't think of doing this ages ago!  If only my fridge didn't have curved edges I'd be slapping a piece of veneer on it, too.

I tried using appliques on my dishwasher panel but they didn't really work with the Shaker cabinets.  Here's the try-on phase:


These are stuck on with masking tape so I could decide whether or not to buy the trim pieces necessary to connect the corners. They would have been glued on and painted white if I decided to go ahead with this look, but I decided against going this route.  I thought about adding a thin wood trim all around the edges to mimic the cabinet door look but that seemed like a make-work project that wasn't going to make that big a difference!

I attached a piece of painted 1x4 to the black skirting of the dishwasher (using Command Strips, of course!).  By the way, this post was not sponsored by Command Strips.  As someone who is ALWAYS changing things up, I'm in love with them without sponsorship!

Here's an example of making an old appliance look super cool and how appliques and trim might  be used to dress up a dishwasher panel even more:


Isn't this cool??  This was done by Victoria over at Trois Petites Filles blog.  You can check out her full tutorial HERE

Happy creating!




30 comments:

sandrynka said...

so great idea! i love it, really:)
ps. kisses from Poland:*

Kim said...

I am not a fan of stainless either, Anne. I like the seamless look of one color throughout the room. You fix is brilliant. Gotta love those command strips!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French bread & family said...

This post has me thinking about seeking veneer for my very outdated cupboards. Can you believe that I have never used a command strip? I'm as outdated as my cupboards!
Your kitchen is lovely, Anne!
Have a great week!
~Lynne
w/L.

ANNE said...

Thank you so much!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

It looks great Anne! I am just the opposite! My dishwasher is black and I wanted it to match the stainless! LOL! I even tried to see if it had a removeable/replaceable front and it didn't. Not once did I think of painting it, because I couldn't figure out how...you are a genius!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

You are a genius!....Love the new look!....the 3M Command products are my hero!...the kitchen looks so beautiful Anne!

Marie Blackburn said...

What a smart idea Anne! Gotta love the pure genius 3M Command products. I'm impressed that they are holding with the constant heat changes of the dishwasher.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Great idea, Anne! xoox I love Victoria!

Laurel Stephens said...

I don't like seeing our stainless steal dishwasher from our dining/living room and always wished I could have one of those high end disguised one. This is a good solution, and I'm definitely going to give it a try. I didn't know there were flat command strips. Cool!

monkey said...

gosh i love your kitchen and you just keep making it better xx

Cate said...

No, you are not the only one who hates stainless steel appliances. These little 20-somethings on HGTV who insist on stainless steel have never had to take care of it. When you have kids constantly putting their hands on the fridge or dishwasher, then you will never want stainless steel again....unless fingerprints on everything does not bother you. It is a pain to keep clean and lends to an industrial look that I do not care for at all. I am sure there are others of us out there who do not care for stainless steel. Too many people go for what's "in" right now no matter how much cleaning it requires.

Cate <><

Audrey said...

Great way to disguise your dishwasher ... blends well with your cabinets. Hope the command strips hold.
You strive to make everything better and always seem to figure a way to do it. Very impressed.
Audrey Z.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Such a simple and brilliant idea!

A Joyful Cottage said...

I've never liked stainless steel, and now that we've lived in a rented apartment with ss appliances I like it even less. Your fix is great. xxx ~ Nancy

ANNE said...

LOL! You are so right. Cleaning it is a royal pain - thanks for visiting!

ANNE said...

You are a darling! Thank you so much!!

Rose L said...

Great idea and has my mind pondering it for my stainless dishwasher.

Little Vintage Cottage said...

You ARE brilliant! I love this idea! I need a new dishwasher, the one that is here in the house doesn't work. I may use this idea even with whatever new one I end up with... I get bored easily and this would be fun! =)

Tania

Amy Ellis said...

Genius tip. I bet you have a neighborhood full of stainless appliance owners that you could make these for!!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Anne you are good!! Gotta love those 3M command strips!

Libby said...

Fantastic job. You're so good. I'm telling you. You need your own show.

Heather - New House New Home said...

Hi Ann. You always come up with test solutions!! I'm going to send this to my husband so he can add it to his "honey do" list.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Anne,
Genius. Love how this looks. I love Victoria's make over on her frig. That just makes my heart beat a little faster when I see it. So gorgeous.
Kris

Art and Sand said...

What a great idea to change up your dishwasher.

I am in love with that fridge turned into a Victorian cabinet - it wouldn't work in my house, but it looks beautiful.

Kathy Moreland said...

Looks great!! Good idea!

heather meads said...

That is SO cool!! I think it looks great Anne!

chateau chic said...

First of all, your kitchen is charming, Anne. You have such great ideas and such creative ability to implement your visions. I love this solution to your dishwasher panel. It fits right in with your cabinets.
Mary Alice

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Brilliant idea! I'm not a fan of stainless steel appliances either. We have black - but if I ever decide I need to have a purple dishwasher, I'm doing this! :-)

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Nice job! I actually have stainless and black. I have never been completely sold on stainless...actually think I will go with white next time.

Down by the sea said...

That is a great idea which I could have used in my old home! Sarah x