Design on a Centime – $45 Dishwasher Makeover!

Nov 23, 2009 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 10 comments

We are reading the “Little House” books around here this quarter. Aidan is devouring them – I am shocked every time he begs to read “just one more chapter”. Sometimes, I think that life sounds so wonderful and simple and I think I could do it…then I remember my dishwasher.
I am so thankful, this week as we focus on Thankfulness, I am so thankful for my dishwasher – a dinosaur though it may be. I abhor washing dishes.
But our dishwasher is white, rusting on the inside, loud and UGLY. It is twenty years old!!! It is especially hideous against the beautiful stainless, industrial fridge we were blessed with a few months back (New? Click here.) And, well, if you have been reading for some time, you know the love affair I have with my range!!!
Around here, hubby is kind enough to let me do weird things to rooms and things that are on their “last leg”. He agreed to give this inexpensive makeover to our ugly, icky, dishwasher since it will have to be replaced in the next 24 months anyways.
Now, I like this makeover, but I am not head over heals. I do realize it probably looks a little cheezy and if I decide we can’t live with it this way, Hubby said he would rescue me by gluing on tongue-n-groove instead and then I can paint it to match my cabs. I woke up this morning and liked it a little more than when we did it last night, obviously the white top ruins it but painting it would be getting really carried away…
So, if you have a beast of a dishwasher to do this project you will need a tube of liquid nails ($5) and two sheets of that faux tin backsplash stuff from Home Depot – it comes in a variety of metallics. They are $20 per sheet. You simply measure the dishwasher and the sheets and do your best to find some symmetry. Glue it down…et voila. Oh, I almost forgot, I did not like the white showing in between the two pieces so if you look closely you will see that I smeared some silver Rub-n-Buff on that white part. To do the entire piece would not look right cause the silver is to bright but since that is a shadowed area it worked. If you have never used Rub-n-Buff, be prepared to meet your new best friend!
For more views of the kitchen (pre-dishwasher makeover and pre-new fridge click here) and for more Design on a Centime posts you can click here or visit the “Design on a Centime” link on the sidebar anytime.
So excited to be hosting Thanksgiving on Thursday – better run!!!

Parisienne Farmhouse TM
Pied-a-Terre to Maison des Pierres Chic”


  1. Farmgirl Cyn

    Our “farmette” is 8 years old. Our dishwasher is also 8 years old. Our country well water was my dishwashers worst enemy. It destroyed the motor 8 years ago. So…for the past 5 years my dishwasher has been the holding tank for potatoes and my huge Le Creuset pots. Tho I dislike hand washing the dishes, I dislike even more shelling out a LOT of money for a new dishwasher. It is what it is, and I find myself once again, makin’ do, or doin’ without.
    I DO love your makeover tho!

  2. Farmgirl Cyn

    Wait….edit….The well water destroyed the dishwasher 5 years ago, not 8!

  3. Anonymous

    Bonjour chère madame…Je vous remercie pour vos bons conseils. Cela me donne une idée pour refaire une beauté à mon frigo. This is Lysette. I don’t comment often but I do stop by very often and I enjoy each visit. Au revoir 🙂

  4. *The Beautiful Life*

    SHUT UP! This looks incredible!!! 🙂

    I was planning on trying to figure out how to do this on my fridge — now I’m totally inspired!

    It looks awesome!

    I also want to try putting the tin down on my countertops! 😉

    Excellent job!

  5. Kasey

    looks fab.

  6. Bonjour Madame

    This is so original! You did a great job. I don’t have a dishwasher, but I don’t really miss it. I am still in awe of your fridge.

  7. Vickie

    Great job! You did a wonderful temporary makeover on that dishwasher! It looks tres chic!

  8. christschild

    It looks awesome…I think I might have to do some work now! I also love my dishwasher….I loathe washing dishes the old timee way too. I will occasionally when it’s something easy and I need right away. Have a blessed week:)

  9. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    You are a VELLY VELLY VELLY smart girllll….

    I velly much like dis makeover.


    And dat material on da dishvasher looks velly, velly familiar to me for some veason!


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