Originally Posted by Iluvitalian
I also had no idea you could paint appliances...wondering how that would look though, any pics?
So far I have only found rather generic looking pictures of appliances and hope to find you something more dramatic. This will pic will give you the general idea though even though it is just shows turning appliances white. I guess disguising the microwave as a plant is pretty cool?
I have been known to take appliances to an auto body shop for painting with automotive finishes if they can be moved. Some may actually advertise appliance refinishing.
Your best option is probably to spray more or less in place with spray cans. What you use will depend on what situations you have. But all these come in spray cans. You may have to shop around to find the different kinds or go online. You should be able to get them for between $5-14/can depending on type you need.
1. Epoxy appliance paint. High gloss finish but it seems to come in only basic appliance colors. Washable and durable.
2. Plastic paint like Krylon Fusion or Rustoleum Plastic Paint or Primer. Many new refrigerators have plastic or vinyl panels and regular paint will not stick to them.
3. Heat resistant paint. You may need heat resistant paint for things like oven doors and range hoods. It may suffice for the range top.
4. High heat paint such as engine enamel or stove paint. Comes in many colors. Usually has a high ceramic content to dissipate heat. May be necessary for countertops since they can get very, very hot. High heat paints can take temps up to 650 degrees F without melting or discoloring.
Once you figure out what situations you have, you will want to figure out what color options you have that come in all forms of paint that you need.
Then, take photos or make sketches/tracings of any dial markers you are going to have to replace on the stove, etc.
Repair any rust damage and fill any obvious dings and scratches with auto body bondo filler. Sand. Clean surface thoroughly and rough up with wet sandpaper.
Remove any knobs you can. Mask off everything you do not want painted. Cover counters and floors in the kitchen to prevent them from picking up overspray. Remove any panel to be painted you can---it will be easier.
Using an even spray motion and multiple light coats rather than fewer heavy ones, spray the appliance surfaces. Allow to dry and cure according to the can instructions.
Hopefully you have basic graphic arts skills or nobody to recreate the dial facings for you. You can have them reproduced at places like Kinko's on to adhesive or decal stock.
Affix the decals. Re-position the knobs. Good to go at least until you can afford to redo the kitchen.
Have fun! As I said, it could buy you some time until you have plans and budget for a new kitchen if your appliances work.