Dishwasher Facelift and MORE!

by Hope Sewell on June 16, 2011

in crafts, family, kids

I LOVE having a dishwasher!!!  I don’t totally mind washing dishes by hand but with as many people who live in this house and with as many meals we cook and eat a dishwasher helps out a bunch!!  The only thing about our dishwasher is ……’s ugly!!  Right???

Replacement at this point isn’t an option.  It works great but as I said….it’s ugly.  😉  So….what could I do?  Instead of painting it or going through some sort of expensive re-do I decided to cover the front with chalkboard contact paper.  It wasn’t difficult AT ALL!!  I just measured and cut.  Ruthie supplied me with an extra set of hands to help hold and pull.  To get it “air bubble free” I used a kitchen scraper and pressed down from top to bottom working with small sections at a time.

MUCH MUCH better!!  And the great thing is, it was CHEAP!!!  I found some self-adhesive chalkboard paper at Michael’s for $4.99 a roll.  The Con-Tact brand actually makes a chalkboard contact paper.  You can find that here.  I haven’t seen any in our local stores.  It’s inexpensive as well.  This was the perfect solution for us!!  The children love it too!!!

While I was at it with the chalkboard paper, I found some other fun uses for it.As you know, our children take a lot of prescription drugs.  I ALWAYS forget how much of what they get and when.  So on the inside of the medicine cabinet door I made this fun little Rx memo board.  It works like a charm!!  (realized later that I had left some meds off of this list…..precisely why I need it!!)I found these GREAT Chalk markers at Hobby Lobby.  With a 40% off coupon they were $6.  Plus the CUTE Baroque Duck Tape I found at Target for $3.99.  It makes the perfect frame!!

Then I put a little “label” on this CUTE pitcher.  The markers are wet erase so your guests will never have to ask, “What’s this?” 😉

I still have a little bit of chalkboard paper left.  Can’t wait to find some fun uses for that.  PLUS I have a can of chalkboard spray paint just waiting to be turned into something cool!!  I don’t know what it is about chalkboards but I LOVE them.  Maybe it’s the teacher in me??  Who knows.  After working with the chalkboard, Lilly decided she’d take a load off and read the paper……the Toys-R-Us ad.  😉


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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsay Nicholls June 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

Love it! Really love what you did with the extra.


Hope Sewell June 17, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thank you Lindsay! I’ve been thinking about you. Hope things are good!


Kristee Dowling June 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Crafty, Crafty….. What a wonderful dishwasher makeover and I lke the memo board inside the cabinet. We could definitely use one of those around here too.


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