How Spray Paint Saved Me Hundreds of Dollars, Part 2

We’ve been in the process of overhauling our kitchen for a couple of years now and the plan for it evolved as we went. I always knew since buying the house there were certain things I intended to replace as soon as finances allowed (the kitchen floor, for instance), but then there were urgent items that demanded immediate attention (refrigerator showing signs of its age, etc.). We replaced the refrigerator and stove first, and the clean steel doors of the fridge and black stove immediately gave an updated look over the mix-and-match colors of the appliances that were original to the home. (Actually the clean steel doors were an unexpected free $100-value upgrade due to a mistake on the store’s part — meaning we ended up with the fridge we actually wanted at a lower price — a blessing for which I am very thankful!) Unfortunately, the feel of newness they brought to the kitchen only accentuated the old, murky look of the off-white/ecru stove hood. (“Things” never quite satisfy, do they?)

(This is my sister standing in front of the stove hood which I hated it so much I became an expert at NOT letting it appear in hardly any of my photos. Oops. Notice my cabinet knobs pre-spray paint also. Oh, and my pretty sister.)

 

Here you can (somewhat) see “clean steel” fridge, black range, ecru hood. ‘Nuff said.

Little things like that can bother me for a long time before I figure out what to do about it. Again, my friend encouraged me to spray paint it, using an appliance epoxy rather than regular spray paint since it is specially formulated to adhere to appliances. That made me VERY nervous! I was afraid I would ruin it, and then be forced to spend money on a new hood that was definitely not a planned expenditure.

But it continued to drive me to the point of desperation and I finally decided that even if I did a poor paint job on it, possibly it would still look better than the original color.

My husband and I don’t like messing with electricity because… well, it’s kinda scary. But my brother had some experience working with an electrician, so he agreed to come and disconnect the hood for me (and a chandelier, which I’ll show you in a later post). Once the hood was down from above the stove, there was no going back! I degreased it thoroughly with Dawn dish detergent and hot water, let it dry and then… deep breath… embarked upon my project.

It took a few coats, and I had learned from previous spray painting attempts as well as repeated exhortations from Libby that it is much better to use multiple light coats of paint than to try to cover it all in fewer coats which then ends up being splotchy and uneven. It didn’t look great after the first couple of coats, but little by little it took on the look I was hoping for.

In the end, it wasn’t perfect. If you crane your neck at an uncomfortable angle and look up in the depths of the interior of my stove hood, you can tell I spray painted it. But if you don’t think to do that — which you never would until now as I write a blog post about it :) — you would never know. And the more you practice with spray paint before hand, the better your most important projects will look. (Start on the items of least importance first if you haven’t done much spray painting before!)

 

My stove hood isn’t perfect. It’s still an outdated shape and has outdated buttons with outdated logos and fonts. But it cost me less than $6 and looks WAY better than it did before… and ended up being one of my favorite spray painting projects ever!

 

How I did this project:

-Have an electrically-knowledgeable person remove the stove hood and detach all wires

-Degrease thoroughly using mixture of Dawn original dish detergent and hot water. Repeat degreasing process as many times as necessary to remove all grease. Degreasing this project may take longer than other projects due to the fact that it’s right above your burners, absorbing grease from everything you cook. Persevere and ditch all the grease! The paint will not adhere properly otherwise

-Cover all sensitive areas (fan filter, etc.) with cardboard, painter’s tape, etc. so no spray paint can infiltrate

-Evenly spray paint lightly on all areas. Remember you will be able to see some of the back and sides even from a normal standing position in your kitchen, so spray it all! Allow to dry thoroughly. Repeat until desired coverage is reached. Dry thoroughly and examine from different positions with different lighting to make sure your paint job is satisfactory.

-Have electrically-knowledgeable person reattach wires and reposition stove hood once it is thoroughly dry.

Savings: Cheapest stove hood I could buy in town new is $78. I could spend as much as over $3,000. Instead I bought appliance epoxy spray paint for roughly $4-5 and have a new look that I am completely satisfied with!

 

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