Don't Buy New Appliances. Update Your Old Ones!

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We've been thinking about buying a new refrigerator through the government's Cash for Appliances trade-up program. Only problem is that the French door refrigerator we've been eying ain't cheap so that idea will have to be tabled for now. In the meantime, we came across some ideas for updating our appliances that we thought we'd share!
  • Paint them. For a quick and easy update, take your old refrigerator, stove or washing machine to an automotive painter to have them painted or do it yourself with appliance paint. We're definitely considering this option for our old O'Keefe and Merrit stove.
  • Change out the doors or fronts. Many appliances can be fitted and updated by changing their fronts. A great option for renters who are stuck with built in appliances like dishwashers. Contact the manufacturer of the appliance who can provide you with a listing of face panels that will fit existing appliances, and face panels that will require customization. There are also companies that offer custom order face panel kits. This is similar to ordering from the manufacturer, but with this option you can order exactly what you want
  • Repurpose the door. Using a trim kit, install a corkboard on the front of your refrigerator.
  • Cover your old appliances with film. For a stainless steel finish try fauxstainlesssteel.com

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