Washer & Dryer Makeover: Temporary, Fast & Just $8

published Nov 22, 2013
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For most people, the laundry room is something unsightly they’re happy to hide behind a closet door or in the back of the garage. But there are others who—by choice or by chance — opt to show off their laundry machines in a mudroom or (looking at you, kitchen laundry renters) some other high-traffic area of the home. If that’s the case in your home, this simple and temporary polka-dotted and striped machine makeover is for you.

Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, eager to give her laundry room some personality, looked into painting her front-loading washer and dryer. But after researching heat-resistant paints and realizing she’d have to lug these mammoth machines outside to spray them, Elsie decided on an even better solution that’s inexpensive, easy, and reversible.

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The secret? Electrical tape.

You can follow along on A Beautiful Mess to get the full how-to on making and sticking these stripes and dots, but the idea is easy to grasp: Take the tape and tape it on. Elsie’s project took just three hours and two $4 rolls of tape.

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And if the laundry machines are left behind when it’s time to move out (or you opt for a color change, or just decide that the household has outgrown a polka-dotted dryer), the tape is removable. Elsie warns that, although each of the colored electrical tapes she tried come off cleanly, the classic black stuff does leave behind residue (easy to scrub off with some Goo Gone).

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