Greetings Friends! I hope you had a wonderful Fourth and relaxing weekend. Have you ever had a pretty little thing--or in this case, not so little--get stuck in your mind? Inspiration turns to irresistible urge! Obsessed or not, there was no way I was spending $5500 (seriously!) on this beauty, so I started to research...
...and research and research! Turns out quite a few people paint their refrigerators and even washers and dryers but ovens, not so much. Obviously the paint/heat factor is a safety concern. Painting your stove top is not recommended even with an electric range like mine. Notice mine is stainless. It was the black doors I wanted to lighten up. Nothing against black ovens, but in my colorful retro kitchen, it stuck out like a black hole. Seeing that Big Chill luscious light green pushed me over the edge. The color is actually called jadeite--it had to be fate, right?! Incidentally, I saw a post in Kitchn where Susan painted her wall oven periwinkle. So why not jadeite? Here's the before and after:
My kitchen is smallish and the layout makes it the hardest room in the house to photograph. Do you have any rooms like that? The actual painted color is very close to the inspiration photo and I am loving it! Now I'll tell you how...
Before making the decision and ultimately sharing it with you, I read many conflicting points of view--from one extreme to the other. Initially, I thought I would need to use a high temperature paint. However, I learned that to withstand temperatures of 500 degrees, they are made to "cure" which emits harmful fumes. I also read that most oven doors rarely exceed 120 degrees. In the end, I followed this advice from a Firefighter:
CAUTION! As a Firefighter/EMT/HAZ-MAT Responder, I am appalled at the risks some of you are willing to take with the safety of your families using some of those paint finishes around the eyes or burners on your stoves. That discoloration means that the products are OFF-GASSING, emitting toxic vapors into your home... not good! Worse still, you are standing directly in the vapor cloud while stirring your pots, etc.! Even if you don't see any visible changes, acrylic, acrylic enamel, and lacquer paints just cannot stand up to those kind of temps and are breaking down... i.e. off-gassing. Instead, paint the sides and front of the oven with regular spray paint. So I did, just that...
First, I removed the oven door panels and taped the parts I didn't want painted. Most panels can be removed with several screws without removing the whole door. Just handle carefully, if there is any glass in the door. Here's an excellent tutorial to show how to remove the panels.
Next, I sanded lightly and then spray painted.
I gave it three light coats of Krylon Colormaster Gloss Celery.
When the paint was dry, I reattached the panels to my oven. Just to be sure all was safe, the following morning I opened the kitchen window and cranked the oven up, letting it run hot for over an hour. There was no smoking, fumes or odors of any sort. I call this a DIY LOP--lots of prayer!
Have you ever attempted a DIY that was a little scary? How did it turn out?
MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR FEATURING THIS POST: