How to Make a Stove Look Like It's Stainless Steel


Stainless steel appliances make an old-fashioned kitchen look more modern. You do not have to go out  and purchase brand-new appliances to get this look, however. You can transform the look of your appliances, including your stove, just by using a special stainless steel paint. There are different brands of stainless steel paint. For your stove, read the label before buying to make sure that the paint is OK for use on stoves.

Things You'll Need

  • Dropcloth
  • Sponge
  • Dish detergent
  • Towel
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Primer
  • Stainless steel paint for appliances
  • Paint stirrer
  • Small paint roller
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Unplug the stove, and turn off the pilot light and gas if you have a gas stove. Cover the burners and other areas you want to avoid painting with newspaper and masking tape. Pull the stove out, if necessary to easily access all sides.

  • Place a dropcloth on the floor beneath the stove. Scrub the stove thoroughly with dish detergent and a soapy sponge. Rinse it well, and towel it dry.

  • Open windows and doors to the area to provide ventilation. Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles.

  • Apply primer to the stove surface if indicated by the product label. Some paints do not require a primer. To apply primer, apply it just as you would paint, using even strokes with a foam paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry before continuing.

  • Open the can of stainless steel appliance paint. Stir the paint with a paint stirrer, and mix it well. Pour the paint into a paint roller pan. Dip a small fine-knapped paint roller into the paint, rolling it so that it is covered completely.

  • Paint the top of the stove first, using wide, even strokes to apply the paint evenly.  Paint the front and the sides next, using the roller. Use the foam brush to touch up any areas that you couldn’t reach properly with the roller.

  • Apply a second coat only if indicated by the paint label. Allow the paint to cure fully before moving the stove or using it again. Cure time will vary -- check the paint label for the approximate time it will take to cure.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you aren’t sure whether you will like how the paint looks on your stove, paint only a small strip toward the back of one side before painting the rest of the stove.

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