Taking stencil ideas to the world of appliances can add a personal touch to an otherwise drab looking item. And it can also tie in the color of the room and decor with simple easy steps of adding just a bit of color or pattern to an otherwise solid colored item, especially in small spaces where decoration is a minimum.
Creating a simple stenciled pattern on appliances isn't as difficult as it might seem. Just use painters tape to mark off the areas you need to keep dry from paint, and paint your base coat accordinly. Painting at least two coats will ensure you get even coverage without streaking. Using a small roller brush can help reduce the chance of streaking. Just be sure to not have too much paint in your roller to prevent large drips and clumps of paint. Appliances have a smoother surface so light coats will keep your paint job smooth and clean.
Next, once the paint has fully dried, you can again use painters tape to tape your stencils to the appliance to apply your stenciled design in a different color. You will want to use something a bit heavy duty that is not paper so your paint does not leak through and it will keep your stencils from ripping. You can use a stiff plastic stencil or even stencils you create yourself.
In the image above, the painter chose to do a simple stencil without using a base coat, and just applied a single color to a floral design.
In the above image, we see where the artist created a fun and joyful theme with a simple change in color of the washer and dryer, and chose to add a floral design with lettering to combine the two units together. On the door of the dryer, there is a fun and easy-to-read checklist for helpful reminders when washing and drying clothes, especially when tight schedules are in consideration. Dates of the week can be listed, or cycles of the wash and dry times can be checked off. A fun checklist that can be added are the names of tenants or family members so that the person washing and drying their clothes can check off their name if others are in line to use the units. This way, it eliminates confusion and keeps items organized and separated.
In the above image, we see a lot of creativity on a simple white fridge! The designer chose to use two methods to decorate this fridge by first stenciling simple images and then adding stickers with incorporated themes. Great for small kitchens where there is little room to decorate the walls with a personal touch.
In the above image, we see how a simple mirrored finish with this fridge unit adds a different dimension to an otherwise simply patterned kitchen. This can be done on chrome appliances as well using a metallic or similar matte toned paint and filigree styled stencils.