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Kitchen Appliance Makeover DIY

Does the color of your air fryer bother you? Here’s a solution just for you: a DIY Kitchen Appliance Makeover! Let’s get started!

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can you paint a kitchen appliance?

Yes, you can! But first, let’s talk about the appliance I am painting today.

It’s an air fryer oven. They come in several models, ours is like a small oven. And we use it every day.

Our then soon-to-be-son-in-law gave it to us the year he and our daughter started dating.

Now they are married and expecting their first little baby bundle!

Needless to say, we’re keeping the air fryer. 😉

But I’m changing the color!

Black air fryer sitting on a table before a DIY kitchen appliance makeover.

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how to prep an appliance for paint

This air fryer has an exterior that is shiny plastic and it never gets hot. Not at least anytime we have used it. So I wasn’t worried about painting it.

You’ll see in the video later in this post that I took the following steps to prep this kitchen appliance makeover:

  • vacuum the inside and top vent to remove any dust or crumbs with a shop vac
  • clean with a mixture of White Lightning cleaner and a micro-fiber cloth
  • dry with a paper towel
  • tape off the areas you don’t want to be painted: the control panel, the silver on the handle, and the glass door
  • scuff the exterior surface using a super fine grit flexible Surf Prep RAD Pad

Dixie Belle offers a product that will adhere to slick surfaces like the outside of this air fryer. It’s called Slick Stick and it is great stuff! The last project I used it on turned out amazing!

According to the directions, there is no need to scuff sand. I tend to overdo things so I scuffed up the exterior in about three minutes.

The first coat of Slick Stick looks a bit rough. See the image on the left? Yeah, like I said kinda rough looking.

The second coat gave more coverage. I sanded between coats and allowed the second coat to dry overnight.

what kind of paint to use on an appliance makeover

Silk All in One Mineral Paint is an awesome product because it includes a primer, the paint, and a sealer all-in-one!

The color Endless Shore was calling my name! I knew it would look lovely with our newly painted kitchen cabinets, so I grabbed the paint, gave it a good stir, and started to apply it with this Dixie Belle Small Round brush.

Just like with Slick Stick, I applied two coats and sanding in between coats to create a smooth finish.

Lady applying Dixie Belle Silk Mineral paint to the outside of an air fryer.

Remember I mentioned removing the door if you are able? The door on my air fryer does come off but I didn’t figure that out till I had painted the whole thing!

It’s inevitable that the paintbrush will spill over the edges where you don’t want it to. So I cleaned up the edges with the superfine sanding pad and a Xacto knife. This is one of the final steps I always take when painting furniture so I decided to do the same on the air fryer.


kitchen appliance makeover DIY

And there ya’ have it! Doesn’t it look so much better? I like to think of this as a Smeg dupe. Have you heard of Smeg? Their products look retro and are usually rounded like our air fryer but they are a bit pricey.

Also, I don’t think they carry an air fryer. Let me know in the comments if they do!

Their appliances come in some of the prettiest colors too! Farther down in this post, I am sharing some paint colors that I have seen associated with Smeg appliances. You’re going to love them all!

Close up of a painted air fryer sitting on a kitchen counter.

painted appliance before & after

Here is the kitchen appliance makeover before and after shots. Can you believe the difference? That little corner in our café was always so dark but the light color on the air fryer really brightens it up, don’t you think?

It coordinates with my ironstone sugar bowl too and that just makes me happy 🙂

It’s just a pretty place to make toast in the morning 🙂

BTW, we’ve been using the painted air fryer for a month every day and it’s holding up so well! I’ve wiped it down several times when I am cleaning up the café each morning and it cleans beautifully!

It’s the little things in life that can brighten our day!

White kitchen cabinets with a painted air fryer and other kitchen items on the counter.

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If you would like to see the process of painting our kitchen cabinets, click the image on the left below!

The image on the right is a serving tray makeover that I used Slick Stick on. You’ll never believe what the tray looked like before I gave it a makeover!

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appliance paint colors

In case you are looking for more color options for your kitchen appliance makeovers, I’ve gathered these gorgeous colors by Dixie Belle in their Silk All-in-One Mineral Paint line. Don’t you just love them all so much??

Which is your favorite?

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18 Comments

  1. What a fabulous idea! I’m so impressed that the paint adhered to the plastic surface. Thank you for sharing Cindy! Another great idea.

    1. Slick Stick made it possible! So glad you enjoyed the project, Anna!

  2. This looks fabulous, Cindy! I love the way it came out, now it blends in with your kitchen! Great idea!!❤️❤️

    1. Thanks, Patti, for stopping by for the post!

  3. Oh gosh this is just too cool, Cindy. I would have never thought about painting my mixer or coffee pot. I may just give this a try for my boring black coffee pot. If I do, I will link to your post. I have saved your pin to Pinterest.

    1. Yay! I hope you can give Slick Stick a try on your coffee pot! Thanks for pinning Tammy 😊

  4. I don’t know what to comment on first! How come I didn’t know you were going to be a Grandma? Congratulations The air fryer looks amazing. It is definitely a SMEG dupe! Just live your projects.

    1. Yep, I’m going to be a grandma with grandbaby #2. We’re looking forward to the little bundle😊 So glad you enjoyed the post!

  5. You are a paint magician with those Dixie Bell products! That is one impressive makeover, Cindy. I would have never guessed paint could stick to a shiny surface so beautifully. Your transformed air fryer really is a SMEG look-a-like!

    1. And for a lot less money, Karen! Thanks for stopping by. 😊

  6. Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! That is so exciting. As for the air fryer, it looks fabulous. I would never have thought to paint a small appliance. Great job!

    1. Thanks about our little grandbaby who is on his way! And thank you for stopping by Elizabeth!

  7. Leslie Watkins says:

    That’s amazing! I would never have thought it a possibility to paint. Looks so much better! Way to go!

    1. Thanks, Leslie! I would have never believed an air fryer could look this good either!😊

  8. Absolutely brilliant Cindy! I love it!!!
    Our air fryer is a basket model which would be even easier to paint.

  9. Hi! I was curious about how the paint has held up! Our air fryer gets a bit warm on the metal outside when it cooks. Not hot, but warm. Wanted to know if the paint would hold up! If so, doing this. Thanks for the inspiration! 😊

    1. Hi Em! Thanks for asking about the appliance makeover! I painted this air fryer four months ago and it has held up perfectly! No peeling, no discoloration even though we have used it daily! There is one little nick where my percolator spout hit it as I was pouring a cup of coffee. Our air fryer is plastic on the outside, not metal. It barely gets warm. Hope this info helps you!

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