Reviving old appliances is a great alternative to buying new, especially if you’re taking on the big expense of a total kitchen gut and remodel. In some cases, appliances look outdated and worn but still function really well. The good news is, most old appliances are constructed with an outer metal body. As the nearby quote explains, this is quite similar to the body of a car. That means, with just a little elbow grease and TLC, you can refinish old appliances to make them appear new.
Tips for Reviving Old Appliances
Like dealing with antique furniture, you’ve got to consider worth. Not in the exact same sense, but in the sense of dollars and cents. In other words, how much more use will you likely get out of reviving old appliances as opposed to replacing them. Factor-in materials costs and your time, then compare that to replacement cost. To do this, you need to know average lifespans. For refrigerators, average lifespan is between 13 and 19 years.
Appliances such as washing machines, dryers and refrigerators sit for years in corners that are often damp enough to rust and corrode their metal casing. Refinishing one of these appliances is similar to refinishing an automobile that has sustained similar damage on the road. Like an automobile, the appliance has a painted metal body with chrome or black metal trim, and you can have it looking like new with some time-tested car-painting techniques. —San Francisco Gate
Gas stoves and ranges last an average of 15 to 17 years, while electric stoves or ranges have average lifespans of 13 to 15 years. The average lifespan of a dishwasher is 8 to 10 years. Now that you know the average lifespans of your major kitchen appliances, you are able to determine if refinishing is cost-effective. Here are some helpful tips for reviving old appliances to give them a new lease on life and save money:
- Remove doors, trim, and all hardware. Move the appliance(s) to a well-ventilated area with plenty of room to work. Remove the door, trim, and outside hardware from the appliance. Fill any holes with auto body filler and use a dent puller to remove dents. Also, this is the time to replace any non-working parts.
- Scrub with heavy grease-cutting detergent. Prep the appliance by cleaning it with a heavy grease-cutting detergent, like TSP or trisodium phosphate. Scrape away any rust, if present and then treat with rust inhibitor. Sand the surface smooth with 220- to 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper.
- Carefully paint the outside of the appliance. Now you can paint with appliance enamel, smoothing it with 400-grit sandpaper after every coat. It will probably take between 2 and 3 coats or more of appliance enamel and using more 400-grit sandpaper to get the finish right.
- Replace the hardware parts for the appliance. Reviving old appliances gives you the opportunity to update some of the hardware. For instance, replacing broken feet, old pulls or handles, deep cleaning glass, replacing racks or shelves, and so-on.
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