When I had my kitchen installed in white, cream, grey and a bit of wood fridge and freezer looked quite out of place with their large brilliant white surfaces. As they are not built in I couldn't hide their doors behind cabinet doors that would have fit.
I wanted stripes on these doors. I love stripes and I can have them nearly everywhere.
The problem: if they are not made of stainless steel, household appliances are enamelled. Whichever colour you paint them later the new colour may not stick properly to the enamel. I decided to go for somehow distressed stripes that would hide real scratches if they would occur.
As with every paint job preparation takes most part of the time. I measured the doors, used a normal masking tape width as a guide, calculated the number and width of the new coloured stripes, tried to avoid the door handles sitting in the middle of a painted strip and taped the doors as accurate as possible.
Then I took some white acrylic (= water based) lacquer, stirred in a few drops of ochre to get a colour between cream and beech, took a small piece of a chunky sponge slightly dabbed into the very thin paint and dabbed the doors all the way long between the taped stripes. I did not fully cover the area with paint but left some gaps to give the stripes a broken appearance.
I mixed another batch of a slightly lighter colour and dabbed again but with more gaps. Finally I mixed a very light grey and dabbed some accents in the middle of the stripes. The masking tape was removed immediately and that's it!
I'm keeping some paint of each batch in small jars in case I would need some for repair. But my lacquered stripes are sticking much better than I hoped they would, in ten years nothing had to be re-done.
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