How to Change the Dishwasher Front Panel Color to Stainless Steel

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish soap

  • Damp cloth

  • Tape measure

  • Scissors

  • Damp sponge

  • Squeegee

  • Ruler

  • Straight edge razor

  • Paper towels

Stainless steel kitchen

Stainless steel is a very popular trend for appliances. For a sleek, sophisticated look, many people are opting for the stainless steel look in their kitchens. If you have a stainless refrigerator and stove, there's no need to purchase a brand new (and expensive) dishwasher just so it matches your other appliances. Instead, you can purchase stainless steel panels that fit right over your current dishwasher. You'll get the stainless look for a fraction of the price.

Step 1

Cleaning dishwasher

Pour a dime-sized drop of a mild dish washing soap on a damp cloth. Thoroughly wipe down the entire dishwasher to remove any stains, spills and grease.

Step 2

Woman using measuring tape

Measure the dishwasher--height and width--with a measuring tape. Keep in mind that you'll need 1/2 inch of extra stainless steel panel on each side of the dishwasher. Use scissors to cut the panel film to the size of the dishwasher, plus 1 inch.

Step 3

Woman closing dishwasher

Wipe down the surface of the dishwasher with a damp sponge, but do not dry the dishwasher.

Step 4

Stainless steel cover on dishwasher

Remove the backing of the panel film. Carefully press the panel film directly onto the front panel of the dishwasher. With your hand, smooth the film down starting at the middle of the panel, and smooth out to the edges.

Step 5

Stainless steel cover on dishwasher

Run a squeegee from the middle of the film to the outer edges to remove any air bubbles, giving the dishwasher a smooth look.

Step 6


Place a ruler along one side of the dishwasher, at the very edge. Using a straight edge razor, cut the excess 1/2 inch of film from the edge of the dishwasher. When you're finished with one side, repeat this on the opposite side of the dishwasher.

Step 7

Family in stainless steel kitchen

Wipe down the stainless steel dishwasher using several paper towels.


Andrea Griffith

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.