money saving blogger DIY project faux tin tile dishwasher panel
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Faux-Tin Dishwasher Panel

Mastermind: Linda MacDonald, a writer in Nova Scotia, Canada, who shows off the upgrades she makes to her digs at
Inspiration: "I love the look of tin ceilings, so I figured I could use the tiles to give my stainless-steel dishwasher a vintage feel to match the rest of my kitchen."
How She Did It: Real embossed-metal ceiling tiles require special snips for cutting and often need to be sealed to stand up to kitchen splashes, so Linda opted for vinyl look-alikes. The tiles come in an 18-by-24-inch sheet with three squares across and four down—a perfect match for the height of her dishwasher but not for its width. To make up the difference, Linda used a utility knife to cut a one-tile-wide vertical strip from a second sheet. She adhered the tiles directly to the dishwasher door with heavy-duty double-sided tape, tucking the cut side of the thin strip underneath the finished edge of the full sheet.
What It Cost: $56 for two vinyl tile sheets and a roll of double-sided tape
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