I tackled a project on the top of my list this past weekend – painting our refrigerator! You may have seen the chalkboard refrigerators all over Pinterest; well, I thought I would give it a whirl myself. I’m so glad that I did! Taylor and I have been working on several kitchen projects, and I will be sure to share the rest of them with you in the future. You can already see a few difference in the before and after shot below. Taylor built us a little wine rack beside the fridge, I painted the wood paneled wall, and Taylor changed the door hinges and knobs on the cabinets. The biggest difference though is of course the REFRIGERATOR!

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The first thing was to pull the refrigerator out and clean, clean clean! After I cleaned off the surface, I scrubbed/scratched up the surface, and then I removed all of the remnants with a damp towel.

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Taylor removed all of the plastic pieces for me so that we could spray paint them black to match. We also took off the door handles on the fridge which gives a much more modern and clean look. It is still super easy to open and close.

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All that we bought for this project was a small can of Chalkboard Paint from Home Depot ($9.67), a foam roller, and a paint tray. Some tutorials call for a magnetic base paint ($$$), but I skipped that step and still have a perfectly magnetic fridge! I just went straight to painting, and was finished that morning with the entire project. I like these kinds of projects… big results and fast! I did 3 coats of paint, but I probably could have stuck with 2. By the time I finished the end of the first coat, where I had begun painting was already dry and ready for the next layer.

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We decided to leave the refrigerator plugged in to avoid any puddles, but I did move all of our food to a fridge in our garage. I took this opportunity to completely clean out the inside of the refrigerator (it sparkled). When it was all said and done, it looked like we had a brand spankin’ new fridge! I made a trip out to Michael’s the next day and bought some awesome chalk markers. I love these things!! Don’t forget to print out a coupon (I bought mine 50% off).

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This is a great way to jazz up an old fridge on the cheap. I love painting projects, so this one was right up my alley! I’m sure Taylor’s glad to finally be able to find a project for me to do that doesn’t require multiple power tools (I am learning though…slowly). What do you think about having a chalkboard refrigerator in your house?

 

8 Responses to Reinvent – Chalkboard Refrigerator

  1. Barbara says:

    The front of my fridge is a type of vinyl finish a little textured too. Do you think this would work for me?

    • Kaitlin says:

      Yes, as long as you roughed up the surface so that the paint has something to “stick” to. If you are worried about it, I would do a test section on the back or side where it can’t be seen.

  2. Holly says:

    I think if I were to have a chalkboard fridge you would have to come write on it every day. My handwriting doesn’t compare…

  3. Kathy says:

    Love it! Nice wine rack addition also.

  4. Kelly says:

    That is SO COOL!! So impressed!!! Love you!

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