Chalkboard Paint Fridge Makeover

Chalkboard paint fridge makeover


Do you have an old ugly fridge?  Can’t justify buying a new one?  No problem!!  I have the answer you are looking for…chalkboard paint!!  We had the same old ugly fridge for 19 years.  We got it as a hand-me-down before we were married from my husband’s grandparents.  We didn’t care what it looked like, we were just happy to have a fridge that worked.  When we got it, it was already several years old.  We’ve moved it several times and even dropped it on its side when we moved into our house.  We were sure it was a goner then but that was 16 years ago and it’s been running ever since.  It gives new meaning to the saying, “they don’t make them like they used to”.  It certainly wasn’t pretty but we couldn’t justify spending the money on a new one.  I was pinning away on Pinterest one evening when I came across a great idea…paint your fridge with chalkboard paint.  Of course!  Why hadn’t I thought of that sooner??  We bought our Black (Great Slate) Chalkboard paint from Disney at Walmart for $10.97!!  I had all the other materials at home.

Materials needed:

  • Small paint roller
  • Brush or foam brush for edging
  • Blue painters/masking tape
  • Drop cloth or newspaper
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint pan
  • Screwdrivers to remove handle
This is our old ugly but still running fridge.  Isn’t it…vintage!?  Yes, vintage!  It didn’t bother me all that much until I painted my oak cabinets a beautiful white last summer, after that it stood out like a sore thumb.

Old ugly fridge


We started by pulling the fridge out into the kitchen, removing the handles and giving it a good washing.  Then we taped off all the silver accents and ice maker. One tip I would have is when taping give yourself some room to paint.  If you notice on our fridge, the silver trim around the door…I curled the tape around it, when we pulled the tape off there were several spots it pulled the paint off.  It was pretty minor but if we would have ripped the tape off really fast it would have been a disaster.  We also did several coats and waited for them to dry in between.  That might have been another issue with the tape pulling the paint off.  We were able to touch up the paint and it looked just fine.  Just be cautious of that when removing the tape.

chalkboard fridge makeover

We taped some paper on the floor.  I couldn’t think of anything worse than dripping black paint on my new floors. (courtesy of a leaky dishwasher. 😉 Yikes!)

chalkboard paint fridge makeover


No turning back now!!  Coat number one!


chalkboard paint fridge makeoverThis is after the first coat.  Don’t panic.  We ended up doing 3 coats just to be sure.  We let it dry in between coats until it was dry to the touch.  The can of paint says to wait 4 hours between but we are rebels! Ha!  We also didn’t have an entire day to have our fridge out of commission.  We have a house full of boys, you know how it is.  😉

chalkboard paint fridge makeoverAlmost done…its on its 3rd coat here and just drying.  We did wait a little longer to put the handles back on.  Ours handles were already black and silver so we did nothing to them but clean them.   I have seen lots of ideas on Pinterest if your handles are white.  One gal wrapped hers with rope.  I was afraid I couldn’t clean them that way.  I honestly don’t know how the chalkboard paint would hold up on the handles.

chalkboard paint fridge makeoverTA-DA!!  Doesn’t it look amazing!?  My husband and I were so surprised how easy it was and how much we loved the finished product.  We wish we had done it sooner.  The whole project cost us less than $11!!  We had most of the painting stuff at home so that helped.  Even if you had to buy all the painting stuff it still wouldn’t be much and cost less than a new fridge.

I am excited to hear if anyone else tries this project. Let me know if you do!

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