Paint your fridge with chalk paint!

 Paint your fridge with our simple DIY. Ugly appliances don’t have to ruin your kitchen’s style. All it takes is a little paint and some creativity!

Whether you love to renovate or absolutely hate it, we all know that renos can be very expensive, especially when it comes to the kitchen. As much as I would love to own a matching set of the latest appliances with all their bells and whistles, I know in my deeply frugal heart that it just isn’t going to happen anytime soon (if ever).

Just because I am too cheap to buy the latest and greatest doesn’t mean that I have to be stuck with an ugly fridge until it inevitably dies. I realized that just because I don’t want to spend the money to replace my fridge doesn’t mean I have to accept it the way it is. Just like the DIY diva I am, I decided to start researching the best ways I can make it better without spending a lot of cash.

Great brand, ugly fridge

The Perfect Paint for Your Fridge

I discovered that Rustoleum makes a paint specifically for appliances! While I loved that I was not the only one crazy enough to try to paint their fridge. I actually saw some beautiful paint jobs that not only inspired me but made me excited to take the next step in my kitchen renovation.

All you Need:

  • Rustoleum appliance paint (one bottle was enough for my fridge and dishwasher)
  • Rustoleum chalk paint (I used country grey)
  • Chalk paint wax
  • Painters tape
  • Drop sheet
  • Paintbrushes

Before you paint:

The first thing that I did was give the fridge a good scrubbing. If your family is anything like mine, your fridge is a disgusting trap for sticky drips and messes from little hands all over it day and night.

Once I scrubbed off most of the grime, I took the time to tape off any area that I didn’t want to be painted. My fridge had some stainless steel accents and an LG sign I didn’t want to cover.

I didn’t use a drop sheet because I knew I was planning on painting the floor as part of my kitchen renovation, but if you aren’t changing your floor, a drop sheet is a must. I found that using a spray paint really caused a lot of splatter on my floor. Luckily for me, the splatter could not wreck my extremely ugly floor.

I also painted my dishwasher as part of this project. For the dishwasher, I made sure to also cover up the surrounding cupboards. The layout of my kitchen leaves my fridge off on its own so I didn’t have to worry about the surrounding area.

Time to paint!

After I had gotten the fridge nice and clean (and it was dry) I painted on the appliance paint. I tried to do it according to the directions on the can, but they suggested taking the fridge outside to spray it and there was no way that was going to happen. Instead I just turned off the heat and opened every window in the hopes I wasn’t about to ruin too many brain cells.

Bright white and new

Just this first step made the fridge look so much better. I actually considered stopping at this step because it looked so fresh and clean. I took 24 hours to let the paint dry and consider. After painting the dishwasher and loving it, I decided just to go for it and I am certainly glad I did.

I love how this came out.

When using chalk paint make sure to use an even up and down application. I suggest leaving on the painter’s tape until the project is finished.

A fridge that has been painted with grey chalk paint

Once I was satisfied that my paint was applied evenly, I let it dry for 24 hours and then applied a coat of wax (or two) to seal it.

This whole project cost me a can of appliance paint (about $12) and part of a can of chalk paint and wax (about another $12). So for less than $25 I transformed two appliances and saved them from the landfill!

If you like this DIY, why not check out my full kitchen renovation which costs less than $150?

Easy Fireplace Makeover

A chalk painted fireplace

Don’t let a small budget stop you from your dream fireplace with our DIY makeover! 

When it comes to enjoying the holidays with your family, many picture cuddling around the fireplace. But what if a brand new hearth is well outside of your budget but you still want to make some cuddly memories? Take a page out of this frugal mommy’s book and upcycle an old clunker into the fireplace of your dreams!

When my husband I started house hunting for our second home, we had a fairly long ‘wish list’. We had lived in our first home for almost six years and had learned what we didn’t want and were focused on finding our’ forever home’.

Amongst the en-suite bathroom, multi-level layout, and beautiful neighbourhood, I was harbouring a deep love for a cozy addition to our livingroom: a fireplace. But of course, with any home search, it came down to a question of wish list versus reality and when we finally found our dream home (a 1980’s back-split fixer-upper) it did not have a fireplace.

A Dream Fireplace

Of course, my husband and I were well-aware of the fact that we could always pay to have a gas fireplace installed, but two years later it is low on the list of priorities and likely still years away.

Hearth for the holidays?

With the temperature starting to dip and the return of fall, I found myself once again longing for my cozy fireplace. With an tiny budget and an open mind, I decided to check out my favourite place to shop: VarageSale.

Among the many high priced resale fireplaces, I found the perfect diamond in the rough. A chipped white and brass number that was the perfect DIY candidate and a great price: $45.

Although there was a lot of interest in the unit due to the low price, I ultimately was able to snag the deal because the unit needed a little TLC and I believe the other interested parties didn’t want to take on the work. Their hesitation was definitely my gain!

DIY Fireplace Makeover

The first thing I did was clean up the unit with a clean rag. Once I removed any surface dirt and dust, I was able to take a closer look at any damage to the hearth. From there I roughed up the surface with some sandpaper and then wiped off any excess dust.

To address the chips in the corners I built up the chips with wood filler and sanded once dry. I had to repeat this process several times to get the desired smooth finish. I also had to use wood glue to reattach a small detail at the bottom.

Making the Perfect Mantel

Once the unit was ready to be painted I applied several thin coats of chalk paint. I choose an antique mustard colour because I have used yellow as an accent colour in the upper living and dining room and wanted to introduce it in the lower level of our home. I also wanted to get a little bit out of my comfort zone in terms of colour choice. This yellow was definitely a bit of a bolder choice for me, but I am very happy with it.

It took about three coats to get the desired effect on this piece. Sometimes I like to have the original colour peek through when I use chalk paint, but for this fireplace, I choose a complete cover.

Chalk Paint Makeover

Although the colour was a departure for me, I still wanted to add my signature stencil accent. Once the paint was fully dry (24 hours) I applied the stencil and used white acrylic paint to add this cute little accent. My husband always says it should say: ‘this is our happy fireplace’.

The top piece shows the original colour and the bottom shows the difference after the wax finish.

I really wanted to do an antique wax finish on this. I started with a coat of ‘antique’ brown wax which I applied liberally and then wiped off the excess with a rag.

I used a white wax for the next layer and wiped off the excess.

I repeated both these steps again to get my desired look. I find that by doing this technique you can add texture to smooth furniture so I especially like to use it on MDF pieces like this.

Irresistible Insert

The final step for the hearth was to apply a further coat of clear wax on the top of the hearth. I really wanted to make sure it would be protected in case anyone was to ever place anything on top.

While the painting of this fireplace hearth was an involved process, there was still one more necessary step. The heating unit of this unit was an dated brass. I used 600 grit sandpaper to rough up the surface, taped off the glass and sprayed the brass with a high heat black paint. This easy step really did make a huge difference in the look of the whole fireplace! It is very important to use high heat paint. I got mine at Canadian Tire.

Now that the fireplace project is complete, I love turning the unit on and getting cozy on the couch with the kids. I can’t wait to have a fireplace for the holidays so we finally have a spot to hang our stockings!

While we will eventually replace this fireplace with a gas counterpart in a few year’s time, for now, I don’t have to sacrifice style or comfort because of a tight budget.

Have you ever done a fireplace makeover? Let me know in the comments and tag me on Instagram @keepupwiththerobertsons! Your project could be featured!