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
AFTER!!!

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?

When you rip out your bathroom and then lose your mind

Sometimes it takes a big moment to fully realize the gravity of your actions. For me it was the moment I was trying to relax in a bath and my six year old decided to come in to take a poop…which quickly turned into her throwing up all over the bathroom.

I’m not saying that ripping out our second bathroom caused this misstep, but it certainly caused this misstep to happen right in front of me.

When my husband and I toured our current home, we knew that our second bathroom was a total gut job. In fact, when we first moved in I refused to even shower in it because it was so gross. But as the weeks turned to months and I gave it many, many deep cleans I started to get used to having an ensuite bathroom.

I suddenly no longer had to share a bathroom with my disgusting children. My toothbrush finally felt safe.

And then, just as I started to get really attached, it was time to rip it out.

The stress began almost immediately. As fun as it was to rip it out, now my house was covered in dust, my bathroom accessories had no place to live and my toothbrush was free game.

And that was only week one.