Have an outdated refrigerator, but it still works? Maybe just some ugly rust spots on it?
Lucky you. Today, you can learn how to paint a refrigerator.
How to Paint a Refrigerator
Hi! My name is Madalyn and I nest over at Home Hearted where I share my latest crafting, homemaking and diy projects. My husband and I just bought our first house and since it took most of our resources to get it I have been trying to do what I can to restore and utilize what we already have. First on my list was to take our rusty old refrigerator that we inherited from our rental house and make it into something a little more pretty.
I had grand ideas, but my dad who is a painter talked me out of them and into restoring my fridge to its former glory, a simple white. And to compromise on the chalkboard he suggested I paint a large magnet in chalkboard paint and put it on the fridge.
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As you can see we also switched the door handle to function better in our new kitchen. The above picture doesn’t do the before any justice. It was so rusted and gross as you can clearly see in these pictures.
It was in need of some major loving! So, I started out with lightly sanding the rusted areas and then applying two coats of Loctite Extend Rust Neutralizer, which you can see below what that did and how it looked. I then applied Rust-Oleum’s Protective Enamel in Gloss White. Because the rust was so bad on the front of the fridge and that is also where I applied the rust treatment I had to apply two coats of the paint. The rest of the fridge was fine with a light sanding and one coat of paint. I used a small 4″x1/2″ fabric roller for all of the painting. I think I used a small artists paint brush for one tiny area that I couldn’t get to with the roller. But, once we took the refrigerator apart it was very easy to get to all of the areas with the roller.
I also spray painted the bottom vent a nice black. That really cleaned things up and adds to the “brand new” look.
While I was at it I also took the time to clean up the inside of the refrigerator as the etched glass had received a stain at some point. I love the liner, it keeps things very simple as you can just pull it out and wash it, keeps things cleaner and easier!
When all said and done I spent a total of $36.83 that includes the magnet, fabric rollers, paint and spray paint.
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions about how to paint a refrigerator, please leave a comment!
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