Unless you are lucky enough to own a SMEG or old school Kelvinator – refrigerators can look pretty boring or generic. It’s not their fault, they work pretty hard… they are there to serve a basic function and a good refrigerator will last decades if you are lucky (and if you treat it right).
For those of us that have been stuck with the same old boring white refrigerator for the past decade or so – there is a super easy way to breathe new life into it without spending too much money. I swear I am turning into my mother. That’s not a bad thing. She first painted our refrigerator back home with cow spots, and recently repainted it a regal gold! She is very artistic, I wish I could show you her whole house.
In my own home, every item has a story. Instead of just replacing it because it looks a tad worse for wear and spending loads of money – I would rather just give it a make-over. It’s fun, it’s rewarding and it will save you some cash. As the saying goes – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
I decided to give our refrigerator a little chalk paint makeover. It looks absolutely amazing, and the kids can draw on it. You can write down your grocery list or reminders, and easily wipe it off afterward. The most recommended chalk paint was Granny B – and I can see why… it is honestly like painting with velvet and it does not have a hectic fresh paint smell to it. They also have some stunning colours available, as you can see on the colour chart below. I used Hurricane for the fridge and Daffodil for a few items around the kitchen to bring in a pop of colour.
This refrigerator DIY project will cost you about R700 if you have no paintbrushes etc and need to buy everything to get the job done!
Here is a before and after picture – quite a transformation, don’t you think?
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 250ml Granny B’s Old Fashioned Paint @R110 (2x 125ml)
- 400ml Granny B’s Armour Seal @ R159
- 2 Pairs Longer Length Embellishments @ +/- R50 per pair
- 2 Pairs Shorter Length Embellishments @ +/- R40 per pair
- Contact Adhesive Glue +/- R30
- 3 piece Stencil Paint Brush Set @
- Hamilton’s Ensign 50ml Paint Brush @ R85
- Pail Opener @
- measuring tape or ruler
- NB: these were the prices at time of post being published. You might require different volumes of paint for different sized projects.
- P.S If you have some serious DIY’ing to do, you can now use my affiliate link to shop on the Granny B store! You will get a lovely 10% discount, and thanks to your purchase I will also earn a 10% commission. Use this link to place your order and check out using the code “caffeineandfairydust”
Make sure you clean your refrigerator thoroughly and scrape down any rough surfaces. I know mine looks a little worse for wear… it is about 15-years old after all! If you leave anything stuck to the surface, you will not get a smooth finish.
Measure the middle point on the topand bottom of each refrigerator door, as well as the middle point on the left and right side of each door. Mark it clearly with a pencil.
Read the instructions on your contact adhesive glue clearly and use accordingly. Glue your embellishments so that they are centered to your markings. Hold for a few seconds or tape them down to ensure they are stuck down properly.
Use your small stencil brushes to start painting your embellishments with the chalk paint. It is better to get these done first, before you start painting the larger surface as they are more time consuming. This way you can focus on covering all the little groves and corners. Wait fot the paint to dry and repeat with a second coat / until completely covered.
Once you have painted all your embellishments and they have dried properly, it is time to paint the rest of the refrigerator surface. Make sure you paint every part that is visible. I found that the 50mm Hamilton’s Ensign paint brush works the best as there is no bristle loss and it gives such a smooth finish. When you are done, wait for the paint to dry completely and do a second coat, or as many as needed to cover the refrigerator completely. I only had to do two coats.
If you do not seal it properly, you are going to have problems. You will have oil marks, dirty finger marks and the paint might eventually chip off. I sealed my refrigerator using the Granny B Armour Seal. It has been two weeks since I have painted my fridge and there is not a single dirty mark or chip in sight. It makes it super easy to wipe clean as well.
The end result? A timeless, classy, beautiful fridge that compliments your kitchen and is transformed into an artpiece on it’s own.
To give the entire kitchen some life, I decided to paint a few things in the colour Daffodil. I just got a small pot at R55 and painted a few items that needed some new life. It added a pop of colour against the grey and I am so happy with how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think!
If you have some serious DIY’ing to do, you can now use my affiliate link to shop on the Granny B store! You will get a lovely 10% discount, and thanks to your purchase I will also earn a 10% commission. Use this link to place your order and check out using the code “caffeineandfairydust”
Disclaimer: I approached Granny B to be part of this project after receiving an overwhelming response in a request for chalk paint recommendations. After using their products, I was so impressed that we have decided to work together on a few more projects that will be completed throughout the course of the next few weeks. I was NOT paid to do this post, I was, however, sent the items needed to complete my project as a trade exchange. By using my affiliate link and discount code, you will also help me earn 10% commission on all items sold – which I would be so very grateful for!
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