Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY refrigerator makeover....

Refrigerators can be the white elephant in the room, especially when they are older or no longer match your space. Recently I blogged about our microwave and dishwasher breaking and this week we had a new three pack (microwave, dishwasher and stove) installed in stainless steel. However, our fridge is working fine and not in the budget to replace just yet. We already use our refrigerator as a collage of family photos (a family tradition) so it was somewhat disguised, but could I do more?

What does one do when you have a glaringly ugly and different fridge in the room? First, I started with Google and researched painting. Though this is a fair option it can be pricey and it can come out good or horrible. Next I looked at fridge decals which were a fun option but pricey. I didn't want to take away from the fridge fund with the cost of a pricey decal. So, I put my thinking cap on and thought of contact paper. Next stop was Target to check out my options.

I picked up this black and white toile contact paper for $5.99. It's a little busier than I wanted but it's also more black than white which I wanted. For the price, I decided I could try it out and change it if I decided I didn't like it. The verdict: This is a very inexpensive makeover, but I'd probably go with a bolder, bigger pattern. Next I'm going to try a solid black chalkboard contact paper and leave a white border. I'll update you with pictures of the next look. Very easy!


  1. That looks really good Alexis, very effective. What did you do about the edges of the fridge doors - did you go round and into the fridge, or did you just cut the edges at the front of the door (so it is still white from the side)? Well done, and thank you for sharing the idea.

  2. Great idea, Alexis. That definitely looks better than the white against the stainless steel.

  3. Witch Hazel, I left a 1/8th' border and just applied this to the front. However, it would be easy to apply to the sides as well. I'd still leave a tiny white border to prevent any peeling or wear from grabbing the doors. The product seems pretty resilient thus far and it's easy to wipe down with a sponge.

  4. I never would have thought to do this. Great idea!

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