Mid-Century Modern(ization)

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I Painted My Refrigerator


You know you’ve gone overboard with the painting when one of two things happen: 1)  Your not-yet-two-year-old asks if you can paint his crib green (No, Mommy will not); and 2) You paint your refrigerator.

Welcome to my little corner of crazy.


Old photo, but it looks the same except for the wallpaper has been taken down and we revealed a haphazard coat of primer on those walls instead.  You can see the off-white fridge actually blends in really nicely with the bisque countertops and the beige brick wall.  Even the door is a nice shade of beige.  The fridge actually almost looks white because there is no true white in this room.

Ugh.  Enough with the beige!  This weekend I picked up a can of white gloss epoxy paint and went to town on the fridge.


I knew our “bisque” refrigerator was going to stand out like a sore thumb once we got the new floors in and the countertops recoated white, but it’s not in our plans to replace it any time soon.  $14 seemed like a good gamble to see if I could give it a little refresher myself.

The paint went on super smooth although I did hit a couple of stumbling blocks.  First, I had to clean it.  Ew.  That thing was nasty.  In between stomach flips I was thinking I should abandon my efforts and spring for a new one after all.  Other people’s dirt is not one of my favorite things.  Ew.  Just… ew.

Ok, the second hurdle was all this chrome detail!


And have you ever seen a fridge with a door within a door? It’s kind of handy when you’re just looking for the ketchup, but it was a whole second door to have to paint. And a bunch more chrome to have to avoid.


The whole process was pretty simple so I won’t get into too much detail.  Per the instructions, after cleaning the outside of the fridge, I lightly sanded the whole thing and then wiped it down again.  On the can it said to use a low-nap roller on the sides and the front of the doors.  So I did.  It bubbled a bunch a first, but the bubbles quickly popped and evened out and now I swear you can’t even tell it’s been painted.   It’s nice and smooth to the touch and feels just like any other factory-finished refrigerator!

Here’s my bisque fridge with its first coat of white on the top of the right side.  It took two coats.  I know it’s not a striking difference, but sometimes it’s the little changes that carry the most impact.


I used a short-handled 1″ angled brush to paint around the handles, the ice maker, and in all the nooks and crannies. This took 2 coats too.  I kept a paper towel on hand to wipe any stray paint that got onto the chrome, but the brush worked really well and it pretty much applied the paint right where I wanted it.


The hardest part of this whole process was cleaning the paint from my brush when I was done.  Epoxy is not water based and it’s a bear to clean up.  I tossed the roller into the trash, but I had used a brand new brush and wasn’t willing to part with it.  10 minutes of hot water, soap, paint thinner, and a whole lot of elbow grease and we were golden.

So, $14 and 3 hours later we have a white fridge!

…But now the rest of my kitchen looks really really beige in comparison.



Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

3 thoughts on “I Painted My Refrigerator

  1. Impressive! I always wondered how good this epoxy stuff was. We don’t have a need for this, but I’m desperately trying to manufacture one :)

  2. Pingback: Mustering Motivation | Mid-Century Modern(ization)

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