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I Painted My Refrigerator

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sigh.

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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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