I painted my refrigerator... with chalkboard paint.

kitchen island 7 days ago
This was actually a really, really easy project. I was anticipating it to be really time consuming, and also to be disappointed with the results. I have to say that it really only took half a day from start to finish and I'm totally in love with it. I think the finish looks great. My blog post covers all materials you'll need, how to get the surface ready, applying primer, painting the fridge, grille, and also the ice maker component.
Time: 1 Day Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy

To see more: http://www.prettypurpledoor.com/projects/chalkboard-refrigerator/

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  • Jessica Mulinix
    Jessica Mulinix Boise, ID
    I think this may very well be next week's project for Monday! It'll help distract our 4 year old from the vet appt that her puppy has to go in and get spayed. She is always asking to use her chalk, and the cheap boards that we have bought her just aren't
  • Amy
    Amy Old Forge, PA
    Hi Beverly, I think that as long as you prime the refrigerator with something appropriate for vinyl it will work fine. Just make sure that you ask when you buy the magnetic primer (or any primer) if it will adhere to vinyl. Then, the chalkboard paint
  • Beverly Curd
    Beverly Curd Louisville, KY
    The door on my refrigerator is vinyl. Do you think this will work? I really need to do something and this sounds like a great idea!
  • Amy
    Amy Old Forge, PA
    Yep! It's right on the shelf -- no need to get it mixed at the counter. It comes in a quart size and it's by Rustoleum. Usually they are in a little cardboard box. At the HD I went to it was right near the chalkboard paint :)
  • Sondra A
    Sondra A Janesville, WI
    Is the magnetic primer located in the paint department also? I've never heard of it before.
  • Amy
    Amy Old Forge, PA
    My fridge was pretty bumpy, too. The magnetic primer is really thick and filled in a lot of the bumps. It's still not perfectly smooth but it definitely works!
  • Leo
    Leo Ontario, CA
    Dear Sondra A..If your refrigerator is bumpy you can still do this. I took a small square piece of thin sheet metal (It was actually the front face off and old dishwasher) and gave it a couple of coats of primer before applying 3 or 4 coats of the
  • Sondra A
    Sondra A Janesville, WI
    Very interesting. My refrigerator has such a bumpy finish I cannot imagine being able to paint it with chalkboard paint and then being able to write on it. lol. Good idea, looks great.
  • Jamie Barrington Thomas
    I love this! What a cool idea! I think I know what my next project will be now. :-) Thank you for sharing!
  • Lamia Belabbas
    bonne idée..
  • Bill G
    Bill G Omaha, NE
    If it weren't so heavy, you could take it with you shopping and the cold stuff would already be in the fridge... lol
  • Melody M
    Melody M Chattanooga, TN
    wow thats quite cool.. love that ideal that you can make your grocery list right on the doors of the fridge..
  • Rachel Medina
    Rachel Medina Ogallala, NE
    Thanks Amy that information is very helpful:)
  • Amy
    Amy Old Forge, PA
    From what I read, you can easily clean it with just a wet sponge. The chalk "priming" also serves as a protective barrier against grease and things like that. There's a great FAQ on this site: http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2012/01/faqs-p...
  • HighlandContractors
    HighlandContractors Rochester, NY
    So creative. I would also like to hear about cleaning it.