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I Painted My Refrigerator... With Chalkboard Paint.

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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 Days Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
  • i painted my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, appliances, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, painting, This one is more of what the finish looks like after it s primed
This one is more of what the finish looks like after it's primed.

  • i painted my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, appliances, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, painting, My fridge after I primed it with a coating of chalk
My fridge after I "primed" it with a coating of chalk!

  • i painted my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, appliances, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, painting, Before After photo This is also what it looks like after it s sponged clean Nice and black and slick
Before & After photo. This is also what it looks like after it's sponged clean. Nice and black and slick.

  • i painted my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, appliances, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, painting, Taping off the ice maker unit for spray paint
Taping off the ice maker unit for spray paint.

  • i painted my refrigerator with chalkboard paint, appliances, chalk paint, chalkboard paint, painting, 2 coats of magnetic primer allows you to still stick magnets to the fridge
2 coats of magnetic primer allows you to still stick magnets to the fridge.

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

Got a question about this project?

  • Suzanne Lee
    Suzanne Lee Tallahassee, FL
    on Oct 15, 2015

    I too made my fridge into a chalkboard. It was easy and I love it. My husband is the grocery shopper and he never knows what to buy, so it is also really handy. Saves grocerymoney on goofy stuff we never use that he buys.

    • Amy
      Amy Old Forge, PA
      on Oct 15, 2015

      @Suzanne Lee thats great! I use it for a chore chart and quick notes

  • Capernius
    Capernius Laporte, IN
    on Jan 26, 2016

    Everyone will forever have an opinion on what you should or should not do... And not everyone will like what you have done... But at the end of the day, the only person or people you have to please, is yourself & your family if you have one. Nobody else matters, because nobody else is paying your bills, Nobody else is feeding you or taking care of you in any way. My opinion? this is not something that I would ever do, but having painted many appliances in my day, & painted many motor vehicles, I know how much work goes into a project like this. So Mademoiselle, I commend you for the work you put into this, for taking the time to do it correctly, & it is my hope that you enjoy this for years to come. From the pics I see a well done job. :-)

  • Anette Longley
    Anette Longley Palmer, AK
    on Feb 6, 2016

    I think its great Amy! You just inspired me to do the same :)

  • Amanda Vinson
    Amanda Vinson Pensacola, FL
    on Feb 6, 2016

    I did this and loved it but it came right off when it dried. now i need to figure out how to get all of it off because it is horrible now

    • Amy
      Amy Old Forge, PA
      on Feb 15, 2016

      @Amanda Vinson Hi Amanda -- did you prime the fridge first?

  • Marilyn Robinson
    Marilyn Robinson
    on Oct 13, 2016

    Awesome never thought of this! Good job!

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