Tara @ Suburble
Tara @ Suburble
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Make Your Own Fridge Liners!

$10
15 Minutes
Easy

The fridge is a place where spills, goo, and grime are imminent. It's as if food fights happen in the night as we sleep. These easy DIY fridge coasters are inexpensive and make cleaning the fridge easy and efficient. By installing plastic placemats onto shelves and into condiment containers, there is no longer any need for hauling out large, awkward shelves (which, let's face it, do not fit into most sinks). Simply slip out the placemat, wipe it down and re-install! Easy, efficient and - happily enough - kind of pretty!
Check out the blog link if you want to see the details on my "before". Trust me, it will make you feel better about your own fridge situation.
Assess the situation: does your fridge look anything like mine? Is spinach trying to escape from the crisper?
Assess the situation: does your fridge look anything like mine? Is spinach trying to escape from the crisper?
Gather plastic placemats (I used 6). These are easily found at big box stores (especially in Spring and Summer months)
Gather plastic placemats (I used 6). These are easily found at big box stores (especially in Spring and Summer months)
Fit placemats onto shelves. Cut or layer them! Installation is easy!
Fit placemats onto shelves. Cut or layer them! Installation is easy!
Cut placemats into smaller sections for the fridge door. This is where condiments normally "party", so liners are helpful here.
Cut placemats into smaller sections for the fridge door. This is where condiments normally "party", so liners are helpful here.
Admire your colourful and beautiful fridge.
Admire your colourful and beautiful fridge.
Should any food decide to get crazy, you can now just pull out the placemat and quickly wipe it down. No need to remove heavy shelves!
Should any food decide to get crazy, you can now just pull out the placemat and quickly wipe it down. No need to remove heavy shelves!
Tara @ Suburble

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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Have a question about this project?

4 questions
  • NanJWeeks
    on Jul 12, 2016

    I have some wallpaper left over. Can I use that

    • Tara @ Suburble
      on Jul 12, 2016

      I think that would all depend on the type of wallpaper it is. If it's self-adhesive (pre-pasted on the back), I would be cautious, as it could end up sticking to your shelves.

  • Suzanne
    on Jul 12, 2016

    Do they slide all over? Or is there something that could make them more stable? Love the idea!

    • Tara @ Suburble
      on Jul 12, 2016

      I found that they didn't slide around all that much, but if you wanted to, I'm sure you could find little no-slide grippy stickers at the Dollar Store.

    • Colleen wilkerson
      on Jul 19, 2017

      You can get plastic non-slip cutting boards that work great for cutting, they did not slip, and they're cheap!
  • Ngl4445633
    on Jul 12, 2016

    When you do this don't you cut down the coolness per shelf.

  • Jackie Byrd
    on Aug 12, 2016

    Don't you loose that very important light that you need especially on the bottom shelf in the back?

    • Tara @ Suburble
      on Aug 12, 2016

      When using the liners, I didn't really notice that, Jackie. It seemed like enough light for me.

    • Linda Saunders Davis
      on Sep 19, 2016

      The light factor is why I haven't tried this yet! If there was some way to do that with something clear I would love to do it. I HATE cleaning the fridge!

    • Pam Gardner
      on Sep 22, 2016

      Check in the contact paper section, I have found clear plastic drawer liner with no adhesive there. (I know Home Depot has it)

    • Sunnybrook
      on Dec 16, 2016

      Regular old waxed paper . Is easily replaceble and can be changed frequently for a clean surface every week. No washing required and it is biodegradable.

    • Rachael
      on May 6, 2017

      GLAD Press and Seal works great!
    • Rhonda
      on Aug 4, 2017

      I used the GLAD Press and it leaves a sticky residue so I think I may try the place mats

    • Katrina
      on May 23, 2018

      The Dollar Store has *fantastic* CLEAR contact paper that I love! I use it on my kitchen window sill, on the table repurposed for my fish tank, the coffee table, etc.

      Just replace when dirty!

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  • Reta Green
    on Mar 8, 2017

    GREAT IDEAS. I THINK I WILL USE PARCHMENT PAPER, AND DOUBLE SIDED TAPE. NOW IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER WHERE I SAW THE AFFORABLE TURN THINGYS. LAZY SUSANS MAYBE? THX AGAIN
  • Itsmemic
    on May 22, 2017

    Just a quickie ...always remember to leave space between drawers and shelving that is side by side...leave a space on the sides and in the back of the shelves also or the airflow will be hindered . Got this advice from the makers of my huge freezer refrigerator Pro series
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