SK on Elderberry
SK on Elderberry
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  • Bonners Ferry, ID

SK's Old Dinged Refrigerator*Vintage Steamer Trunk


SK's old black fridge get a facelift with sculpture and paint.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Thanks to Modern Master Metal Effects Paint. And yes this does take some courage. But I have never been afraid of paint. It can be re-painted just as easily. Frightened? No...
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
I sanded the entire surface and painted it with a good bonding primer.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Using a Wood Frosting puddy I sculptured leather bands.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
The buckles were also sculptured.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
I painted the fridge with a deep chocolate.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
I used a crackle medium and when dry I painted the entire surface a scarlet.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Hand sculpturing the bands and the buckles.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
The sculptured bands and buckles were painted a deep iron metal effects paint from Modern Masters.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Rusty and corroded iron bands and buckles. Copper patina is painted on the rivets.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
The main body is painted with a damask stencil in nine layers of four different reds.
I matt coated the old rusty iron bands and buckles, then waxed and buffed the damask. This has turned out seriously awesome next to my red cabinetry.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Corroded and loved.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
I love the detail on my new vintage steamer trunk refrigerator. Go ahead I know you want to roll your eyes.
Take your best shot. If you like it I am humbled, If you don't go ahead I can take it.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
These pictures might put things into perspective. It makes me smile. So just that makes it worth the effort.
sk s old dinged refrigerator to a vintage steamer trunk, appliances, home decor, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Scared of paint? Me? Not! If and when I become tired of the brothel red I will paint it cream and antiqued it again. No harm, No foul. sk
ps. I have added a post concerning the other cabinets. Thanks for asking.
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To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/04/sks-fridge-to-vintage-steamer-trunk.html

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4 questions
  • Cindy Brock Johnson
    on Nov 22, 2015

    This is beyond awesome!! What kind of bonding agent did you use? I would like to do my fridge in creams and chocolates....love this!

    • SK on Elderberry
      on Nov 22, 2015

      @Cindy Brock Johnson Hi Cindy. Thanks for visiting. I sanded the black surface then used Zinsser Primer for my base coat. I sanded in between 2 coats of primer. Good luck. Pictures please. sk on elderberry

  • Teresa
    on Nov 30, 2015

    This is freaking awesome!!! Come to my house please! I hope it was a new fridge. It needs to survive a long time. I did not look through all the comments, so I apologize if this has been answered, but how long did the process take you? You are truly talented to come up with this!!

    • SK on Elderberry
      on Dec 21, 2015

      Teresa So OK Teresa. The whole process from start to fussing finished took me five days. Maybe 5-6 hrs a day. Thanks for stopping by. sk on elderberry

    • Carol Bellinger
      on Jul 5, 2018

      Your amazing. And brothal red... is that what you call it 🙃🙃 that style is going to be so amazing in my pirate tiny house. The color is perfect

  • Beth Hall Holman
    on Oct 12, 2016

    Oh WOW I LOVE THIS FRIDGE!!! It is scary to think of all that work but omg it's amazing. How did you come up with this idea? I just love it. I need to barrow you because I don't think I could do this. Great idea I'm just overwhelmed at all the steps. You've given me an idea I just don't know how to get it started. Help???!

    • SK on Elderberry
      on Oct 14, 2016

      Thanks Beth. It is a time consuming project.. the steps are very conscious and delibrate. I sanded very well. I used a good "bonding" primer. Sand between two coats. Let it cure overnight. I used a hard rock putty and a stencil for The 3-d stencils. I used five different reds. I layered the different reds back and forth. The rust colors are by Modern Masters Special Effects paint. I buy it online. It took practice to get the look I like. When the paint is cured (a couple days) I use a clear paste wax and buff. The one I'm creating at the moment is a black damask. I'm going to use a satin polyurethane to finish. Good luck. My blog has more comprehensive instruction. sksartell.blogspot.com Thanks and good luck. SK on Elderberry

    • Vicky Chaney
      on Aug 28, 2017

      You are awesome and inspirational!
  • Kit10756228
    on Apr 18, 2017

    What print did you use for your beautiful Logo?
    • SK on Elderberry
      on Apr 18, 2017

      I searched online for dandilion fluff and music notes. Take Da!

      I copied it into my Photoshop program and played.

      Good luck. I'm glad you like it.

      SK on Elderberry
      sksartell.blogspot.com

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  • Carol Bellinger
    on Jul 5, 2018

    OMG I have seen it all now.... that being said I absolutely love love it. I’m getting started on a tiny house on my sisters lake and this is exactly what I had in my head that I wanted but did not know how to explain it to anyone. Thank thank thank you. I want everything to look like something it’s not. You go lady. Your taste is beautiful. I AM GOING TO DO THIS.. please do more

  • SK on Elderberry
    on Jul 5, 2018

    Hi Carol,


    Thanks so much. This was really a fun project. My last one id black and damask.


    you can follow me on facebook too:


    htt ps://www.facebook.com/SKonElderberry

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