Out Door Refrigerator Reface With Placemats

2 Materials
2 Hours

I have a small fridge outside next to the bbq that has seen better days. The top and side had flaking rust and paint. This project cost $7 in materials (1 can spray paint and 2 dollar store mats). Am happy with the result

Here is what I did

1) clean everything with a degreaser

2) after cleaning wipe down all surfaces with alcohol

3) Mask off the sections that you don’t want to paint (trim , rubber gaskets ,handles)

4) using light even strokes paint the surfaces with spray paint

5) for the top cut two placemats to size

6) Attach mats by brushing on vinyl adhesive

7) place a weight over the mats to ensure they adhere to the surface

8) let all surfaces dry

9) remove tape

Tools needed

-2 placemats

-exacto knife or razor blade

-painters tape


-spray paint (I used behr paint and primer in hi -gloss “hidden sea glass”)

-vinyl adhesive

Top before

Top before

Scrape off flaking paint and rust before cleaning


after cleaning wipe down with alcohol


Be sure to tape off the gaskets (rubber) so that is remains unpainted and pliable

More taping

Spray paint

spray paint (I used behr paint and primer in hi gloss “hidden sea glass”

Apply spray paint

In short even sweeping strokes. This is so the paint doesn’t start to curtain (drip)

Apply vinyl adhesive

Apply in “X” pattern. Be sure to

saturate the edges so the glue adheres properly. The glue should be tacky to

the touch

Dollar store mats

Dollar store mats

I chose these because if the colors and pattern.

Attaching the mats .

Attaching the mats

When placing mats rub from the center out to ensure there are no air pockets

Mats attached

Mats attached

When placing the mats rub from the center out to get out the air bubbles

Trim mats in place

Trim mats

After applying adhesive trim the mats in place. Note because the edges of the refrigerator are rounded it is best to use a razor blade at a 45 degree angle to trim. That way you have a beveled edge


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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Bodie
    on Sep 17, 2020

    What type of material are the placements made of? Plastic??

    • Cecilia
      on Sep 17, 2020

      They are vinyl placemats. Easy to wipe down. Don’t use fabric because it will stain

  • Nancy de la Fuente
    on Sep 17, 2020

    How is your frig holding up in the weather ? Especially the paint ?

    • Cecilia
      on Sep 18, 2020

      i did this about a month ago and it’s holding up really well. The paint is glossy so it’s real easy clean up and because it is paint and primer in one, the rust doesn’t bleed through

  • Victoria Hiers
    on Sep 18, 2020

    Nice! Where did you find Behr spray for less than $9.00 ?

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