DIY: Paint Your Refrigerator

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Is your refrigerator just ho-hum? Does it stick out like a sore thumb?
Is it bringing you down?
Well I have your solution!
Paint your Refrigerator with Velvet Finishes
A friend of mine picked this up on the side of the road.
How I will never know, she was by herself.
She thought it would be great in her garage for extra food and drinks. But the poor thing was old and ugly.
Too ugly for even a garage, which is why it ended up at the studio.
She knew I would paint it...
All that white, I simply saw a giant blank canvas.
I had a meeting of the minds with The Handler and The Accomplice on the millions of ideas I have for this lovely white box. The Handler asks what kind of shape the inside is in and naturally - because I fall for their crap every time - I open the doors.
I almost wet myself.
Of course, they are laughing their heads off and high-fiving each other.
Did they not watch The Godfather??? That is the stuff nightmares are made of. Ugh!!
After I gathered my thoughts, I was ready with my loose plan.
The supplies I used were as follows:
Velvet Finishes Vivid / Boheme / Prestigious / Understated paint
Velvet Finishes Reviver Paint brushes and Velvet Finishes Protect
Frog Tape for Delicate surfaces
We base painted in Vivid. It took 3.5 coats. Red always requires more coats than other colors. We did 3 solid and a touch up coat in a few spots to even out the color.
The material of this refrigerator was smooth and slick, rather than the orange peel of some of the newer models. I did a test spot for adherence and the paint grabbed really well so I did not prime. I recommend you test any slick surface before you paint an entire piece. Even though Velvet Finishes has a wonderful grip, it is not always going to stick to every surface every time.
If you feel it is iffy, then take the time to use an appropriate primer for latex based paint.
Once the base coat was complete, we were ready to begin taping for our stripes!
We used the Frog Tape for Delicate Surfaces because we were painting over a newly painted surface.
My plan was very loose, but I knew I wanted angled stripes and I knew I wanted to continue across the sides and over the top.
Here's how we did it:
We used a 45/90 degree angle that I had from my days of drafting class. You can use anything that has angle, you could cut if from a cereal box, it just helps to keep you on the same angle degree, especially since we were turning the angles back.
I had no particular pattern in mind so as we added another piece of tape we used an arbitrary measurement. For example, if we decided the next stripe would be two inches apart from the previous one, we measured along the tape and made little guide marks at 2, so we would know where the next piece would go.
The process may appear complicated but I promise, it's really not. Just start with whatever angle you choose and measure your distance between for each new piece of tape.
TIP: When you reach the sides of the refrigerator, be sure to have enough tape pulled off to wrap around the side a few inches. In other words, do not start at the edge with the tape and do not end exactly on the edge. Pull a couple of inches of tape and begin your edge with a few inches left so that you can wrap the edge across the door gap, and end with a few extra inches to wrap.
If you do this, when you press the tape to the side and if you keep the tape straight and do not pull it out of shape, you will have perfectly started your new angles on the sides. From those short pieces you can begin making your marks, add new pieces to the side by slightly covering the tail from the other piece of tape.
You can see this in the photo below.
Now for the fun part! The painting of the stripes!! I chose three colors for striping and decided which colors I wanted to have as the most dominant and began with Boheme.
After I had applied two coats of all my accent colors, I pulled the Frog Tape off to reveal my perfect stripes!
It's important to pull the tape while the final coat of paint is still slightly wet.
I am telling you, Frog Tape is completely amazing.
I love the way we went around the sides and over the top with the stripes. I think this old sad fridge looks amazing now! It will definitely energize the garage at my friend's house!
Could your refrigerator use a face lift?

Kellie from Design Asylum Blog
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  • Pea6054983 Pea6054983 on Sep 30, 2018

    Does t his work on Stainless Steel?

  • Pay19691701 Pay19691701 on Oct 07, 2018

    I want to paint my fridge with a “bringing the outside in including a faux window “. I have no idea where to start. Any ideas?

  • Kathe Kathe on Sep 26, 2020

    That paint system is expensive! How about acrylic paint and sealed with poly?


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  • Moana Moana on Oct 08, 2018

    OMG. That would be my refrigerator. Now I have options: contact paper or paint. Hmm... which one, which one?

    Either way, I will be satisfied with the outcome!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • Cherie Cherie on Oct 23, 2018

    OMG! Thanks for the laugh! I was dying when I saw that horse head!