How to Hide an Ugly (or Used to Be Ugly) Fridge in Plain Sight.

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I had a small fridge that had seen prettier days; it has paint and stain on it and the worst was hidden by fridge magnets. I wanted one in my café room - and was not buying a new one since I have this one in storage .. soo
Time for a make-over for the fridge.
I wanted it pretty and, I wanted to hide it at the same time

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hmmmmmmmm.............






Before: Ready for a make over... the fridge waits in anticipation of beauty...





Measure and record size carefully.  Give a light sanding to the whole fridge and a heavy sanding to any plastic parts





I did not have enough mod-podge so I made some.  Mix - 1 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water.  Plus since I wanted it to be a bit shiny I added 2 tablespoons of polycrylic gloss.





I cut the paper I wanted on the top to size first and put it aside.





Mod-podge the top





and put on the paper.  I  used a sponge to flatten areas that had a tad too much mod podge under it  ~ be careful if you do this it can abrade the paper.





Then carefully tuck corners, and apply more glue, if needed.





Top done and allowed to dry while I had a cup of tea





"Faux bead board"  wall paper,  called Wall Doctor since it will hide most wall flaws.  Since I had measured carefully at the beginning I cut all my wall paper pieces, in advance of putting them on.  It is pre-pasted wall paper so I did soak it but since I did not have a wallpaper tray, I used my bathtub  and didn't take photos!





I peeled off the plastic brand name label and taped two pieces of paper together to get the width I needed for the template for the curved front area of the fridge. I then tape it to the fridge and used a pencil to make the shape. I then cut out the paper,





and used it for a template to cut the arc in my pre cut wall paper





And after soaking the wall paper I applied mod podge to the front of the fridge and put the paper on.





done.





I did this to all sides and the painted it to match the room it would go in.





In the café room.


Pretty and hidden all at once.  I am pleased!
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  • Eva Kisocama Eva Kisocama on Apr 03, 2018

    I have a small top-open chest freezer that sticks out like a sore thumb. Can I use this process for the freezer?

  • Eva Kisocama Eva Kisocama on Apr 03, 2018

    I have a small top-open chest freezer that sticks out like a sore thumb. Can I use this process for the freezer?

  • Donna Kerry Donna Kerry on May 22, 2021

    Is there anything other that modge podge I can use? Wallpaper paste? Maybe I'm from the UK thanks 🙂

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  • Red Brittany Ponder Fore Red Brittany Ponder Fore on Sep 08, 2020

    This was an awesome and creative idea to disguise or hide a n ugly fridge and for the looks of this success I believe it could work just as well replicated on a Fullsize fridge as well!

  • Teresa Teresa on Sep 08, 2020

    Thank you. I have done 5 full size fridges and 2 freezers now, but never took any photos. 🤪

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