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



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.


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!

Frequently asked questions

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  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Feb 24, 2017
    What is the reason you soaked the wall paper?

    • Mor14006031 Mor14006031 on Feb 24, 2017
      To activate the paste on it.

    • Senior Chief Senior Chief on Feb 24, 2017
      Just follow the instructions on the product you buy. Many brands require soaking to activate the glue. 😊

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Soaking activate the glue, it also "releases" the wallpaper, making it more workable, so if you get any bubble you can get them out easier.

    • Michelle Barlow Michelle Barlow on Feb 24, 2017
      This is an awesome job I love it so if I ever want to do my big refrigerator I could do that too thank you great job

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Yes you could, but I would top the "paper" part - not the wall paper with a coat or two of polycrylic.

  • Susan Shimp Susan Shimp on Feb 24, 2017
    You made your mod podge & mentioned 2 TBS polyacrylic gloss......could you explain what kind of polyacrylic. Thanks

  • Jess Cutshaw Jess Cutshaw on Feb 24, 2017
    I love this. Great job. Where did you the paper on top? Would love to use that on project. Love the beadboard. Fits beautifully in there.

    • Trisha Easley Trisha Easley on Feb 24, 2017
      It is Tim Holtz tissue paper. Try

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Its Tim Holtz paper - idea-ology tissue wrap "Melange" I bought it on Amazon because it was less expensive than on the Tim Holtz site.

  • Nancy Stone Conner Nancy Stone Conner on Feb 24, 2017
    Why did you put polyacrylic in the glue if the glue goes on the top of the freezer rather than on top of the paper? Am I missing something?

    • Mil7466979 Mil7466979 on Feb 24, 2017
      To give it some shine.

    • Angie Angie on Feb 24, 2017
      She did not have enough mod podge so was making home made mod podge to stretch what she had out enough to do the project. Hers had slight sheen to it that she wanted to duplicate & although not mentioned I believe when using mod plodge you use it under & over the paper to protect it & make cleaning it a breeze. I'm guessing!

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      As Angie said above, I used it under and over the paper. The polycrylic also caused the mod podge to be harder when it dries.

    • Georgia Georgia on Feb 24, 2017
      This is not an answer but great job! It looks really Good☺

    • Marlene Wall Marlene Wall on Feb 24, 2017
      You're right, Angie!

    • Anna Anna on Feb 24, 2017
      The application is also applied to the top of the detail, making it one with... creating a seamless , or one with effect. Which is important to know, if you're applying a small ornamental gesture.

  • RebeccaHupp RebeccaHupp on Feb 24, 2017
    where do get the wall doctor paper>

  • Map19542994 Map19542994 on Feb 24, 2017
    What's the color name and brand of your painted head board? I'd love to repainted mine while fixing the fridge. Thank you so much!

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      It is " Wall Doctor" and you can get it from Lowes, Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Amazon... etc!

    • Kerry Schlei Kerry Schlei on Feb 24, 2017
      I believe she was asking what was the color paint you used as so am I. Semi gloss?

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      It's Pittsburg Paint - Olive Grey. Most of the bead board in our basement is painted that colour. And it is a satin finish.

  • Nancy Dugan Nancy Dugan on Feb 24, 2017
    Was that wrapping paper on top? It looks to be about the thickness,and I like the pattern. What was that?

    • Diane Peters Diane Peters on Feb 24, 2017
      Sheet music

    • Lesli Fields Lesli Fields on Feb 24, 2017
      No. That is Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Wrap. It comes in a roll about the size of a small roll of plastic wrap or foil. You can find it on amazon or at some craft stores.

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Its Tim Holtz paper - idea-ology tissue wrap "Melange" I bought it on Amazon because it was less expensive than on the Tim Holtz site.

  • Hol13541941 Hol13541941 on Feb 24, 2017
    In your picture of the music paper having been or in the process of being applied to the top, I see wrinkles in the music paper. Do they go away in the process of drying?

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      That is because I was alone and had to take the photo before I it started to dry~ while it is still easily movable. I worked them out, and they were gone before I was finished.

  • Sue Sue on Feb 24, 2017
    What is the color and brand name you used to paint the " Wall Doctor" I love it!!

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      It's Pittsburg Paint - Olive Grey. It was the colour of my kitchen in my last home and most of the bead boars in our basement is painted that colour. And thank you, me too!

  • Camille Nordwall Camille Nordwall on Feb 24, 2017
    The bead board is wall paper? Where do you get it?

  • Gina Wheeler Gina Wheeler on Feb 24, 2017
    Could you do this on a full size refrigerator? I live on the coastal bend in Texas and it's very humid here and everything rusts due to moisture. My white fridge has ugly rust spots on the outside so was wondering if this would work to cover up the rust.

    • Cheryl Cheryl on Feb 24, 2017
      I don't see why not if you follow her precise directions & put a layer of shellac over the entire project. This should prevent any lifting or rust from happening. Not sure though, someone else may have a far better/easier idea!!! Good luck! :D

    • Barbara Buchan Barbara Buchan on Feb 24, 2017
      Yes--just be sure to use the appropriate mastic/glue. Or, spray paint works well, too. Sand and prime according to instructions on the can

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Yes you could, the "wall doctor" paper is meant to hide imperfections on walls so it would hide whatever you have on your fridge. Since it will get much more use than this fridge will , it now holds milk and cream some juice, and is in our café room in our basement. In a real kitchen, I would definitely reseal with 2 coats of polycrylic - varnish or shellac will yellow. Polycrylic does not

  • Nia Donovan Nia Donovan on Feb 24, 2017
    Is the beadboard on the walls also the wallpaper product?

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      No, that is real bead board. It is slightly different and the grooves are deeper. Plus being hardwood, it will last forever.

  • Annette Marie Amiot Annette Marie Amiot on Feb 24, 2017
    where to get the mod podge?

    • Debbie Germano Debbie Germano on Feb 24, 2017
      Any craft store, like Michaels! Debb

    • Cheryl Cheryl on Feb 24, 2017
      Walmart, Michaels, or at any home refinishing outlet/store.

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      I buy mine off amazon, but I make more of mine because: Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (1-Gallon), CS11304 Matte Finish by Mod Podge Price: $32.99 + $30.86 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to Canada OR Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 1 Gallon, 1 Count by Elmers Sale:$16.09 & FREE Shipping OR Walmart Canada Elmers 4.2 litres (1 gallon) white glue $14.28 Its a no brainer to me that I make it.

    • Linda Linda on Feb 24, 2017
      She made it!

    • Nan Nan on Feb 26, 2017
      Believe it or not but dollar tree sells small bottles of midge podge

  • Squ7437099 Squ7437099 on Feb 24, 2017
    You did a super job! Where can I get that beadboard wallpaper in Orange, Ca?

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 24, 2017
    Soooo you are still using it as a frige..... and not a storage cabinet.

    • Paula Paula on Feb 24, 2017
      It seems like she is using it a refrigerator because the electrical cord is plugged into the wall. At the end of her statement, she said she put it in the cafe room.

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      It's a fridge, If you look closely at the photo it in pace you can see the plug taped up behind it; that is because the plug will show when it is plugged in beside the fridge- not behind it. ight before plugging it back in since I carried it into the room on its side. ( Id not know if it is still applicable but in the old days you could kill your fridge by not letting it settle!)

    • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 24, 2017
      Sorry didnt even notice the plug. Know tv's in cabinets are sometimes removed and the cabinet is used as a thought you were finding another use for the old regrigerator. I too, have heard refrigerators must be moved upright. Hope it is still working.

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Yes it is my milk and cream and some cheese, juice and wine are all in there!

    • Mary McDonald Mary McDonald on Feb 25, 2017
      That is a hugely smart idea! Thanks for giving me ideas🌸

    • Debra Debra on Feb 25, 2017
      Yes...I love it and that wallpaper ...I will try it myself.

    • Hanneke Bennett Hanneke Bennett on Feb 25, 2017
      That is sooooooooo cute!

    • Diane Diane on Feb 25, 2017
      Ok..i was so happy to see your post. I have just a plain old kitchen fridge and it's that gold color ( yuk). I've been wanting to paint it, but i keep getting negative remarks that it'll crack etc, but this should work..right? I love it, you did a fantastic job.

    • Debra Wukawitz Gunderson Debra Wukawitz Gunderson on Feb 25, 2017
      You can also use chalkboard paint, as well.

    • Beth Beth on Feb 25, 2017
      it looks fabulous !!!

    • Corrine Ryan Corrine Ryan on Feb 26, 2017
      This is a great idea. Especially for a small fridge. But what if you have a taller full size "ugly" fridge. Any ideas?

    • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 26, 2017
      My friend had her refrigerator painted red. Its a shiny red and has lasted for years. You might contact the manufacturer to find out what kind of paint would adhere and not chip or peel. Dont know if you would have to paint it first with a Primer.

    • Nan Nan on Feb 26, 2017
      Used black chalk paint on a regular sized refrigerator several years ago. Still going strong

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 26, 2017
      Corrine Ryan , I will let you know as we are doing a full sized fridge next Saturday at a friend house!

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 26, 2017
      I do not think I would use black chalk paint on my kitchen fridge, with tons of grandkids I cannot imagine the finger prints on black or on a flat finish!

    • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Feb 27, 2017
      Teresa I agree with you on chalk paint. I would prefer the shiny paint that wipes clean easily...and looks good too. This new look using chalk paint is not for me.

    • Pam Davis Pam Davis on Feb 27, 2017
      Very nice job! Looks nice! 😀

  • M-L M-L on Feb 24, 2017
    What is a "cafe room?"

  • Tina Tina on Feb 24, 2017
    I love that wallpaper and would love to do something similar to our trash compactor in the kitchen. Where did you get that wallpaper?

    • CAnn CAnn on Feb 24, 2017
      Search Amazon for textured paintable wallpaper I found mine there about 3 years ago for kitchen redo

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      You can get it at Lowes, Home Depot, or on Amazon. its call Wall Doctor - bead board embossed

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 24, 2017
      Our "Café Room" is a actually a room we had at the bottom of our stairs, that is open to our family room. We often have coffee or tea down there, or watch movies and entertain there. We have a walk out basement and often sit out on the concrete patio. We decided to make a "coffee room when I failed trying to refinish a table and ended up turning it into a Paris clock table. Which we both loved. So we made a CAFE - since we have a bar sink, there we added a microwave, the table and chairs and café signs plus a few other things and have a café room (coffee room) we are lucky we have a lot of space. I also did a post on our Café....

    • Touchedpainter Touchedpainter on Feb 25, 2017
      just Google to find ecenomical wallpaper sites

    • Leslie wells Leslie wells on Feb 25, 2017
      The paper on the top of the fridge is tissue paper by Tim Holtz. You can find it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

    • Nancy Nancy on Feb 27, 2017
      How do you keep the paper on top from ruining if you set something wet on it?

    • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin Sidney Rippy McLaughlin on Feb 27, 2017
      If I were going to use it that way, I'd have a piece of heavy glass cut to fit the top.

    • Teresa Teresa on Mar 01, 2017
      Nancy, I have set things down on it a few times and am considering putting a light 2 coat epoxy on top of it - Then nothing will penetrate it!

  • Casey Casey on Feb 26, 2017
    Where does this vent to?

  • Deborah Lee Deborah Lee on Mar 01, 2017
    Great job! Love it! What color paint did you use?

  • Brenda Cox Brenda Cox on Mar 21, 2017
    I love this. I am wondering if I could do this to my side-by-side refrigerator freezer? Some of the front has rust spots on it. Thanks.

  • Wendy McClung Wendy McClung on Mar 23, 2017
    Do you need to use the Mod podge on? What is the reason for it? Thanks I love it.

    • Teresa Teresa on Mar 23, 2017
      Because I was applying wallpaper to a smooth metal surface and I had no wallpaper paste, I used home made mod-podge.

    • Leah M Leah M on Feb 13, 2018
      She used the mod-podge on the top, since the paper she used there wasn't pre-pasted wall paper.

  • Hyd6441991 Hyd6441991 on Mar 26, 2017
    How well does it take use and how long do you expect it last before it peels?

  • Tricia Hoare Tricia Hoare on Feb 13, 2018
    Love it. Where did you get the bead board wallpaper?

    • Mdenise Mdenise on Feb 14, 2018
      it is listed on the home depot website.. Each roll is 11yds x 20.5" and covers 56 sq. ft. sales for $22.88 per roll

    • Teresa Teresa on Feb 14, 2018
      i bought it to onlone, but it is available at home depot

  • Kar22526682 Kar22526682 on Feb 14, 2018
    can you paint the paper?

  • Carol Jollymore Carol Jollymore on Feb 16, 2018

    Hello Teresa in Canada, this is Carol in Canada...I was absolutely charmed by your project and that led me to being inspired. I have a small chest freezer in my basement and the room is getting an upgrade. I found the exact pattern you used in anaglypta but mine is prepasted. I know this question has nothing to do with your project directly but I know you used Modge podge. I am wondering if the paste on the paper will stick to the gloss finish on the freezer. Any idea? Well done on the fridge too!!

  • 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 Donna on May 22, 2021

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

    • Teresa Teresa on May 22, 2021

      Hi Donna, I make my own modge podge. The recipe is easy. 1 cup of white glue to 1/3 a cup of water.


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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. 🤪