Asked on Feb 23, 2017

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge? I hate it!

by Jan
I HATE my stainless steel fridge. Can I paint it??? and with what type of paint? Has anyone done this and will it look ugly?
  17 answers
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 23, 2017
    Yes you can! You can use chalk paint or chalkboard paint- thats what we did, we LOVE it!

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    • Manda Manda on Oct 29, 2022

      I just cleaned with white spirit can use isopropyl too, didn't scuff or sand, homemade chalk paint with valspar trade emulsion/latex mixed 2:1 with calcium carbonate, finished with Johnsons finishing wax which dried matt, perfect. In past I used appliance spray paint, it chipped! Chalk paint is THE best

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 23, 2017
    Although it is a lot of up-keep ,my opinion trying to paint it will be more of a hassle.

  • Debbie Wilson Debbie Wilson on Feb 25, 2017
    of course you can. I had painted a sm. deepfreezer, and then tole painted it.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 26, 2017
    I second the chalkboard paint idea! It makes lists easier and adds a lot of fun to the kitchen!

  • Chantal Pierssens Chantal Pierssens on Mar 01, 2017
    chalkboard paint works great and the grandchildren leave me their art work on the fridge and later I was it off and start all over again (ART)

  • Sherri Sherri on Mar 02, 2017
    Vinyl wrap. It can be done in any color or design that you like. There should be someone in or near your area that does wraps.

  • Anita Robertson Anita Robertson on Mar 02, 2017
    I'm so happy to see that some people dislike stainless steel as much as my husband and I do. We would never buy SS appliances - greatly prefer that (old? returning?) classic white look. :)

  • EGKing79 EGKing79 on Mar 02, 2017
    My daughter had hers professionally painted. It wasn't very expensive, looked great, and never showed wear.

  • C Van Houten C Van Houten on Mar 04, 2017
    I painted our old refrigerator with a few cans of spray paint for painting cars. I lightly sanded it with a rotor sander, and just sprayed it. We'd bought it cheap at a garage sale, so we weren't worried if it hadn't worked out. But it worked out just fine. The biggest thing when painting with the spray paint was to sweep it lightly and use many, many, very light coats. We tried it first on the side that would be hidden by the wall and by the time we were done, we'd perfected the technique.

  • Makeful Makeful on Mar 06, 2017
    Chalk paint is the best! You can even glue molding on the fridge and paint the whole thing to look like your fridge is a cabinet. If you want it to look more "farmhouse" or vintage-y use dark wax along the corners. (See how we did it on a small nightstand here:

  • Alina Bradford Alina Bradford on Mar 06, 2017
    Try covering it with peel and stick chalkboard. I did this once and it looked really cute.

  • Dottie' Dottie' on Mar 08, 2017
    they have appliance paint in the hardware store, Make sure you get the one for stainless steel

  • Jan Jan on Mar 08, 2017
    Thanks everyone for your great ideas!!!

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 10, 2017
    Looks like you have a solution so good for you, good luck and remember mistakes are a way to learn the important thing is to try and not give up. Push comes to shove cover with contact paper in white. Gods blessings.

  • 13324171 13324171 on Jul 15, 2018
    does anyone have photos of their finished work? I’m considering painting mine pink!

  • Manda Manda on Oct 29, 2022

    Yes, I've covered my fridge and cooker hood with homemade chalk paint (emulsion/latex with calcium carbonate), I gave it 3 coats as I was worried, I sealed ot with Johnsons tin of clear wax which I put on with a microfibre cloth, no need to slap on with a brush and buff off that's just waste! Not got a single scratch or chip on it either in 5 months, the wax dried matt but gives a great waterproof seal so any splashes/grease wipe off easily. I'm going to relax soon to keep it safe