Changing the refrigerator panel color

by Sunush
I have this old refrigerator with off white color panles. My other appliances are newer and in black. How can I change the fridge panels to black? I don't want to do elaborate appliance painting.
  22 answers
  • Z Z on Sep 26, 2013
    Can you share a photo of your refrigerator or at least the model number Usha? Some older dishwashers and trash compactors came with changeable panels though I'm not sure something as large as a fridge ever did.
  • LandlightS LandlightS on Sep 26, 2013
    look in the yellow pages or on line for an Electroststic Paint firm. They can change the color in your home. It it a permanent NON-SCRATCH finish that looks like a factory finish. In Atlanta, the going price is about $200.00
  • Diana Diana on Sep 28, 2013
    You can also paint the front with DYI chalk paint no primer or drama included.
    • Tcl Tcl on Sep 28, 2013
      @ @Diana have you done this successfully diana ? i'd love to try it w/ my old thing :)
  • Kim Kim on Sep 28, 2013
    If your fridge is not textured you could chalkboard paint it, I did this to my 33 year old upright freezer with amazing results. Bonus is you can right your grocery needs list right on the fridge !
  • Cathy B Cathy B on Sep 28, 2013
    I painted an old fridge with epoxy appliance spray paint and it turned out well. The only prep I did was to clean it and take the handles off. (It is the garage fridge, so it was already outside.) The paint comes in small cans as well, so it need not be a major painting project.
  • Diana Diana on Sep 28, 2013
    I helped my friend do it, she isn't the best painter and it turned out great. I got the idea from a blog but I can't remember which one. Just go to google and put in DIY chalk paint and refrigerator doors and you will get great ideas and how to do its.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    I looked at all the options of chalkboard p[ainting as well as appliance paint. Also came across this idea of chalkboard vinyl I like this since it is less time-consuming. Let me first check whether the panels are reversible.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    This is the amana refrigerator model # is SXD25JBL
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    the photo is attached
  • Z Z on Sep 28, 2013
    When I saw this thread again just now I thought the best way to go might be adding the sticky back chalk board vinyl. My hubby just ordered me a roll which is what made me think of it. It'd be the least messy option for you. I'd cut sections out a little larger than each of the panels and then using an x-acto knife to cute the excess off. I'm going to use mine to make a 3' x 3' family calendar.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    Thanks Becky. Did your husband order through the silhouette America?
    • Z Z on Sep 28, 2013
      @Sunush he said he found it on Living Social, which has daily deal type things, if I'm correct. I don't use it, but he does because of the great deals he gets on rounds of golf. I think you have to be a member, but here's a link:
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    Ok I order throught them too. I will look for deals. It comes in 12" strips, I may have to strip several pieces together to cover the fridge.
    • Z Z on Sep 28, 2013
      @Sunush the roll my hubby bought me was 18" wide and six feel long. If you can find that width you shouldn't have trouble covering the width of each panel. Even the full one on the right.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    I will see where I can get that size. I don't see any on livingsocial currently.
    • Z Z on Sep 28, 2013
      @Sunush I'm feeding our little cat (he's been sickly and since we have three other very large cats he has to eat his special food inside closed doors away from them) so I can't leave this room or I'd disturb him, his bowl is between me and the door, but tomorrow I'll check on the brand on the box and let you know.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 28, 2013
    Thanks so much Becky. Hope your little cat feels better!
  • Z Z on Sep 29, 2013
    Thank you Usha. He's doing great but we're keeping him on a different diet so he stays that way. He was constantly grooming himself and was unable to digest all the (long) fur he swallowed. He was really sick and I was scared we were going to lose him for awhile but once the shot, the oral meds and prescription diet took hold he started to gain weight and act like himself again. Oh and he got a lion cut. Which reminds me he's about due for a trim. I was worried the other cats would make fun of him (It can happen as I found out when one of the other cats needed a partial hair cut before), but I think it made him feel like a real lion (I've always called him "my little lion") and he's been pushing back when they try and overtake him.
  • Joe Rauzi Joe Rauzi on Sep 29, 2013
    Home Depot has appliance paint in the spray paint area. Refrigerators get a lot of traffic so I would stick to something made for this or you may end up having to repaint over and over.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 29, 2013
    Before using the appliance paint, will I have to paint with magnetic primer?
  • Paula Vogel Paula Vogel on Sep 29, 2013
    My Dad was a car paint and body repair man. He also painted refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers or anything like metal cabinets. He could not paint ovens because of the high heat paints needed. All of the refrigerators I have ever seen done or known being done look like new ones. They usually are not expensive to have done and well worth it. It is a lot better and more professional when done with a high pressure paint gun and air compressor. Doesn't take long for them to sand it down and paint it several coats and dry. Just be careful with the paint for a few days till it is cured well. Good luck.
  • Sunush Sunush on Sep 29, 2013
    Becky, cute cat! His tail does lokk like that of a lion!
    • Z Z on Sep 29, 2013
      Thank you @Sunush I wish I had a better picture of his head as he looks as though he has a mane too.
  • Kathy Power Madaras Kathy Power Madaras on Aug 06, 2016
    I used stainless contact paper over almond contact I had put on my white frig years ago
    • Sunush Sunush on Aug 06, 2016
      Thank You Kathy Power looks beautiful. Where did you find the stainless steel contact paper?
  • Delle Delle on Sep 27, 2017

    Check out this site. I got some faux stainless steel film which I intend to apply to the sides of my fairly new "stainless steel-look" refrigerator. The sides are gray steel and I think I'd like them to be a bit more attractive. I haven't used it yet but the color and look goes very well with the front.