This post originally appeared on my blog erinlauray.com back in 2013. I’ve since started this blog and migrated some of my favorite DIY posts over. 🙂 Enjoy!
Renting a house has its benefits…and pitfalls. When the air conditioner breaks, you don’t have to pay for it. But you do have to wait for the landlord to get someone to fix it. You may not have to bring your own appliances, which helps if you don’t have any! But if those appliances don’t work properly or turn out to be energy suckers, you’re stuck with an dysfunctional fridge or a really high electric bill [or both!].
We rent but did not have a refrigerator… so when the home owners said that a refrigerator came with the home, we were excited and relieved! But since moving in, the fridge that was provided has turned out to be more of a pain than a blessing. The shelving in the fridge has broken or bent pieces making me afraid to even put anything heavy on them! I’m afraid a gallon of milk would cause it to crash! [Okay, so we don’t drink milk, but something else heavy 😉 ] The freezer leaks and my daughter has slipped on the puddles several times, despite putting a towel on the floor to soak it up.
So when my mom text messaged me saying someone at her church was giving away a fridge for FREE and that this fridge was in great condition, I jumped at the opportunity! It took some work to get it to our house, and when my hubby picked it up, he text messaged me saying, “Its ugly.”
We had black appliances but this new-to-us-fridge was WHITE. And my hubby didn’t like that 😉 So, I had to come up with something to fix it! Of course! Obviously, Pinterest was the place I went to see what refrigerator DIYs were out there. I found several I liked, and I’m sure many of you have seen the chalkboard fridge! No? Well, its exactly what I decided to do and I’m going to show you the whole process!
Here is a picture of fridge in its glory:
So I went to the hardware store and purchased some chalkboard paint. One DIY said to use magnetic primer to keep your fridge surface magnetic, but it is SO expensive, so I decided to just get the chalkboard paint, paint a back corner, and test a magnet on it. Lo and behold, it still worked, so I skipped the primer. The chalkboard paint was $12 (similar here) and the sponge roller and paint pan was $6 for the set (similar & even better here), making the total for my project around $20. Not bad for a free fridge!
When I opened the can of chalkboard paint, I got a little [more] nervous because it looked blue! But on I went…I had to try it!
Then, when I painted the first layer, it looked like this:
Cue heart attack. I seriously almost stopped at this point. But, I was
convinced that I could pull it off…okay, and a little stubborn 😉 Tip: this kind of attitude doesn’t always pay off 😉 Now, with the chalkboard paint, it is different than normal wall paint…the reason I mention this obvious detail is because you have to wait [at least with this particular brand] until the coat is pretty much 95% dry to put on a second coat. But I can’t just go out into the garage every 20 minutes because my kiddies would get into a lot of trouble 😉 So, what would have taken me probably one afternoon took me an entire weekend touching up spots, applying coats, and cleaning the fridge as well.
BUT…it turned out AMAZING! 😉
We left parts of the fridge white because a) I was impatient to get it inside and b) I kind of like the mod look.
So here’s the before and after….
Not bad, eh? Have you ever taken the scary plunge and DIYed something like this? Something that, if ruined, would be kind of a big deal? Tell me about it! And don’t forget to Pin It if you love it! 🙂