When it came to our refrigerator, it was in perfect working condition for being a 20 year old fridge. However, it LOOKED like a 20 year old fridge! We wanted to freshen up the look of this unit for our renovated apartment. I turned to Pinterest, and found this:
This was it! Our fridge was perfect for this design. Plus, I thought it would be really fun to see Theo coloring on this chalk board one day. After a DEEP cleaning, Mike started by framing the fridge out with stained cedar wood. He didn't screw the wood in quite yet - I first painted it with chalk board paint. I applied three coats, even thought I could have gotten away with two.
After the front of the fridge was painted and framed, I painted the sides white. I found the perfect stencil at Hobby Lobby for the side design, which would give a cool aesthetic and would clean up the mottled sides due to the age of this appliance. I used a pearly white spray paint with this stencil. This spray paint provided the perfect finish for this subtle enhancement.
The handle that we used is actually a gate handle from the hardware store, which had a price tag of $6. It was inexpensive and just what we needed for the look of our fridge. True kitchen hardware of this size could have cost us upward of $100. No thanks! Our new fridge was ready to be moved into the apartment.
And Theo loves it! I am so glad we saved this fridge and did not opt for a new one.