Apartment refrigerator, BEFORE.

Apartment refrigerator, BEFORE.

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:

Refrigerator inspiration from Pinterest.

Refrigerator inspiration from Pinterest.

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.

Making sure the wood measurements were just right. After this, wood was taken down, and chalk board paint was applied.

Making sure the wood measurements were just right. After this, wood was taken down, and chalk board paint was applied.

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.

Refrigerator AFTER.

Refrigerator AFTER.

Ta-da!

Kitchen AFTER, with new refrigerator moved in.

Kitchen AFTER, with new refrigerator moved in.

And Theo loves it! I am so glad we saved this fridge and did not opt for a new one.

Exactly what I envisioned!

Exactly what I envisioned!