Thursday, March 24, 2011

Chalkboard Painted Refrigerator Tutorial

Oh my gosh I feel like our crazy project is done.  Finally. We painted our refrigerator with chalkboard paint. Crazy I know, but I wanted to try something fun and different so I stopped being scared of painting our refrigerator and we just did it.  (Actually, Justin did it, but I kept the kids corralled and happy.)

Okay so here is our refrigerator before
Not bad, but there were all kinds of scuffs on it and dings since we had bought it used.

I googled the Internet for different ideas on how to go about painting our refrigerator, and decided to do a combination of tips that I found.  One tutorial said to sand the whole refrigerator before painting, and I was like "Hecks to the NO!" So I decided we should just prime it and then paint it.

I taped off the handles and the ice/water dispenser using Scotch Blue Multi-purpose Painter's Tape. Then we primed the whole refrigerator using Rust-oleum's Magnetic Primer. We just rolled it on with a sponge roller. And cut in using a 1" Purdy paint brush.
Rust-oleum's Magnetic Primer

Purdy 1" Brush
This is our refrigerator after it has been primed with the the magnetic primer. We followed the instructions and did 3 light coats of primer.
The Rust-oleum Magnetic Primer paint on our refrigerator, still drying.


We waited 4 hours before adding the first coat of the Rust-oleum's Tintable ChalkBoard Paint. And then after another 4 hours we added the second coat. (By the way, I found the Magnetic Primer at Home Depot for $20-$21, and the tintable Chalk Board Paint at Home Depot for $11-$12.)

Rust-oleum's Tintable Chalkboard Paint

Our refrigerator painted with Rust-oleum's tintable ChalkBoard Paint. Still drying.


excuse the nerdy husband, he was really happy to be finished. :)



After we let the refrigerator dry I pulled off all the tape and decided I now hated the handles.

In these pictures they really don't look bad...ugh now I am wondering if I should have changed them after all...??

Anyway, I decided I didn't like the refrigerator handles and asked Justin if he could take them off.  He did, but probably thought I was crazy and that this project was taking a lot longer than I had originally said it would.  I also didn't like the ice and water dispenser now either, but haven't quite figured out how I want to make it more discreet. (Any suggestions???)

Refrigerator without handles
  
I filled in the holes with wood filler. It was what I had on hand.
Then I started searching on google for refrigerator handles. Um yeah, bad idea. I found some awesome ones that cost anywhere from $50-$120 per handle. There is no way in heck we could afford that so I put my thinking cap on and came up with another crazy idea.

I asked Justin what he thought about using towel bars for refrigerator handles.  I showed him some pictures of some towel bars online and we both decided it would be worth a shot.

We headed to Lowe's to to look at their towel bars and see if there was anything we thought might work.  We ended up buying two 24" dark oil rubbed bronze towel bars for about $19-$20 a piece. 

We, and by we I mean Justin, had to drill small holes in the refrigerator doors where the screw plates would go, and then he attached the handles like the instructions showed.
ChalkBoard Painted Refrigerator with Towel Bar Handles


Honestly, I don't know if it was a mistake to take off the handles and add these things or not. I always second guess myself when it comes to crafts or projects.  But I think they look really good in real life, or off camera.

We followed the chalkboard paint instructions and waited 3 freakin' days before conditioning the refrigerator with chalk so that we could use it. (To condition it you basically rub chalk all over it and then wipe it away. Ugh and get your vacuum ready because it's a really, really dusty process.)
Conditioning the chalkboard painted refrigerator
Then after you rub the chalk all over you get the fun task of wiping it off. Yeah, not fun. Not fun at all.

Conditioned and ready to use Chalkboard painted refrigerator


Once the whole process was done, it was time to draw!

It's really fun drawing on it, don't let Levi's expression fool you. :)


My new favorite question to ask myself.
Okay, so that's my whole paint your refrigerator with chalkboard paint tutorial, and change the existing handles to towel bars. Haha.

Hope you guys at least found it interesting.   And you can let me know what you think, I know it's not for everyone, but I'm okay with that.


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34 comments:

Tina said...

I think it turned out great! The towel rods totally work! Awesome job!

bellyquestions said...

Super creative! I really like the towel bars!

The Bonjour Four said...

I reallly do like the look of it! Great job. And the towel handles was a great idea.. Looks fabulous!

Lin said...

Very cool! I think the towel bars are great...they make it look even more custom! And, what fun to be able to write on your fridge?!

Kimberly said...

That turned out great!!! I think that towel rods look really great on it!

Um, is Levi against wearing pants?? lol, just kidding ;)

Katie said...

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this! Kid-friendly yet classy. Great job my dear, you've nailed it.

Jessica said...

This is awesome!! I love the towel bars

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

So creative!! WOW!

Bonnie @ This Young Mama said...

What a great idea! The towel bar idea is amazing!

Marilenn @ TheStudioAlcantara.Com said...

I would have never had the guts to do it myself (cause I'm a scaredy-cat like that, which is ironic) but I think it turned out awesome!! And the towel bars add an awesome touch! :D

Kristen @ Who's Watching the Baby? said...

I think the towel bars look great. Changing out the handles made all the difference. I never would have had the guts, and I have a serious undying hatred for chalk dust, so it will never happen in my house... so I will just have to have chalkboard fridge envy forever and ever.

Also? You've got yourself a pretty great husband there. I'm pretty sure painting the fridge is where mine would have drawn the line. ;-)

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

What a great and fun idea!! I super love the new handles, you did an awesome job and your kids are too cute!!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Cool creative idea, and your family is so cute! :)

amylee said...

I have wanted to do this ever since I saw the fridge on Good Luck Charlie! I love it!!!!

Jennifer said...

Amylee-thanks, I havn't seen or heard of Good Luck Charlie? I'll look it up though. :) Glad you liked my refrigerator. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That came out so cool! And I love that last picture! Heather of Dollar Store Crafts emailed me about this and she's right- it's fantastic! I would love to link to your fridge if you didn't mind.

Caren said...

I never would have guessed they were towel bars! You can always paint it again if you get tired of it!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love the "handles" They really make it work!
gail

Jane said...

I painted our old fridge with chalkboard paint. It was so much fun. Even though it was in horrible shape inside, I loved that fridge. It died and we got a new one. No more chalkboard. Enjoy it. It looks fantastic! Especially love the handles.

uruguay white life said...

It is so nice that I have found your blog about your link on DIY Projects. So I have a little scrolled and I like what I've seen. Now I’m your new follower !

Take care
Tine

Ricki said...

That is AH Mazing! :)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow, this is so fearless & creative! I'm speechless.

Warmly, Michelle

The DIY Show Off said...

Super brave and the result is so fun! What a clever idea! The towel bar handles are brilliant and look awesome! :)

Great job!

Roeshel

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

Wow! That is awesome! I love it so much I may steal, I mean borrow your idea! I am your newest follower, found you on DIY, please come check out my blog and follow me back.

Dayna said...

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have looked everywhere for this exact type of tutorial, and could not be more excited with your process. Although I am not yet sold on the chalk paint, the new door handles were my greatest concern! Now I feel as if this project is do-able! I'm off to find some towel bars for my 2 door fridge :) ....btw, do your new handles wobble any? Or are they tight and secure? Thanks, again, for your time and for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

I love what you did. Don’t mean to be a downer. But I’ve gotta ask….after 20 years as a classroom teacher, I can’t imagine bringing all that chalk dust into my home! I battle it all day long. Is it a pain to keep up with?

GirlRural.com said...

First, I give you HUGE props for being daring enough to try this. I think the idea of painting a fridge when I new one is not in the budget is a great idea. I'm not a fan of the towel bars though. They look exactly like what they are; towel bars. I think the old fridge handles looked fine.

http://overthedoortowelracks.com said...

Oh my goodness, I absolutely love this! Great job my dear, you've nailed it.

Anonymous said...

Very, very, very cool! Most importantly you made it your own. It's great, much much better than paying $thousands for a stainless steel that looks common. I <3 it and will be convincing my hubby to let me do it to mine soon! :)

Kathrina said...

I don't know if you deleted the bad comments or just ghetto people replied to this post but I have to be honest. I have seen chalkboard paint projects and they turn out very nice. This one?. Not so much. On a fridge?, Really?. You ruined that fridge. Super ghetto looking. Good thing you liked it though.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I was wondering if chalkboard paint would work and now I know. Our fridge door needs a makeover but the fridge in it self is working well. All exited to give it a makeover now. Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Curtis said...

Hey Kathrina, I never delete comments unless they are spammy or the comment is attacking my kids or family. I could care less what you think of my fridge or any other project I've done. You don't like it and that's cool. It's not for everyone. Thanks for being real.

Kathrina said...

Hi Jennifer. Ok then, it's good you don't delete comments because other people do. People with public pages have to accept all kind of comments; good and bad as well. That's why they make public pages. Kudos for you on that one. Then just ghetto people replied lol. Obviously you care enough to reply but I was being honest. Don't take it wrong. As you said, it's not for everyone. I have more chick taste. It's in your home, you like it and that's what matters. BTW, I would never attack your family or kids though.

Jennifer Curtis said...

Kathrina,
Hey nope didn't bother me what you said, I only wanted you to know that I don't delete comments unless they are obviously spam or hurtful towards my kids and family. Yours were not. :) Have a great day.