Supplies for DIY refrigerator painting
- Paint – See below: What kind of paint to use on a fridge?
- Primer – Some types of paint require using direct-to-metal primer, while others do not. Read the directions on your paint can to see if you need to use primer or not.
- Masking tape – This is to protect any areas of your fridge that you don’t want to paint.
- Paint roller and tray – A paint roller will help you apply the paint evenly.
- Paintbrush – A paintbrush can be used to get into any tight spaces or corners.
- Sandpaper – This is to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
- Seal layer (optional) – You can use a seal layer to protect your paint job and make it last longer.
- A drop cloth or old sheet (optional) – This will protect your floor from paint drips.
How to choose the color for your fridge?
When it comes to painting your fridge, the possibilities are endless! You can go with any color you want, but it’s a good idea to choose a hue that will match the other colors in your kitchen. If you’re not sure what color to choose, consult a paint swatch book or go online to see what colors are available. Have in mind that the colors can look different on the fridge than they do on the paint chip, so it’s always a good idea to test out a small area first before painting the entire fridge.
Painting a fridge – Step-by-step guide
Step 1: Unplug the fridge and move it to a well-ventilated area.
The first step is to unplug your fridge and move it to a spot where you can work comfortably. Make sure the area is well-ventilated to avoid any paint fumes. If you can, take the fridge outside
Step 2: Clean the exterior
Clean the fridge with a mild soap and water solution. This will remove any dirt or grease that could prevent the paint from adhering properly.
Is your fridge rusty? If the answer is yes, you’ll need to sand down the rust before you can paint it.
Step 3: Mask off any areas you don’t want to paint
Use masking tape and newspaper to cover up any areas of the fridge that you don’t want to paint. This includes the interior, gasket (the rubber seal around the door), lights, and any other areas you don’t want to paint. It is a good idea to take off the handles, too. If you can’t remove them, just be sure to mask them off well.
Step 4: Give it a light sand
Once you’ve masked everything off, sand the exterior of the fridge lightly with medium-grit sandpaper to remove the gloss. Wipe away any sanding dust with a damp cloth before you start painting.
Step 5: Apply the primer
If you’re using a direct-to-metal primer, now is the time to apply it. Follow the directions on the can for how long you should let it dry before moving on to the next step. The best way to apply primer is by using a paint roller.
Step 6: Apply the paint
Once the primer is dried, it’s time to start painting! Again, the easiest way to apply paint is by using a paint roller for large surfaces and a paintbrush for any tight spaces or corners. Start with the top of the fridge and work your way down. Make sure you’re applying an even coat of paint and not missing any spots. Let the first coat of paint dry for the amount of time recommended on the can before applying a second coat
Optional: Seal the paint
If you want to, you can apply a sealant over the paint to protect it and make it last longer and be resistant to scratches. This is especially important if you’re painting your fridge with a light color.
Step 7: Let it dry
Once you’re done painting, let the fridge dry for at least 24 hours before plugging it back in and putting everything back inside.
Images are courtesy of Marianne and HGTV Handmade YouTube channel. Here is a full video: