Monday, March 7, 2011

How to spray paint your fridge..

Have you ever sat at your kitchen counter and wondered if you could spray paint your fridge? You all know that you have. Well, I am here to tell you that I can. Who knew right?
When I was doing my $300 kitchen makeover, & painting every flipping cabinet door and drawer and adding bead board wallpaper to the fronts, I thought,
"why not add more work to this super fun job and spray paint my fridge black?"

I figure since this is the post that I get the most questions on, I would put it up again. Just in case you wanted to refresh your memory. I have added some new info in RED throughout the post.
Just some stuff I learned or would do different!
Enjoy People!!

YES you can really spray paint your fridge!
Plus-it's easy and cheap!
You know me-these are my two favorite words.

I also did a tutorial on beadboard wallpaper!
You can find it here
Yep-it's a cheap, yet fabulous thing!
I always got you covered!!

So..lets get to the how to.

This is Appliance Epoxy.
It is $4.56 a can at Home Depot or Lowe's.
You can get it in either black, almond or white.
I really wanted red-but they didn't make it.
They do have this in a quart can and you can just paint or roll it on. Just in case you don't want to get the whole neighborhood to come help you move your fridge to the front yard.

My fridge is a side by side and I used 3 1/2 cans of this stuff.
I didn't plan well-so I had to stop mid- spray and go and get more.
truth-my dad went and got it for me...
I would recommend not doing this. But, sometimes it is inevitable.

This was my fridge before.
Isn't she fabulous?
I especially love all of the crap all over the front!

Honestly-the hardest thing about this whole project is that you have to move your fridge outside.
We have a appliance Dolly-so it was a piece of cake.
Cake...hmm that's not exactly true. It was simple for me, I just watched. 
My cute husband, was swearing at me!
with the help of my very nice neighbor-because I was way to chicken to help my husband
 guide it down my front steps (he didn't swear though)
If you have stairs in your home-I would recommend renting a dolly-if possible.

You have to thoroughly scrub your fridge.
Take off the vent front on the bottom and anything else that might be removable.
Your fridge will need to be outside for at least 24 hours-so plan accordingly with your food.

So, don't go grocery shopping right before you do this!
Unless of course you want to be like me and scrounge up coolers from all of your neighbors, because you have TOO much food in your house!

Also-plan on eating easy, doesn't have to be refrigerated, food.
My kids were complaining by the time the kitchen was done.
They were sick of sandwiches and pizza.
Hey, I figured they were lucky that I even fed them! :)

When u take everything outside-make sure that you vacuum your coils.
 It's much better to do this outside.
Also-Hose out your fridge while it is outside. Give it a good cleaning OUTSIDE!
I didn't do this, sooo wish that I would have.

It was not fun cleaning it once I brought it in.
It stunk until it got cold again (at least 12 hours), no matter how much I cleaned and scrubbed it.
 It was NASTY smelling-so prepare yourself.

You should use TSP to clean the surface of your fridge.

Make sure that you scrub the handles especially well.
This place seemed to have the most yuck on it. So, take a little bit of extra time on this.

This is the cleaner that I recommended you use to clean your cupboards before painting.
I LOVE this stuff!
It works so well- there is far less scrubbing when you use this.
Just make sure that you use rubber gloves (the disposable kind)
unless you would like your fingertips to be raw.
(this is very true as well!)

Once everything is scrubbed and the fridge is outside-your ready to paint!!
There is no need to prime or polyurethane when you are done.
So don't stress about this.

A couple of tips-
Wear a Mask while spraying.
I admit-I never do this.
( I really hope I don't die form inhaling too much spray paint fumes.)

This stuff is much more potent than the regular stuff.
Don't have a mask? Forgot it while you were just at Home Depot?
Tie a bandanna around your face-
you know, cowboy style!
You will then look as stylin as I did!
So wish I had a picture to show you how to awesome I looked, you all would be jealous!!

Your neighbors will drive by and wave at you hesitantly because really,  who spray paints their fridge..AND  wears a bandanna and safety goggles?
Wear safety goggles as well. This stuff really is sticky! Plus-it's hard to get your eyelashes unstuck.
I like to keep my neighbors guessing at what crazy thing I will spray paint next.
I also totally recommend doing this!
It's true-my neighbors know it's really spring when they hear the cans of spray paint in full force!
Forget the ground hog!

Also-wear crappy shoes with socks and long pants.
(even if you happen to be painting on the HOTTEST day of the year-still do this)
This stuff is sticky-and I had to practically bathe with paint thinner to get it off.

Not a tan line-epoxy line! 
Yes-I smelled as fabulous as it sounds!
TMI? Totally!

TAPE with FROG TAPE anything that you don't want sprayed. I taped my ice dispenser area thing.
I didn't think that it would be good to have my water and ice taste like epoxy.
This is not entirely true. I forget to tape the little things that you push to get the ice out. 
DUH Tausha! Make sure that you tape these as well.

Make sure that you can COMPLETELY leave your fridge alone for at least 9 hours.
It is best if you can leave it for a full day, at least 18 hours if possible. I really wish that i would have done this. Reason why-when we brought it in-the straps from the dolley rubbed on the handles and scratched the expoxy off. GRRR!!!  
The paint will dry to the touch in about 2, but it needs to dry for 9 for hard seal.
(18 if possible)
Wait at least 24 hours before moving the fridge back inside.
(I know that this is hard-but you must do this! I didn't wait as long as I should have, and well, we had a couple of spots that need a bit of touch up. Don't be inpatient on this step. You will thank me later..promise!!)
If you do this-you are far less likely to get scratches and nicks while moving.

On to the actual Spraying!!!
Yea finally!!

I was a little hesitant-so I started on the back of my fridge. I figured if it was horrible-nobody would see it.

Also-I sprayed a side of  my outside freezer before I even brought the fridge outside.
I wanted to make sure that it was really going to work.
So, if you are little hesitant and you do have an outside freezer-practice on that first.
You will feel better about the whole painting thing.

After you have practiced-go to town!
(this is not any harder than regular spray painting. If you don't have a steady hand, recruit someone who does. You DON'T want drips!)

DON'T spray too close-you will get runs and because this stuff is
 an epoxy, it's not exactly super simple to wipe this stuff off.
 Again..My fridge used 3 1/2 cans of paint.
I had to go and get more, so make sure that you have enough before you start.
It is much easier that way.

This paint is not like normal spray paint.
You can only re-spray your fridge within
 a 1/2 hour or 7 days later.

We learned this the hard way.


My husband tried to re-spray a couple of spots the next day-did NOT work.
(for the record, I told him not to touch it and he did not listen)
The paint started to bubble and we had to get some pant thinner STAT to fix the spot.
Just avoid the swearing and the headache and don't do this!!

Again-let the fridge dry for 24 hours before moving it inside.
When we moved our fridge inside-we used a blanket underneath the straps to protect it-we still got 2 scratches on the handles.
If this happens to you-go to Wal mart and buy a new black sharpie.
Works like a charm!
(well, it works like a charm if you need a quick fix. It does not permanently cover the scratches up)
I didn't want to re-spray IN my house-so this was a much better idea.

I also sprayed my hood above the stove.

You have to be really careful when you spray this NOT to get too close.
Because this is a smooth service, the paint is more likely to run.
Also-tape off the little switches for the fan and the light.
Mine turned our perfect!
(and has held up beautifully! NO problems what so ever with this!)

Overall-this invention of Appliance Paint-is the bomb!!
Don't be scared to do this.
You CAN NOT tell that my fridge was not black all along.
Even my Dad was impressed.
(he is never really that impressed with my spray painting projects)

Overall Rating of this project:
(5 stars)

Total cost:

Having the most fabulous looking fridge on the block:

If you want to read about my entire $300 kitchen redo-

Curious about how to re-paint your cabinets?
(No priming or sanding required..really)

Bead Board wall paper tutorial:

Ok- A couple of things that I learned,
 or have got questions on because I didn't think to post about in the first place.

You can paint anything that is metal with this paint. 
Gold fireplace metal thingy's-If you can't get this out-make sure you tape and plastic off everything!!!!!
washer and dryer's
any metal appliance.

I sprayed everything that you can see when the fridge is shut.
This included the gaskets. I had no idea what a gasket even was until I got this question.
If you too are confused by this term-I will define it for you.
The gaskets are the rubber seal things. Who knew?

I did not paint the gaskets inside!

Give your handles a good 2 cotes!! Make sure that you spray them within the first 24 hour time frame.  If you are doing this project while it is nice and warm, the epoxy will dry to the touch within 2 hours, like I mentioned above. I started painting in the evening, probably around 6. The reason why I am telling you this, is just so you know what temp it was. The high for the day was 102 so it was about 85-90-ish at that time.

So..if you are painting this at a different outdoor need to make sure that you plan accordingly for dry time!

One more thing-I am now going to look into having my water dispenser thing replaced with a black one. As I sit here and look at it, it's bugging me. It never has, until now. I'm sure if I leave the room, I will be fine. BUT, if you are a perfectionist (unlike me) you might want to do this.

OK, I lied, 2 more things. I did this in July of last summer. There may be more epoxy colors available now. Before you ask me if I have ever used the stainless steel paint to do anything with..NOPE-I have not. 
BUT-if you have, I would love to know how it turned out, so please share!!
When the snow clears out and the weather turns nice and 80-ish. I will be hauling out the fridge again to do the whole process all over. (much to my husbands chagrin) 
Unless, I can find a way to just do touch-ups. I highly doubt that this will happen, so pretty sure I will be re-painting the whole fridge!  
I am totally OK with this. It wasn't hard. The hardest part was unpacking all of the food and hauling it down the steep, concrete steps. (since I don't have to that part-it's a cinch!)

Also, this time around, I'm shipping the kids to Grandma's! She can feed them!
Love ya Mom!

Hope that this helped some of you!
Good Luck!!

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  1. Wow!! That's an incredible transformation! Thanks for the great idea...
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  2. New Follower from Welcome Wednesday, and I love your blog!

  3. New Follower! I am loving this! Hope we can be friends!

  4. GET OUT!!! I HAD NO FREAKIN' IDEA!!!! I will be featuring this at in the next couple of days. (I'm not sure when). The world must know this!!!!

  5. Bravery and Beauty! Nice work, I would have been way to chicken to try it!!

  6. This is awesome! I am going to post this on my blog- This Crazy Life. It's too good not to share!

  7. *Currently instant messaging my husband to see if we can spray paint our refrigerator black*...

    Hahahaa thank you for the tips! It looks awesome!

  8. Love the spay-painted fridge! How genius! I am now following you thanks to Welcome Wednesday!It would be nice if you could share back the love on my blog ! Also if you need any help tweaking your blog or easy HTML tips, you can find that under our Technical Support!Happy Wednesday!

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  10. Awesome! I'm sure I will try this at some point....since I paint everything!

  11. amazing!!! i didnt even know they made spray paint for that!

  12. So I saw you on studio 5 this morning. Amazing job! I have a question about the cabinet portions. I have ugly gold cabinets like you had but my appliances are white and the microwave is built in so with those appliances already being white, white cupboards would probably be a bit much, could the cabinets be done in black? If so what kind of glaze to give the "antique" look? Or do you have any other suggestions?

  13. I am super impressed! WOW you rock!

    Love your epoxy sprayed feet. ~laffin~

  14. AAAHHHH!!!! I hope you know the level of excitement that was included in that scream! I am renting from my brother and we have a beautiful newly remodeled kitchen....except for the almond colored fridge among white appliances. It's such an eyesore and makes me itch! I just suggested painting the fridge and they rolled their eyes....I had no idea they made Appliance Epoxy :) My project awaits...Thank You Thank You Thank You for this post!

  15. I've been wanting to do this for a while now, but was so scared!!!! You have motivated me to do this.. This will be my next big project for next month! Thank you so much for this great post!! It looks awesome!
    It will look nice with my new painted kitchen countertops! :)

  16. I love it! LOL at "Don't Do What I Did". :)

  17. WOW Tausha! Love your makeover! I've never thought to do this! Thanks so much for stopping by, too! And I'm so excited you're following along now, too! :)

  18. Looks just like the "real" thing! Great job! Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

  19. I saved this post in my favorites. There is some GREAT information here. As much as I like change, I could wind up doing this one day. Your fridge turned out fabulous!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  20. Whoa! Excellent idea and great how to tips! It looks wonderful. You really go the extra mile to make things work and work right.

  21. Thank you for this great post! So much info (and advice and warnings about what not to do), it's so nice of you to give us your experience spritz by spritz. It looks amazing in black - I want to try it now!

  22. Wow! I seriously would have been too afraid to even try it. It turned out fabulous! Thanks for all the tips.

  23. This is something I have always wondered about! Thanks so much for posting this.

  24. So Cool! I've thought about painting our fridge, but I was hesitant. You did a great job giving us all the details. I'm putting you in the Spotlight @ the PoPP.

  25. If I ever get brave enough to paint my cabinets, I'll have to do this too!

  26. Very cool! I wondered if this stuff really worked! LOVE IT!

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  27. Great job! Do you think it will hold up in the long run?? I'd love to do mine.

    Cheap Like a Birdie

  28. Awesome job! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday@PonyTails&FishScales!

  29. Thanks for this post! I heard about you through "Just A Girl" via "Thrifty Decor Chic".

    OK, my question is...what are the handles on your frig made of? My handles are rubbery...and they are disgusting looking. I cannot get them clean for anything and have been wondering lately if I could spray paint them.

    Any advice?


  30. I have been looking at your Fridge Spray Paint project for months now. I really want to do this. My question is . . . can you do your dishwasher, oven, microwave. All my appliances are off white and would love them all stainless steal but can't afford new ones. I thought if I could paint them I would. I just don't want to do the fridge black and the other things don't match. Any suggestions.

  31. Hi. I really want to paint my fridge too! Question: what did you do about the gaskets? Did you leave them white for get new ones?

  32. I've been wanting to do this but have been to scared. Love it. Looks like I have a project on my hands...

  33. Nice.
    I thought I'd help you with refrigerator smell. I worked in a bar where a cooler went down. Took about a month to repair. Imagine that dank, awful smell! The commercial repair men said to wad newspaper up in it and leave it closed until it went away. 3 days later, we were back in business without that ick.

  34. kthorst@comcast.netJanuary 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Great details and tips!! Do you know if you can paint the frig in the kitchen if you use brush-on appliance paint? I live in Chicago and do not want to wait until Spring to try this.

  35. Thank you for posting this! Very informative and helpful! :)

  36. Thanks for the tip. I will try it!!

  37. Very informative.
    New question-- How has the paint held up the last couple of years?


  38. Great read. It gave me the courage to paint mine. Orange... I just finished yesterday. Obviously I just used regular spray paint so it will be interesting to see how it holds up. Thanks for posting this. And yes, the TSP worked like magic!

  39. I have the exact refrigerator and have been looking to replace the bisque color ice/water dispenser on the front with a black one, but I can't find one anywhere. I actually think that this refrig was only available in white or bisque. Anyway, I understand from your blog that you didn't bother to paint the ice/water dispenser. Is that correct? It's hard to see from your finished picture how it actually looks. Does it look okay left white (or bisque)? Alos, I'm in a condo and there is no way that I can do this outdoore, so I'm thinking of getting a can and using a sponge roller. Have you ever done this? Thanks so much for all the information you shared! Kathleen

  40. I have a bid on a townhouse that has a stainless steel with black trim dishwasher and stove with white hood and white fridge. So happy to find this article that I can spray paint them black so everything matches without spending money in new ones! $20 transformation is amazing! Thank you for posting!

  41. Thanks so much for all your instructions ...not only amusing to read but also very detailed and helpful info. I hate looking at my fridge. i cleaned it with harsh detergents and the door is so rusty. I can't wait to go get the paint and do it. Thanks again!!!!


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