So, after moving into our new house about a year ago our “to do” list was pretty long… We tackled
the main things like flooring, painting the walls, etc. and now have moved on to the little details that make our house feel more like our “Home.” The fridge that came with the house works fine, but after painting the walls and kitchen cabinets a fresh coat of a creamy white, the fridge immediately stood out since it was a brighter shade and didn’t quite match. There were also a few dents and part of the plastic handle was missing, but I just couldn’t justify buying a new fridge just because I didn’t like the way that it looked.
Hubs and I wanted to do a weekly menu for the kitchen anyway, so I decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone and go with a chalkboard fridge makeover. I did some research on Pinterest and found a few tutorials on chalkboard paint and decided to give it a whirl, adding my own touches to the mix along the way… Here is what I used and how I did it…
A. Valspar tintable chalkboard paint – I bought this at Lowe’s and had them do a custom color mix for me. The regular chalkboard paint is more of a blue-black, but being the color freak that I am I wanted a war
m-brown-black to match closer to the color I used on the kitchen counters (another DIY that I probably won’t ever attempt again in my lifetime, but that’s another story…). There are about 10 colors on the paint box to choose from, so I picked the brown color and just had them add as many shots of black to it as the can would hold. There are some really fun paint options to choose from though, I think it would be so cool to do this in the pink or green or blue!
B. Mini roller (and plastic tray) – Lowe’s/Home Depot/any Hardware Store
C. Painters tape – Lowe’s/Home Depot/any Hardware Store
D. Jute rope – Michael’s/Hobby Lobby/Online Craft Supply Store
E. Magnets (7) – Michael’s/Hobby Lobby/Online Craft Supply Store
F. Unfinished wood letters (M, E, N, U)- Michael’s/Hobby Lobby/Online Craft Supply Store
G. Unfinished wood discs (7) – Michael’s/Hobby Lobby/Online Craft Supply Store
H. Mini tart tins (7) – I found some cute and inexpensive ones on Etsy
IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! If you leave the chalk pen on the fridge for an extended period of time it will not come off like regular chalk! This is fine for the quote part that I did on the left side because I want that to stay up there, but for the menu part it is back to regular chalk for me… Craft Fail. You live you learn, right?
Step 1: Clean fridge and tape off any areas that you do not want to paint (ice maker). I realized at this stage of the game that I would not be able to paint all of the fridge unless I unplugged it and could leave the doors open to let the paint dry… So, I just decided to live with seeing a white line in between the front of the doors and on the sides… Not a big deal, but just something to think about if that kind of thing would bother you over the long-term…