How to Paint a Refrigerator

Do you have an ugly refrigerator? I have to admit I have more than one around here! Our house was built in 1998 and we have yet to invest in a kitchen update.

I am planning on painting our refrigerator inside our home in the future, but I thought I would start with the one in my garage. After all, I spend more time in there than I do in the kitchen! As you can see here, we have a plain, white, BORING refrigerator right here.

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The first thing I did was empty it and remove the handles. Then, I cleaned the entire thing with White Lightning Cleaner. I used a green scrubby pad to get all the gunk off of the outside. I did not sand it.

I rinsed the whole thing with clean water. Once it was clean and dry it was time to prime. I used the best primer I have found for metal, Slick Stick.

This is a specific primer made to use before painting metal, glass, plastic, and even formica countertops like I did here! I like to apply this with a foam roller— it’s so much easier to apply with a roller opposed to a brush on flat surfaces like a refrigerator. The refrigerator has a little bit of texture to it, so it took 2 coats to get full coverage.

Then, I went in with The Gulf from Dixie Belle! It’s a very pretty true teal color. I wanted to keep the design simple, so I applied it with the foam roller the same way I did the primer. It took 2 coats to cover, and about 16 ounces of paint.

Now I wanted to jazz this refrigerator up a bit! Have you ever used furniture transfers? Well, I decided it would be a good idea to try them on this!

After this, I added a touch of black wax from Dixie Belle on all the corners. Usually you would use wax last because most waxes are oil based and don’t react well with water based sealers. But! Dixie Belle’s waxes are water based and work well underneath their topcoats! To read more about this painted fridge from Leah Noell Design Co. click here!

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