Did you see the results of last weeks So You Think You’re Crafty competition??
The theme was “In the Kitchen” and I cam in 6th with this little cutie:
I was pretty proud of that because when I heard the theme, it sounded easy at first, but then I took a look at my very outdated and in need of a complete overhall version of a kitchen. Yeah. It would have been nice if I could have gutted it first, but that was not an option. So I wanted to go with a craft that would brighten things up! I was going through some options and that is when Wade jokingly said “why don’t you paint the fridge” and it sounded perfect!
So I did!
I started with cleaning the whole thing off. There was some sticker residue in some areas so we used wd40 to quickly remove that, just make sure you clean it afterwards to remove the greasy type surface that it may leave. It took no time at all.
Then I painted the fridge, I used a paint and primer all in one paint and chose a semi gloss so it would be easier to clean. I got a sponge roller and a small brush and just got started. I will tell you right now, the first coat does not cover well and you start wondering if you made the right decision. Just keep going, apply at least another two coats. I did the sides, front and top and then took the little brush to get into all the small parts. I only taped where I really had to which was around the seal, otherwise I just winged it, I paint enough to do a pretty decent job even without tape.
I let it dry for a whole day before I started anything else. I knew I wanted a place for pictures, notes and for Avery to play. The last part was easy, a chalkboard, but I wanted to fancify it a bit with a gold molding frame. I just cut the molding, spray painted it and started to hang it with, wait for it, hot glue. Now hear me out first, I did this for a specific reason, it holds fine BUT if and when I want to change things up a bit, the hot glue will pop right off the fridge and not leave one mark behind. It is perfect for me because I change my mind a lot and imagine sometime next year I will want to redo the whole thing again and this way, I am not damaging or making permanent changes to our fridge. I used the level to hang the first piece and then lined up the rest of the pieces as I went. I chose to paint the chalkboard paint after, I don’t know if I have a justifiable reason for this, but that is what I did. I also applied 3 coats of chalkboard paint, but you have to let each coat dry completely before you apply the next or it just pulls it off.
After that, I applied a couple of coats of polycyrlic to the whole fridge to give it an extra layer of protection. I didn’t want it under the chalkboard paint as I wasn’t sure what it would do so I just did it after and went around the frame.
After everything was dry, I added some spray painted magnet frames to the freezer door and a dry erase sign I cut with the Cricut for notes and lists. On the side, I spray painted one of the laser cut frames and added some wire and mini clothespins to make a little photo space. I couldn’t add the photos in for the competition pictures as we need to stay anonymous, so, some cute project life pieces took the place and I love how they look with the fridge!
The before and after is like night and day. I could not be happier with the way it came out!!!
This week’s theme is Upcycle! Make sure you go vote please!!!