|It took about an hour to remove the stickers using a couple razor blades, then another 20-30 minutes to get the adhesive residue, sticker bits and associated dirt off. I also removed the Whirlpool plaque and the handles.|
Our other appliances are black and the white just stands out so much against the cabinets and we don't want to buy a new fridge right now, especially another one small enough to fit the cabinetry. So, what to do? Thought about painting it until I saw the wood grain contact paper in the bins with the clean contact paper that I used for faux etching the cabinet glass! Faux bois fridge? Now, that would be both fun and funny!
After scraping, washing and drying, I drew a plumb line to match my seams. One roll would not be wide enough to cover the whole front, let alone wrap around the side of the doors.
|So the line is not actually plumb, it's square to the fridge's top which is not level. I figure if we ever bother to level it and if by some miracle the contact paper is still worth keeping, I'll want the grain to be plumb then.|
|There is just something about the dorm/hotel fridge vibe that tickled me. However, I didn't like the remaining white so I also removed the grill at the bottom and the hinge cover at the top.|
I mulled over what to do with the handles, grill and hinge cover. Paint, but what color? We decided on black to play on the idea of iron. I then disassembled those pieces as much as possible and scrubbed them really well, then let them dry over night.
Annnnnnnnd done. Probably. I've toyed with the idea of applying faux or dummy iron-looking strap hinges for an old-timey, country look, but haven't been hit by satisfying inspiration as to how to accomplish that. Plus, I'm kind of diggin' on the fact that I only spent $4 on this project! I already had the spray paint (the Fred Meyer house brand in "semi-flat" black) and all the tools and cleaning supplies, so all it took was four $1 rolls of contact paper (yes, it was Contact brand and everything). When I painted the various parts, I also painted the Whirlpool plaque, but I haven't reinstalled it. I kind of want something funny there, but I haven't found just the right thing yet.
What's next? We're narrowing down on a back splash solution, so we're getting close replacing the wallpaper with something that suits us better. YEY!
And finally a gratuitous dog-photo-bomb!
UPDATE: $4 DIY vs. $85 Store Bought: You be the judge.