Yucky and rusty!
So I decided to fix it up! My first idea was to paint it silver so it would resemble one of those fancy stainless steel appliances. There is only one word to describe this idea... FAIL! Wow this couldn't have been more of a nightmare. Ok - now what? Hmmmm.... plan B. Wallpaper. Whaaaaa?
Yup - beadboard wallpaper. Why not - it couldn't get any worse, right? Found it at Lowes. So I removed the handles with a screwdriver - the screws were right there when you open the door on the top. Then I primed over the silver paint and the glossy original finish. I gave it about three coats.
Then, I simply wallpapered it.
Once this was completed, I added some trim in the form of 1/4" birch underlayment! I cut it into strips and used Powergrab adhesive to adhere it to the fridge.
This is PowerGrab by Loctite - its awesome! It doesn't smell, its white, and is an easy clean up with soap and water. It is a bit more expensive than regular tubes of adhesive but SO worth the extra cost!
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The answer to why there are SCREWS in the picture above question....
Here is the picture of the screws I used. SO glad I didn't have to use any screws on the bottom piece - it made such a difference:
Once all the wood was adhered, I primed everything with two coats of basic white primer. Then I used this ACE paint. It is cabinet and wood trim and it makes everything look so bright and clean. Since I covered over the paper and wood, it actually created a pretty durable surface so dirt and stains can be wiped away. I am not sponsored by ACE or Loctite - actually I am not sponsored by anybody LOL - but these are the products I have found to work the best for me and so I am simply passing it along.
This ACE metallic spray paint is the BEST one I have found and I have basically tried them all.
When all was said and done, I am thrilled with the result. Granted it isn't as fancy as the new stainless refrigerators with electronic display panels, in the door ice and water dispensers and usb ports, but hey, I like it. Until I am forced to buy a new one, this one will do just fine! Drumroll please......
The bubble you see in the wallpaper on the top, eventually dried and disappeared. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day today! ;-)