Chalkboard Fridge

If you have an ugly old fridge that you want to make more fun, try chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard fridge.

We are not big fans of the fridge that came with our house.  It’s old, glossy black, and just hard to maneuver.  It opens towards the cabinets, and not only are you squashed, but you have to be on your knees to rummage through the fridge.  However, my husband and I are too practical to replace it right now.


I decided the only way to make this thing work in the space was to paint it.  Luckily my husband was okay with this idea – especially since it will eventually become the garage fridge. First, you need to clean your fridge with a cleaner.  You want a clean surface for the paint to adhere to


After you have a clean surface, the fun can begin!  I taped off the edges (I wanted crisp lines – even if I was painting black over black).  And, I used a small roller for this project. fridge.4

I gave the fridge *two coats of chalkboard paint.  While the first coat dried, I covered the roller and pan with foil so it didn’t dry out.

*I would suggest using a primer before the chalkboard paint – especially on a glossy surface like my fridge.


I gave the fridge the second coat with the roller and left it alone for 24 hours.


The next day, I treated the chalkboard paint with chalk.  You cover the entire “board” with chalk and rub it in with a rag.


Now, my fridge was ready! I wanted the top to be our family schedule, so I printed out the days of the week along with a cute little design to go on the side.

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***You can download the PDFs here:






Then, I covered the back of my printout with chalk.


Next, I taped the printouts onto the fridge.


And I traced over the printout with a pen.


You’ll get a faint chalk line of your lettering or design.


I used a chalk pen on my design and days of the week. (See more about the chalk pen in this post.)  This way, it’s a lot harder to wipe it away (you actually have to use water to remove it).  On my weekly schedule, on the other hand, I just write in with chalk and can easily wipe it away every week.


I followed the same technique with frames for the lower door:


Here’s the result!


More to come on the rest of my kitchen!

Go create something!

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