I tell ya, apartment-living in LA isn’t always a breeze.
Most places don’t come with refrigerators, which truly blows my mind. On top of that, if I’m renting an apartment, I probably don’t have the budget to buy a brand new fridge. Thus, I had to jump onto Craigslist and scour the interwebs for what ended up being the gnarliest looking refrigerator I’ve ever seen. I was tricked by the price tag- the pictures on the ad looked completely different, but I was desperate for a cheap working fridge, so I bought it.
It was so embarrassing I didn’t want anybody to come over and see it. There were all sorts of weird stains, rust, and discoloration on the side of it. So, I decided I had to take matters into my own hands and DIY the crap out of this beast of an appliance. I had always wanted to have a chalkboard wall in my apartment, but when this opportunity presented itself I knew the refrigerator was the perfect spot for chalkboard paint. And I added a chevron pattern because, duh, chevron is adorbz.
Watch this step-by-step tutorial to see how I did it, and see the deets below!
Materials Needed (Total Less Than $40):
- Screw driver
- Painter’s tape
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Work cloth
- 1 quart of Rust-oleum Chalkboard Tint Base
- 1 quart tinted indoor primer
- 1 sample container of white, flat finish latex paint
- 1 dense foam roller
- 1 sponge brush
- 2 Paint trays
- Poster Board
- Straight Edge
- Paint Stir Stick
- Using a sponge and some soapy water, clean and dry the exterior of the fridge.
- Thoroughly sand the entire surface of the refrigerator with the fine grit sandpaper then wipe it down with a paper towel.
- Take your painter’s tape and tape off the inside edges of the doors and around the handles if you can’t remove them. Anything you don’t want paint on, tape it off!
- Using the foam roller, prime 1 even coat of primer onto the front, sides, and top of the refrigerator. Use the sponge brush to get behind the handle, on the edges, etc. Allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes – 1 hour. Rinse and clean both brushes. Or buy 2 of each brush if you don’t want to deal with that!
- Roll an even coat of the Rust-oleum Chalkboard tint base onto the entire surface of the fridge. Allow to dry for 4 hours – 1 day. If you have excess paint left in the tray, use a garbage bag to cover the paint tray so the paint doesn’t dry up.
- Create your pattern. I used my straight edge and measured from one point to the next (1 slant) to be 5 inches each. Cut out your pattern as precisely as possible.
- Using a friend, or tape if necessary, carefully align your pattern onto the refrigerator and use a pencil to trace the pattern down the fridge. I started from the top and worked my way down to the bottom. I did not trace the pattern onto the top of the fridge! Just the sides and front.
- Take your painter’s tape and place a line of tape along the traced lines. Use your scissors to be precise with cutting the tape so you have perfect edges, to make sure that each crevice of the chevron is a perfect point. Because I wanted every other chevron to be light gray, I taped off the exterior of one traced chevron, the interior of the next, and repeated all the way down to the bottom.
- Pour 1/4 of the white paint sample into your tray of the Chalkboard tint base, and use a stir stick to mix.
- Use the foam roller to carefully paint the lighter gray into every other chevron pattern. If you prefer, you can use the sponge brush for this part. I wanted the texture to match, so I used the foam roller brush and only use the sponge brush for small corners and edges I couldn’t reach with the foam roller.
- Remove the painter’s tape before the light gray paint has dried to be sure that the paint doesn’t glue the tape onto the refrigerator!
- Allow to completely dry 2-3 days before chalking onto it. I waited a whole week because I was nervous, but that might have been a bit overcautious.
- Draw adorable doodles all over your fridge 🙂 Have fun!
Shout out to ApartmentTherapy.com for the inspo!