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« on: April 18, 2008 02:48:10 AM »

Grandpa had a great old fridge in his fishing cabin, then it came to live with my parents.  Unfortunately, it reeked of fish and had about 12 layers of paint on it... so after two days of cleaning, stripping, sanding, and spraypainting:

I did this two years ago for a Fourth of July party, but I've never posted here before.  The color is 50s inspired robin's egg blue and the hardware is silver hammered-metal spray paint.

The "before" pic is after the stripping... and it didn't work too well.





The bottom tilts out to hold ice and it sprayed white.  The interior is white as well and the racks are painted with the same hammered-metal.  It's now a beer/soda fridge.  (Maybe I'll inherit it if I get a house of my own someday.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2008 04:07:22 PM »

Great job.  I would love to inherit that fridge as well!
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2008 07:32:46 AM »

Awesome!  I love those 50s refrigerators!  I've always wanted one.  Looks like all that hard work paid off!  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2008 10:24:01 PM »

You did a fantastic job of revamping that fridge! I WANT IT!!!

Job well done!
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2008 07:29:14 AM »

awesome job! We have an old Crosley Shelvidor that I found for 15 bucks (they appraise at 500 when they don't run! Ours could potentially be worth 1500 bucks!).
We've moved and hoping that "Old Shelly" still works! If she does, I may spruce her up....Did you use appliance enamal paint? What about the handles? You mention a paint, but was it a spray paint or some sort of paint specific for metal?
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2008 07:47:36 AM »

Love it!  I dream of finding one of these someday.
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2008 02:30:20 PM »

i used just basic rustoleum spray paints for everything - which is most important for the primer.  and the handles - just a spray paint that creates a special hammered metal finish - for use on everything from plastic to wood to metal to plaster.  it was super cheap.
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« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2008 08:33:19 AM »

I love the retro feel of it
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008 05:24:09 PM »

i love before and afters, theyre just so much fun to be amazed by. and thats exactly what you did. made it amazing. that before, looks like vomit. i love what you did to revive it!
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2008 04:56:31 PM »

It looks great! My grandparents had one like this at their cottage - it was teal blue amazingness.

Although I would imagine these type of fridges, being so old, would be horribly energy inefficient? [That was a question, I guess haha]
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