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« on: November 28, 2012 08:14:40 PM »

Our new-to-us house came with 2 fridges and a freezer, which is good because when we sold our last house the buyers stipulated purchasing our refrigerators in the contract.  But... this is the fridge in the kitchen (the other is in the mudroom and is too big for the cabinetry and no newer).



The stickers were sentimental in that they showed the interests and travels of the family that lived here for almost 30 years (not that the fridge is that old), but those weren't our memories on there and that's not our style.  Our other appliances are black and we aren't ready to buy a new fridge, so I decided to remove the stickers and do something



I used four $1 rolls of wood grain patterned contact paper to give that thing the faux bois treatment!  Then I spray painted the handles, grill and hinge cover with black spray paint that I had on hand.  There are more photos and more details on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/3-fridge-makeover-how-i-spent.html.



There is something about the dorm/hotel fridge vibe that tickles me.  I do think it looks better than before, but I also think it's kind of a (subtle) hoot.
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2012 08:26:12 PM »

That is an absolutely ingenious idea, frugal and very well executed.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2012 08:29:00 PM »

wowee that looks great, you did such a good job on it, it looks like real wood! even though the before fridge is more me, i think you did a stunning job!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012 09:03:04 PM »

That is an absolutely ingenious idea, frugal and very well executed.

Thanks!  I was pleasantly surprised at how well the seams came together which goes a long way to making it look less like it's contract paper.  Wink

wowee that looks great, you did such a good job on it, it looks like real wood! even though the before fridge is more me, i think you did a stunning job!  Grin

Thank you!  There was certainly a time in my life when I would have preferred the sticker laden version, but these days I'd rather there not even be magnets on there.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012 09:30:54 PM »

I love it! Awesome job!
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012 04:52:45 AM »

Well done!  If that had been me, there would have been bubbles EVERYWHERE - but I don't see a single one on your fridge!  And it looks great with the rest of your kitchen!
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2012 06:49:24 AM »

Thank you!  To get the bubbles out, I used a smoothing tool that I have from using large scale, one-time, self-adhesive stencils that is similar to a wallpaper smoothing tool.  I think it's the same tool used to apply vinyl decals to cars and such.
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012 07:23:31 AM »

A quick fix (relatively speaking!) that looks good!  Remodeling is such a long process that never ends...so it must be satisfying to get a nice result...love that you did your handles and the grill at the bottom.

I know they make stainless steel looking contact paper...I might use your tips from your blog to redo the front of my old dishwasher!

Have you tried Goo-Gone to remove adhesive residue?  I bought the stuff by the gallon when we moved in to remove hundreds of stickers that kids placed on their closet doors and windows.  I poured it into a spray bottle, let it sit for a few minutes...and the goo just seemed to melt away with a wipe!  I keep a bottle on hand now to remove labels from everything.
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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012 08:26:03 AM »

A quick fix (relatively speaking!) that looks good!  Remodeling is such a long process that never ends...so it must be satisfying to get a nice result...love that you did your handles and the grill at the bottom.

I know they make stainless steel looking contact paper...I might use your tips from your blog to redo the front of my old dishwasher!

Have you tried Goo-Gone to remove adhesive residue?  I bought the stuff by the gallon when we moved in to remove hundreds of stickers that kids placed on their closet doors and windows.  I poured it into a spray bottle, let it sit for a few minutes...and the goo just seemed to melt away with a wipe!  I keep a bottle on hand now to remove labels from everything.

Thanks!  We're just trying to redecorate the new place to suit us and then in a few years we'll hopefully truly remodel the kitchens and baths.

I considered the SS contact paper, but I've had stainless steel appliance at my last 2 houses and I'm just done with all the maintenance. Maybe the paper doesn't smudge so easily?

I've used Goof-off a whole lot which is similar and I have plenty of it, but I wasn't sure how it would effect the vinyl finish on the fridge and I didn't want to do any permanent damage.  Also, it's COLD here this time of year and that whole "use in a well ventilated area" thing wasn't going to happen.  Wink

Good luck and I'd love to see whatever it is you do so let me know!
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012 10:50:45 AM »

Goof-off is more toxic and does need ventilation.  Goo-gone is a liquid and made of citrus.  It is smart to test it on a small spot, but so far, I have used it on glass, furniture, shoes, hair, plastic and even clothing with no issues.

I do not like the smudges on stainless either...plus it feels so industrial to me...the paper seems to be a bit "duller"  my sister did hers and it looked great.

I do like the funky dorm vibe...and it was fun reading all the old stickers...what an interesting family who owned your home previously! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012 11:50:38 AM »

Goof-off is more toxic and does need ventilation.  Goo-gone is a liquid and made of citrus.  It is smart to test it on a small spot, but so far, I have used it on glass, furniture, shoes, hair, plastic and even clothing with no issues.

I do not like the smudges on stainless either...plus it feels so industrial to me...the paper seems to be a bit "duller"  my sister did hers and it looked great.

I do like the funky dorm vibe...and it was fun reading all the old stickers...what an interesting family who owned your home previously! Cheesy

Ah, well that's good to know! 

That's be great if the paper worked out better than the real deal!

I actually feel good about having taken them one at a time with the razor; I felt like I got to give the history it's due attention before destroying it. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2012 12:00:06 PM »

I hope they took pictures...I am struggling because I want to paint a door in the family room that was next to a telephone...the family used the door to write down telephone numbers of family and friends...many of the numbers have letter exchanges or just 4 numbers!  It is history, but the door needs painting... Sad

That and a cowboy belt holder in the masterbedroom closet...and the hidden safe under the old wooden floors...

I can't wait to see what else you do to your old house!
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2012 01:30:49 PM »

I hope they took pictures...I am struggling because I want to paint a door in the family room that was next to a telephone...the family used the door to write down telephone numbers of family and friends...many of the numbers have letter exchanges or just 4 numbers!  It is history, but the door needs painting... Sad

That and a cowboy belt holder in the masterbedroom closet...and the hidden safe under the old wooden floors...

I can't wait to see what else you do to your old house!

Oh, man!  That would be a hard thing to paint over, I agree.  I might rather get a new door and use the old one to make a head board or table or something to keep it "pristine."  However, that's costly. Wink

Keep the safe!

So funny as this house is WAY newer (1976) than our last (1911).
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2012 05:56:23 PM »

I love the woodgrain fridge! Never thought I'd say this out loud but I dig Goo Gone.
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2012 08:35:10 AM »

*snorted coffee from my nose* Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2012 10:24:24 AM »

I never would have thought to do this, or expected it to turn out so well. Great job! I'm definitely keeping this in mind for the future
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« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2012 08:55:10 AM »

I hope they took pictures...I am struggling because I want to paint a door in the family room that was next to a telephone...the family used the door to write down telephone numbers of family and friends...many of the numbers have letter exchanges or just 4 numbers!  It is history, but the door needs painting... Sad

Swapping the door an option? A lot of re-used wood projects are in fact old doors. I reckon if you go to ebay, craigslist or whatever and pay attention to the sort of door you need, you can find one that will fit and you can use the old door elsewhere in the house, or make a table of it... Won't work so well if you're renting, in which case you could consult with your landlord first. It's possbile he or she will allow a door swap.
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2012 03:44:18 PM »

What a great idea!
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2013 09:28:33 AM »

It seems like some people are selling essentially the same idea, only for 90 dollars:
http://www.applianceart.com/Wood_Grain_Top_Bottom_Refrigerator_Cover_Panel_p/10079-80.htm

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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2013 09:34:57 AM »

It seems like some people are selling essentially the same idea, only for 90 dollars:
http://www.applianceart.com/Wood_Grain_Top_Bottom_Refrigerator_Cover_Panel_p/10079-80.htm

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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2013 01:13:06 PM »

Well theirs doesn't have a line run down the middle, that's probably the only difference. Not sure I'd pay a boatload of cash extra just for not that line. Besides, dunno what 85 dollar will buy you, but 85 euro will get you a used fridge in very good condition off ebay and such around here.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2013 04:44:57 PM »

Well theirs doesn't have a line run down the middle, that's probably the only difference. Not sure I'd pay a boatload of cash extra just for not that line. Besides, dunno what 85 dollar will buy you, but 85 euro will get you a used fridge in very good condition off ebay and such around here.

Gah! You're killin me!   Roll Eyes  I see LOTS of differences!  Mine wraps all the way around the doors and covers the sides, there's almost no fridge showing.  Wink   I imagine there's is a bit more durable, but mine is so cheap you could fix it dozens of times before spending $80 more dollars.  I have no idea what a decent used fridge costs, but I bet it would be closer to a few hundred dollars; the white ones would be the cheapest.
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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2013 11:15:56 AM »

Seriously? If you've got a car big enough to pick one up, you can get very decent ones starting from 40 euro's here (in this size; smaller ones are much more expensive). People move and can't fit them in their cars...
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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2013 03:55:36 PM »

Seriously? If you've got a car big enough to pick one up, you can get very decent ones starting from 40 euro's here (in this size; smaller ones are much more expensive). People move and can't fit them in their cars...

Totally.  Most Americans know someone with a pickup truck.  Wink  And you can rent a truck pretty cheaply for a couple of hours.  The last time I shopped for a fridge it was new, stainless steel, and freezer on bottom (almost all fridges are fridge/freezer combos) and mine was too crazily priced at about $900, delivered and installed.  I did some research into quality factors when choosing, though and the SS and freezer config are ones that cost more, so I guess I don't really have my finger on the pulse of used ridge prices, but I know when we bought used SS stove and dishwasher last year they were $275 and $125, respectively.  I assume a fridge would be about the same or more than the stove.
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Seriously? If you've got a car big enough to pick one up, you can get very decent ones starting from 40 euro's here (in this size; smaller ones are much more expensive). People move and can't fit them in their cars...

Totally.  Most Americans know someone with a pickup truck.  Wink  And you can rent a truck pretty cheaply for a couple of hours.  The last time I shopped for a fridge it was new, stainless steel, and freezer on bottom (almost all fridges are fridge/freezer combos) and mine was too crazily priced at about $900, delivered and installed.  I did some research into quality factors when choosing, though and the SS and freezer config are ones that cost more, so I guess I don't really have my finger on the pulse of used ridge prices, but I know when we bought used SS stove and dishwasher last year they were $275 and $125, respectively.  I assume a fridge would be about the same or more than the stove.


Heh. The only thing you won't be able to get nearly for free here is a decent washing machine for your laundry.

Everything else you can get for free or nearly for free, except it'll look horribly dated (but you can paint that!), like this dishwasher or this dishwasher. When my mom and stepdad split some 5 years ago, my mom picked up an identical dishwasher to the last one shown, which was also identical to the one they had, up for I think 25 euro. Still works.

Of course, you're going to have to uninstall, load, transport and unload it yourself for that price.

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