Growing up, I dreamt of having a fridge built into my nightstand. I was kinda obsessed with the idea of having ice cream in bed whenever I wanted and access to cold drinks. I was also fairly certain a Subway footlong would be in there at all times. I was like the girl version of Joey Tribbiani…except I was a far way off from a man-inizer. That’s a technical term for Megan Fox.
So you can imagine my elation when my dad was getting rid of this brown mini fridge and offered it to me. I told him that I would be happy to take it off his hands. But I wasn’t diggin’ the current look. And I knew I couldn’t use it as a nightstand (it was way too tall). So before I embarked on this mini makeover, I really brainstormed how I would use this fridge in the future and came up with two things…I wanted it short term for our little sitting area…and long term, I wanted it for the kids to use in a play area.
Okay – so here’s where the makeover begins…we first cleaned it up to remove any grease and dirt.
Oh speaking of my dad…there he is…in all his concerned scowling glory. He was watching the Direct TV guy on our roof…which is like oh-em-gee-cover-your-eyes scary.
After it was all clean, we taped it up with cardboard, paper and FrogTape. Did I mention that this post is my FrogTape Friday post…coming to you a few days late? Dang that server transition…it got me all a mess…
We also taped up the back of the door. And then we dragged it all outside.
We went with the Rustoleum Appliance Epoxy for the primary coats. It works great for these kinda projects because it’s specially formulated to withstand the cold of the fridge.
Oh yeah…I’m that big ole chunky monkey. This is me – one week overdue. And yes, I am outside with my innappropriate use of leggings and sneakers and my swollen cankles and barely visible kneecaps to spraypaint. It’s how I roll people.
Some folks ask how to safely paint while pregnant. There is no guaranteed way. I don’t recommend it. But if you absolutely must and throw caution to the wind, please please please invest in a good mask. Those flimsy paper ones don’t block fumes like you would want and make sure you do it in a well ventilated area. And see if you can use no or low VOC paint whenever possible. yourbabyandIthankyou.
Then came the fun part…the dots.
I used my Xacto knife to cut circles out and stick them in a pattern on the door of the fridge.
I love the different shapes and relatively similar size. They are perfectly imperfect. Just the right amount of whimsy and care free ness 🙂
After two coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze, I had a high contrast door that was ready for peel time.
And then afterward, it was perfect for the kids.
Will likes counting the spots and putting the letters on them. Here he is making a “wetter twain”. ten thousand points to those of you who said this outloud and figured it out 🙂
Here is Will giving his best impersonation of Rob Pattinson. Why bella why!?
So that’s it…our kid friendly polka dotted mini fridge….
So that’s what we’ve been up to…how bout you? Any appliance makeovers you wanna share? Or perhaps you just like talking about Edward Cullen…still? Or maybe it’s a crazy dream you had like my nighstand fridge (which I dare say is still something I want!) that you wanna tell me about? Tell me…all the cool kids like fridgestands 🙂
p.s. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.