How to Paint a Refrigerator

Do you have an old, non-stainless steel fridge at home? While it successfully keeps your food salmonella-free, does it make you cringe every time you see its bland and boringly almond exterior? Covering it with magnets and the little one’s artwork can only help so much, but with a little bit of elbow grease you can reinvent your fridge by painting it. Painting your fridge is not that different from painting anything else and requires the same tools. This project can take an evening or two depending on how long you allow the paint to dry. Safety considerations regarding ventilation should be taken into account and implemented.


You will need:

  • Drop cloth or newspaper
  • Cleaning cloths (an old t-shirt will work great)
  • Degreaser/cleaner (such as TSP)
  • 1 gallon bucket
  • Sandpaper and a sandpaper square (fine grit like 120 works best)
  • Painters tape
  • 6” synthetic blend paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • 1 quart semi-gloss paint in the color of your choice 


Step One:

Pull fridge away from counters and walls and lay down drop cloth or newspaper around the base of the fridge.

Step Two:

Wipe down fridge with hot water in order to remove loose dust and debris. Allow the fridge to dry.

Step Three:

Clean fridge with a degreaser or cleaning solvent according to the directions on the bottle.

Step Four:

Sand fridge thoroughly to remove glossy surface. While sanding fridge quite a bit of dust will be produced. This makes it a good idea to wipe down the fridge after sanding each side. Once you are done sanding, be sure to completely wipe down the fridge before painting.

Step Five (optional):

Tape off handles and hardware that you do not want painted

Step Six:

Apply two to three coats to your fridge to provide adequate coverage without streaks. Follow the same general painting guidelines for painting your fridge as you would for painting drywall.

Step Seven:

Remove tape

Step Eight:

Allow adequate time for the paint to dry and cure before replacing any magnets.

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