PAINTING MY FRIDGE - with annie sloan chalk paint

The day finally arrived that
the fridge was finished, and
my makeover didn't cost a lot.
was just trying to solve what
to do with some rust stains and
broken handles before it escalated into something bigger.

BEFORE                      AFTER


My fridge had some issues, both handles were broken and there were small rust stains all over the front coming through the original paint. It bothered me I could never get it to look clean because of these spots. It was finally time to do something so I decided to paint it. "In the OLDEN DAYS" our option to paint a fridge was to use an oil based spray and that meant having to go outside to do it. Now we have ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT that adheres to just about anything, (I've put this to the test many time) including old white fridges and it can be done inside.

 Before I started to repaint the fridge I considered adding
 some details. I got out some of my appliques and trim pieces
 and started building detail on the front of the door.

Once I had the trim adhered I started to paint the fridge with
 ANNIE SLOAN PURE WHITE at that point it looks so nice and
 clean compared to the bottom half

TIP: I used double sided foam tape to adhere 
the light weight appliques and trim

OPTION: paint inside the frame with ANNIE SLOAN GRAPHITE to make a chalk board

I like white, but this is where I started to deviate from the
 plan. Why not experiment a little after all it's only paint and 
we can always repaint if I need.

#1. So the next step I took was to added some
ANNIE SLOAN PROVENCE over the white with 
a big brush, in a cross hatch motion (seen above). 
#2. Then I added some ANNIE SLOAN CREAM
 on the raised parts. (below left a buttery color)
#3. Once that was all dry I clear waxed
everything (below right).


Now I bet I could make the fridge look
like a CHATEAU CHIC French cabinet ...

ANNIE SLOAN DARK WAX could help with that.

TIP: I use a rubber glove when working with dark wax.

The dark wax was pushed into every crevice and then wiped
 away with a paper towel, leaving behind the look you see below. 

TIP: If you find that the dark wax is too DARK after
 wiping away, you can use more clear wax to remove and lighten the color.

The last 2 things I did was to dry brush some more Pure
 White over the Provence and follow up by waxing everything 
with clear wax. I used the same wide 3 inch chip brush
for both these jobs one after the other to help everything
 blend together, no washing between.

While I was working on the project we noticed a habit was
 forming to open the door by pulling on the edge between the
 2 doors. The original plastic handle was broken in a couple
 places with jagged edges and I had gotten cut from it twice so
 the handles never went back on, we don't even miss them.

We had considered buying a new fridge but 
at this time this was the better choice for us,
and everyone loves talking about it!



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