Why isn't there such a thing as a marble fridge? There should be! Or maybe there is and I just don't know about it yet. Have you ever seen an RV fridge? All I can say is why? WHY? They are usually some kind of oaky yellowish brownish wood. Yuck. I have seen lots of people paint them with much success. My friend Sarah actually painted hers with Chalkboard Paint which is a super cute idea. I had this marble fridge idea in my head and I just wanted to try something different. So this happened. It cost me $7 (including the paint). While this is an RV fridge, you could use this same technique on a dorm fridge, an old built in panel fridge, or really anything that you cant to cover! It's fun and affordable and the possibilities are endless.
You could use this technique on a cabinet as well. I got the contact paper from Lowe's for around $5. The gray paint was a leftover sample that I had so it was free for me, but you could get it for $2 Sample pots are a hidden secret if you only need a little paint for a project. You can get any color you want and its somewhere between $2 and $3 depending on the store. This is the easiest and cheapest part of an RV Renovation.
To paint the outside of the fridge, I used a makeup brush and did two coats of this stone color gray. I wasn't sure if it would stick to the plastic, but it has held up well (and we've been having 90+ degree days here). So that was easy enough. I use makeup brushes when painting tiny spaces all the time. I get the $1 ones at target and they work wonders!
If you are covering an RV fridge, I have a secret- the panels pop out. Open the fridge and snap off the plastic top and the wood panel comes right out. You can paint it, cover it like I did, or replace it all together with metal or another material. The possibilities are endless!
To get the contact paper smooth, I used a credit card and just pulled a little piece of the backing off at a time. The credit card acted as a burnished and I smoothed out the bubbles. Just go slowly, little by little and you’ll get the desired look.
That’s it! A little contact paper and a little paint. I’m not going to make this blog post longer than it needs to be because this really was an easy project! You could also cover a dorm fridge, dishwasher, or similar appliance the same way. If you wanted to make it magnetic, just replace the wood with metal when you pop it out!
What’s the easiest DIY you’ve ever done?