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Refrigerator Makeover! Trial and Error…

July 29, 2013

Last November before we moved from our furnished apartment in the capital to an unfurnished home in Santa Maria we bought a refrigerator off of a missionary that had left the country.  It was $350 for this 5 year old used refrigerator, which was an amazing deal when a new refrigerator of the same size and brand is about $1,000 plus.  It had some superficial problems… but the way the kitchen was set up, it wouldn’t show at all.

But then we moved into my in-laws house while they are on furlough.  And as you can see, it greets you as you walk in the door!  Really, who cares, right?  It’s not a big deal.  Certainly not a big enough deal to buy a new one, because it works just fine!

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I will admit, I have a bit of any obsession with a certain website, but, it can be a really good thing, because so many times Pinterest has saved the day!!  I saw that you can make your refrigerator into a chalkboard and thought, “How cool is that?!”  So after a google search, found out what you need to make chalkboard paint (because we didn’t want to run all around creation looking for a store that might have it.)  It turns out, I happened to bring down a container of plaster of Paris that had been given to me!  I looked at several different websites for a “recipe” and they all said something different, so I just picked one, 4 tablespoons plaster of Paris, 2 tablespoons water, 2 cups paint.  I followed the directions for mixing the first time and it turned out really, really bad!  The plaster of Paris was way too thick and I had to keep adding water, then, (not having worked with plaster of Paris before) I didn’t have my paint open and ready to pour, so the plaster of Paris hardened.  I added more water and it was still kinda clumpy, but thought the paint would smooth it out.  Ummm no, that didn’t work.  So I had lumpy paint, and too much of it!  Not one to let things go to waste (especially paint that is kind of expensive to begin with), I went ahead and painted the refrigerator.  I tried to pick out the lumps, but it was hard to get them all.  After and hour I did a second coat.  It looked bad, honestly…  the next day I took a putty knife and scraped off all the little bumps… then it looked really, really, really bad!  I let it go for a couple of days and tired to get my courage up to try again.  After another google search I found a 1 part water 2 part plaster of Paris and 3 parts paint.  I thought that sound a little better.  But again I had to keep adding water, just about equal parts, I think.  I had the paint all ready this time and added it quickly.  It mixed beautifully!!  So, here is the finished result!  It really doesn’t work as well as a chalk board, not one to write on and erase a gazillion times anyway.  Wiping it with a damp cloth to get the chalk off, some of the paint comes off onto the rag.  But if I don’t wipe it a lot, it should be fine. Smile  Looks a lot better, huh?

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Now, isn’t this a “welcome”-ing sight! Hehe! (Incase you don’t know, bienvenido means welcome). Winking smile

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    July 29, 2013 7:24 pm

    Looks great! Love, Aunt Rhea:))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    • July 30, 2013 9:40 am

      Thanks Aunt Rhea!

  2. July 30, 2013 11:55 am

    Wow! Love it!

    • August 22, 2013 5:15 pm


  3. July 30, 2013 1:08 pm

    This is great! Who would’ve thought to do that? I know you did, and I give you an A+ for idea, inventiveness in doing it, and your results. How fun! :o)

    • August 22, 2013 5:15 pm

      Thank! I can’t take all the credit, though since I saw someone do something similar. 🙂 I am rather pleased with how it turned out!

  4. August 4, 2013 7:38 pm

    My refrigerator looks about the same as hours does. I so badly want to get it painted. You have given me hope. ha ha

    • August 22, 2013 5:14 pm

      Yes, there is hope!! 🙂

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