How To Give Your Fridge A Facelift


By Adrian Cruce

How To Give Your Fridge A Facelift

The fridge is definitely the centerpiece of most kitchens. As time passes, wear and tear signs can appear. Most people actually end up buying a new fridge when there is a much cheaper approach that is available: giving the fridge a complete facelift. You do not need to spend a lot of money and the result can be quite great.

The tools and materials that you will need will be a little numerous. This is the only real problem that appears. The technique that we mention below will help you to give a custom panel facelift to the fridge. You can easily decorate the panels even more, which is recommended in order to express some creativity.

Giving The Facelift

You want to first measure the fridge’s exposed surfaces so that you see how much will be affected. You will be creating some decorative panels. This is not a project to wrap your fridge. You will need a border to be used as frame.

Measure existing handles length. Then, measure the distance between the outside handle edge to the door of the refrigerator. Make sure that the base of the new hander is not thicker than what you measure.

Go to the local fabric store. Look at vinyl fabric or faux leather as choices for the panels you will create. It is actually interesting to have a panel that looks like leather and alternatives that are really similar to leather will be available. You need to think about what design elements already exist in your kitchen. That will dictate what you can choose as you want to perfectly unify the elements so you gain a proper kitchen design. Choose the fabric you want and buy enough based on the measurements. Add one yard extra so you do not run out.

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Go to the hardware store and review towel bar selections. You already have some metal ones in the kitchen and you want to consider their design in order to unify kitchen interior design. Based on the towel bars you select, buy screws.

When you get back home, start creating the fabric panels. Cut them around half an each larger on every single panel side. Use no sew tape and an iron to create hems on both panel sides. Add a towel scrap or another fabric piece to the area between faux leather and iron. That will make sure that the iron does not get affective by adhesive and the faux leather will be protected from the heat of the iron.

Remove the handles that the refrigerator has. See if the panels will fit the areas properly. This includes hems and checking cuts so that they are accurate. All the fridge exposed areas have to be cleaned. That allows the spray adhesive to stick better.

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Spray the panels’ back based on the indications you receive from the manufacturer. Make sure that you do this in an area that is properly ventilated. It is important that you wear gloves, goggles and a mask when working with such an adhesive to protect yourself.

After spraying, attach the panels to your fridge. Do this one panel at a time, always working from the top towards the bottom. If possible, ask for help during this stage of the process. Make sure that you allow enough drying time and only install the handles afterwards. When you install the handles, make sure you use the same drill holes as the past handle. Always mark and do pre drill handle locations on the fabric panel.