Mini Fridge Makeover

Today I’m going to share a mini fridge makeover that I recently completed.  It all started because my coworkers and I wanted a communal fridge in our workspace, but were having trouble finding anything affordable.  So I checked Craigslist and found a $35 Emerson fridge that was in good shape, but, as you can see from the photo below, not particularly attractive.


But look at it now.


It doesn’t look like the same fridge, does it?  A fresh coat of paint goes a long way.  I love the retro blue color.  Believe it or not, I found the paint in Home Depot’s “screw up” pile, i.e., it was mixed for a customer, but the customer didn’t want. It’s much cheaper to buy paint this way.


Since I was using house paint instead of appliance paint, I was a little worried about the durability; however it’s been holding up very well.  I think the key is to sand the fridge before painting.  That helps the paint adhere better.


Everyone in the office loves the fridge. It’s been a great addition to our workspace.

7 Comments on Mini Fridge Makeover

  1. moviesmast
    May 18, 2017 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Fridge makeover- for the beach house”, “turn a crappy refrigerator in a piece of art”, “I love the side mirror frame, that alone on the front of the fridge would look amazing”, “Umm.

  2. Jenna MacDonald
    June 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the color and that you used regular house paint – makes this a very affordable DIY project!

    • Kathryn
      July 23, 2017 at 12:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks! It was super easy and has held up great!

  3. Tatiana
    November 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

    how did you sand the fridge and what were your steps? how much paint used?

    • Kathryn
      November 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

      I used a fine grit sandpaper and sanded by hand. After sanding it, I wiped it down with a cloth to remove excess grit. As far as the amount of paint I used, I believe it was about 2-3 thin coats. It didn’t really take much.

  4. Margarita
    May 22, 2020 at 6:36 pm (4 months ago)

    What an amazing project! I’m right now looking for some refrigerator with a size similar as yours. Could you share the brand? Or maybe the capacity or measures? Thank you in advance!

    • Kathryn
      May 23, 2020 at 6:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi! I don’t have it anymore, but I think it was about 2.5 cubic feet. I actually decorated an even smaller one that I now use. I have a post about that one here.


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