Mini Fridge Retro Makeover

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper DIY tutorial, so I thought I’d make amends today by sharing a recent project – an adorable retro mini fridge. This all came about because I had been eyeing all the cute, retro mini fridges that seem to be everywhere nowadays. But those suckers are expensive.  So I decided to hack my own version from a basic Craigslist fridge. Do you remember when I painted a mini fridge ages ago? It was a pretty popular post and the fridge was so cute. But I donated it to my cube mates at work when I switched teams. So I had to start fresh. And this time, I wanted it to be extra cute because it’s going in our basement where our guest bedrooms are. So I want to stock it with water and treats when we have visitors. And not to toot my own horn, but it turned out awesome.

Fridge-Makeover-Pink

Here’s the breakdown so you can create your own.

Materials:

  • Mini Fridge – Mine was a $25 Craigslist find
  • House Paint – I found the pink paint at Home Depot in the discounted pile where they put the rejects
  • Retro Door Handle – The one I used was from 2nd Use, a local salvage store
  • Metallic Letters – I found some in the scrap booking section at the craft store
  • JB Weld
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape

Instructions:

  1. Sand your mini fridge. When you think you are done, sand it even more. Then wipe off the dust with a wet cloth and let it dry.
  2. Tape off all the parts of the fridge that you don’t want painted.
  3. Using a brush or roller, apply light coats of paint. I did 3 coats.
  4. After the paint dries, apply your handle using JB Weld. I let the handle dry for 48 hours before touching it.
  5. Choose a “brand” name for your mini fridge and apply the metallic letters. I choose “swell” because it sounds like it totally could have been the name of a retro fridge company back in the day.  The letters that I used had adhesive backing, but if yours don’t, you could use superglue to attach them.

It’s not a Smeg, but it’s definitely got the retro vibe that I was going for.

 

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