OH MY GOODNESS. We did it. We just up and painted our fridge on Saturday. I still can't believe we did it. It all started a few months ago when I was perusing Pinterested and came across tutorial on a chalkboard fridge in the DIY section. Now you have to realize that we have the ugliest fridge on the face of the planet. You know those old off-white fridges that are that special shade of off-white that they always look dirty and dingy no matter how many times you take a wash cloth to them? Yea, we had that fridge. It's not vintage and antique or hipster and full of character...it's just meh. Our kitchen was nicely and fairly recently updated by the previous owners (not in a style even close to what we would pick ourselves, mind you - but that's a project for another day), so the fridge in particular just sort of grates on me.
Anyways, flash forward to a few weeks ago and the fridge is still there in the back of my mind, so I finally pop the question to Dave: "wanna paint our fridge?" ... "sure?"
Huh? He didn't tell me I'm crazy and what a bad idea that is? Nope, he's down. I have the best husband. So I pulled up the Pinterested tutorial I kept going back to over the past few months and we decided to go for it. As Dave put it "we could make the ugliest thing in our kitchen worse - or transform it into possibly our favorite part of the kitchen...and I find it hard to believe we could really make that thing any uglier".
We ordered the paint of Amazon. They had both the Rustoleum Magnetic Primer and the Rustoelum Black Chalkboard paint and a little roller brush. They took a little over a week to arrive. We read the instructions a couple times and Dave stirred the Magnetic Primer like a madman and then we got to painting. We timed it with Connor's naps: start painting as soon as he takes his first nap, run errands with Dad when he wakes up, and paint straight on through his afternoon nap. So from 10:00am - 4:00pm I painted. We did 3 layers of the magnetic primer with 30 minutes of dry time between each coat. Then we waited 4 hours before painting the 2 coats of chalkboard paint which also need 30 minutes of dry time between coats.
Dave loved his guy time with Connor (and the fact that they both got to skip out on the intense fumes from the magnetic paint). We left the doors and windows open all day and it actually aired out SUPER fast - which is good since people on the Amazon reviews just couldn't complain enough about how bad the smell was. It's bad, but it's not that bad.
Would you believe it? It looks SO MUCH BETTER! Seriously, night and day difference. You have to wait 3 days for the paint to 'cure' before you can 'prime' it with chalk and then start drawing, and you have to wait 7 days total before wiping it down with a wet washcloth. But I mean, I'd be happy to just leave it as is! It looks so much better in matte black it's ridiculous.
Now all I can think is: PAINT ALL THE THINGS!!