Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

If you were to come over to my home and see my kitchen, most likely this fridge would be the first thing to greet you.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Not necessarily anything wrong with it. A typical messy, chaotic fridge. (Ok, so maybe this messy isn’t typical?) But it doesn’t exactly convey the feeling I want to create in my home.

I decided it could use a little TLC. Did you know you can decorate your fridge? Yep. Here’s how.

Step 1: Find frames.

Any frames will do. I just hit up my local Goodwill and picked up a few of these gems.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

They were only $1-$2 a piece. Score!

Hint: The lighter they are, the easier they will be to stick to your fridge. I found that the light metal ones work best.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Step 2: Prime.

You don’t necessarily need to do this, I’ve painted frames without primer. However, I’ve found you end up using less paint in the end because the paint adheres and covers better with the primer.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Step 3: Paint.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Pick out some fun colors and go to work. I decided my kitchen could use a little color, so I went with my favorite color these days, aqua.

Spray paint ended up being quicker for me, but you could use the cans as well.

Let the paint dry completely before going to the next step.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

 I like distressing anything and everything, so I took a little sandpaper to them.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Step 4: Attach magnets.

You can use any magnets you want for this part. I used this magnet tape I found at Home Depot for $3.

 I decided to reinforce it by adding some hot glue to the tape side.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

 For the larger frames, I added larger round magnets in the corners because the magnet tape wasn’t quite strong enough to hold up the frame on its own.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

For a couple of mine I decided to add a little chicken wire to add some texture and charm.

First I measured and cut the wire the best I could.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

My frame still had those tab thingy’s that I just pulled down to hold the wire in place. I used a little hot glue in a few places as well.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

 Arrange your frames on your fridge and ta-da!

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Use the frames to help organize whatever you feel like.

Frame your children’s prized artwork.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Or organize alphabet magnets.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Hang photos, wedding announcements, invitations…

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Or hang the recipe you’ve been planning on making, or even frame a calendar.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

So many possibilities! And so easy to change it up if you feel the need.

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

Ah. Much better. What do you think?

The best part? This entire project cost me less than $20. Hot diggity dog!

Easy DIY Fridge Makeover

29 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. August 8th, 2012 at 5:44 am
    Heather Lynne says:
    brilliant! I love this idea!
  2. August 8th, 2012 at 6:52 am
    Jillian {Her Split Ends} says:
    So in love with this idea!! What a brilliant way to organize the crazy fridge {mind is currently out of control!!}

    Cheers {& so doing this!}
    ~ Jillian
    www.hersplitends.com
  3. August 8th, 2012 at 7:56 am
    lbau says:
    Awesome!! Where did you get the tiny clothes pins?
  4. August 8th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    Shelley says:
    Ah! I love this. THis just made my day. Why didn't I think of this?!
  5. August 8th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
    Heather @ WhineCountryLiving says:
    Love this! I want to try it.
  6. August 8th, 2012 at 12:25 pm
    Stacy @ {share&remember.blogspot.com} says:
    Super cute!
  7. August 8th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Emily says:
    in LOVE with this makeover!! you're so talented! thanks for the idea!
  8. August 8th, 2012 at 2:15 pm
    Sara says:
    I love this idea!
  9. August 8th, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    Linda says:
    I love it!
  10. August 8th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    Missy says:
    Love the color pop - such a fantastic idea!
  11. August 10th, 2012 at 9:18 am
    Jamie says:
    Um, amazing transformation!
  12. August 21st, 2012 at 10:56 am
    Crystal says:
    I'm not normally a blog following kinda gal, but THIS one is a cant miss! I love the stuff you put up here!
  13. August 21st, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Jean says:
    I really like this idea especially the frame around the children's artwork!
  14. August 21st, 2012 at 11:59 am
    Strum and Sparkle says:
    LOVE this idea. I just moved to an apt that has an open concept and really, my refrigerator looks like yours did prior to the makeover. Thanks for sharing this with us. Yipee!
  15. August 21st, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    Cali says:
    Wow this is soooo cute and am making this for us and also giving some as gifts. where did you find the cute mini well they look mini clothes pins? Thanks for sharing this great idea...I so enjoy your blog!
  16. August 21st, 2012 at 1:21 pm
    Nikki Kelly says:
    Cute! I love that you added some chicken wire to clip smaller things to. I did just about the same thing with some clearence frames from target. I used some really strong magnets that I found at HoLo but I would love to make some more. I think I'll use you're idea with the clips next time!

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator
    • August 21st, 2012 at 10:39 pm
      alysha says:
      Hi Nikki! I really like what you did with your yellow frames on the silver fridge. Thanks for sharing!
  17. August 21st, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Asia says:
    So cute!
  18. August 21st, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    Happy Home Fairy says:
    As I read this post I couldn't help but think, "Ahh... Creativity at its finest!" I love how you see potential in anything - even the messy fridge. This was such a fun idea - thank you for letting us all take part in your masterful crafting brain! :-)
    • August 21st, 2012 at 10:38 pm
      alysha says:
      Aw, that comment was so, so sweet. Thank you!
  19. August 28th, 2012 at 3:44 am
    Lisa says:
    Love this idea! Especially the chicken wire and little pegs. Genius.
  20. September 5th, 2012 at 6:30 am
    Charmaine says:
    Darn! Not a good time to have a stainless steel (?) fridge! I love your idea.
  21. October 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    Becky says:
    Alysha!
    Ohh I'm so glad you were the one to purchase my OWL at the auction...otherwise I may not have investigated so deeply into the HowDoesShe Site and see what LoVeLy posts you have! I love your style! I'm actually in the mode for redoing my refrigerator right now...it's soooo the magnet board for EVERYTHING! lol
    I think I'm going to chalkboard paint the front, and then do what you've done here with the frames. Ooooo...I'm so excited!
    I'll send ya a pic when I'm done,
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Becky
    • October 25th, 2012 at 8:55 pm
      alysha says:
      Becky that is so sweet! I'm so glad I bought your owl as well, it's SO cute!

      Your fridge sounds awesome! Please please send me a pic when you are done, I'd love to see it. :)
  22. March 5th, 2014 at 4:17 am
    engagement invites says:
    So pretty! Where were the frames from? I’m looking for something similar!
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