Sunday, September 23, 2012

Chalkboard Refrigerator

This is my version of a chalkboard refrigerator. I would not recommend doing this project with a brand new refrigerator! I thought of this project when our old fridge broke down and we bought a refurbished one. Here is my new fridge, the first one is how it is supposed to look.

As you can tell it does not have handles. This is how I got it so cheap.
Step 1
Gather Supplies
1 can of Rustoleum Magnetic Primer
1 can of Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint
1 roll of painters tape
1  roll of plastic drop cloth
2 small roller brushes
Step 2
Get Started
Start by taping off any areas of the refrigerator that you don't want to paint. If you have an ice/water spout cover with plastic and tape off. Clean the fridge and dry thoroughly. Next apply the primer. I applied 2 coats of primer, letting the first one dry for about an hour and then I applied the second. Once the primer is dry completely you can apply the Chalkboard paint. Again I applied 2 layers of paint and then used a regular paint brush to touch up any areas. Let the paint dry for 24 hours before applying any chalk!
Step 3
Have fun and get creative!
Here are some examples of what I did.
This is Our Calendar. I use this space for important dates, appointments, and other things happening throughout the month. The magnets I used did not show up well on camera so I added in a few dates using photo shop to show you an example.
This is our Weekly Menu. You can also add on a shopping list or even a chore list!
My oldest son uses this space for his weekly Spelling Words.
My 5 year old has an obsession with refrigerator magnets and so he loves to play make believe with them all. He has a few different collections but for this one I used his farm animals.
The Free Space is for the kids to draw whatever they want, they can even play tic-tac-toe!
This was one of the best projects I ever did and the kids love that they can draw on my fridge! I have realized with this one that you can use Chalkboard paint on nearly anything. The total amount spent on this project was $35. It was well worth it.
To clean the chalk off simply use any cleaner and a sponge. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel.


  1. I seriously think this is awesome! thanks for sharing. New follower here! can't wait to read more

  2. OMG I love this fridge! Brilliant and brave!

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  3. Great idea.

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  4. What a fun project!
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  5. Oh how I wish chalkboard paint would have been around when my son was young! I would have loved to have made him a headboard out of it...Happy New Follower! Found you thru the GFC blog hop! You can find me here:

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  6. That is fun for the whole family! Never thought of that! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I was stopping over from the Monday Mingle at The Naptime Review and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. This is so creative and great for the kids. If I lived in a place where I could change my refrigerator we would definitely be doing this.
    Patricia @

  8. Love this! How much fun is having a chalkboard fridge. I might get too excited and make too many lists. The kids drawings are so cute. That would be my favorite part of it. Thanks for sharing with me.

  9. Personally I do not know if I want chalk dust flying where the food is... but it is a cool idea for a little corner by the breakfast area... or on the side of a cupboard. I like having the chalkboard at a kid friendly height and seeing how easy it was to prepare encourages me to do one at home. Thanks for sharing and I am following you now. I would appreciate a follow back.

  10. Thank you so much for all of your comments, and I always follow back so thanx for following me as well. The chalk dust flying around food is not a problem, the play area for the kids is near the floor so it works out. Also I saw someone say they would make too many lists, well did you see my pictures lol I do make too many lists. I sometimes wonder where else I could add a chalkboard just so I can make more lists!