I know what you’re thinking…
Oh wow – another chalkboard covered refrigerator. Yawn…
But read on, this one is a little different I promise!
Our kitchen appliances are white. It’s what we could afford when we bought the house and updating them now isn’t an option. (New windows took precedence over updating perfectly functioning appliances. Darn rational husbands! ;))
Here’s the thing about our refrigerator – it is one of the first things that you (I) notice when you walk through the door. It’s crazy. Who wants their visitors to see a big white beast covered in hundreds of school papers and drawings as soon as they walk in the house? (Drama, much? ha)
I am being overly dramatic, but my messy fridge has always been on my nerves.
So here is my solution…
Please pretend you are NOT seeing my painted cabinets. They are not quite ready for their debut!
It makes me so happy.
It works for us for so many reasons:
I think the frame around the chalkboard makes it look polished and tidy. It’s not magnetic, so I am not tempted to stick papers all over it.
It takes the glare off of the white beast.
It’s perfect for reminders and messages.
It adds some cottage flair! ha.
It makes me so happy. (oh – I said that already!)
Originally, I wanted to add a beadboard panel to the door and paint it to match the cabinets. But I worried that it might be too much blue.
I’d seen other refrigerators painted with chalkboard paint, and while I like the idea, I didn’t want the permanence of paint. (Also, the side of my refrigerator is visible, and I wasn’t sure about painting it. And – the surface of the refrigerator isn’t smooth. Maybe not the best surface for paint.)
I decided on framed chalkboard panels. And here is the best part – I used magnets to hold them on. Really, really strong magnets.
I thought I could buy the magnets for this project at Home Depot or Michael’s. They actually worked to hold the freezer door panel in place. But if you noticed, I took the original handle off of the refrigerator and added a black gate handle to the panel. There weren’t enough Home Depot magnets in the world to hold the panel in place and open the freezer door.
A little google-ing later and I found an awesome magnet company K&J Magnetics, Inc. I e-mailed customer service and Kevin Stayer got back to me immediately with recommendations for my project. I had my order in a couple days, and they work perfectly! They are super strong – like be careful they don’t smush your fingers strong. We can open the refrigerator doors and the panels don’t even think about pulling off!
(Ok – I have to make an admission here. Only because I had witnesses. ha ha. The freezer door opened flawlessly. From the very first time. We had a little glitch with the fridge door, though. The first time I tried to pull the door open, the panel pulled right off. Very sad. We stuck it back on thinking it probably needed a couple more magnets. But it hasn’t pulled off since that first time. I think the magnets needed a minute or two to fully stick (we used a rubber cover over them to protect the fridge surface). I am still going to order a couple more just to be safe, but I think it would be ok as is.)
One more picture!
It makes me so happy!
What made you happy today???
Oh – in case you were wondering. I have a new place for all of the 4C’s school papers and artwork. These boards from Ikea. Still in the kitchen. Not in plain sight from the front door.