Use contact paper to snazzy-up your boring fridge #Cleaning#before and after#kitchens#refrigerators April 11 2013 | Guest post by Raining Woman Not too long ago, I saw a picture of a normally boring white fridge with some nice zippy chevron stripes. I was so jealous, and knew that I had to do something to my fridge. First, I had to find a pattern. I wanted it to be one that I could cut out pieces and then use the reverse pieces on the other side of the fridge, essentially making the two sides opposites of each other. I found this bag in the dollar bin at a craft store. Then I took it to a copy store and blew it up 200% onto 11×17 paper. I printed off about 25 of these and taped them together to equal the size of my fridge. This was actually the biggest pain in the butt because I had to hodge-podge all the pieces together to create a nice rectangle. Taping together enough pieces for one whole side of the fridge was a lot of paper and tape, I am sure there's an easier method to this somewhere out in the world. I laid the pieces over my sunny yellow contact paper, holding them together with a few staples. Then, the cutting began… I started out with scissors and a kitchen knife. I wanted the white parts intact, so I would have to poke a hole in the black parts to cut out the pieces. This was a huge headache and time-consuming. I eventually upgraded to a cutting pad thing and rotary knife. Then it was time to apply the yellow contact paper pieces to the fridge. I used some of the paper to make sure I lined up the pieces on the fridge correctly. Related Post From '80s fridge to a brightly coloured message station Homie Cheryl Hellcat is just killing it with craftiness -- Lord of the Rings table, driftwood key rack, and bird feeders and baths made from... Read more I had intended to do the whole fridge, but ended up quitting halfway because I did not take into account that the design I chose was a bit beyond my time, patience, or mental allowance. Also, having a two-year-old, and newly-crawling seven-month-old made the project twice as hard as it normally would be — having to continually hide sharp tools/remove scraps of paper from baby's mouth/keep my two-year-old from gleefully shredding my project proved a bit of a challenge. I ended up quitting halfway through, but I actually think the project is better for it! Plus, I rationalized my young kids would mess with it if I put it too low to the ground anyway. Now the trash can is next… Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Raining Woman Raining Woman is a current SAHM, wanna-be creatology major who has severe problems with finding time to herself. She currently resides with two young and outstanding little persons, a fabulously generous and lovable husband, and one curly-eared cat named Banjo in sunny and smoggy Southern California. PREVIOUS How do you keep up communication in a relationship when you hardly see each other? NEXT How do we prepare a toddler for moving? Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] That looks badass! And I love that its only halfway, if you hadn't said it was unintentional I would have just figured you were way more creative than I am. Reply Great idea! I used those removable wall decal stickers on mine. I have a birdcage hanging down from the top and little birds flying all over it. I then used the left over clear plastic on the fridge to put behind the handle to stop the paint rubbing off like it does over time in high use areas. Reply I never thought of those decals! Those would have been perfect, lol. We are renters but actually own the fridge (pretty normal for SoCal) which is the only reason I went with such a complicated pattern. But those decals would be sweet! Reply There are renters that don't own the fridge? Unless you rent fully furnished, here in Australia and where I am the majority are unfurnished owning your own fridge is normal. Reply Most rentals in the US include refrigerators. Reply I admire your patience through this! I would have lost my mind after the first few cuts I think. I do love that pop of yellow though. It's my new fav. Reply This looks so cool! It's great that you didn't go all the way down. My almost 3-year-old would LOVE peeling something like that off. Your kids would have ruined your hard work in no time. ðŸ™‚ Reply Lol, yep, that's what I figured too. I think it would have been too busy anyway, but I love how it turned out. Dang kids… Reply I foresee this happening to my washer and dryer… Reply This is such a cool idea!!!! I just got a new rental apartment and am looking for ways to make my fridge un-boring as well. I don't have much experience with contact paper, and since I do not own the fridge, would the contact paper be able to peel off without damaging the surface when it is time to move out? Thanks! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.