A finished project. Chalkboard refridgerator

I’ve actually completed a project! In my last post I mentioned the Pinterest challenge. Basically it was to complete one project that had been pinned to my personal Pinterest page. I chose to do work on my old icky refrigerator. I’m going to apologize in advance for my iphone photos.

So this is how it looked when I started. Well actually it looked really gross and dirty. This is how it looked after I cleaned it with a magic eraser. If you haven’t used a magic eraser, you need to go buy a box. They are amazing. It really is magic.

Next step was removing the handles. I just left the little screws because I wanted to replace the handle. I painted around them.

Then I sanded the whole thing lightly with my electric sander. It has a little dust catcher filter so it wasn’t too messy.

Then I primed the whole thing with Rust-oleum primer for metal. I let it dry overnight.

After the first coat of chalkboard paint I wasn’t feeling so confident. Um..that looks weird..and streaky. I’m not sure about this project, but I’ve come this far so I’m going to keep on keeping on. Oh, I used a tiny little foam roller to apply both primer and paint. The paint was the valspar brand from Lowes, although I know rust-oleum makes chalkboard paint also.

And here is the final result, 3 coats later. Now I still have to wait a few days for the paint to set completely, and then cure the fridge with chalk before I can start drawing, but overall I’m happy with the look.

I probably should have emptied the fridge, and left it open to paint the “inside part” because I didn’t really think about it, and the white showing between the doors really bothered me. So I tried to paint it and almost painted my doors closed… opps. So when you open the doors it looks like this. Not cute.

But it was an easy weekend project, and I’m happy with the outcome. I feel so accomplished every time I walk into the kitchen, so I deem this project a success.

Updated pictures with actual chalk and random stuff:  I discovered that you need a damp cloth to clean the chalkboard or it just smudges and looks messy, as you can see in the picture below. But normal chalkboards are like that anyway so I’m not worried about it. They do make chalkboard markers, that might keep things less dusty if you are worried about it.  Also, the four layers of paint did not make a difference on the magnetic ability of the fridge which I was worried about, since one of the tutorials I read said they used a few layers of magnetic primer under the chalkboard paint. So I just saved you a step. You are welcome. 🙂

So fun!

Check out the projects from the girls who inspired all of this activity in my house.

And while your at it, check out the post with the amazingly funny/akward video they issued to get the challenge started. So silly. Click here to watch the video on Katie’s blog.

Half-finished Kitchen: Pinterest Challenge

I live in a world of half-finished projects. Boyfriend and I are idea people. Big ideas. We are constantly dreaming up new and exciting projects to do around the house. Our problem is follow through. You see, we like to dream more than we like to do. Most nights we don’t even finish washing the dishes. It’s a little sad..and a lot smelly. So all these dreams get talked about, and so very few get completed.

For example, earlier this month, we decided to take down the little slab of granite that makes up our backsplash, and replace it with tile. We got the backsplash off. We ran into some complication, and boyfriend’s Papa had to come and help us. It involved the over the stove vent/microwave..and a very stuck piece of granite. (Microwave has been killed retired moved to a new location) This complication, coupled with the unexpectedly overwhelming cost of glass tile really took the steam out of our project. So the kitchen looks a little like this, three weeks later:

Okay, not exactly like that. I actually patched up the walls and painted them. But I don’t have a picture of that. We also have tile samples taped to the wall. We are fancy like that.

Anyhow, the point of this post is that I want to follow through with more projects. It took me 6 months to finish installing the bookcases for our “built in library”. I know houses are always a work in progress, but that’s a little intense. So, when one of my favorite home/diy blogs Younghouselove posted a new Pinterest challenge, I decided this was my chance to jump on board and get stuff done.  The goal is to have one pinned project done by Tuesday. I recently pinned a lovely kitchen with a chalkboard painted refridgerator. I happen to have a very ugly hand-me-down fridge (thanks mom! Free stuff is awesome when you just bought a house!) that could use a facelift. (that is an understatement)

Isn’t it adorable? sigh.

So wish me luck as I work this weekend to turn my old fridge into something delightful. Check back on Tuesday to see if I finished it on time or not!