DIY // Faux Wood Fridge


If there's one thing I hate in the kitchen, it's a boring white fridge. My last apartment was awesome-- all the appliances were the same as they were in the 70's. Everything was made in harvest gold: fridge, oven, bathtub, toilet. It was awesome. Apparently someone decided that colored appliances were passé and that everything should be boring white. I say, "NAY!" Since I'm going through Brave withdrawals, I decided to bring a little faux wood into my life, courtesy of one little roll of fake wood contact paper!

All you need to make your refrigerator awesome is one roll of woodgrain contact paper (about $7 at a home improvement store), some scissors, and a screwdriver. You can also use an xacto knife to clean up the edges when you're done.


First, unscrew the door handles on the fridge so that you can stick the contact paper on without them getting in the way. It should be pretty easy. You might have to use a flathead screwdriver to pop off a screw cover to access the screw like in the photo on the above right.

Then you can start sticking the paper on! I measured each piece first before sticking it on. Then, just take the backing off of the top, stick it on along the top of the fridge door, and peel it off slowly as you swipe your hand down to make sure there aren't any creases or bubbles.


Just continue doing that until the doors are covered! Then you can screw the door handles back on. I was contemplating just doing the front, but since you see a lot of the side of my fridge, I decided to do the whole side as well. It was a bit easier since there were no handles to remove. The beauty of using contact paper is that it doesn't interfere with magnets, so you can still stick stuff on your fridge!

It was a super easy DIY, probably only took me an hour or so, and I'm incredibly thrilled with the results! The beautiful thing about this DIY is that it's perfect for a renter (like myself). Whenever you end up moving out of your apartment, you can just peel the contact paper right off and the fridge is like new! Now I'm brainstorming what to cover with fake wood next...


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50 comments:

Hannah said...

This is so awesome!! I didn't even know that faux bois contact paper existed....I know what I'm doing this weekend!

Rennie said...

love it! whenever I move I get contact paper crazy!!!

lyri said...

Wow, I am so in love with that it's ridiculous. I'm probably moving out of my folks' place next year, so I finally know how to make those ugly renter appliances work when it's my turn.

Sarah said...

so cool!

❤Cate❤ said...

It looks so much better, very tempted to go out and get some contact paper and do it to my little fridge xoxo

Ester Jean said...

OMG Miss Elizabeth, this is so rad! I have never used contact paper before - it really won't leave a sticky residue afterward? Probably one of the coolest ideas ever!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Oh my gosh, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love it so much.

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I love your obsession with fake wood, haha. This is actually a really clever way to make an ugly fridge look really cool.

xx, Katrina

Vanessa said...

This is pretty badass. While it would look a little out of place in my kitchen, it's perfect with your winnie's decor! So cool.

Rachell Taylor said...

O.O *runs off to the store*

Allie said...

I saw a similar project on Apartment Therapy where they did a black and white print by cutting black Contact paper with a stencil. A bit busy for my taste.

But the wood grain totally works with the kitchen, what a brilliant idea!

April, Everyday Forgotten said...

I'm not usually into this sort of look, but to be honest, I think you have just converted me! When you see the before and after, the after looks so much more nicer and homely than just the plain boring white! And so easy to do too!

holly said...

This is one Of the most fantastic things I've seen in awhile. I so wanna try!

Thanks for sharing!

Holly
http://hollykeenan.tumblr.com

Jasmine Lee said...

You did a great job it looks so good!

xoxo,jaz
fashionstatement101.blogspot.com

Tay Talk said...

I completely agree with you! When my parents first built their home my mom had her fridge custom designed with real wood. It rawked! She has sense moved on to a big sub zero that is stainless steel and sparkles in the sun because there is never a finger print left behind.

You did a fantastic job! Big *HIGH FIVE* on a fridge that is sure to impress any visitor!

Kara said...

So fantastic. What an awesome DIY!

archives said...

holy awesome!!!! love it!!!

miss teacups. said...

that is freaking amazing!!! best diy i have seen in a loooong time...and there's been a lot of them out there recently.

Becca Jane said...

This looks seriously great. Genius!

eli riveire said...

right on, lady! i did this to my desk and a big file cabinet a couple years ago and turned them into a SUPERDESK. it's awesome :) didn't even consider doing the fridge though, what a fun idea!

Catie Cap said...

omg that's the coolest thing EVER! what a great project! i love it!

I think i'm going to try something like that with my dorm mini fridge! :)

Catie Cap said...

omg that's the coolest thing EVER! what a great project! i love it!

I think i'm going to try something like that with my dorm mini fridge! :)

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

You did a great job!!! Looks gorgeous.

strataflora.com said...

Wow! That looks amazing! What a great idea...I always forget about contact paper...I love that woodgrain! This is awesome :)

tiffany. said...

yeahhhhhh.... that's amazing!! too bad i live in my parents house... SOON i'll be able to do this!

xo.
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Katie said...

This is such an awesome idea and it looks great! I cannot wait to be able to do cool stuff like this with my own place some day.

Barbara said...

Love it! It's so nice to see other people aren't afraid to embrace the wonders of tacky and kitsch!

George said...

This is super crazy! I love it! Growing up we had a fridge that looked just like this!

George
Raised By Wolves

Brina said...

I agree! What a great idea. I would also fear the stickiness after peeling off the contact paper. But really, my apartment was in pretty crappy condition when I moved in so what do they expect??

I think this would make a great idea for sprucing up some of my fiancé's ugly metal furniture too! :)

bee. said...

This looks so so good! It's making me wanna turn all my furniture into wood effect, haha. You're rather skilled!

Anonymous said...

It looks great, but I wish you would do more outfit posts...been missing them lately!
I hope you find the time for one soon :-)
Betzy

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

This cracks me up! You're really the only person I know who would add faux wood paneling to a fridge. But it really does make the room look "warmer."

zel(da) said...

oh my goodness what a fantastic idea! that looks so amazing - and so simple! i'm definitely going to see if i can convince my husband to let me do this to our fridge when we move into our new place....

Meghan said...

I hate my white fridge. However, I think it's too close to my range and contact paper, cute as it is, would melt/burn. :( Glad you're settling in though...has to feel good!

Kim said...

super super cool! xo

shaina said...

i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!! totally going to do this soon. :) thanks for the inspiration and the diy!

Heidi said...

Looks like you didn't even put wall-paper on it! Looks great! :)

Anonymous said...

this is seriously the most fantastic thing ever. EVER. why do fridges not come in more awesome prints!? even if they are a fun color sometimes, you never see them with prints on them! this really ought to change...

~Laura

Nicole said...

This looks awesome!! What a fabulous idea!

Three.20 said...

:O!!! this looks fantastic! I'm definitely gonna try it! Are you sure the contact paper doesnt leave a sticky residue when you peel it off? 'cause Im a renter too!

Caroline said...

Haha wow that actually looks really good! I don't think I've ever seen a wooden fridge before...

Delightfully Tacky said...

@three.20

I don't think it should leave any stickiness. If it does you can always just get it off with goo gone or goof-off.

Lynn said...

oh my gosh, that is such a stunner and beautious creation! great diy, so happy to have seen Elsie's post about it just now to pop over and read the story 1st hand. plus join your follo-wor-ship!

love your blog, amazing as anything is what! ♥

Candice said...

Awesome diy! Super, super cute.

I covered a dorm room cubby with contact paper once. Removing it was pretty hard (I had to cut notches & rip/cut/pull it off in strips) & it did leave a sticky residue, but this was a wood surface. Enamel might be easier. Goo Gone or Undu (from the craft section) would remove the residue. It might take some elbow grease, but the cuteness is worth it!!

Sophi said...

So good! I'm sure my family would make fun of me relentlessly if I do this, but I think my mini fridge is just going to have to get an upgrade. What a great idea!

Sarah loves it all said...

This is incredible. I just found your blog...(i know seriously right?) and I'm kind of in love. Ok not just kind of.

ashley in wonderland said...

well, my darling, this is most definitely the best thing i have ever seen. thank you thank you for being so inpirational

Julia [Mrs. Globetrot] said...

You're so right.. who decided white fridges were better than colored ones??

Angela said...

Brilliant!! Merry Christmas!

Lauren E. Douglas said...

I'm not sure it's a good idea that I found this post! Now everything I own will be covered in this stuff! LOOK OUT HUBBY!