Chalkboard Fridge

March 29, 2010

Fridge works fine but it’s an eyesore? I love this brilliant fix from Danny Seo. All hail chalkboard paint!

Don’t you think Springtime brings out the DIY-instincts? All I want to do these days is make and redo and transform. But mostly, my desire to finish out these last 6 weeks of pregnancy eating ice cream and napping beats out my DIY instincts — thank goodness I can live vicariously through all the creative people on the internet. : )

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1 Molly G March 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm

My friends and I had an apartment in college and we used to keep whiteboard markers in a little magnetic caddy on the fridge. Whenever we had company, we’d encourage our guests to leave a little note or drawing. Everyone loved it and usually signed something elaborately!!

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2 stephanie March 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm

i see so many projects online with chalkboard paint, but no one ever talks about the dust that it leaves behind. all i can ever think of, is the mess i will have to clean up. it’s cute in theory.

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3 Deana Birks March 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Believe it or not, I use dry erase markers directly on the surface of my fridge. I’ve done it for years. Sometimes I need windex to get it all off, but other than that I’ve never had a problem.

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4 Tasha Melita August 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I LOVE that idea! But can hear my husband now…lol

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5 1ofaKind March 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Looks totally cool and at the same time so practical!

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6 mrs boo radley March 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Amazing! Mine would always say “eggs and goat cheese” on it too.

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7 melissa March 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

This is awesome, and saves paper. A very economical and green idea..

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8 mary beth March 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

i love chalkboards in the kitchen!

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9 Jenny March 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I have a quart of chalkboard paint that I can’t decide what to do with… I can’t use it on the fridge, but I will find a place for it!

How fun!

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10 Natalie March 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

We painted our ugly old cream fridge with chalkboard paint a few months back and I LOVE it! It looks SO much better than before. Also, Stephanie, it hasn’t caused a mess, at least in my home…

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11 joslyn March 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm

i dream of this fridge…

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12 Alexandra March 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Um this fridge is amazing. I need to turn something into chalkboard.

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13 handmadecharlotte March 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm

super duper…..this may be a possibility for me….the fridge is on the blink!

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14 Tod March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

adorable! i was just talking with a friend about how fun it would be to have a chalkboard wall. the fridge is brilliant!!
xoxo
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15 Amanda March 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I think it is a cute idea but looks cheap. How can a chalkboard fridge look good with granite counter tops, and other nice appliances? Even if you do black it only is cute for a while…I don’t like when people are too trendy…this will look ridiculous in a few years.

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16 Gundosnhy May 16, 2012 at 2:36 am

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17 Gundosnvt May 16, 2012 at 2:38 am

Aloha! fwj

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18 Heather March 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Wow! Now that is putting chalkboard paint to a use I would have NEVER thought of! Brilliant!

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19 Ashlea Walter March 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

We did this to an old fridge once, but we left love notes and doodled silly ideas. The idea of a shopping list on the fridge is cute, but totally impractical as you have to write your list down again to take with you to the store! Oof.

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20 Michelle LeBlanc March 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Genuis!! Now to find the time to do it :)

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21 la_sale_bete March 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

I painted the sink backsplash in my kitchen with chalkboard paint. It’s been really handy!

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22 Erin March 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

So glad you posted this! I had this project earmarked quite a while ago, but had lost it! I love it, and the flat green would look great in my kitchen!

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23 Heather March 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

So happy to see the comments of Ashlea Walter and Stephanie. The way I see it, making a grocery list on a chalkboard which is fixed in your house is absurd. Particularly when it’s a fridge. Are you then going to drag that fridge to the store with you? In one magazine I saw a rangehood painted in chalkboard paint….chalk dust over cooking food? And why is it that everyone with a chalkboard in there kitchen is always in need of fresh herbs but never toilet paper? Sorry to be a party pooper…I just don’t understand the obsession.

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24 May March 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

Saw this a while ago and someone recommended chalkboard contact paper. Even better! We also did some doors and a few other spots around the house. Whole project took seven minutes. As far as the dust goes, I’ve been using the chalk markers and that has helped loads.

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25 Design Mom March 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the great comments everybody.

Heather, Ashlea, Stephanie — I hear you. It’s true that a grocery list would need to be transferred to another source (paper/iphone/etc) if you wanted to take it to the store. I think what people are excited about goes way beyond that. The grocery list idea is just one example of what one could do with a chalkboard fridge. How about a place for phone messages, a place for kids to doodle, a place to write down a recipe or idea that comes to you while you’re in the kitchen, a place to leave a love note for your sweetheart.

Certainly, it doesn’t appeal to everyone (what idea does), but if you’re stuck with an ugly refridgerator, this seems like a fun (and eco-friendly) option while you’re saving for an upgrade.

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26 Pam March 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Oh……..yet another fabulous chalkboard paint idea I’d love to try!!

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27 Andrea March 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm

What a great idea – genius!

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28 WarsawMommy March 31, 2010 at 2:45 am

Yes, I love this… and the kids could draw on it, to liven it up a bit. Cute idea!

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29 kayce hughes March 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Brilliant!

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30 Amy Patel May 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

I am in love. We have a downstairs kitchen close to our boys’ playroom, and the fridge in there is ugly anyway! This is a perfect idea–especially, since we’re all word-nerds in my home.

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31 Bernadette Chouest March 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

To all who are worried about dust, buy Dustless Chalk. It cuts down on the dust buy a ton. We painted a table top in our Church nursery and use the Dustless chalk. The kids love it and it occupies them while parents are visiting.

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32 steph coleman March 2, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Stephanie – You can get chalk pens at Amazon, Hobby Lobby and office depot and I am sure other places. These are supposed to act like chalk but without the mess.

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