Have an IKEA kitchen and want to successfully paint a fridge to match? Here’s how I did it with one of their bestselling colours.
I had an IKEA kitchen but with a fridge that didn’t match. I’m sure it’s a common thing as IKEA kitchens must be some of the most popular in the world.
But fridges come in limited colours, silver and white mostly. So if your kitchen colours aren’t those, what do you do?
Probably nothing. It’s just a fridge, after all.
But what if you could make it all match?
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How to successfully paint a fridge to match IKEA kitchen cabinets
Last year I was lucky enough to get new kitchen cabinets from IKEA. They’re a good option as they’re of decent quality and affordable.
The colours I chose for my cabinets were blue and white. I put white on the top cabinets to make them look brighter and open up the space.
They’re from the AXSTAD range if you’re interested.
My kitchen originally had racing green cabinets and silvery chrome appliances.
So when I chose blue cabinets, I also went with gold handles. And my appliances no longer matched. Or, in fact, they clashed.
I wasn’t going to replace a working fridge, even if it wasn’t the perfect colour.
When I chose the blue cabinets, I was told that they had been out of stock since they had started selling them. Meaning that they were so popular that they were always on order and selling out with pre-orders.
It’s a really popular colour at the moment.
It’s certainly one of my bestselling colours too. This piece sold so quickly!
So, if you have these cabinets and a clashing fridge, this may help you find the right paint.
Painting a fridge is quite a quick project and can have a big impact.
How to paint a fridge for a long-lasting finish
The first stage of painting the fridge is the most important.
If you fail to prep properly, the finish won’t last.
Firstly, I cleaned the entire piece with White Lightning, which is a TSP Cleaner.
I decant my White Lightning into a spray bottle. It saves me time at the start of each new piece as I don’t have to mix up a new batch.
I diluted half a tablespoon of the White lightning crystals in 1 litre of hot water.
I sprayed the entire piece, wiping off the White Lightning with a cloth. Then to remove any trace of the cleaner, I washed the fridge again with clean water.
An easy thing to forget is to also change the cloth that you use to wipe the clean water off with.
Onto the product that is going to make or break the successful painting of the fridge.
Slick Stick. This is a product designed to mattify shiny or laminate surfaces.
It’s an alternative to sanding when sanding isn’t possible. I don’t think sanding a fridge would be a good idea!
To apply Slick Stick, I used a combination of a flat synthetic brush, an artist brush and a roller.
I’ve only just started using artist brushes. They’re brushes for small areas and details. I’ve always just used cheap brushes for this as they didn’t seem that important to have quality ones for.
It’s one of those things though, when you try a quality version, you can’t go back. The firmness of the bristles and how well they stay together, rather than splayed apart after use, is night and day from what I used before.
I did two coats of Slick Stick to get solid coverage.
On the second coat, I tinted it with blue paint to make the contrast between the white and final blue less significant. And hopefully require fewer coats of paint.
Funnily enough, the tinted coat made the fridge quite a similar colour to the original colour I started with. So, for two coats of paint, it looked like it was almost back to square one.
What paint do you use on a fridge?
Onto the blue!
I knew that I had a similar paint in my stash to match the blue cabinets.
My plan was to do the first coats with this colour. Then for the final coats mix a closer match.
I don’t love mixing paint. I always overestimate how much it needs so that I don’t run out. But that means that I waste paint and have to find a small project to finish it up on.
So, the blue that I had in my supply was called Deep Sea.
And, spoiler, I couldn’t have found better!
It’s from the Silk range, so has the added benefits of a built-in primer and topcoat.
Based on other people’s experiences of painting fridges, I expected to need four or five coats of paint.
In fact, it only took three coats. And if I had been really thorough in checking my coverage, might have only needed two.
I wasn’t certain whether to apply a topcoat. The paint finish was a lovely matt look and was perfect against the cabinets. Also, Deep Sea has a topcoat, so does have some protection.
The durability of this fridge is not based as much on the topcoat but on the quality of the prep. If the paint didn’t adhere properly to the fridge, it doesn’t have a chance.
Be careful of doing a ‘scratch test’ though, to see if the paint has adhered properly. Until it has cured (which takes up to 4 weeks) the paint is at risk of scratching anyway.
I’m quietly confident. So far, it looks brilliant. It is so much more in keeping with the kitchen.
I couldn’t have asked for a better paint colour and finish to match the IKEA kitchen cabinets.
It was also a really quick project that has made a big difference.
It was simply cleaning, five coats of paint, and about 24 hours of time.
So, if you’re wondering about whether you can successfully paint your fridge. Absolutely. My best advice is to properly prepare it first.
Now, I’m going to try and resist painting the toaster, kettle and microwave! We’ll see how that goes…
If you enjoyed this makeover, you might like to see Deep Sea used on an MDF chest. That also had gold on it. I clearly have a style.
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