How to convert a white refrigerator to black

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How to convert a white refrigerator to black
Paint your white refrigerator to convert it into sleek black one. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Your appliances are a major part of your kitchen and can affect the overall look of the room. If you have recently redecorated in the kitchen, or you plan to, appliances may be a concern. If your refrigerator or other appliances do not fit the scheme, you do not need to buy new ones. You can inexpensively refinish your refrigerator to convert it from white to black for a sleek new look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint scraper
  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Steel wool pad
  • Sponge
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Old newspapers
  • Masking tape
  • Black appliance spray paint

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the refrigerator and empty it.

  2. 2

    Pry off any emblems on the refrigerator. Use a paint scraper to get under the emblem and pop it off. Remove any decals or stickers with the paint scraper as well.

  3. 3

    Mix dish soap and warm water in a bucket to create suds.

  4. 4

    Dip a steel wool pad into the soapy water and scrub the outer surface of the refrigerator. Scrub vigorously around sticky areas and grease build-up. Rinse, then allow the refrigerator to dry

  5. 5

    Sand the entire surface with fine-grit sandpaper. This will help the paint stick.

  6. 6

    Wipe away the sanding dust with a tack cloth. Tack cloth is sticky and will pick up any dust that could interfere with paint adhesion.

  7. 7

    Open the refrigerator and freezer doors. Tape sections of newspaper over the inside of the refrigerator, making sure to cover the rubber door seals with the tape.

  8. 8

    Apply masking tape over the door handles if you are not painting them.

  9. 9

    Spray the appliance paint evenly over the surface of one side at a time. The first coat may not completely cover the white, but this is normal. Do not paint thicker to try to cover the surface in a single coat, or the paint will run. An even, light coat will work. Paint the sides, front, top and door lips of the entire refrigerator.

  10. 10

    Allow the paint to dry according to the package instructions. Apply a second coat evenly and allow it to dry as well.

  11. 11

    Replace any emblems that you removed and remove all of your tape and newspaper.

Tips and warnings

  • Paint the refrigerator outside or in a well-ventilated room.

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