How to cover a refrigerator with sheet magnets

Written by sophie watson
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Though refrigerator magnets were once only used to hold a shopping list in place, they have evolved aesthetically, in some cases becoming small pieces of art. With a wide variety of magnet kits available now, designing and creating your own refrigerator magnets has become a breeze. For those seeking to cover their entire refrigerator, rolled vinyl magnetic sheets are the best option. Once cut to fit, the sheet can be embellished to your liking.

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Things you need

  • Rolled magnetic sheet
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge

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    Select your magnetic sheet. Most refrigerator magnets are .020 inches thick, and there is no need to go thicker. Sheets are available in a number of colours, and most can be painted on with acrylic or spray paint, or even embellished with markers. Some magnets offer a dry-erase front; some can be printed on with an inkjet printer, if you have a large enough printer. Most popular are the adhesive rolls, which have a sticky surface where pictures can be applied. For covering a refrigerator, go with a roll that is about 3 feet wide.

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    Measure the surface area of the refrigerator to determine how large you need to cut the magnet sheet. For the initial measurements, don't worry about the door handles. You may want to consider applying the magnetic sheet to the sides of the doors for a uniform appearance, so don't forget to measure that small area.

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    Score the sheet, using a straight edge and a utility knife with a fresh blade. Fold the sheet over at the score and tear the sheet apart. If the sheet you are using has vinyl or adhesive laminate, cut through the laminate first for a cleaner cut.

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    Unroll the magnets onto the surface of the refrigerator, cutting off any excess with the utility knife. For the door handles, cut a thin, straight slit into the sheet roughly the length of the door handles. Cut horizontal slits, about ½ inch long, at either end of the longer cut. Carefully work the handles through the slit, cutting off excess material when necessary. The magnetic sheeting should still meet underneath the handles. If not, cut a thin strip from the scraps to fill any gap.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have one available, a paper cutter can be used in place of a utility knife when making the large cuts.
  • Use caution while using the utility knife. Laying down plywood underneath the magnet will avoid damaging the surface you are working on and will the keep the blade from dulling.
  • Many companies that sell magnetic sheeting will cut them to your measurements for a small charge.

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