How to cover a refrigerator with wallpaper

Updated February 21, 2017

An unattractive refrigerator can weigh down an otherwise smartly decorated and good-looking kitchen. The sheer size of the appliance makes it impossible to ignore, but the price of a new refrigerator can make it also impossible to immediately replace. You can make over an operational but outdated or aesthetically damaged fridge quickly and inexpensively by covering it with wallpaper. Choose a paper that matches your kitchen's style; wallpapers are available in a variety of colours and styles to match your needs exactly.

Measure your refrigerator's height and the width of one of its sides, as well as the width and height of each front panel. Some refrigerators have a top panel and a bottom panel, and others have two tall side-by-side panels; just make sure you record separate measurements for each section of your refrigerator. Add about 1/4 inch of length to each measurement for mistakes.

Cut out sections of wallpaper that match each measurement you took. Cut each piece with a utility knife over a self-healing board to protect your countertops, and make your cuts against a long straightedge so they'll be perfectly even.

Brush on generous amounts of rubber cement to the front of one section of your refrigerator, and then spread and smooth the adhesive with a small foam roller.

Attach the wallpaper panel you cut out that matches the glue-covered section to that section, carefully matching all edges. Trim away any excess paper using your utility knife and your yardstick or other straightedge.

Smooth over your applied wallpaper with a dry cloth to remove any bubbles. Immediately remove any stray rubber cement with a damp cloth. Repeat the process for the remaining panels to complete your refrigerator remodelling.


If the refrigerator belongs to you, and you don't mind a more permanent change, you can use wallpaper paste instead of rubber cement for a more permanent application. If you're working with an extremely dirty fridge, or one with rust, first apply a coat of primer to your fridge's surface. If the appliance's handles don't match, or won't get fully clean, paint them with a paint formulated for plastics.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wallpaper
  • Self-healing board
  • Utility knife
  • Long straightedge such as a yardstick
  • Rubber cement
  • Medium-size paintbrush
  • Small foam roller
  • Soft, dry cloth
  • Damp cloth
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Katherine Harder kicked off her writing career in 1999 in the San Antonio magazine "Xeriscapes." She's since worked many freelance gigs. Harder also ghostwrites for blogs and websites. She is the proud owner of a (surprisingly useful) Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University.