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The Ultimate Guide on How to Chalk Paint a Refrigerator

Looking for a great way to turn your refrigerator into a work of art? This guide will show you how to chalk paint a refrigerator, adding character, and breathing new life into your appliance. This is a fun project for the whole family, so be sure to get everyone involved for a unique, entertaining, and educational experience.

If you’re ready to get started on this fun project, proceed to our chalkboard paint refrigerator tutorial below.

Overview of Steps to Paint the Refrigerator

#1. Clean the refrigerator

While you’re cleaning the exterior of your refrigerator, you might as well clean your refrigerator coils. After you have successfully cleaned your fridge from top to bottom, you may proceed to the next step. If you discover that something needs to be repaired while you’re cleaning, contact a qualified repair service to resolve your issue before proceeding.

#2. Remove plastic attachments & handles

You’ll need those handles off in order to sand, prime, and Chalk Paint a Refrigerator. Once those are cleared from your unit, it’s time to start sanding.

#3. Sander (you may skip this step depending on the paint you purchase)

Depending on the paint you purchased, you might not have to sand at all. But if you need to, grab a good sander and smooth out the surface of your refrigerator.

#4. Prime (again, depending on the paint selected, this step may be skipped)

You might not have to prime, either, depending on the paint you bought. Priming will allow the chalk paint to adhere to your fridge if your paint requires it.

#5. Paint

Now you’re ready to paint. There are many different types to choose from, but you should check out our picks below for best results.

#6. Reattach handles/attachments

After painting is complete, simply reattach your handles so you can use your fridge. Check out the videos below to learn the best time to replace your handles.

What Supplies Do I Need to DIY Chalk Paint a Refrigerator?


Paint Brush Set

Painters Tape

Sander or Sanding Block

240 Grit Sandpaper

Liquid Sandpaper





DIY Paint (lets you skip sanding & primer)

Optional Supplies for Handles

Metallic Paint

Gloss Enamel

Sample DIY Chalk Paint Refrigerator Projects

The following are some great starter videos to help you complete your project from start to finish. If you’re new to chalk painting your refrigerator, these videos are just what you need to get your foot in the door.

DIY Budget Retro Fridge by Claire Risper

Claire breaks the steps down in simple terms while showing how to do each as she teaches you how to paint a fridge with chalkboard paint.

DIY Calk Paint KitchenAid Refrigerator

How do you chalkboard paint a refrigerator? This complete video details everything you need to know about chalk painting your fridge.


DIY Chalk Paint with Stenciled Calendar

Now you’ll always have a calendar handy for your family’s important events and appointments.

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