Sunday, March 23, 2014

RV Fridge Makeover with Chalk Paint

Our camper had a bit of damage to the fridge door.  It bugged me!  I fixed it...with chalk paint!  Everything is better with chalk paint, right?
I'm going to have so much fun keeping the camper themed chalk art on here!  There are so many cute ones out there too!
See the "T" shaped damage there? I think the previous owners must have taped something there and when removed, the tape took off the "wood grained" paper covering on the doors.  I fixed it in a flash using my chalk paint.
First, I taped off the parts I didn't want painted with some blue painter's tape.  Make sure you get a tight seal with your tape or you may have leaks where you don't want them.
Here's a trick I found on Pinterest.  Cover your paint tray with foil for faster clean up!  Love it!  I wish you could cover your brush and roller too! LOL!  I put down a drop cloth and wore gloves because I'm messy when I paint!
I applied the first coat of paint with the brush.  It didn't cover very well as you can see above.  I can still see the damage at this point too. Not good.
I applied the second coat of paint with the roller.  Much better this time but I can still see the damage!  Maybe one more coat?
All together I applied 3 coats of chalk paint, actually more over the damaged area, but if you look really hard, you can still see the damage a little bit. Darn it!  Well, its not glowing like it was before I started the process.
As directed, I waited 48 hours for the paint to cure and then I primed it by using a piece of white chalk.  Using the side of the chalk, rub the entire surface like you see above.  Remove the chalk with a dry cloth and you're on your way to creating your chalk art designs!
You can find lots of designs for chalk art on Pinterest.  I even have a board all about Chalky Love.  I also previously made a camping themed chalk board art HERE.
Since I created this art, we've gone camping with the kiddos.  Being that the fridge is right near the door, the art didn't fair too well.  Must be time for another design!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. This is too cute!! I would love for you to share at Link It Or Lump It

  2. I just love this idea, I think it is the cutest thing ever. How fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. Everything is definately better with chalk paint! This looks great and practical too. Its a win win :)

  4. Great job! That's really cute and adds another way to entertain your kids while you're traveling! #wowuswednesday

  5. This is just too cute! Next time we're at our camper I'm going to look at our fridge and see if I can do this. I think ours has some kind of bumpy finish though so not sure. Love yours! -Dawn @ We Call It
    History & Home link party, Tue-Fri, weekly

  6. What a great redo on the camper refrigerator, I love to see before and after pictures. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  7. I love this idea, it would make for a great activity for the kids while we're camping. THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Friday Frenzy link up, and we hope you'll join us again this week!


  8. Looks so cute! Do you mind if I share a photo and link to this page in a blog post I'm writing about RV refrigerator makeover ideas?

    1. Hi there! That would be awesome! I can't wait to read all about it, please link me when you have it written. Thank you!

    2. Thank you! I will send you a link when it's done!

    3. Awesome, thank you so much!

    4. Here is a link to the blog post I wrote; thanks again!

    5. Thanks so much Ashley, I love your post, very interesting!

  9. My RV fridge has like a plastic sheet on it, do you think I could chalkboard paint over that? It has a slight crack at the bottom and it bothers me, need a quick fix and I love chalk paint.

    1. Hi Tracy! Yes, I would just use some plastic primer first OR rough it up with some fine sand paper (220 grit) first to give the chalk paint something to hold on to. Good luck! :)


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