How to Customize and Re-Decorate a Fridge Door
If you are tired of your old, rusty, spotted, odd-colored, or shabby refrigerator, then give it a new look with detachable wallpaper. It's a simple redecorating trick that costs only a few dollars.
Best yet— the wallpaper can be removed, so if you're renting or want to redecorate again in the future, you can simply peel it off!
Whether you're the tenant, landlord, or owner, detachable wallpaper is a smart way to give your old fridge a fresh, new look.
What You'll Need
- Measuring Tape
- Blade w/ Handle
Note: When you're buying a wallpaper, make sure to buy detachable kind, as you may want to remove it later. I suggest simple and easy prints—this will make easier to align the wallpaper pattern precisely.
Prepare the Fridge
To get a seamless appearance, make sure you clean the exterior of your refrigerator thoroughly. The paper will stick more uniformly when it is glued to a smooth and clean surface. Remove any stickers, spills, or other things that may have adhered to the surface.
Measure and Cut
Now you will need to measure and cut the paper. Detachable wallpaper usually comes in a long roll, so you will need to hang it on a leveled plane. Calculate and cut a piece around 8-9 inches longer and wider than the front of your refrigerator (so you'll have extra to wrap around the edges).
Start Affixing the Wallpaper
Now, peel off the layer protecting the adhesive sticking on the back of your first bit of wallpaper. You will need this first piece to be centered, with 4-5 inches extra on each side. Then hold the piece tight and stick its center to the front of your refrigerator. Do your best to lay it flat, without wrinkles or bubbles. You may need an extra pair of hands for this step, so consider enlisting someone's help.
Cut Around the Corners
- Now, you'll need to make a small cut at the corners of the excess paper in order to get it to wrap around the edges.
- Utilizing a little utility blade, gradually and precisely cut a straight line into the edge of the excess wallpaper at the top and bottom of the left corner of the refrigerator door.
- Once you cut this, just crease the left edge of the wallpaper back and stick it to the side of the fridge door.
- Then you will next need to make a same cut on the top and bottom right corner.
- Once both sides of the fridge door are wrapped with wallpaper, you can crease the top projected bit down and stick it easily to the top of the fridge door.
- The additional projection flap on both sides will crease down and glue to the top of the door.
- Utilize the utility blade to trim off any additional paper.
Cutting and Sticking Around the Handle
Do the same for the freezer and refrigerator doors. If your handles are on the front panel, then you should take them off before sticking the wallpaper and then re-affiix them once you are finished. If the handles are on the side, then just use your little utility blade to decisively cut around them.
Your Brand New Refrigerator is Ready
This venture requires a little persistence, but with patience and a little help, the outcome is sensational. Bye bye to dings, rust spots and stubborn smudges.