Give Your Rusty Fridge A Much Needed Face Lift

Posted on: 9 June 2015


If you have a rusty fridge in your kitchen, or if you have a rusty secondary fridge out in your garage, by following these simple steps, you can give it a much needed face lift and a second life. You'll need to purchase a few supplies and invest a few dollars into this project, but it will be worth it when you no longer feel like you need to hide your rusty fridge. 

Taking Care Of The Food

The first thing you are going to want to do is move all the food that is currently inside of your fridge somewhere else while you work on it. If you have a back-up fridge, move the food there. If you don't have a back-up fridge, see if you can keep the items in your fridge in a friend or neighbor's fridge for a couple of hours.If you don't want to ask for help, you can always fill an ice-chest up with ice. Just be sure to have all your supplies ready so you can work fast. You'll want to get your food back in your fridge before the ice melts and the items spoil.

Purchasing The Supplies

In order to get this job done quickly, it helps to have all the right supplies on hand. You will need: a bucket, dish soap, a sponge, a few towels, a drop cloth or plastic sheet, a couple sheets of sandpaper, paint (glossy enamel), painting tray, rollers, and a small paintbrush.

Preparing The Fridge

Once you have moved the food out of the fridge and have all the items you need, you'll want to pull your fridge out so you can access all sides of your fridge. You should put a plastic sheet under your fridge when you pull it out.

After you pull out your fridge, fill up that bucket with warm water and dish soap. Use a rag to to clean off any grime that has accumulated on your fridge. This will make it easier for you to sand and paint your fridge. To save time, use a few old towels to dry off your fridge. 

Get Rid Of The Rust

In order to get rid of the rust, you are going to need to sand down all the areas that have rust on them until you get down a clean surface. This job will go much more quickly if you have a sander. If you don't, you can still complete this project. You will just need to budget a few hours to sand by hand instead of a half-hour or so to sand with a sander. 

After you have sanded down all the areas that had rust on them, you'll want to use that warm soapy water again to remove all the new dust that was created by sanding. 

Painting Your Fridge

Once you have sanded down all the rusty areas, it is time to paint. Fill your paint tray up with the special enamel paint you purchased. For the best look, make sure it is also a glossy paint. Start by painting the top of your fridge, and work your way down to the bottom. Use the paintbrush for hard to reach places, such as around the door.

Now all you have to do is let your fridge dry before you remove the plastic sheet, push it back into place, and turn it on again. With all that rust sanded off and with a new coat of paint, it will feel like you have a brand new fridge. 

If you have other questions about appliance maintenance or repair, talk to a company like Appliance Technology.