April 2014 archive

How to easily update an old refrigerator using wainscoting!

So when I posted about our sexy new refrigerator, I realized that I never posted about our old one!

 

Right after we got married, we needed a refrigerator for our old house.  And with a “just married” budget, we needed somethin’ cheap!   And so a $60 old black refrigerator entered our lives. It wasn’t pretty, but it worked!

 

And if necessity is the mother of invention… Then ugliness is the father of creativity! 🙂

 

 

And so started the update that made this refrigerator workable for 2 more years!

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First we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man sanded the front like crazy with an orbital sander.

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Then we and when I say we actually mean Handsome Man removed the handles, smeared heavy-duty adhesive all over the front and started covering it with wainscoting.

How to make a refrigerator look... ummm... better with wainscoting at www.DIYinRealLife.comThen… And I missed a picture.  But just imagine ratchet straps like these around the top and bottom.  Great way to keep the wainscoting snug up against the refrigerator while the glue dried since we weren’t able to use nails.

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Then I just caulked all the cracks and it was ready for paint.

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I (and when I say “I,” I actually mean I!) painted it a couple shades lighter than the cupboards to avoid so much of the same gray…

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Re-attached the handles…

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And boom!  Customized refrigerator!

It wasn’t ideal perhaps… But it made a $60-dinged-and-dented-paint-splattered-old-refrigerator last 2 years.  PLUS we sold it for $40 on Craigslist after we got our new one, so I’d say that’s a SCORE!

Of new refrigerators!

So I haven’t shown off our new fridge yet.  I seriously love this thing!!

 

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Craigslist find of the month!!

And yes, we now have 3 different colors of appliances. lol!

Our goal is to slowly replace all our appliances with stainless steel.  That way when we move and either sell or rent this house, it’ll show better with SS appliances. 🙂

So… Refrigerator down… Microwave, stove, and dishwasher to go!!

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Bonus: I get to watch this guy in snoopy pajamas put the doors back on! 😉

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Yes.  Be jealous ladies.

 

Painting… Painting… Painting…

So apparently I had just enough time to come up for air and write my last post.  After that I became lost in catch up… and… well…

 

Have I mentioned Handsome Man owns duplexes?  Yeah.  So one of the tenants moved out last week.  Usually not that big of deal. We’ve had a pretty good streak of tenants that are super clean. But this time we had to repaint all the walls in the entire place.

 

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I’m telling you, there were little tiny lip prints over. almost. every. single. wall.

 

 

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Girls. Haha!

Now if only I’d thought to take a picture of Olaf they drew in the closet!! 🙂

Just finishing up and if you know anyone in the Lincoln, area that needs a 3 bedroom duplex, give