For most people, spring cleaning means deep cleaning their closet. For me, it means giving my fridge a new party dress. Get a load of her!
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I wallpapered my fridge back in 2013 thanks to the folks at Chasing Paper. The wallpaper is removable, not to mention, highly durable. I was planning on it lasting a few months…maybe a year. But two years on the hexagons were still growing strong.
This was a VERY popular post. It seems I am not the only person on the planet who thinks their fridge deserves a cute new outfit once in a while.
Weird thing someone told me: if you search “Fridge” on Pinterest, my fridge is the first image to show up.
Dude. That is a lot of pressure to put on one little refrigerator. And as much as I loved it, it was time for a change!
Before I get into this, please do not get the wrong idea. That paper could have stayed up another two years, if not more. The problem is/was me. More specifically, me picking at a spot by the handle every time I went to clean. Not a big deal, but enough to bother me. A few weeks ago I popped over to Chasing Paper to see about buying a replacement panel and got totally caught up in their amazing patterns. Two years ago there was a small but impressive collection….now it’s a smorgasbord of pattern and color. So awesome. I’m so thrilled to see this business thriving. People know a good product when they see it!
Okay. At first I saw this BEYOND RAD tropical palm leaf print, which, as you will well know, is not unlike Blanche’s bedroom from the Golden Girls.
For my particular space, the speckles brighten the room in a big way. The pattern is much less-on-your face than the hexagons — more of a background rhythm compared to the hexagon grab-your-attention drum solo. Both are seriously nifty. I’m going to love the speckles for a long wile, but part of me is sad this paper lasts so long. I would really love to switch it around all the time!
So. I’m guessing, if you are ever in the market to replace the removable wallpaper on your fridge, you have three questions.
Didn’t it get dirty on your fridge? Could you clean it?
Yes, it did get dirty. Yes, I cleaned it all the time. When people hear “wallpaper” they hear “paper” and then the thought of cleaning paper makes this sound not fun. Not true. The panels you get from Chasing Paper have a satin finish that is 100% wipeable. Like I said, mine got a little worn around the handle, in part because that’s where it gets touched the most, but also because that’s where I rub and scrub the most. If you are paranoid about this, I suggest ordering an extra panel should you want to replace a sore spot down the line. No biggy.
Was it easy to take off the old hexagon wallpaper?
Yes. It was VERY easy to take off. The whole fridge peeled off in under 60 seconds. It left no residue or adhesive. I wiped it down before putting up the new speckled paper, but honestly, I probably could have skipped that part the surface of the fridge was as clean as the day I put up the hexagon paper two years earlier.
Was it easy to put up the new speckled wallpaper?
Yes. It’s also pretty easy. Your method might change depending on the configuration of your fridge, but I just started at the top corner and worked my way down. See for yourself!
The only tricky part is getting the proper slice between the freezer and the fridge. For me, it was easiest to just lay it down flat, then go back with a razor blade to slice down the gap. Then I opened the fridge door and trimmed off the excess from the inside edge.
There were a couple of screws to work around near the handles. It was easy to accommodate with a poke of the blade, but the back-and-forth left a couple of air bubbles. Those were easy to smooth out using the end of a flat-edge wooden spoon. I used the spoon on an angle and pushed the bubbles to the edge until I heard a very satisfying snapping sound.
I thought I would need five panels to cover the front + one side, but I managed to cover what I needed with four panels (no one will see that bottom left corner) and I’ll save the fifth for another project. This paper is too cool to waste! If you only wanted to cover the front of your fridge, I’m guessing all you would need is three panels. That means you could have the niftiest fridge in town for around $100. Not too shabby, huh?!
It’s not at all like me to choose a neutral pattern like this, but I adore how these speckles make the other colors in the room more…colorful. This is a muchos-muchos colorful room even though there are zero significant items of color in it. Isn’t that funny? That’s a great backdrop for someone like me who changes their mind every ten minutes. I’m making a bunch of changes in the kitchen this spring so you’ll have to stay tuned for more in the ‘color without color’ scheme.
Also, speaking of things that last surprisingly long, my newspaper decoupage cabinets are still kicking. The hot pink paint? Not so much…
Thank you so much to Elizabeth at Chasing Paper for, again, giving my fridge a new party dress and for giving me a new outlook on my whole kitchen!
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