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FAIL – Updating the Refrigerator

We started this plan with big ideas of making a butt-kicking post about how to change an outdated (but perfectly functional) fridge into something that looked much more expensive.

FAIL - Updating the Fridge | Totally Hammered Home

The original idea was to get it done before we moved. After spending a fair bit of time procrastinating, we decided it was probably better to do it after we moved in case this wonderful job we were going to do got scratched during the move.

So we brought the fridge to the new house and stored it under the house for a total of two weeks (so we weren’t lugging this big, awkward two-door fridge up and down and back up a flight of stairs). In the meantime, we lived out of an esky, which was not cool (see what I did there?). We initially thought of it as a bit of an adventure, kinda like camping.

Well, let me tell you, there is a big difference between camping with an esky and living with an esky. Much of the ‘adventure’ is lost when you can’t do a big shop each week for perishables to feed five hungry Hammers and provide school and work lunches. And then there’s the emptying of the melted ice – while camping, you just release the bung, let it flow and Bob’s your uncle. When the esky is inside your house, you have to empty it, lug it outside, drain it, bring it back in and refill it. Plus the added expense when you have to visit the grocery store every couple of days to pick up more fruit and veg (we don’t live in a ‘fruit-bowl-on-the-bench’ climate) and there’s that little voice in your head that urges you to ‘just pick up (insert unnecessary item) while you’re here’.

And of course the nagging, ‘when are you going to finish the fridge? Is the fridge done yet? Why are you even bothering? Let’s just bring it up’ from certain members of the Hammer household who won’t be named.

After extensive research on what could be used to change a rather dinted, but completely functional white fridge to a stainless steel and black fridge, I discovered the only product locally available that might do the job was Rustoleum’s Metallic Aluminium.

Metallic Aluminium Rustoleum Paint | FAIL - Updating the Refrigerator | Totally Hammered Home

Mr Hammer brought a can home, after spending the princely sum of $11 on it. He handed it to me rather dubiously, noting the colour on the cap was a bland silver. It didn’t look like stainless steel. It didn’t look like aluminium.

I’m a dive-right-in kinda gal, but was a little hesitant to just start spraying the fridge doors willy nilly. I needed something sizeable to test it on so I could get a good indication of the colour.

The deep freezer caught my eye. The dive-right-in part of me, unhappy at being quieted, saw the rear of the freezer unit being sprayed rather shabbily. I did only one coat, so it’s not a perfect coverage.

Deep Freezer | FAIL - Updating the Refrigerator | Totally Hammered Home

Finished up and stepped back – it looked white. Up close, yeah, I could see the aluminium, and it was a passable colour. But from a few steps back – well, I may as well not have bothered. In the image above, guess which side is white, and which is painted? Spoiler! The white is on the right.

The next morning, after having let it set for more than 12 hours, I tested its durability by scratching it with my fingernail.

Scratched | FAIL - Updating the Refrigerator | Totally Hammered Home

Yep, that’s where the fail comes in. This is a paint and primer in one, and is meant to adhere to metal and plastic among other material types. Nope. It came right off with no effort at all.

Because I had sorta-kinda promised my annoyed family that we would begin using the fridge again, like civilised people, I threw my hands up and said, ‘we’ll try again another time’.

Tell you what, you’ve never seen a piece of heavy appliance move up a flight of stairs so quickly.

The silver lining? Because this project was meant to be carried out in a day or two, and the doors were going to come off anyway, the inside of the fridge hadn’t been dried out completely. ‘Manky’ is the term that comes to mind when we opened the doors.

The whole inside of the fridge was pulled apart, all the way down to the drawer runners, and it was all washed and disinfected. I don’t think our fridge has been this clean since we bought it.

The Fridge | FAIL - Updating the Refrigerator | Totally Hammered Home

So, all in all, it wasn’t a complete waste of an adventure, but our fridge is still a plain and boring white amidst the rest of our steel and black appliances. It is a project I may visit again in the future.

Have you ever updated your fridge, or any appliance? What did you use, and how did it turn out?

FAIL - Updating the Fridge | Totally Hammered Home

Just hangin’ about, getting painty and DIY-ey. Chilling with the kidlets and my amazing husband, playing with hair as a career. Couldn’t really get much better.

I love to make, do and create, and share what I’ve learned along the way. Also love hearing other people’s experiences, so share away!

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