Since this is my first instructable I had to make it about beer. So I have tried many different types of ways to keep track of how many and what kind of beer I have left in my fridge. As a home brewer and a craft beer drinker it is sometimes hard. Having read a few forum post and instructables, I decided the best way was to use a product called Chalk Board Spray Paint. You can also use another product that is for dry erase boards.
Screw Driver (to remove door)
Black chalk board spray paint
Fridge or mini fridge
Step 1: Clean and Sand Door
I haven't ever tried to spray paint a fridge before. After reading about the different options on forums and blogs about refurbishing old refrigerators, we decided to use a chalkboard spray paint. There is also a dry-erase version, if you are interested.
First, turn off the fridge and remove the door. If this is your first time, removing a door, take care to remember the placement of the screws, etc.
After we removed the door from the fridge, we cleaned it with soapy water.
Once dry, we applied painters tape along the very edge of the handles and lock as well as the seal.
We then took the clean taped door outside for some sanding with 220 grit fine sand paper. We then wiped the door with a wet cloth and allowed to dry.
Step 2: Paint
We sat the door on a table in the middle of our yard. The door should be elevated so that you can spray the sides. We also recommend a "can handle" for your spray can, to help ensure nice even coats.
Please remember to clean off your work surface very well before spraying. This paint sets quick and can be difficult to clean up. Also remember to spray in well ventilated areas. The particles from the spray can be a big problem if you don't allow enough room.
We decided to apply one coat and then wait for an hour to apply a second coat. Intially I thought it would only require two coats, but after 24 hrs I could still see some of the deeper scuffs and a white tinge. I applied two additional coats an hour apart to smooth out any unevenness.
Step 3: Complete
We are very happy with the results.
We actually ended up spraying the table for the kids to play on. This is a very easy and cheap way to get a few extra miles out of old furniture or just to have fun with the kids.
I hope that everyone comes up with even cooler ways to use this on other projects.