Sunday, August 3, 2014

It has been a long time....
since I posted.
Too many projects and not enough time.
Not to mention I have yet learned to use my camera
although I have excellent online lessons.
Obviously, though I say I want to learn to be a good photographer,
I choose to do DIY projects instead of learning my camera.
This is one of the reasons I have not posted.
I got so tired of going to blogs, that I loved, by the way, and
reading apologies for the pictures. Their pictures looked 
So, I thought, " If theirs aren't good, mine are horrible!"
they are just that
and not
so if you dare
read on...

This project started with this...a small refrigerator
which used to reside in the guest room closet.
We are remodeling our kitchen ( among other things)
in our Gilbert home
and I needed to
for I do not want to spend $6,000. and upwards
for a new
I currently have a Stainless Steel French Door.
I despise Stainless Steel
but my refrigerator is not very old
and sooooooooo
practice was in order...
Practice doing what, you ask?
Painting and Embellishing 
rid of the
 Sides of the refrigerator are black. 
Luckily, I had brought to Pinetop some blue, off white, 
and white Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I forget the color of the blue.

On the fridge, in the valley, I will be using Duck Egg Blue.

  I warned you the pictures are horrible and do not do justice
to the real thing.
This is the fridge painted with the blue.
I looks white. It was cloudy and the light was awful, even
for IPhone pictures.

  A view of the side
  After painting the fridge blue...and I used 3 coats of paint,
by the way, I white washed the entire fridge. This lets you
see the background blue color a little better.
I mixed equal parts of Old White and Pure White and then added
about the same amount of water. I wiped it away, with a rag, as I painted.
  A view of the front white washed.
 I purchased moldings from Home Depot. We had measured
the lengths we wanted our frames to be so we could
miter the pieces at the store. Since the fridge is small
we used small moldings. I painted them and then antiqued
them with Valspar antiquing glaze. I had not brought my
Annie Sloan waxes up here with me. Oh, I bought the glaze at Lowe's.

  Picture of the glaze. I like to use the glaze out of the lid.
I shake the bottle and then open the bottle. I wet a rag, dip it
in just a tad of the glaze and then wipe it on whatever I am antiquing.
If there is too much to your liking, you can get a clean wet rag
and wipe away more. It is nice to try to leave some of the glaze 
in the grooves of the embellishments.
  I like to work on top of garbage sacks. I also use
gloves ( most of the time ) when using the glaze.
 The above picture shows the front of the fridge and the one below
the side after I had used the antiquing glaze on the fridge.

 I am showing you a level, in case you want to try a
similar project. We used it to make sure our frame pieces were level.
 And here she is completely finished.
We used contact cement to apply the moldings.
A hint....follow the the glue on
the object and where it is to be glued. Wait the 15 minutes
the directions say to wait.
We did not, at first, and the pieces would not stay. Lesson

  I glued, with E6000 glue, vintage buttons on two places
on the front of the fridge where there were little pieces that
were not flat.

  Finished Sides
 I lightly used Minn Wax Paste to protect the finish.
I am not really sure this was necessary.

Here it is, out of the closet. Sadly, I moved a vintage 
table into the closet to make room for it. For now,
I could not bare for it to be hidden.
I am pretty sure I will be painting that Stainless Refrigerator,
in Gilbert!

Also, I need to mention the below containers for housing Chalk Paint.
They are wonderful. They keep your paint from drying out and all you
do is squeeze the bottle to get out some paint.
I purchase them at
The Green Table 
in Gilbert, AZ
Visit their blog here.

Lastly, I got my inspiration when I was blog hopping and found Victoria's blog.
Visit her here and you will really enjoy her post!


Dianne said...

Since our taste is so different, (I like stainless) I didn't expect to like this, but I actually do! I can't wait to see the big fridge in it's new Coat of Many Color.

Sweet Sage said...

LOVE this!!!!!!!

Cat-arzyna said...

Wonderful metamorphosis! Love it !
Thank you for visiting and nice comments on my blog.
Hugs !

Victoria Kirton said...

Oh Cece, it looks awesome!!! You did an amazing job.