Stainless steel contact paper is an amazing product that I never knew existed. I had wanted a new stainless steel mini fridge for our recently updated space. We have a mini fridge, but it was in rough shape and pretty old at this point. It has served our family well but needed a little TLC if it was going to be salvaged. A little research revealed stainless steel contact paper! Who knew? Suddenly this small fridge was showing some potential it became like the Little Refrigerator that Could!
In keeping with our tight budget when we recently updated our bonus room, there was zero possibility I was willing to burn a couple of hundred bucks to replace a mini fridge. Here’s the reality of it: it’s in primarily a kids space, and the thing works great. The only purpose a replacement would serve is to improve the aesthetics of the room. Plus nobody cared about how it looked other than me. They just wanted it stocked with water bottles and Gatorade.
On Amazon, for a whopping $9 I was able to buy the best solution…contact paper! It allowed me to morph that ugly duckling into a lovely, modern stainless steel beauty my little heart desired! Specifically, it’s the stainless steel contact paper that saved me and my budget! For NINE DOLLARS!!! Amazing, right? I thought so too. The project was a breeze.
The first thing I did was remove the refrigerator door. Initially, my thought was just to apply the contact paper to the fridge, which I would not recommend. The door came off ridiculously easy.
Next, give the door a good scrubbing. Cleaning the fridge was a two-part process. The first product I used for cleaning was good old Dawn dishwashing soap, water and cloth. Then I used Krud Kutter and cloth.
After making sure everything was dry, I measured twice and cut once leaving a little extra on the sides to trim up if needed. The contact paper wasn’t wide enough to install vertically, so horizontal it was! The upside to applying it in this manner is the seam edges are factory cut!
I rubbed the adhesive during application to eliminate air bubbles. A slightly damp cloth worked very well for this process.
Because I didn’t want to see the seam, the first piece of ‘stainless steel’ was placed on the top portion of the mini fridge, then the second toward the bottom. The lower section required a bit more cutting because the length and width were different than the first piece.
This stainless steel contact paper is one sticky product. To avoid possible creases, make sure your measurements are correct and apply to the refrigerator door carefully. Don’t rush it.
For cutting, I just used a utility knife with a sharp blade and a straight edge. My straight edge is the same one I use when sewing. Make sure the blade is sharp to avoid wrinkling the product.
Once completed, reattach the door, and you’re ready to go. You’ll have a ‘brand new stainless steel’ fridge that cost under $10! Have any of you ever worked with a product like this stainless steel contact paper? If so, please tell me about your project.