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April 9, 2014

The Retro-ification of my Refrigerator and Some Other Odds and Ends

by Andrea

This week, I’ve got a couple of little projects we did around the home, and a sneak peek at an upcoming tutorial!

First up – my fridge.  When we bought this house nearly 7 years ago, we knew one of the areas that was going to need the most work in putting the retro charm back in was the kitchen.  It had undergone an extensive reno, however what has always driven me the most crazy about it was the appliances.  Black dishwasher, black oven, black cooktop and … white refrigerator.  I can only assume the previous owners got a smokin’ deal on the white fridge, as there is really no other explanation for it.  And, as much as I was hoping that the darn fridge would die and I could get a sweet red Big Chill fridge to take it’s place, the darn thing won’t die.  Plus, I don’t really have $3000 burning a hole in my pocket for a new fridge at the moment.

So, here’s how my fridge looked:



Yuck.  It’s like everything I hate in an appliance – boring, white, and doesn’t match anything else.

However, my hubby had a genius idea one day when he came across FridgeFronts.com.  Why not get a red front for the fridge, some chrome handles, and give it a more retro look.  So we ordered up a red front for the fridge (these fronts are gigantic sheets of magnet, that you cut to size), found some chrome handles that we liked (Ikea), and went to work.

Here’s my fridge now:



Not quite as fancy as a Big Chill, but a definite upgrade (especially for the approx $150 we spent on this) – and the chrome handles make it look far more retro!  However – a note to those who might be considering this – You will need to remove your fridge and freezer door shelves in order to drill into the fridge to install the handles.  It’s not a difficult task, but it does definitely take some time.

I also finally found a replacement shade for the fixture in my bedroom.  This was the before:



Again, yuck.  There is nothing I like about the shade on this fixture, and as you can see, it doesn’t go particularly well with my blue walls, either.

Here’s my “new” one:



I found this vintage 40’s one on eBay, and I gotta say, I like it a LOT better – not to mention, look at how well it goes with my blue walls!



Another shot with the light on – I am so pleased with the new shade!

And now, a sneak preview of an upcoming tutorial …

When I bought the vintage barkcloth for my drapes, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the extra – it was a lot of approx 15 yards that I bought.  However, the thrifting gods smiled upon me on a recent trip to the thrift store …



And there was this chair, waiting for me.  We needed a different chair for our living room, and although the upholstery is shot on this one, the chair itself is in great shape.



The legs are another thing that definitely sold me on it!



Also the price – it was only $1!  How could I go wrong with that?

Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks when I will bring you a reupholstery tutorial!

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4 Responses to The Retro-ification of my Refrigerator and Some Other Odds and Ends

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Cool idea to get a couple extra years out of a fridge! Does that place have pink fronts? I will have to check it out!

    Also, great find on the chair. We have something very similar, except ours is upholstered in vinyl! We got it for the basement, to make cleaning up pet messes a bit easier. 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      April 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

      They have tons of different fronts, two shades of pink to choose from, I believe!

      There is definitely something to be said for furniture that can be wiped clean when you have pets! I think once I am done this chair it’s going to be the one that dogs are not allowed on, heh. 🙂

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my gosh…..your fridge – it looks fabulous….and that light – I adore it! can’t wait to see what you do with the chair, I just know it will look amazing!

    • Andrea Reply

      April 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Thanks, Sara! 🙂

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