If you have outdated appliances (like me) or if you have a limited budget (also like me) you’re gonna love this easy DIY using Stikwood reclaimed wood!
I Wanted to Hide the Ugly!
Our home has an open concept type of set up. My family room, dining room and kitchen are in one long room which means my appliances are visible from every angle. All of the appliances are white, which is fine with me, but the refrigerator had started to yellow with age. It was even more obvious after painting the cabinets in a crisp white paint. It didn’t make sense to replace a fridge that worked just fine but I had to figure out a way to hide all that ugly I could see from every room!
My First Idea Was a TOTAL Failure
I first thought about using chalkboard paint but decided it would stand out too much against the white cabinets. Then I had the idea to cover it with peel and stick vinyl flooring from the hardware store. First of all, it would be super cheap and secondly, look a lot like wood. I bought 20 dollars worth, spent hours cutting it to fit and after I was done I hated the way it looked! It didn’t really matter though because when I woke up the next morning nearly every piece had fallen off and was lying on the floor! A total DIY failure! Now I had the same ugly fridge but the cheap vinyl flooring had left adhesive marks across the front. Awesome. I had managed to make it even uglier.
The next day on Instagram I saw a photo of a wall that had been covered with Stikwood. It was fate! I quickly messaged the company to ask if the product would stick to a refrigerator surface as well as a wall. They were very helpful and assured me it would be the solution to my problem.
Stikwood Reclaimed Wood
When you place your order you simply give them the square footage and the finish you would like. They have several reclaimed wood options to choose from and I decided to go with the weathered wood for this update. Simple to order and it arrived just a couple weeks later at my doorstep!
I was so surprised when I opened the box! It was even better than I had hoped! The details on the wood are so amazing! You can see all the wood knots and old nail holes that gave the original wood so much farmhouse character! Its like I pulled it straight off an old barn myself!
The pieces of reclaimed wood arrived precut in various lengths and with the adhesive strips already added to the back. Now I just had to decide the pattern I wanted to go with and get to work!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Proper square footage of Stikwood for your project. My fridge used less than 20 Sq ft. You can order by clicking here
Utility Blade or small saw to cut the wood
The first thing you are going to do is remove all the door handle pieces with the screwdriver and gently take the cover off the ice maker if you have one. Now it’s time to thoroughly clean the door fronts. You want it clean and dry to help the wood stick.
There were a few small pieces in the bundle I was shipped so I started the project with one of those. Working from the top of the door, add your first piece by peeling the cover off the strips and carefully lining the wood with the edge of the top and side of the door. Take your time with this because the adhesive is STICKY! It isn’t easy to pull it off if you place it in the wrong spot.
OK. I admit, the first piece was the scariest for me. The horrible thought it would all fall off like the cheap vinyl flooring I had tried before was still a worry AND I always have a bit of self doubt at the beginning of each project. Don’t we all? The worry and doubt quickly left me once I stuck that first beautiful piece of reclaimed wood on the door. I was so excited I couldn’t wait to add another! Now I just had to figure out how to measure correctly….I am the worst when it comes to this. Deciding not to fight with a tape measure, I took the next piece of wood and held it in place. Using a pencil I just marked where it needed to be cut.
After I had marked the piece I took it out to my small miter saw to make the cut. If you do use a saw instead of a utility blade be sure to follow all safety guidelines while operating the saw.
This product is thin an will cut easily either way. I just know I cant draw a straight line to save my life so I chose to use the saw.
Peel the backing off after you cut the new piece and line it up next to the first. Pretty simple right? I repeated this step, working my way down the front of the door. Purposely changing up the length of the cuts in each new row of wood because I wanted them to look like they were randomly placed. This gave it more of a rustic look that I wanted. Imperfect is the new perfect after all!
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD LOVE MY OLD APPLIANCES AGAIN!
After I finished covering both doors with the reclaimed wood, I could not bring myself to putting the old plastic handles back on. We decided to leave the doors plain for now. I like the way it looks and since it isn’t a super tall fridge we can all reach the top of the door to open it. I am keeping an eye out for some industrial handles to add later.
DON’T BUY NEW APPLIANCES. UPDATE YOUR OLD ONES!
Sticking to a budget can be frustrating sometimes. You can’t always get what you want but if you use a little creativity you can make the most with what you have and be just as happy! This DIY appliance update was very easy and made a huge difference in the way my kitchen looks. After a couple weeks I am happy to report I have not and know I will not wake up to all my reclaimed wood lying on the kitchen floor!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this DIY reclaimed wood appliance tutorial!