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Are colored appliances going to come back?

Posted by concretenprimroses (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 16, 10 at 17:47

I hope so. I have a stainless steel stove (front only) in my 1920s home which is ok. I feel the big almond or cream fridge leaves something to be desired, but a giant stainless box would be hideous in my quite small kitchen.

I have a friend who painted her fridge but it is peeling. Anyone have any thoughts? I'm not doing a kitchen reno anytime soon and the fridge is right in the middle of the action, by itself (covering with cupboard look not possible.)

I'm toying with decoupage (dh doesn't want me to). Oh well at least the fridge matches the trim.


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RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

My fridge is usually covered with the latest coloring book art, done by a niece or nephew. (LOL)

I think your almond fridge is fine, especially if it matches your trim. I don't know if avacado will ever come back in style (although the new copper/look appliances remind me of the cinnamon color freezer that used to be in my mom's basement) but there are many appliances coming out in colors now. The retro appliances, especially stoves (and Agas) are in red, blue, green, yellow, even a plum color, I think.

Decoupage could be one answer, but what about one of those message centers with the magnets on the back? Some come with calendars and a place for notes, etc. Usually they're in the office area of big box stores...or with the dorm room accessories.

Hope this helps a little :)

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

Along with two tone kitchen cabinets?

Source: Retro Renovation.

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

I have a similar problem, the new (old!) house we just purchased has a HUGE older fridge (thank goodness it's white at least!) plunked right in the middle of a wall, in between a window and a broom closet, with nothing else there. It is so out of place where it is, but until I remodel kitchen I cannot move that is one of the only grounded outlets in the kitchen right now. I was thinking about using the textured beadboard wallpaper (lowe's carries it now!) on the front and the sides of the fridge, (as opposed to boxing it in with cabinetry). I am going to be painting the walls a khaki color and I plan on painting the beadboard paper on the fridge the same color. My hope is that it will sort of blend in with the walls. I'm not quite sure what I would use to adhere the paper to the fridge, but I figure it's worth a try. Not sure if this idea would work for you, but anything is better than a big dinosaur fridge looking out of place in a quaint kitchen.

Here's my awkward fridge:

After I do the beadboard paper, I'll post another picture (assuming that it comes out looking ok!)

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

Beadboard wall paper sounds cool. Not necessarily for my fridge, but I'm going to check it out. We just got a new Lowes in my home town, 25 miles away. Thanks.
Avocado wouldn't suit my kitchen, but I have a friend who would love one! I'd like a freezer on the bottom fridge next time if I can get one narrow enough.

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

I'm sure you could paint your fridge and not have it peel if you used the correct type of paint (and possibly primer). I'd research on-line and ask in the home improvement stores...

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

I just googled "refigerator paint" and there is a lot of information out there. You are not alone in wanting to change the look without buying a new fridge. I've found Sherwin Williams stores have helpful people who can tell you how to properly prep to paint just about anything!

Also googled "refrigerator skins" and "refrigerator panels". Kodu makes some very cool (but "mod") full door size stickers. Click on the link below and you can see any of their stickers illustrated on a fridge. And they are fairly inexpensive!

And, just for fun and ideas ('cause they look expensive) take a look at Frigo u-design panels in this link and you can google Frigo for more.


Here is a link that might be useful: kudo fridge stickers

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

How about this red refrigerator!

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

Good tip!

I see Amana is going beyond color into textures as well. How about "barb wire" or "cactus" to dissuade dieters?

Amana color fridges
Colour Me Cold

Here is a link that might be useful: Amana Color

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

A lot of the upscale ranges are coming out in to-die-for colors, but I'm still going the stainless route.

The stickers are a good way to go on smooth appliances which have no heated surfaces, I find that interesting.

And, of course, decals are another way of saying stickers.
Trying the stickers and decals before attempting to paint could give you a chance to evaluate its appropriateness for your home.

One of the things I've wanted for a LONG time, as a thought which comes off the "barb wire" fridge idea, is to have a TOILET SEAT with barb wire embedded in the seat and lid. It was on Amazon, but shows as unavailable...more's the pity.

But the domino fridge door is quite nice. In fact I love it.I've also bookmarked the site for browsing later on.

RE: Are colored appliances going to come back?

"...but a giant stainless box would be hideous in my quite small kitchen."

There are numerous stainless fridges that only have stainless on the door and colored (and magnetic) sides.

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