The Peel-and-Stick Makeover: Wallpapered Fridge

updated Oct 11, 2022
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Light fixtures can be changed. Colors can be painted over. Ugly floors can be covered. They’re not all easy projects for renters who’ve found themselves in apartments cramping their style. But they’re all do-able, and importantly, reversible. Just like this solution for covering ugly appliances with removable peel-and-stick wallpaper.

To be clear, Peaches of DIY and Lifestyle Blog Aunt Peaches didn’t have an ugly fridge. But her decision to cover it in a bright patterned wallpaper is inspiration to all of us living with 1970’s-era avocado fixtures.

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It’s all possible thanks to removable wallpaper. It’s not a new solution, per se (the image of a wallpapered fridge directly above is from a 2007 Apartment Therapy post), but the new crop of removable wallpaper is light years ahead of its predecessors with bright colors, modern patterns, and easy-to-stick-and-re-stick adhesives. It’s sold frequently in small panels or sheets, making your mini-dishwasher recovery project doable and affordable.

Peaches used Chasing Paper, but you can get the same look with paper from Hygge & West, Tempaper, Wall Candy Arts, Murals Your Way, or anywhere on Etsy. You can even make your own removable wallpaper with online site Spoonflower (below).

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Once you have your paper in-hand, making over your fridge, dishwasher, or anything else is as easy as putting Lisa Frank stickers on a Trapper Keeper. Peel, stick, lift it up and re-stick if you need to line up patterns, then admire your not-avocado-colored refrigerator. The adhesive comes off the appliance easily when it’s time to move out, so your security deposit is safe.

(Images: Aunt Peaches, DIY Wallpapering a Fridge; Spoonflower)