Creative and Useful Chalkboard Fridge Ideas

The bare front of a refrigerator is like a blank space on a wall. It just beckons to be used for something more. Turning it into a chalkboard fridge is a fun and creative way to make this space useful for the whole family.

Think about it. Many of us already fill parts of this space by using magnets to attach photos of friends or a child’s latest drawings from school. But why not use it for more than that?

Since everyone loves to congregate in the kitchen, and everyone visits the refrigerator daily, it’s the perfect location to have a chalkboard surface for posting messages, artwork, calendars, shopping lists, love notes, and to do lists you want others to see or that you don’t want to forget.


Below are just some of the many ways you can have your own chalkboard fridge.


Decorate With Chalkboard Contact Paper Decals and Stickers

The quickest way to turn your existing refrigerator into a chalkboard refrigerator is to apply chalkboard paper stickers or decals to the doors. Since these decals can be removed and repositioned, it doesn’t have to be a permanent thing.

You can try different types and shapes of chalk board papers and see what works best for you in this location. And if your door is magnetic, then you can still use your favorite refrigerator magnets to hang drawings and photos on top of the chalkboard surface.

Here are some great options:Wallies mural-sized-chalkboard paper


Create a Chalkboard Fridge with Chalkboard Paint

Rust-oleum chalkboard paintChalkboard paint isn’t just for walls. You can also use it on refrigerators. Consider giving your existing refrigerator a new look by painting it.

Chalkboard paint comes in cans for brushing/rolling on (less expensive and neater to apply) or spray cans (quicker to apply). And they come in different colors, although classic black chalkboard paint is most common.

Since there is no chalkboard paint that is made specifically for the metal surface of refrigerators, you’ll likely need to apply two or three coats of paint. Start with a coat of magnetic paint primer if you want your fridge to be magnetic as well.


Get a Dry Erase Mini Fridge

Compact refrigerators are perfect for smaller areas such as college dorms, apartments, offices, or in the garage. And like their big brother regular size refrigerators, these can be an ideal place for shopping lists, reminders and notes.

dry erase fridges

If you’re in the market for a mini fridge, and like the idea being able to write on it, then you have a couple of choices. You can make your own chalkboard refrigerator with some of the ideas above, or you can save time and buy one of the available models of dry erase mini fridge. These fun little units come with built in eraser board surfaces that are easy to write on and erase in an economical little package.

The Igloo Eraser Board Refrigerator is a cute little 3.0 cubic foot item that comes in either black or white, so you can choose the one that fits best with your décor.

The 2.6 cubic foot Energy Star Erase Board Refrigerator comes in black with electric pink or blue trim, perfect for a dorm room or kid’s hideout. And it includes a dry erase marker in the matching color.

So instead of letting those blank refrigerator door surfaces go to waste, consider using that valuable space as a focal point for family calendars, shopping lists, special little love notes, or works of erasable art by turning it into a chalkboard fridge.

With all these great options, how will you decorate YOUR refrigerator?