Introduction

As daunting as home ownership can be, there are a certain set of challenges that come with being a renter as well. Sure, you never have to worry about repairing a roof or a furnace, but you might not have a lot of freedom when it comes to decorating or choosing appliances. If you’re a renter (or a homeowner) with a not-so-pretty fridge, give it a makeover with removable wallpaper.

Step 1

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Bethany Nauert

Clean and Prep the Fridge

When you’re shopping for your paper, be sure to purchase removable or temporary wallpaper, as you may have to take it down when you are moving out. I recommend using a simpler print. This will make it easier to line up each section of paper exactly – to give the refrigerator a seamless look.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to scrub the outside of your refrigerator. The paper adheres more evenly when it’s sticking to a clean, smooth surface.

Step 2

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Now you’ll want to measure and cut your paper. Most removable wallpaper comes in long rolls, so you’ll want to hang it horizontally. Measure and cut a piece approximately 7-8 inches longer than the front of your fridge.

Step 3

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Attach First Piece

Next, peel the adhesive backing off of your first piece of wallpaper. Holding the piece taut, you’ll want this first piece to be positioned with a 3-4 inch overhang at the top of your refrigerator, as well as on each side. Stick the middle of the piece to the front of the top of your fridge, taking care to smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 4

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Cut Around Details

Using a small utility knife, slowly and carefully cut a straight line from the top of your wallpaper overhang to the very left corner of the fridge door. Once you’ve made this cut, simply fold the left edge of the paper over and adhere it to the side of the door. You’ll next want to make a similar cut on the upper right corner. Once both sides of the refrigerator door are covered with paper, you can fold the top overhang piece of wallpaper down and stick it smoothly to the top of the refrigerator door. The extra overhang tabs on either side will fold down and stick to the top of the door as well – similar to wrapping a present. Use the utility knife to trim off any extra paper. 

Step 5

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Cut Around the Handle

If your refrigerator door handle is on the front of your door, you can remove it before wallpapering and then reattach it once you’re done. If your handle is on the side of the door, however, simply use your small utility knife to precisely cut around the handle. 

Step 6

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Enjoy Your New Kitchen

This project calls for a little patience and can be easier to do with an extra set of hands and eyes – but the results are dramatic. Goodbye stubborn smudges, dings and rust spots! The best part is, removable wallpaper will peel off if your landlord prefers you return your refrigerator to its original state when you move out. See more of this apartment makeover >>