Seeking alternative spots to hang the usual fridge decor

Seeking alternative spots to hang the usual fridge decor

I'm as guilty as anyone of not being too careful with my current fridge.

I don't think about it much and it tends to get overloaded by magnets holding up papers.

My new fridge is being painted with auto-paint, so it will require some special care.

The owner of the auto body shop painting it told me I’ll never be able to use abrasive cleaners or bleaches on the paint. He told me to think about cleaning it like I’d think about cleaning my car, perhaps without the wax, with soft cloths and dish soap. I can handle that.

He also told me it’s probably not a good idea to put magnets on it.

This will be a challenge for me — my fridge tends to turn into a catch-all for schedules, wedding invitations, photos and Menard’s rebates. (Yes, I get them. Don’t judge.)

A magnet-free fridge will mean dealing with the detritus that tends to accumulate in that spot. But it will also help me highlight what I hope will be the showpiece of my kitchen. A clean-looking fridge should mean a clean-looking kitchen, right?

But I would like a spot to hang those would-be fridge decorations. I’m thinking I have a couple of options.

I could just hang a standard bulletin board.

Or I could make a bulletin board out of wine corks. That would be cool, right?

I'm thinking another neat option could be made using magnetic paint. This board looks really pretty, but might not match my house very well. I'd definitely forego the chalk board feature.

Using magnetic paint would give me the chance to buy cute magnets, too. As if I need an excuse to buy something else for my kitchen!

Anyone else have any ideas of a fridge-display alternative?

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Oliver wrote on May 02, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I wouldn't have imagined repainting a fridge could be cost-saving. Anyway, why don't you just continue the old established way? Maybe you could somehow fasten some plexiglass over the newly painted surface......Otherwise, maybe there are other metal surfaces available? Or take a picture of the magnets and hang it somewhere. Good luck.

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 04, 2010 at 10:05 am
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Getting my fridge painted isn't cost-saving in a traditional sense, but I had been saving money for the expensive fridges pictured here: http://bit.ly/bPfDoD
So buying a regular fridge and painting it is actually a good deal more sensible.
And good idea with the plexiglass, but I'm working on a project to hang metal surfaces on my wall for use with magnets. I'll make sure to blog about it when I'm done!
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