Chalkboard Paint Kegerator

Chalkboard Paint Kegerator

FrigidaireEarly last winter, I had a friend whose parents were dismantling a 1960s era trailer home, and he was kind enough to offer me the fridge for free sans a  half tank of gas to go pick it up. As thrilled as I was, the wife was quick to point out that the 60’s era mud brown did not match the decor in our basement, so before moving the fridge to its’ home behind my bar, I went after the outside with some 60 grit sandpaper to prep the outside for painting, which I’m promptly getting to one year later.

Since I’m completely out of homebrew at the moment (I had a busy fall), it seems like a great time to unplug the ancient Frigidaire, let it have a much-needed defrosting, and class this thing up. Here’s a before shot of the outside:

Kegerator Door Before

You can see the outside is lightly scuffed, and if you look closely, you can see where I’ve center-punched the door for the two shank/faucet combos I’m hoping to add in the future. I have room in the kegerator for 4 kegs plus a CO2 bottle, but that’s a dream for another day. I stared at several options at Home Depot, but ultimately walked out with a quart of Rust-Oleum latex chalkboard paint. It’s supposed to be good for any surface from glass and concrete to wood and metal (without priming, which made me a bit skeptical).

Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint

Here’s a second, better-lit shot of what the exterior of the fridge looks like. It’s actually smooth to the touch, but this should provide enough for the paint to bond to, since the chalk will be somewhat of an abrasive against the painted surface.

Kegerator Before

I was actually quite pleased with this paint. The first coat goes on streaky like you’d expect, but I figured it would take at least 3 total coats to even out the finish. Here’s a shot after the first coat

Kegerator first coat

The second coat really went the distance. The paint is dry to the touch after about 25 minutes, but the instructions say to wait ~4 hours before applying another coat, which I did. Once you get the desired coverage, you just need to wait 3 days for the finish to harden and then go after the whole surface with the edge of a piece of chalk to condition it, then wipe it down with a wet, lint-free cloth and you’re all set. I actually skipped this step. I was originally just going to finish the door with this paint, but I liked the look so much I painted the entire fridge.

Kegerator After

The white chalk with the stainless Perlicks really turned what was a functional eyesore into a classy addition to my man-cave. Next, I need to get rid of the bath towel that’s catching drips from the faucet, but I just might have something up my sleeve for that…

Kegerator Drip Tray