DIY projects

Paint a chalkboard fridge

Introducing Jacob Leaf (Ngāpuhi), aka The Upcycler. With a magpie eye for a stray pallet lying on the side of the road or a recycling centre bargain, he’s all about thrifty wins and sustainable solutions when it comes to DIY. He’ll be bringing a range of easy weekend projects where he transforms the discarded and unloved into the cool and covetable.

First things first, every honest DIYer needs a place to keep track of their upcoming projects – and what better place than the heart of the home – the whiriti (fridge). Make use of boring whiteware surfaces by transforming them into inspiration stations and checklists to write your to-dos. This quick and easy project will bring order to a busy life – plus no one ever knicks off with the chalk like they do with a pen.


Clean and sand

Remove any logos from the door of the fridge and clean the whole surface with wax and grease remover. Lightly sand to create a rough surface for the paint to adhere to.



Mask any areas you don’t want to paint with painter’s tape. I masked the recessed door handles and upper and lower plastic cap ends of the doors.


Apply undercoat

Thoroughly stir the Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer (use Resene Waterborne Sureseal for your project as this has replaced Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer) before rolling on an even coat.


Apply chalkboard paint

Wait for the sealer to dry before applying the first coat of Resene FX Chalkboard Paint. Jacob used the colour Resene Green Meets Blue.

This first coat might look a little patchy but let it dry before adding the second. If it still looks patchy, roll on a third.

When the paint is dry, carefully remove the painter’s tape.

Get creative in the kitchen with your new chalkboard fridge. Jacob used Resene FX Chalkboard Paint in Resene Green Meets Blue.

Updated May 2024: Resene Waterborne Sureseal has replaced Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer for many interior projects.

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