7 RV Refrigerator Makeover Ideas

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Have one of those RV refrigerators that’s covered in fake wood? Who thought that was a fashionable look?!

A beautiful renovation, but another paneled fridge! Photo Credit: Tomaz Coast to Coast

Give the RV fridge a makeover with one of these ideas for a fresh look!

1. Paint a wood RV refrigerator

If the front of your refrigerator is made of wood, you can paint it just like you might paint wood cabinets.

Photo Credit: Empowell

This kitchen looks so much better with the fridge panels painted white! This is one of the easiest routes to give your RV refrigerator a makeover, particularly if you’re already painting the cabinets!

Neutral shades like white, grey, and cream are most popular so as not to overwhelm the kitchen with color.

2. Add decals to refrigerator doors

Decals added to stainless steel RV fridge
By Debi St

Although her fridge was a more modern style, RV owner Debi didn’t like how the stainless steel constantly showed fingerprints, so she added some decorative decals to disguise the fingerprints.

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3. Cover the doors with contact paper

The great thing about this option is that it can be temporary.

by Andrea Reynolds

Metallic contact paper was used on this RV fridge to create the look of stainless steel for a fraction of the cost.

This RV owner used blue and white contact paper on the front of the fridge.

Photo Credit: stallardrobin92

Peel-and-stick wallpaper was used on this fridge.

Another RV owner used contact paper to give her fridge and cabinet panels a matching look.

Contact paper used to give an RV kitchen a makeover
by Melanie Schrock

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4. Turn your fridge doors into a chalkboard

If your refrigerator’s front panels are removable (as is the case with most wood front refrigerators), you can simply replace the panels with inexpensive chalkboard material cut to the correct size.

RV owner DeeDee painted her refrigerator with chalkboard paint. You can read about the process and see photos at her blog.

by DeeDee Campbell via ourcloverhouse.blogspot.com

For a removable and less messy alternative, you can use peel-and-stick vinyl chalkboard paper. I actually love how seamless this look is!

Another option is to just purchase a magnetic chalkboard and hang it on the front of your refrigerator.

by Jessica Vaughn

5. Make your RV refrigerator a magnetic dry erase board!

Not only is this refrigerator now magnetic, but it also doubles as a dry-erase board. You can see step-by-step photos detailing how the wood grain panel was replaced with steel here.

Magnetic steel inserts can be spray painted any color you like!

6. Factory-made replacement panels

You can also purchase replacement refrigerator panels that are designed to fit your exact refrigerator model as the owner of this RV did. These shiny black panels can be written on using neon dry-erase markers.

by Erin King

7. Turn your RV refrigerator into a storage machine!

This idea is perfect for a magnetic fridge.

RV refrigerator used as storage with magnetic hooks

Use magnetic storage organizers to hang pot holders, measuring cups and spoons, and storage baskets. I love how handy this is for cooking. I even keep my most used spices right on the front of my fridge!

8. Replace your RV refrigerator.

No one wants to pay for a new fridge, but it can be a way to add some style to your kitchen! Check out these cute new RV refrigerators.

9. Beadboard and wood paneling additions.

Wood paneling doesn’t have to look bad! These RVers added different wood paneling than what was built into their RV. Beadboard was installed and painted in this RV fridge makeover.

For a more natural look, this coastal RV renovation used thin planks of wood to cover their Norcold fridge.

Photo Credit: Suzanne Taylor

10 RV Refrigerator Makeover Ideas

For the best RV fridge makeovers, pry off the wood paneling and replace it with contact paper, wallpaper, paneling, magnets, chalkpaint, and more. There are no shortage of creative solutions to give your fridge a facelift! Share how you upgrade your RV refrigerator in the comments.

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4 Comments

    1. Hi! Not sure what you mean by cabernet, but you can actually replace an RV refrigerator with a residential one. Just keep in mind that in order to run it you’ll either need to be connected to shore power or will need to run wiring to connect it to your inverter.

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