Ideas for giving a camper or motorhome refrigerator a DIY makeover
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Ideas for giving a camper or motorhome refrigerator a DIY makeover

Wanting to give RV fridge a makeover?  Try one of these ideas for a fresh look.

1. Paint

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

gray painted refrigerator

by Connie Lairmore

2. Decals

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.  You can find the dandelion decal she used here.

Decals added to stainless steel RV fridge

By Debi St

3. Removable peel-and-stick paper

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

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

by Andrea Reynolds

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

Chevron contact paper refrigerator

by Deborah Tullos via

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



peel-and-stick wallpaper fridge

by Erin McSwain via

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

4. 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.

chalkboard paint fridge

by DeeDee Campbell via

For a removable and less messy alternative, you can use peel-and-stick vinyl chalkboard paper.

chalkboard contact paper fridge

by Tiffani via

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

by Jessica Vaugn

5. Dry erase board

Similar to the idea above, but the white look might be preferable for some decor, and the material can be purchased quite cheaply.  In this video, the Fummins Family demonstrates the simple process.

6. Magnetic panels

Not only is this refrigerator now magnetic, 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.

steel dry erase board fridge

by Eric & Katie via

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

7. Factory made replacement panels

You can also purchase replacement refrigerator panels that are designed to fit your exact refrigerator model, like the owner of this RV did.

Here are two other websites that sell Dometic and Norcold replacement inserts.

These shiny black panels can be written on using neon dry-erase markers.

by Erin King

For more ideas for redoing your RV kitchen, you might enjoy my blog post about backsplash ideas.  Do your cabinets need a makeover?  Check out this blog post about RV owners who painted their cabinets, or this one about ways you can update cabinets without painting.

Ideas for giving a camper or motorhome refrigerator a DIY makeover

Give your RV fridge a makeover! Try one of these ideas in your camper, travel trailer, or motorhome.

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