Does Your Refrigerator Or Formica Need A Facelift? Paint It!

I posted a little about this the other day, and there have been so many requests for more information that I wanted to have a separate post directly linked…

Karen updated her white refrigerator front –

using Caromal Colours textured basecoat paint (color Peppercorn) –

and updated  her Formica countertops –

using the same paint –

this is what she did –

I painted my countertops & I am very pleased with the results!

I started by cleaning the counter thoroughly. I taped carefully around the sink & along the edge of the tile.  Then I applied 2 coats of Caromal Colours textured, Peppercorn paint using one of the small fabric rollers, like the Whiz brand. I thinned the paint with some water so it would spread easier. The paint adheres to just about any surface & cleans up with soap & water.

I allowed each coat to dry about 2 hrs. Then I added 3 coats of Minwax water-based semi-gloss poly acrylic. We were very careful about water spills for about 7 days. We cannot put very hot things on the surface or cut on it. But hey that’s what cutting boards are for!

There are only the 2 of us, so it does make it easier. The paint & poly are holding up really well so far & it’s a great, inexpensive change, even if it only lasts a few years. I painted the refrigerator the same way! It used to be ivory.


Caromal Colours textured basecoats  stick to almost anything, without the need to sand, strip, or prime beforehand.  One quart is 29.50 and covers 35-50 sf, depending on application.

For more on How-to apply to counters,  head to this post of mine.

The textured base coats are great over old cabinets/furniture as well –  wood, stained, previously painted, laminates, melamine, metal,  plastic – you name it –   for a How-To on applying over Oak Cabinets head to this post of mine.


Caromal Colours are not carried in big stores.  There are a handful of small country/ home furnishing stores through the US that may carry a limited selection,  but if you purchase in a store that owner will receive credit not me.    If this post was informative and helpful in your ‘how-to’ searches, a simple, but huge, way to thank me  is this:   if you decide to use these products,  order them from Caromal Colour’s  online store and use my code, PattyH in the coupon code area.   This code is needed in order for me to receive credit for the order,  if you forget to use it I lose.  You don’t pay more by using my code – and if you order online you won’t pay tax (outside PA).


If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.




ENTER PattyH (case sensitive) in the coupon code to receive a discount off shipping.

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21 responses to “Does Your Refrigerator Or Formica Need A Facelift? Paint It!

  1. What a change….I love it! The counters look fantastic.

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  3. WOW! that turned out FABULOUS! I love that she painted it! great job! 🙂

  4. This is amazing. Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it! I hope you will join again.

  5. I am inquiring on exactly what would I need to purchase so that I could redo three small bathroom counter tops? I love the black slate look! Two of the counters are very small, not alot of counter because the sink takes up the most. Then the main bath the counter is a bit bigger. I would also like to know the cost behind everything that I would need 🙂

    Thanks Sandy

    • Hi Sandy,

      Three small counters? All in black? One quart of the textured base coat Peppercorn. That is all you’d need. Apply 2 coats and that should do it – don’t’ think you need more than that!

      The product is thicker than paint, but it doesn’t go on like inches thick – when you whiz roll it, it ends up applying thinner layers of color.

      A quart is 29.50. If you live outside of PA there is no tax. You’d pay shipping, but use my coupon code PattyH and you’ll save a couple bucks off that. If you have base coat left over when your done, clean the jar ridge really good and re secure the top – it will stay nicely.

      You will need to topcoat – you can get that at HD or Lowes – under ten bucks.

      Hope this helps! Good luck, the counters will be smashing! Patty

      • Thank You Patty,

        I will be doing this project very soon then. I really appreciate your help and once I have the projects done, I will make sure to post pics 🙂

        Have a wonderful weekend,

  6. That is such a fabulous and inexpensive redo! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. I have a frig that has the textured from so that finger prints do show and a gas stove that I want to paint black what would I need to use

  10. the frig that I have has a textured front that doesn’t show finger prints also a gas stove what do I need to paint them black

    • Hi Sarah,

      For your fridge, everything you need is in the post above, the color would be peppercorn textured basecoat, one quart, and you’d need a whiz roller – follow the link that says ‘For more on How-to apply to counters, head to this post of mine.’ – click on the ‘head to this post of mine’ and it shows you more detail as well as what the roller looks like.

      Regarding the gas stove, Im not sure if I’d do a stove – isn’t there surface on top, near the burners, that you’d need to paint? Personally, I’d be leary of changing that surface around the burners……

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  12. Hi there!
    (different Sara here haha)

    I am also looking to turn my white refrigerator black.

    We bought our fridge when we bought our house about 3 yrs ago (the home has white appliances). We are soon moving into a new home (with black appliances). We still love the fridge…and really don’t want to fork over the $$ to get a new one. I’ve heard of appliance refinishing, but have also heard it is costly – one may as well as buy a new fridge.

    I love me some DIY projects!! BUT…I’m a bit particular with this kind of stuff when doing my own home projects. It’s gotta be perfect.
    SO………’s my concern:
    I read through your post regarding the whiz roller. I realllly don’t want it to LOOK painted (i.e. brush stokes, etc.). I get that the fridge is already textured…so it may not be noticeable. I just want it to look professional, you know?

    Also…does the paint have a sheen to it? Should I apply a topcoat to complete?

    You’re response is greatly appreciated!! 😀

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