DIY Play Fridge : Now a Successful How To!

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When we last checked on on the play fridge it was a bit of a mess. Things have really turned around and I am so pleased with the final result:

DIY Play Refridgerator

I just want to give you a loose how-to for this because I really think there’s a million ways to do it. So, in a nutshell, here’s how I turned a kitchen cabinet into a play fridge

  • Took off the knob and filled the hole, then removed the door and shelves to spackle and lightly sand everything. Wipe down with a damp cloth.
  • Prime the outside with Rustoleum magnetic paint, about 3-4 coats. Prime the inside, the inside of the door, and the shelves with regular primer (either spray or roll on)
  • Drill the holes for your new hardware- I went with a 5inch handle from Amazon.
  • Paint the whole thing- I sprayed Rustoleum Midnight Blue on the outside and Rustoleum Aqua on the inside (if spray painting, do the inside first).
  • Place felt sliders on the bottom so it won’t scratch your floor, I got a pack of about 20 at the Christmas Tree Shops for maybe $2.00 and use them all over my house. I also used 2 of them to cover the screw holes on the inside of the door (see below).
  • Reattach the door, place the shelves, and let it cure for about a week- it’s going to take quite the beating, don’t skip the letting it cure part! The paint really needs time to harden and settle.
DIY play fridge

Optional things to include:

  • Touch light- I found gravity did not care for me placing the light on the ceiling so I put it up against the wall. I used Velcro to attach it so it could easily be removed when the batteries need to be changed.
  • Storage bins- all bought at the dollar store, $5 total.
  • Food pyramid- I just googled it and printed my favorite, mounted it on colored paper, then stuck it on with double sided tape. The washi tape is just decorative.
tap light play fridge

I think the best part of this toy is that it can be a big huge mess, but then you just throw everything back inside and close the door.

For Christmas I plan to have a sink area done as well, I’ve already got the base cabinets for it. Because my nephew is only 1 I don’t feel too rushed, his main way of playing with this right now is to dump all the food on the floor and roll around in it.

DIY magnetic fridge

I will say the magnetic part still ended up being kind of a downer, the Rustoleum paint works but really needs a strong magnet- the play letters were from the dollar spot at Target and I had to superglue stronger magnets to them to get them to stay.

Also, this thing ended up costing about the same as it would have to buy a good wooden one. It wasn’t really a money saver, just a lot of fun for me to build.

What do you think? Have you made any kids toys? What would you do to customize it more?


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