Hello! We are going to be occasionally featuring guest blog posts written by fellow decorative artists. These “Fauxologists” will either post reviews, create tutorials or just share gorgeous images and information. I’m really excited about it all! First up is the lovely Rima Bechara of Massachusett’s Walls & More. We first featured Rima when she gave us a tour of her home country in the wonderful post A Trip to Lebanon. Today, she reviews the Liquid Stainless Steel product as she took on her own refrigerator as a project. Not only does she guide us, but there’s also another plus in their for you – a Giveaway! One of you will win a complimentary kit of your choice. Cool, no? Let’s dig in!
Rima Bechara: When I first heard that Liquid Stainless Steel paint was developed to change the color of appliances, stoves and refrigerators from any color to Stainless Steel, I was very skeptical. I did not believe that any paint could create such a drastic change and do it well. I was curious, though, and thought it would be great idea to try it out on the white, ugly fridge sitting in my garage.
I watched the online video to see how it was done and how much work was involved. It seemed easy and simple to do so I ordered the kit. Whilst waiting for the paint to arrive, I casually mentioned the plan to my family; they thought I had lost my mind. If you could see my kitchen cabinets, you would understand why! Every cabinet was painted in a different color. (I could not settle on one color. It has become a joke even amongst our friends). I was very excited and could not wait for my kit to arrive.
Stainless Steel Refrigerator Kit
When my kit arrived, included were 1) Written instructions, 2) a CD, 3) a paint tray, 4) all the tools that were needed to complete the project; 5) the Basecoat and 6) the Top coat. I looked through the written information and watched the CD over & over again. (You can also do this on tables & kitchen cabinets!)
I first tested if my fridge was metal — if it was not, I would have to prime it but luckily I did not have to do that. I also followed their instructions for cleaning the fridge. Although the paper said I did not have to take the food out, the fridge in the CD looked empty and so I did not unplug it. I also decided that since this is my extra fridge in the garage, I would paint it with the doors closed and I would not do the inside of the doors or the seals. (I may try to paint the seal part later just to see how well it adheres.) I also removed the white freezer door handle to paint black.
After stirring the paint well for a while, I was ready to go. As the paint has metal in it, there is a strong smell. This needs to be done in a well-aired area. I rolled the paint using the tools they provided in the kit. I removed the Maytag sign and painted the freezer door and then the sides and top of the fridge. For the purposes of this review I decided not to paint the fridge door at that point. It would be easier to compare the Before & After. After I finished the first coat, the fridge looked terrible.
I did a second coat an hour later and it looked a little better. By the time I did the third coat it looked good. I felt it was a little streaky so I did a fourth coat and repeated the entire process for the main door. I then decided to stop for the day. I was happy with the changes I was seeing.
Second, Third and Fourth Coats - seeing progress!
The next day I ran into the garage and my fridge looked GREAT and SPECTACULAR, just like stainless steel. I was ecstatic! I put the clear coat on the areas that I had painted. I wanted the satin look so I only painted one coat of clear. I had sprayed the door handle black & I attached it to the fridge the next day. My family was so impressed.
For even more fun, I decided to decorate the freezer door. I used a stencil from Victoria Larsen and mixed a bead gel with silver quartz beads from Wonderfaux Studios in Texas. The gel helps suspend the beads nicely and although opaque when wet, it dries clear. I attached the stencil with low tack tape and began to apply the gel and bead mixture. Once the gel became dry and clear, I used Martha Stewart glue to apply clear Swarovski crystals and butterfly beads to the design.
Before & After – even painting the handle made a big difference!
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who has a good fridge but wants to change the color. I was really nervous after the first coat and I do think at least 4 coats of paint are needed. It does have a strong scent so keep the windows opened. I would note that you do need to have an empty fridge and freezer. The only potential problem I felt that needed to be addressed was that the tool with the foam was beginning to come apart when I put on the clear. I would like to see this foam tool a little bit sturdier or maybe have two of them in the kit. All in all, I really enjoyed myself and even my family was happy with the way it looked! This fridge could now move to any living room, it looked like a piece of furniture.
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Rima Bechara is based in Boston and owns the Walls & More studio. Thank you, Rima, for such a wonderful review! The products were created by the GIANI company who has won awards for their unique kitchen coatings that are “changing the way America remodels its kitchens”. They have two water-based product lines: the aforementioned Liquid Stainless Steel and Giani Granite, which helps create the look of granite countertops. Do see their Gallery of images and granite colors available. Both websites have a FAQs area and complete information on the product lines and ordering. They also have a great Facebook Fan page and a Twitter stream.
G I V E A W A Y
One lucky Reader will receive a complimentary Liquid Stainless Steel Kit or the Giani Granite Kit in any color chosen to get you going on your own personal project! (Value: $69.95) For your chance to win, please leave a comment on this post letting us know the product you are most interested in and your creative plans for it — you know we all love to read inspired ideas! The Giveaway is open to everyone and one Winner will be chosen at random from the comments. Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2011. Good Luck!