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Old 01-31-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Hey all,

Just bought a 50s era GE fridge off Craigslist ($130 delivered) that I plan on refinishing to make a three faucet kegerator. As you can see in the picture I'm hoping is attached it needs sanded/stripped, patched, and repainted.

My main point today is to get color suggestions. My first idea was to do it in the matte black chalkboard paint so I could label each tap with the name of whatever it's pouring. Then I concluded that I don't want my kegerator to be the dull grey of a used chalkboard.

My next idea was that teal'ish/aquamarine that I associate with some cars from the 50s.

Now I'm just undecided!

Anyone seen anything that looked particularly awesome or have an idea they wish they would have done? Let me know bc I'm clearly working with a blank canvas!

Thanks in advance and feel free to drop any other hints that may come to mind.

Thanks!!!

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Old 01-31-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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FYI, you can do custom color chalkboard paint. Here's the process:

Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time.

1. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of unsanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.

2. Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.

3. Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.

4. To condition: Rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.

But for those vintage fridges, two-tone classic car inspired colors are the best. Teal and white would rock.

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Old 01-31-2012, 07:11 PM   #3
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This thread - in case you haven't already seen it

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/show-us-your-kegerator-29053/

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Glossy blue or red with some vintage pinstriping would be the bees knees.

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chrome would look bad arse

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/vintage-kegerator-282345/#post3502612
this one looks really good imo.
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Awesome. Thanks for all the great ideas. I especially like that orange one above. I like how all the "guts" are on the outside giving it an "industrial" look.

Here's where I am after an hour with the belt sander:
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Awesome! Thanks guys! I really like that orange one in the last post. Cool to have all the "guts" on the outside too to make it look extra "industrial".

Keep the ideas coming!

Here's where I am after an hour with the belt sander:

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Keep it rusty throw a pbr or blatz tap on it and call it done!
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Awesome! Thanks guys! I really like that orange one in the last post. Cool to have all the "guts" on the outside too to make it look extra "industrial".

Keep the ideas coming!

Here's where I am after an hour with the belt sander:
I figured that style would fit the classic one you have to work with. I just wish I would have been the one who made it...I have an uggly mini kegorator and hope to graduate to something nicer someday when I have money.

Good luck with the build.
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