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How To Make Your Fridge Look Better (Inside And Out, Baby!)

It’s pretty stupid how instantly I feel like a superhuman adult when my fridge looks and is organized. Everything else in my life could be in total shambles but baby if my fridge is stocked and pretty, I can go to sleep feeling like I can make it through another day with mild success. Was that too sad to admit????

Now the fridge is just like any other area of the home, it needs an easy system so that you can actually keep up with your superhuman adult powers. And look, you likely don’t need a total fridge overhaul. Maybe just a couple of products to make things more organized and easy to access. No more piles of stacked produce that you can’t see and may end up going bad because of it. I think that most people tend to buy roughly the same or similar items each week, right? This makes it pretty simple to know what kind of bins or other organization items you might benefit most from. Let’s get to it…

Fridge Drawers

Extra drawers are kinda a dream because they add so much storage! Not only do you get the storage of the drawer itself but you can place things on top too. Might as well maximize the vertical space too. Here are my three favorites:

1. Fridge Drawer Organizer: They hang from your shelves, leave space under for more storage, and look like they came with your fridge.
2. Fridge Organizer Tray: Same idea as #1 but in fun colors! Who says your fridge can’t be colorful too??
3. Divided Fridge Drawer: A classic and I LOVE that it comes with a divider inside. Perfect for smaller produce, meats, cheeses, you name it!

Fridge Bins

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: inside all our (super organized) drawers & cabinets in the mountain house kitchen

Maybe you aren’t into drawers but love the idea of an easy-access bin that helps corral your favorite foods. It’s pretty wild what a visual difference corralling can make. These are great for cold snacks too (hello, string cheese)!

1. Stacking Fridge Bins (Set of 4): Simple and pretty with a nice little pull handle.
2. White Powder Coat Fridge Organization Bin Powder Coated Metal: When I get a full-sized fridge this is my dream bin. SO pretty and chic. Plus you can use it on the counter too it’s that pretty:)
3. Clear Fridge and Pantry Binz (Set of 4): Great price, super cute, and nice handle for easy pulling.
4. Deep Split Bin: Celery lovers rejoice! Perfect for those long veggies or stacked snacks.
5. 34pc Plastic Food Storage Container Set: Ok, I know this is not really a bin but I have them and love them. The color is so pretty and makes all of my prepped food look so good.
6. Divided Fridge Bin: Another favorite. Same as the drawer version above but without the top. Easy to just snag one of those tomatoes and pop them in your mouth:)

Lazy Susans

Where isn’t a lazy susan useful?? If your fridge door shelves are overflowing, a lazy susan is the perfect solution to keeping all of your condiments and jarred items without them getting lost in the back of your fridge. Just spin that puppy around and see everything all together.

1. Large Deep Turntable: Love how deep it is!
2. Hold Everything Metal Powder Coat Lazy Susan: The prettiest out of the bunch;)
3. Fridgeview Fridge Turntable & Mat: Not as deep but has a nonslip mat to keep everything from sliding around.

Soda Can Bins

I am a flavored sparkling water QUEEN. I actually have so many that my entire bottom fridge self is only cans. But again, if I had a normal-sized fridge, or wasn’t a crazy carbonated lady, I would absolutely own one of these. Easy access and a great use of vertical space.

1. Hold Everything Metal Powder Coat Soda Can Bin: No surprise this is my favorite aesthetically and love that they are stackable. MORE SPINDRIFT!
2. Can Dispenser: This one is pretty genius. Where the cans sit it’s angled at an incline so that you never have to worry about getting one too many at once. I also love that it filters into the bottom so that you only have to refill the top.
3. Can Holder Dispenser with Lid: I like that you can use the top for more storage.

Berry Basket

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: 8 steps to building a smart, organized pantry & mudroom

Is a berry basket necessary? No. But whenever I put my berries in a pretty bowl inside my fridge it makes me happy. Plus the “no lid” part makes it that much easier to grab a couple of pieces of fruit for a healthy snack:)

1. Farmhouse Pottery Windrow Berry Bowl: This one is extremely pretty so would look great inside your fridge or out on our counter:)
2. Reusable Berry Basket (Set of 2): So practical! You can easily wash and strain your fruit and then pop the red container into the clear one to make them last longer.
3. Cottage Berry Basket: A cute and more modern option.

Egg Trays

This is another “aesthetic option” unless you actually have chickens so your eggs come straight from the source. Funny enough, I’m the only one in my family without chickens. My dad has four (Thelma, Louise, CeCe, and Iris and my brother has two (Cher and Barbara). Guess I didn’t get the farming gene. Aaaannnyways, displaying your eggs in a cute holder is a super easy way to make the inside of your fridge look very put together.

1. Wood Egg Holder: I think these are so pretty and would work with any kitchen style.
2. Ceramic One Dozen Egg Crate: A cute upgrade from the carton!
3. White Ceramic & Bamboo Egg Bin: The most modern option and I, of course, love the wood insert:)

Ice Trays And Bins

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: inside all our (super organized) drawers & cabinets in the mountain house kitchen

WHAT I WOULD GIVE FOR A NORMAL-SIZED FREEZER! My love of flavored sparkling water is only rivaled by my love of ice. And if you are like me and don’t have an ice machine here are some options.

1. Lékué Ice Box with Reversible Lid: This is on my list to buy! It’s great for a smaller freezer because you make ice with the lid and then fill the bin once they are solid. This way you can have more than one tray’s worth and won’t run out as fast.
2. Ice Cube Bin: A very affordable bin to stock up with!
3. Plastic Ice Trays: The classic tray but in a very cute color. Plus you can’t beat that price.

Appliance Pulls

design by katie sarokhanian | photo by kelly christine | from: “the kitchen coronavirus built”: a jaw-dropping, diy kitchen that truly proves the sky’s the limit

Now that we’ve got the inside covered let’s talk about the outside. Do you have a fridge that could use a bit of a facelift? Well, you have a couple of options. Let’s start with simply changing out the handles. Did you know you can do that? It looks pretty easy and Katie Sarokhanian has done it a couple of times! Here is an article where she explains how.

1. TraskAppliance Pull: A little pricey but pretty darn beautiful if you have the budget. Also, comes in other finishes.
2. Matte Black Hand Towel Bar: Yes, it’s actually a towel bar! A little hack I read about. Just make sure to measure correctly (follow Katie’s instructions) and you have a VERY budget-friendly hack.
3. Avignon Solid Brass Appliance Pull: I love the simplicity, it’s a decent price, and also comes in a bunch of other finishes.

Vinyl Wrapping

via homebeautiful

Painting is always an option but if you want that “fridge look” I would consider going the vinyl wrap route. One of my best friends did it to their old dingy white one (not the one pictured above) in a “stainless steel” vinyl and it turned out great! She said it was super easy and to get a smoothing tool and an Exacto knife.

1. Silver Brush Stainless Steel Wall Paper: A classic that will make an old fridge sparkle again:)
2. Brushed Metal Look Wall Paper Film Vinyl Self Adhesive: I’m surprised at how much I liked the copper example above. A fun and unexpected choice!
3. Self-Adhesive Vinyl Black Brushed Metal: Very modern and very cool.

Hope this was helpful and that your superhuman adult powers will be their strongest after a little fridge refresh:)

Love you, mean it.

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Inside All Our (Super Organized) Drawers & Cabinets in the Mountain House Kitchen

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Rachel C
1 month ago

I had no clue they made pullout fridge bins that you can “add” to your existing fridge! What a great find this morning. My fridge is an off brand but was the right size / style for my space (and actually in-stock) but only has the two bottom drawers and nothing for dairy. Buying one immediately!!!

Heather
1 month ago

Oh, how I love the thought of an organized refrigerator. These photos make my heart sing, but my husband and kids would never put everything back in its proper place. Trust me, I’ve tried. So, for now I’ll just have to stare at these lovely pictures.

Lori
1 month ago

Don’t forget the option of wrapping your fridge with peel & stick wallpaper! I used a paper from Rifle Paper Company and love how it looks. Naked stainless steel was just too overpowering in my tiny kitchen.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Lori

Yessss!!😃 Great idea!!!💡

There’s an artist/chef called Poh in Australia – she’s a TV personality. She bought a fridge that was a seconds bargain and it had scratches. Sooo, she bought an engraver and engraved a beautiful, huge bird wiyh expansive wings onto her fridge! It was a white fridge. A-maz-ing!!!

I’m tempted to do this to my scratched and dented white fridge.

Deborah
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

What a creative idea to camouflage scratches, thanks Rusty!!
I am going to try Googling her & fridge, I’d love to see it!

Deborah
1 month ago
Reply to  Lucy

Thank you Lucy!! Poh “hammered” that design into the stainless steel, impressive! That’s a great way to get rid of a dent! 🙂

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah

Yeah, I know it says she hammered it, but on the TV program they showed her engraving it as she talked the audience thrpugh the process.
In that photo, it looks like she has hammered it too, prob to hive greater definition.
Maybe a two-step process?

Deborah
1 month ago
Reply to  Lori

Oh, that is a great idea Lori, thanks! 🙂

Alice
1 month ago

So many good ideas. I already have a white wire shelf that hooks onto one of the built-in shelves that I use constantly. Sometimes it’s not hard to find accessories like that and fridge bins at a discount store like Big Lots. Actually all my fridge bins come from there. I take the eggs out of their cartons and just put them all in one of these bins…there’s no real reason the eggs need to be kept in special egg holders. One last thing, the general consensus seems to be that tomatoes should not be stored in the fridge.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Alice

The experts say to keep eggs at room temperature, same for tomatoes.
I’m constantly learning.🙂

Angela
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

In the US, eggs have been washed before we buy them, so their seals are compromised and they have to be refrigerated. Different in other countries, where you can buy unwashed eggs at room temp. Refrigerate your eggs, (U.S.) Americans!

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Angela

That’s remarkable.
In Australia, eggs are clean. We buy them off a shelf in the main area of the grocery store.
Never, ever, have I heard of someone becoming ill due to an unrefridgerated egg.😳

I read some bits n bobs @ eggs in the US, bht it reads a bit OTT .
Also, “In addition to the cuticle, egg whites also have natural defenses against bacteria, which can help protect the egg for up to three weeks.”
There’s also strong advice about not storing them in the fridge fo8or, because temperature fluctuations can cause bacteria to grow inside the egg, they absorb fridge smells/flavours & once eggs have been refrigerated they shouldn’t then be stored out of the fridge due to condensation affecting the egg.

Personal choice me thinks. 😊

Kara
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Looks like you need to be consistent with the supply chain to be safest: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/09/11/336330502/why-the-u-s-chills-its-eggs-and-most-of-the-world-doesnt
In the US that means refrigeration, unless of course you raise your own chickens.

Alice
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

My fridge doesn’t have smells or flavors, and I prefer to store eggs in the fridge for the sake of safety. With tomatoes, they will lose texture and flavor in the fridge…a different situation.

Rachel
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

This is not true in most states in Australia. Businesses are required by law to have eggs refrigerated and consumers are advised to refrigerate them.

Amanda
1 month ago

almost dropped a glass jar of dill relish yesterday – caught it, thank goodness

StephanieZ
1 month ago

Just buy a euro sized fridge and you’ll never be disorganized. There isn’t enough room for anything to get lost. And if I want to bring home a pint of ice cream I sometimes have to do a freezer clean since my freezer is miniscule. Its the good and the bad.

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago

I’m actively working on avoiding buying more PLASTIC.

I use my old, small rattan and cane baskets for berries, Kiwi fruit and Brussels Sprouts corralling. They work great! 😊

I also recycle the plastic containers that some produce comes in, such as plastic ‘baskets’ of Kiwi fruit, etc. They hold up and wash super-well. 🌏
Oftentimes, I can find something that I already have to serve the same/similar purpose.

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