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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

mrs meyers contest!


A few months back, Mrs. Meyers announced that they were having a hunt for the first-ever homemaker. To enter you had to submit a 15 second Instagram video showcasing a DIY or craft that makes your home more inspiring. Well, this contest coincided with a big project that I was start- painting our worn out refrigerator with colorful pattern. I decided to film the process and enter the contest and low and behold... I made it to the semi-finals! 

Today I thought I would share the a peek into my process and also ask that if you like what you see you can head on over and VOTE FOR ME HERE. It would be super cool to win! 

In the meantime I hope my refrigerator project inspires you to make the most of what you have!


meyers from Alisa Burke on Vimeo.

I am a big believer in using what you have to transform the things in your life. Not everyone has the money to buy new appliances, renovate or even buy new decor for the home but with a little paint and creativity, you have the ability to turn everyday things into art! Since I am an artist, I love using paint to update our home. From walls to furniture to appliances, just about anything can be painted!

Our refrigerator was a MESS! It was covered in photos, tape, permanent marker and paint (from my daughter). As nice as a new fridge would be, our fridge works just fine and honestly we really don't need to spend that kind of money. So I decided I would paint over it and turn the refrigerator into a statement piece for the kitchen.


The first step was to clean the surface really well. 

Next I sanded the surface- just enough to rough things up so that the paint would adhere.
  
Then I got busy painting. There are a number of different types of paint you can use to paint appliances- spray paint, enamel, they even make paint for appliances but I went ahead and selected a paint and primer all in one.

I painted two coats of color letting each dry in between. At this point, you could stop and leave your fridge a solid color but I love pattern and I wanted to paint a floral pattern.


Then I began painting my pattern with a small brush and black paint (again using paint/primer in one). Since I am really comfortable drawing and painting free hand, I jumped right in and painted my design but you could sketch out your design, use stencils or even use a projector and trace your design onto the surface.


I covered the entire surface with my floral design and then I used white paint here and there to add a little extra pop. 

Once finished I let the surface dry and then used a clear coat polycrylic to seal and protect everything.

The result is a bold, colorful and creative statement piece for the kitchen!

Not ready to paint a mural on your fridge? Try chalkboard paint, removable wall paper, decals or even decorative contact paper.






46 comments:

  1. I already vote!!You deserve to win Alisa. You are an inspiration to me and to so many people, creative, simple, inspiring. You transform random things in beauty!! Love your creativity!

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  2. Voted for ya. Good luck!

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  3. Voted! Good luck Alisa!

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  4. Voted for you!! Beautiful, your creativity is amazing!

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  5. Perhaps you can put a button up so each time we come to your blog we'll be reminded to vote again! Good luck.

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  6. just voted for you (though i was tempted to vote for the lady with my name [titter, titter]). Hope you win!

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  7. annette5:41 AM

    lovely, thoughtful video!

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  8. Amazing and inspiring!

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  9. This is beautiful. I really hope you win. We are in the process of building a home and we are using reclaimed wood and other items for the finishes in our home and this would be a great way for me to update the pieces that we have.

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  10. Voted! Fingers crossed!

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  11. Voting done! Hope you win. Beautiful make-over.

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  12. Michelle P6:22 AM

    I voted! Your refrigerator project made me smile so big! Oh how I would love looking at that piece of art every day! Great work, as always :-)

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  13. Your fridge turned out gorgeous, Alisa! To be fair, I watched all the videos but I loved yours the best and certainly voted for you. Good luck with the contest!

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  14. Dear Alisa,

    I voted and also I'll vote once a day until February 15th. I hope you win.

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  15. Anonymous7:12 AM

    Voted for you.I love all your posts.Wish you good luck and success in everything you do and share with us.

    Iryna
    West Africa

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  16. Love what you did to your frig. the color is amazing! I voted for you and hopeyou WIN.

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  17. Weird. I just received Mrs. Meyer products as a gift and had never heard of it before. I'll try to remember to vote often...b

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  18. My mom let me paint a mural in her kitchen when I was a young teenager (so brave--lol). I loved the process but haven't had the courage (or time) to do anything like that in my own home. Yet. I love your fridge!

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  19. Voted :) love ur work

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  20. I really like what you said in your video. And honestly think you should win! Thank you for being true to yourself and inspiring others to make the most of what they have. Love it! Hope you win!

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  21. O wow ! ( so yes, I voted for you )

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  23. Good luck! I think your video was great :)

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  24. I love your fridge! My mom encouraged my creativity and allowed me to paint tiger stripes on my bedroom dressers. The lessons you are teaching Lucy are wonderful. Loved your video! You got my vote!

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  25. I voted for you but I did watch all the videos and thought yours was the best anyway :) I loved Lucy twirling on the stool too...

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  26. My frig is sooo blah...thanks for the inspiration!!! Oh, and I voted for you...good luck!!

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  27. My frig is sooo blah...thanks for the inspiration!!! Oh, and I voted for you...good luck!!

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  28. Done. You got my vote!

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  29. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Have voted - hope you win. You deserve to :)
    Sara

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  30. Love how the fridge looks! I am heading over to vote for you. Good luck. Pat S

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  31. Anonymous7:21 AM

    Hi Alisa. I just voted for you. I hope you win because you deserve it. You can see all the love you put in all your project and looks so nature everything you are doing, like you were born to do all those stuff. Never give up your dreams because you have a good heart, passion and talent. Hugs from Romania, Alexxa

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  32. Of course I voted for you...it was the BEST idea.

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  33. You're so inspiring! I love this project and all you do! I just voted for you! I hope you win! xoxo Cathy

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  34. I voted twice, yours was most innovative and interesting!

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  35. Voted for you because I simply love your art and your personality! Hope you win!
    Sanja

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  36. Voted for you, Lisa. Your refrigerator is a wonderful piece of art. ; )
    xx
    Ilana.

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  37. Anonymous1:41 PM

    I love this project! You always inspire me with your creativity :)

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  38. I voted for you! I really hope you win this wonderful opportunity. I got my fingers crossed :)

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  39. Gah!!!! So inspiring and amazing!!

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  40. Amazing work you have done there. I found you googling for diy refrigerator hand-paint jobs and I have a question - did you use acrylic or oil-based paints? I favour oil paints because they are more vibrant I think but I wonder if it's a good idea to use them on a fridge...

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  41. You are really a genius. You have uploaded a wonderful idea. This would my next craft. I’ve read your other posts; your content is very unique. I love it.
    I’ve used your idea in my latest post “let’s discover some new canvases to paint from our home”. Please check my post at https://pictureteacher.blogspot.com/. I hope you really like it.
    I’ll be pleased with your generous suggestions.
    Thanks!

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