How to Apply Stainless Steel Contact Paper to Your Fridge


Stainless steel appliances give a kitchen an updated, sleek look but they often come with a high price tag. If your current refrigerator still functions well, consider giving it a face-lift with stainless steel film. Your fridge will have the stainless steel appearance you're after without breaking your budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Soap or commercial cleaner
  • Soft towel
  • Utility knife
  • Sponge or spray bottle
  • Smoothing tool, squeegee or credit card
  • Blow dryer
  • Ruler
  • Clean the surface of the fridge with soap and water or a commercial cleaner to remove any stains, dirt or oils. Dry the surface completely with a soft towel or allow it to air-dry.

  • Measure the height and width of the refrigerator's surface to determine the size of stainless steel film you will need. A side-by-side will need narrower film than a standard model with the freezer on the top or bottom. Add one-half inch to the measurements to allow for covering the edges.

  • Unroll the stainless steel film onto a flat surface. Cut the film with a utility knife according to the measurements you obtained in Step 2.

  • Dampen the surface of the refrigerator with a moist sponge or a fine mist of water from a spray bottle.

  • Peel the backing off of the film and press the film carefully onto the surface of the fridge. For large sections of film, remove only a few inches of backing at a time, pressing the film onto the fridge as you move across the surface.

  • Use a smoothing tool or a squeegee to smooth air bubbles from the center out to the edges of the film. If you don't have a smoothing tool, use a credit card wrapped in a thin cloth to avoid scratching the surface of the film.

  • Wrap the edges of the fridge carefully, using a blow dryer to warm the film for easier application and to help the adhesive bond to the edges. Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours.

  • Cut the excess film from the edges with a utility knife, using a ruler to help you make straight cuts. Press the cuts down with your fingernail.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work with a partner if possible to make the process of peeling the backing from the film and adhering it more manageable.
  • Do not allow the film to fold in on itself once the backing is removed. It is hard to pull apart once it is stuck together.

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