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.

Mimic the look of stainless steel with peel-and-stick film.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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. 

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Soap or commercial cleaner
  • Soft towel
  • Utility knife
  • Sponge or spray bottle
  • Smoothing tool, squeegee or credit card
  • Blow dryer
  • Ruler


  • 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.

About the Author

Denise Howard has been writing since 2004, specializing in home and garden, travel, music and education. A private music instructor and professional accompanist, Howard holds a Bachelor of Arts in music, studying both piano and voice.

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