Have you guys seen the fridge mats/coasters that lay on top of each shelf in your refrigerator and are supposed to make cleaning up messes easier? Not to mention, make the inside of your fridge look fabulous!
Well, I just recently came across this concept in a wonderful place called the world wide web! I read about them on a blog and was redirected to an online store that sells them. I thought they were pretty cool and was ready to place my order, which was going to run me around $30 for the set, when I thought...you know, these look an awful lot like plastic place mats!
If you are a DIYer you understand my urge to want to make everything, right?
Then I googled DIY FRIDGE COASTERS and found that I wasn't the only one that came up with this "making fridge coasters out of plastic place mats" idea. Darn it!
So, the next time I found myself at Target I picked up these 6 plastic mats in a super cool design:
|These were only $1.99 a piece!! I paid under $12 for 6 of them! And to think I was going to spend $30! They didn't see me coming!|
Before I show you what I did, take a look at a before picture of the inside of my fridge:
Yeah, I know...not very interesting. Just a fridge with a light out that was in desperate need of some groceries.
Before you do anything, you obviously want to clean your fridge. There's no point in laying a clean matte over a dirty shelf!
Also, make sure to wash or wipe down your new place mats to remove any dirt it may have accumulated at the store- that and you don't know who handled them before you!
Okay, on to the super easy tutorial!
Laying my mat on top of my shelf and using a dry erase marker, I marked where I had to cut in order to
I did the same thing for the drawers. Since my place mats were translucent, tracing was a cinch.
Then I just placed my new fridge mats (or coasters, whatever you want to call them) on top of my shelves and inside my drawers..and put the food back, of course.
Here are more after pictures:
I even made some for the side door compartments using scraps!
Now, when something spills and needs cleaning up, I don't have to get into the nooks and crannies, be on my knees scrubbing, trying to get my arm to reach an awkward spot, or trying to remove the drawers. I just remove the mat, clean it and put it back!
I also love that when I slide something out, say the milk jug, the mat stays completely in place because the backside of the mats I purchased have a less slippery, more gritty feel to them.
All in all, I am glad I didn't purchased the online ones. I saved myself more than 1/2 the price and have fridge mats that do exactly what they're supposed to!
What do you think? Is this something you would give a try?
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