May 6, 2013

DIY Fridge Mats/Coasters

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 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
get the perfect shape. I also made sure to make all corners round to match the shape of the place mat:

 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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Michelle said...

OMG, how cool and artsy! I did not know about frig coasters and never would have thought to do this! now I just have to go to target :) Michelle

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi, Michelle! So glad you liked the idea!!! Hope you give them a try, you will love them! Thanks for stopping by!

Cathy's World said...

Good for you. Not to be mean, but I thought 30.00 was a bit much. I also checked them out! I was going to do the same thing. We just got back from vacation and I was going to get started on this when I got home. You did a great job! :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

You are so creative! I love this idea! I've been thinking of doing something like this for awhile and you've given me the push I needed. :) Great idea!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Wow! That is super fantastic! Great idea. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party which is live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Great project Selene! I love how you used see-thru mats so the fridge doesn't look very dark inside! Happy Mother's Day! Angie xo

C Hill said...

LOVE this! I've never heard of fridge coasters before, but my fridge is in desperate need! I am SO doing this!

-Cristyl @

Ashley said...

I would have never thought about this. It looks great. Very creative too.

Six Sisters said...

We are loving this fridge mat idea!! So great! We would love to have you share this at our Strut Your Stuff Saturday link party at Have a terrific weekend. -The Six Sisters

Janine LaTulippe said...

Looks awesome! What a great idea. Love it and pinned. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you at True Aim!

Beth Baumgartner said...

So fun and simple, coming over from Give Me the Goods party. I'd love for you to come share it at the link party I am cohosting right now!

Beth @ The First Year Blog

Amber Koogler said...

This is awesome!! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!
Dimples & Pig Tales

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

Just a few weeks ago I did the same thing with my pantry. I even traced it with marker rather than measure. I love the idea of doing it in my fridge too.

Emily said...

Brilliant! Pinned!


Susan York Meyers said...

Thank you so much for the idea and the step-by-step. I can't wait to pick out my mats!

God Bless,

Linda Nortje said...

This is really cool! Thanks to you, I also now have an idea to make my own so even if you weren't the first with the idea {hate when that happens!} you are still sharing the idea with us, who did NOT think about it at all ;-)

With A Blast

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday - i featured this on my blog tonight! Come stop by and grab a featured button :)

Theresa said...

I love this. I need a new fridge, mine is starting to cause problems. Maybe I can do this when I get a new one. Love the idea. Thanks for linking up & sharing at Theresa
Hope to see you again this week.

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, what a fabulous idea! I love these. So fun to see a splash of color in the fridge!! I just pinned. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! :)

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Great idea!!! Makes the fridge pretty!

My name is Rita said...

Great idea. Thank you so much for linking up!I hope to see more from you on my next party.

Marie bloominghomestead said...

Love this idea and it makes your fridge look so pretty. Good job!

Alison Wood said...

Love, love, love this....did I say I LOVE this?! So cute! I shared on my FB page and am a new follower. Thank you for your stand for Christ! It's a blessing to meet other Christian bloggers. Keep the great ideas coming:)

Visiting from Pint-sized Treasures

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Alison!! It's nice to meet you too!

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Tess Sole said...

These are GREAT!! I really like that you used translucent mats! I've seen these done before but they ended up very dark. It's nice to know about the "gritty" back so that they stay in place. That was one of the questions about doing it that I had. Great job!!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Tess! Hope you give them a try!

sharon a said...

Thanks I was looking everywhere for the coasters now all I need is a dollar store for the place mats

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I'm happy to hear you found your solution, Sharon!! They are so easy to make!!

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Grazina Ajana Szewczyk said...

I love DIY projects, and this one is smart. I just have two and the half comments:

First, if you use those fridge mats on your fridge shelves to make cleaning easier, that's fine.

But if you use them in you veggie drawers (crispers) and put fruits and vegetables directly on the mat, make sure that the mats are made of plastic is food grade quality. The ordinary placemats are usually not, so silicon or food grade placemats made for children may be you next best thing (they could be a bit pricey).

Second, I just bought POWER FORCE fridge mats in Aldi. They're made of open-cell foam that allows the air to circulate under the veggies in an upward direction to keep them fresh.

A friend bought last year and still has them, he said they work. And I love saving money, but I think that $3.99 for a packet of two 50cm x 30cm mats is reasonable :)

The next one is just a suggestions: I did a little bit of shopping around and I found Antibacterial Cuttable Refrigerator Pad Mildew Moistureproof Rug Mats on eBay, they cost more or less $5 for a set of 5, and come in gorgeous sorbet colours (for lining the shelves).

I'm going to get them, and you deserve a big thank you because your blog post inspired me and motivated to do more research.

Good job! :)

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