Sunday, July 21, 2013

From an Old Refrigerator to an Ice Chest



 Everyone loves re-purposing old things into better-looking items. And of course, who doesn't love a well decorated patio?! This DIY lets you turn an old refrigerator into a beautiful ice chest at an affordable cost.


The first step you should take to turn your old, run down fridge into an awesome ice chest is to remove all of the accessories that make it run. Be sure to remove the evaporator cell and fan, the compressor, the condenser fan, shelves and drawers, and any other unnecessary items that will take up space in what will be the ice chest.


After you are done removing the unneeded pieces, you can start creating the design. Then put the fridge on its back and start making measurements. Start from one side of the fridge and measure the center line running the length. After this, measure the center line of the top and bottom halves. Screw a 2" x 1/4" slat in the length of the top and bottom halves using #3 screws in the center and 6 inches from each end.

Then take 4" x 1/4" slats, cut to the height of your soon-to-be ice chest, and screw them into the 2" x 1/4" slats using 2 #3 screws for the top slat and 3 screws for the bottom slat. Be sure the top and bottom of the fridge are decorated the same. Then do the same for the doors that once belonged to the freezer and fridge sections. Drill a hole in what was the back of the fridge (what is now the bottom of your ice chest) and insert a plug so you can drain water later on.You can also create legs and a support for your new ice chest. The design is up to you and what you think would go best for your patio or in your back yard.
Now just put your awesome ice chest where you want it and fill it with ice! You can also use hinges to make the doors stay open so you can take things out, it depends on your preference. 

If any of you need more instructions, here is a link to a similar DIY project. By looking between the two, you should be able to do this easy-peasy! http://www.killerbdesigns.com/rustic-cooler-a-how-to/



I got this idea from Pinterest and did some research on how to create this. I am not the first person to think of this so I have no ownership. I simply made this blog to help others with their DIY projects!
 

16 comments:

  1. awesome post had a great exp. with this refrigerator i feel fresh when anything i took from it

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  2. Isn't there any way to make this work as a regular deep freeze without adding all the ice?

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  3. Or ice one side...deep freeze other side(long side)...

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    1. no, a standing fridge can not run properly on its side however if you started off with a deep freeze and built around the working parts it should work

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    2. Not true... with a little work you can do this: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Convert-a-mini-fridge-to-a-chest-refrigerat/

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  4. I want to kno if we can turn it n2 a freezer that would be awesome

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  5. Dry ice? Liquid nitrogen? Would most likely work for a freezer temporarily.

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  6. I have an older stand up freezer...would that work for this?

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  7. Buy cheapeast refrigerator at Sargam Electronics
    Sargam Electrnics

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  8. Do away with the ribbon background can not read the institutions.

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  9. Have the ice chest done. What an awesome idea. Now just trying to figure out what to use for the hinge to hold lid open. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  10. I built one as well, worried about door slamming on kids hands, toying with the idea of weight and pulley to prevent the door slamming closed. Any ideas???

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  11. This is one of the oldest fridge.
    At present there are numerous brand out in the market that offers best range of refrigerators.

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  12. I haven't found any ideas for the hinges to keep from slamming, But a smaller matching case for a regular cooler is what we use for the kid drinks.
    We tell everyone the Ice Box is for the "grown up" drinks and its a little higher so the kids can't reach in.

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    1. Just posted this:
      Use toy box hinges, they lock in place so little hands don't get hurt. I'm sure you could find a heavy duty kind at your local Lowes or Home Depot. I would suggest one on each side for extra strength, depending on the weight of the door and added covering.

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  13. I really like the idea of recycling the old fridge, but I would strongly sugest a second handle be added on the outer rail to secure a lock on it. It could save a child's life as they like to climb in and could be trapped inside.

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