Reclamation Project – Turn an Old Refrigerator into an Outdoor Bar

Stephen Perrino
Published on March 6, 2017

Reclamation Project – Turn an Old Refrigerator into an Outdoor Bar

This really cool reclamation project turns an old/broken refrigerator into a useful and fantastic looking outdoor bar/work space, complete with cooler and tons of storage space. The best part about this project is that it uses mostly re-purposed or recycled materials, so it’s relatively cheap to make and environmentally friendly.

Tools You Will Need

The tools for this project are pretty standard for anyone that regularly engages in these types of woodworking and DIY projects. If you are new to this and don’t have the tools needed, check with your neighbors. Tell them that if they loan you their tools you’ll invite them to the party when you launch your new bar.

Drill/Driver – Pilot holes and driving screws.

Chop Saw – Useful to cut perfect 90 degree ends on the prepared pallet boards.

Circular Saw – For breaking down pallets.

Sander – for knocking down rough edges on pallet wood and for roughing up the fridge for painting.

Caulking Gun – For plugging holes in the refrigerator to make it waterproof and for applying liquid nails.

Pry-Bars and Hammers – For breaking down pallets into usable lengths of wood.

Materials for the Job

As we mentioned earlier, one of the best parts about this job is that so much of the materials are re-purposed or recycled so the cost is low. For under $50, you should be able to accumulate all the materials you need to complete this job.

Old Refrigerator – Make sure the Freon has been properly removed, more info on this in step 4.

Pallets – You’ll need about 4 pallets to get enough wood for this project.

Screws – 1 1/4″ wood screws work well for this project


Liquid Nails

Casters – To make it move.

2″ X 4″s – For framing in the bottom of the fridge and to build the base the cooler sits on.

Misc PVC/Brass Fittings – Used to construct a drain at the bottom of the cooler for easy draining after use.

Rope and Eye Bolts – To keep the cooler lids from opening too far.

Black Spray Paint  – To keep the outside of the old refrigerator from showing through between the wood pieces.

The instructions for this project can be found at instuctables. It was created by Matt2 Silver and he said the project should take about 2 days to complete.  Let us know in the comments below if you had success with this project.

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