Wednesday, August 21, 2013

DIY Refrigerator Enclosure

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Today I am going to show you my refrigerator enclosure.

Just to remind you, the previous refrigerator was big, white, bulky and hanging out at the end of the cabinets.

As soon as I knew we were buying the house the wheels were turning and I started researching on how to fix the fridge problem.  There had to be a way to make it look like it belonged in the kitchen and not just shoved at the end of the cabinets.  I saw several people on the blogosphere built enclosures for their refrigerators and added it to the current cabinetry.  GENIUS!!

  Here is an example of what I am talking about.

Just add a box...simple right.  BAHAHA!!!!!   I should know better.  The problem with a project like this is no matter how good the tutorial is or detailed the pictures are, each situation is different.  My cabinets are a different size, my refrigerator is a different size (I purchased a counter depth), my ceiling height is get my point.  I had to come up with a strategy for my situation.  It wasn't too bad but it did not turn out exactly as planned.

My first problem was most of the tutorials had a set of cabinets to use above the fridge that matched the current cabinets.  This made it look like the box was built with the cabinets.   I tried to take my current ones down and they wouldn't  budge.  The cabinets were built off of each neighboring cabinet.  Meaning, I coudn't get the cabinets above the fridge down without hurting the ones next to it so I had to scratch that idea.   Since I could not remove the cabinets above the fridge I had to build the box around them which complicated things.  I decided to cover the cabinet and put a shelf over the fridge instead.  I now have a home for my cookbooks.   Here are some progress shots.

The moldings on the fur down are continued around the new enclosure.  Read about the space of the cabinets here.

I used my handy dandy Kreg Jig to make all the connections hidden.  This also helped with the braces we put along the back and gave me a way to secure the box into the floor.  For me that was the scariest part....drilling holes into my new flooring.  Talk about a measure 10 times, drill once kind of situation.

Here are the after pictures and yes I still have the stickers on my fridge.  It has been moved around a lot so I have tried to protect it as much as possible.  Also, I can't find my cookbooks.  At the moment, they are lost in the hot steamy abyss also known as the POD. :)

 custom furniture Galveston Houston Tx, white kitchen, painted kitchen cabinets, DIY refrigerator enclosure

I. LOVE. IT.  Other than the paint color, buying a counter depth fridge and having it boxed in has totally changed the room.  It feels so much bigger!  Thank you to my husband for trusting me with this idea and helping me with it.  Sometimes I can tell he is not so sure about my crazy ideas (not sure why) but trusts me anyway and helps me when I ask for it.  Thanks, babe!


Click here to see all the before and after pictures of the kitchen.

This post was a runner up in One Project Closer's The Better Half Before & After contest!  Pretty Handy Girl was the Co-Host that week.  Check out the winner and other runner-ups here!

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  1. Genius solution! I love your "wheels turning" results. It definitely ups the custom look in your kitchen.

  2. This looks absolutely amazing!! Love the honesty!! This might just have convinced me to do this in our kitchen! Thanks for sharing DIY Sunday Showcase!! I am gonna pin this to our board!


  3. Very smart! #Lovethat Fabulous solution.

  4. Very smart! #Lovethat Fabulous solution.

  5. Just discovered this now, I love it, thanks so much..

  6. LOVE this, really pretty!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing! I am in the process of doing the exact same thing to my kitchen but having troubles getting my husband to see my "vision". After showing him your results I think he "gets it".
    Love your Can-Do attitude and problem solving.
    Thanks again!

    1. Thanks, Joni. Good luck with your update.

    2. I love it !!!!! I think my cookbooks are in the abyss too I'm still looking for my favorite one it's up there somewhere!��

  8. what type of wood did you use

    1. I used a medium grade 3/4" plywood. I wanted something that would not have tons of knots and grains to fill but not too nice since it was going to be painted.

  9. Thank you so much for showing the before, during, and after pictures of the job you have done on your kitchen. With the labor of my husband, myself, and our Son who is a master all trades, we have been remodeling our home, which is close to 100 years old, for three years now. A little at a time.

    We are almost completely done with the kitchen, except for the two pantries (30" w x 84" h) to go on both sides of the fridge. I have been telling my husband that I needed a frame to go around the fridge to support the cabinet above it, and he never could envision what I meant. Until I came across your blog. NOW, he gets it. Our pantries will be arriving in two weeks so we are ready for completion. I loved your idea so much of the open shelf to hold cook books, we will be saving the money on that cabinet.

    Also, we have gone through three different shades of stain on the other cabinets we purchased. The first one too light, the second one too red, the third one... my husband said it looked Country. That's when I threw my hands up and said, "But I don't want Country." He loved the outcome of your kitchen so much, he told me to stop staining, we will sand them down AGAIN, and for me to pick out a paint color.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing with us. I googled, googled, and googled until you showed us the perfect answer.

    Also, can you tell us what kind of paint you used, and how it's holding up. We need something easy to clean... five dogs in the house. LOL

    Robbie and Julie

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  18. So beautiful! It looks so light and airy. Love the white and turquoise blue color scheme. Very cool and inviting.

  19. Just wondering if you can get to the un movable cabinet or did you go right over it with board