1950's Fridge Becomes Excellent Wine Cellar / Frigo Des Années 50 Cave à Vins

We transformed an old 1950's Fridge into a gorgeous and functional Wine Cellar. We applied a rust patina, and built wood shelves inside.

Make your own Wine Cellar from an old fridge!

Old fridges - especially ones that aren't functional - are fairly reasonable (or even free). We had to sand this one down to remove the original white paint, and applied a rust patina to it before sealing it. We painted the inside a cheery green color, and then began installing the lining. Use store-bought lumber or upcycle pallet wood. A heavy-duty construction adhesive like Power Grab works well to adhere the wood to the walls of the refrigerator. If you use screws, be cautious of the length and don't puncture the exterior! Cut out some U-shaped notches in wood (you can use a hole saw, drill holes and then saw the wood in half and have two shelves done at once). Secure the shelves and then fill the fridge up!

When is a fridge not a fridge? When you convert it to a Wine Cellar

Editor's note: There are several ways to obtain a rust patina - from DIY techniques you can find on the 'net, to professional kits, such as found from metal finish supplies like Metal Finishes Plus. We are not endorsing any products or techniques - this is just our search to help our crafters out with ideas.

Brilliant idea! Now how about adding some TupperLights to your kitchen?

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Peter Burrowes

They re also perfect for welding rod storage. Break off the switch button so the light bulb stays on all the time, to keep the them dry.

Michael Conde Lopez

Did this for a guitarguy… inside with vintage wood,glas and light for the guitarstuff and a frame for his best piece in front

HeatherStiletto

That sounds like it was an excellent project! If you still have any pictures of it, please do share it! <3 -H.S.

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