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15 DIY’s to Recycle Old Refrigerators into Something Useful

Wondering what to do with your old refrigerator? For the majority of us, it’s only worth the landfill. Maybe we don’t realize that we can reuse/repurpose the useless fridge. You’ll be surprised to find out about the amazing things you can create out of an old refrigerator.

Read on from some creative ways to repurpose old refrigerator into something useful for your home.

Transform Old Refrigerator into a Couch 

Canadian designer Adrian Johnson makes exclusive furniture items by recycling old fridges. Fridgecouch is one of his most appreciated creations. He has created three of these couches using vintage refrigerators and car seats rescued from the scrap yards.

All of them are handcrafted, thereby making it possible to create a unique piece every time. Each one features a side table made out of the fridge door and has speakers integrated into it.

Cool couch made from recycled fridge..

Image: Adrian Johnson

Couch made from recycled fridge

Image: Adrian Johnson

 couch made from recycled fridge

Image: Adrian Johnson

Use the Fridge as a Bookcase 

It is not a big deal to turn an old, unused fridge into a bookcase. Yes, anyone can do it! this is a fine idea to repurpose old refrigerator into a storage unit that’ll assist in banishing clutter from your home. Such a repurposed fridge bookcase can be ideally placed in a study or elsewhere.

Try and keep the original look of the fridge, that is the key to an interesting make. Use stickers and small toys to enhance the appeal, if you want to.

 bookcase made out of old fridge

Image: Pinterest

Bookcase recycled from an old fridge

Image: Pinterest

Also Read: 15 Best Ways to Repurpose Leftover Wine Bottles

Use Fridge Rack/Grill to Spice up Your Wall

If you care for the environment and love to reuse things, you’d be glad to know that almost all parts of an old refrigerator can be reused, yes even the rack/grill. Choose to call it whatever you may, the grill-like tray of your old refrigerator can be used as wall decor (don’t forget to clean it and finish it with some paint before placing it on the wall). You can use it as a base for a picture frame or a painting.

Wall decorative piece recycled from fridge grill

Image: Pinterest

Turn Old Refrigerator into a Kitchen Cabinet

Instead of locking up the old fridge in the storeroom or garage, add a little bit of storage space to the kitchen with a repurposed fridge cabinet. Yes, your broken fridge can be a perfect cabinet to store packed food, or showcase wine glasses and pots.

Turn your old refrigerator into a kitchen cabinet

Image: Pinterest

Turn your old refrigerator into a kitchen cabinet

Image: Pinterest

Refrigerator Door Table

Usually, fridges are made from plastic-wrapped steel, which makes them extremely sturdy. If you can strip off a fridge door, it can be used to create an outdoor table. Arjun Rathi, a Mumbai-based student designer has built this cool table out of vintage Kelvinator fridge door, the condenser coils and metal used for support were procured from scrap markets in the city.

Refrigerator Door Table for outdoors

Image: Arjun Rathi

Make Wheeled Sofa out of Old Refrigerator

Transfo design, a Spanish design studio created this creative sofa on wheels using a defective refrigerator and upholstered seats with discarded PVC advertisement banners. There’s also a flexible reading lamp on the side – park yourself on it, grab a book and you’re sorted.

Black sofa made out of an old refrigerator

Image: transfo design

sofa made out of an old refrigerator

Image: transfo design

Rustic Cooler Made From Old Refrigerator and Pallets

Looking to prepare your backyard for the next summer party? An old fridge can be a great resource for you. It can be turned into a rustic cooler by covering all the sides of the fridge with pallets and adding add handles, metals sheets for water-proofing.

It is not an easy DIY project, you’ll require woodworking skill, but if you can achieve to build this, it’ll surely be a conversation starter.

Rustic cooler from broken refrigerator and pallets

Image: Instructables

A rustic cooler from broken refrigerator and pallets

Image: Instructables

Turn the Old Fridge into a Doghouse 

Chinese design studio Y-Town repurposed an old Bosch fridge as an outdoor doghouse, which is quite an idea. The door was removed and the fridge laid down horizontally, providing a separate sleeping and dining spaces for a stray pup.

Doghouse recycled from old fridge.

Image: Y-Town

fridge into doghouse

Image: Y-Town

Fridge Wall shelf

This idea for a fridge shelf comes from El recetario by Spanish-based NGO Makea tu vida. If you want a nifty shelf for your kitchen but don’t wish to spend much, just rip open your old fridge, take the door and fix it on the wall. The shelf will be a great place for storing jars and other small things.

Fridge shelves created from old refigerator

A Fridge Wine Cellar 

A RecyleArt user has given a second life to an old 1950’s fridge by transforming into a wine cellar. Its interior walls are painted in a cheery green color while the shelves are made from pallet wood. This one is a cool idea not only for the eco-conscious drinkers but for all those wanting some extra storage for their wine bottles.

Recycled Refrigerator Wine cellar

Image: RecyleArt

Wine cellar made out of old refrigerator....

Image: RecyleArt

Secret Fridge Door

This Coca-Cola vending machine is actually a door between The Press sandwich shop and The Flask speakeasy bar designed by Alberto Caiola in Shanghai. Shows a nice way of reusing the door of an old fridge. I’m sure, you’re surprised by this, well so am I.

Old Coca Cola fridge repurposed into a door

Image: Alberto Caiola

Planter Made from Fridge Drawer

The drawers of a retired refrigerator can be repurposed into beautiful planters for growing succulent plants, flowers or herbs. The big drawers can even be used to grow veggies.

Vintage refrigerator drawer planter

Image: Pinterest

Mini Glasshouse from Disused Refrigerator 

A recycling enthusiast Janet conceptualized the idea of revamping an old fridge into a mini glasshouse for raising seedlings and tender crops. This is really a great idea, especially for those wanting to grow plants and veggies all year long.

Check out the video below for inspiration.

Pellet Smoker Made out of an Old Fridge

Pellet Pro converted an old out of date refrigerator into a pellet smoker using the Pellet Pro Pellet Hopper Assembly. The integrated Pellet Pro PID Controller maintains set temperature.

This smoker project is definitely for an experienced DIYer, check the video below to know more.

Igloo Made From Unused Refrigerators

An igloo made from 300 old refrigerators, yes, it’s for real. It was a walk-in art installation erected in the center of Hamburg, Germany by German artist Ralf Schmerberg and green energy company Entega. It’s definitely not for you to try but then there was no real reason not to mention this neet way of using discarded fridges by people who didn’t know what they could do with their old refrigerator.

Igloo made from 300 refrigerators1

Image: Ralf Schmerberg

Igloo made from 300 refrigerators

Image: Ralf Schmerberg

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