Matt2 Silver over at instructables.com shows how to turn an old broken refrigerator into an awesome rustic cooler, great for parties, bonfires, and all of types of outdoor festivities. This project is easy to tackle and best of all it doesn’t cost a lot to build as most of the materials are recycled or reclaimed. This is also a great weekend project as it should only take a day or two from start to finish and doesn’t require any specialized tools beyond standard wood working tools like drills, drivers, and saws.
Build a rustic cooler from broken refrigerator and pallets
- It can be used as a small or large cooler depending on the size of your party. Intimate get together with friends? Just use the freezer space to chill a few beverages and some snacks. Big Ol’ Shin Dig? Open both the freezer and fridge spaces to create a huge cooler to chill all sorts of beverages and goodies. Just add ice.
- Sturdy flat topped lids are just the right height to double as an impromptu table or food preparation area.
- 4 heavy duty casters allow for the cooler to be easily moved
- When left open, the indoor fridge shelves serve as a great place to sort condiments or extra stacks of cups.
- After use the cooler can easily be drained of melted ice via a drain value installed in the bottom of the cooler.
- It looks great!
- Doesn`t cost an arm and a leg – provided you have an old broken refrigerator standing around.
- Front chalk board lets guests know what you have to drink/eat.
- Sturdy handles and rope lid supports make the cooler easy to open and keep the lids from opening too far.
View complete step by step instructions with images here.