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3 ways to customise the outdoors of your fridge with
extra storage!

I really like discovering good methods so as to add storage round the home, particularly within the
kitchen! I actually take pleasure in determining methods to make higher use of an
underutilized spot.  

One of many first DIY initiatives I labored on in our outdated kitchen was including a
DIY enclosure across the fridge. This makeover will go a lengthy option to
making a kitchen really feel extra customized and up to date. 

PLUS, there are such a lot of methods so as to add storage while you “construct in” a fridge!
I am sharing the methods I’ve completed simply that. 

1. Add or lengthen the cupboard above a fridge. 

In case your fridge does not have any cabinetry, including a cupboard on the high with facet panels will give it a customized contact. 

In our final kitchen, we already had a cupboard above however it was the identical
depth as the remainder of the cupboards: 

short cabinet above refrigerator

Not tremendous helpful when you must climb on high of the fridge to get to it!
Ha!

extended cabinet above fridge

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I used to be in a position to transfer the unique cupboard doorways to the one I
constructed. 

gray peppercorn base cabinets

If you happen to bought your cupboards from a giant field retailer, you could possibly discover
matching facet panels to match. 

If not, use a 4×8 foot wooden panel reduce in half to create your personal! (It will
all the time be cheaper than shopping for the “matching” panels.)

You may add a fridge enclosure if it is in opposition to a wall, positioned in
between cupboards or standing alone.  

 

2. What to do with the house above the fridge?

If you happen to add a cupboard above, congrats — you’ve some new space for storing! 🙂

pan storage above refrigerator

These organizers are expandable, so you possibly can stretch them for greater pans, or shut it up for skinny boards. You may nonetheless discover them at IKEA, however this expandable option is analogous. 

In our present kitchenette, we used a sheet of plywood for the facet panels:

wood panels around fridge enclosure


I saved greater than $100 by utilizing this as a substitute of the completed panels
that match the cabinetry. 


We bought a facet by facet fridge for this spot (they’re SO a lot
cheaper than the French door choices!) and after it was put in, we
had a great ten inches of open house between the highest and the cupboard
above.


I knew I may make that house helpful, so I began by nailing some
scrap wooden into the edges as help strips:
 

wood supports for shelf


After which I reduce down some wooden that match beneath these helps to shut it
off and create a shelf. 


My authentic plan was so as to add a chunk of wooden on the entrance that we may
flip up and entry the within of our new shelf. However I could not determine
out the proper hinges to make it work. 


So I went again to my scrap pile and determined to complete if off by making a
field I may slide in to cowl all of the ugly elements (you might see the
{hardware} beneath the cupboard and the helps I had simply put in). 


I nailed in a pair extra scrap elements to alongside the again and sides to
connect my new insert to: 

DIY shelf above fridge


I painted the field earlier than sliding it in and nailing, after which trimmed out
the entrance to cowl the tough edges. 


Now that awkward house not solely appears to be like higher, however is a helpful spot!:

small shelf above refrigerator


I nonetheless have to fill in some gaps across the trim, however this little
element is sort of completed!

3. Add fairly storage to the facet of the fridge. 

That is one in every of my all time favourite kitchen DIY initiatives!

Enclosing the fridge creates a wall if it is open on one facet…and
after dwelling with ours for a pair years, I needed to make the most of that vacant
vertical house. 

fridge with cutting board storage on side

I LOVE this wall now! It is such a candy little element in our kitchen, and
it is USEFUL. I really like when kind and performance meet up so superbly!

I created little cabinets with leather-based strips to maintain the slicing boards from
falling. For just a little ornamental element, I hung scrap wooden on the again for a
shiplap look, however you may as well use beadboard, wallpaper, an accent
colour…no matter! 

On the basement enclosure, I had that very same empty wall that was calling out
for one thing. I grabbed a pile of fairly slicing boards I’ve had in
our storage room and selected a option to show them. 

By the best way…sure I’ve too many slicing boards. I KNOW. 😂 However we all the time
seize one for entertaining or after we’re having snacks and watching
TV. 

I made a decision to hold them on this wall for simple entry. You need to use cup hooks
to hold slicing boards, however I used to be just a little further and used just a few of the
antiqued brass knobs
I put in on our cupboards. 
using knob as hanger

I drilled pilot holes into the wooden panel, then screwed the knobs in. 

They’re tremendous safe and maintain all of our slicing boards: 

cutting board wall

I really like the brass element! 

The wooden tone appears to be like nice in opposition to that grey, and it ties in properly with the
new flooring (that I nonetheless want to indicate you!) and the wooden accents on our
leisure middle: 

cutting board wall by fridge
I hung a lot of the boards with
leather string
I had in my craft stash: 
leather string on cutting board

There you go! I hope these offer you some concepts in your personal fridges. Who
knew that they had a lot potential? 🙂 

In fact there’s nothing flawed with simply leaving them as is, however I like to
work out methods to use unused house.