Turning an Old Broken Refrigerator into an Awesome Rustic Cooler

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An old fridge is not a piece of scrap every time because it can be a great base for a DIY project. So you can try this realy cool project to turn your old fridge into a new item which is a rustic outdoor cooler. To achieve such a rustic look, you can use pallets which are cheap. So this is almost the most inexpensive outdoor cooler project at any time. You don’t need to have outstanding skills to build the pallet case. This cooler will help to keep cold  your food at summer barbecues.

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What is needed?

  • Old Refrigerator – Make sure the Freon has been properly removed, more info on this in step 4.
  • Pallets – You’ll need about 4 pallets to get enough wood for this project.
  • Screws – 1 1/4″ wood screws work well for this project
  • Caulking
  • Liquid Nails
  • Casters – To make it move.
  • 2″ X 4″s – For framing in the bottom of the fridge and to build the base the cooler sits on.
  • Misc PVC/Brass Fittings – Used to construct a drain at the bottom of the cooler for easy draining after use.
  • Rope and Eye Bolts – To keep the cooler lids from opening too far.
  • Black Spray Paint

Tools

  • Drill/Driver – Pilot holes and driving screws.
  • Chop Saw – Useful to cut perfect 90 degree ends on the prepared pallet boards.
  • Circular Saw – For breaking down pallets.
  • Sander – for knocking down rough edges on pallet wood and for roughing up the fridge for painting.
  • Caulking Gun – For plugging holes in the refrigerator to make it waterproof and for applying liquid nails.
  • Pry-Bars and Hammers – For breaking down pallets into usable lengths of wood.

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