Here’s All You Need To Do To Turn Your Average Fridge Into An Awesome Cooler

Build cooler, be cooler!

Barbecue season is coming up. In the wake of this looming godsend of a season, some handy dandy folks have crafted a tutorial that makes your mundane fridge into an overachieving cooler!

All you need to make an amazing cooler is a functional (but not exactly top of the line) fridge. If you’re thinking of buying a new fridge, but don’t know what to do with the old one, this is the place to be!

The guy who did this nifty project at Instructables has shared his thought process and pictures with us. Scroll down below to see what he did.


Obviously, the first thing you need is an old fridge to start putting together your new cooler.

A fridge is perfect as it has insulated walls to help keep things cool.

Basically, you need to remove the door and shelves, while making sure you get those runaway wires. You now have the basic body of your cooler.


As you may already know, one of the most important things is practicing caution when dealing with the Freon piping of the fridge.

You need to be extra careful not to break the pipes as Freon is a controlled gas and you can be fined for releasing it into the air.

As long as you are careful with it, you should be okay, but if you have doubts about your ability to exercise care, contact a professional.


Next, to add a little character to your D.I.Y. water cooler, find boards that fit the size of the walls of your decapitated fridge.

Once you have them, or trim them, drill them into the body of your fridge turned cooler. This creates a more rustic look for your new cooler.


As we all know, fridges are quite shiny in texture, and this can create an unflattering contrast between the walls and the wood.

To avoid this, you would be well advised to paint the refrigerator walls a darker color.


To finish off this look, cover the door of the fridge with wood too. Once this is done, you can stand back and admire the old-timey charm of your new cooler.

Adding your own unique appendages is always a nice idea, like rope ‘handles’ and whatnot.


And that’s about it. If you have a fridge/freezer type gizmo, you can always make two baby coolers, as opposed to one big cooler, for your next barbecue.


Did you like this creative idea? SHARE it with your barbecue buddies and never buy a cooler again!