Did you finally get the state-of-the art brand new refrigerator you’ve always wanted? A sleek stainless steel, French-door model, with through-the-door ice and water dispenser. Are you in love? For sure! But what do you do with your old trusty fridge that may still have some life to it? You’d be surprised how many different ways this appliance can still serve your household instead of crowding up the landfill. Here are just a few ideas.
- Place it in the garage or the basement to keep the beer and wine cold for those party times when extra beverages are required.
- Make use of its shelving to store seasonal clothing, or other smaller items, or, place in the garage to keep small workshop tools organized.
- Give your Smooch a new home! Take out the door and the trays, lay the fridge on its side, and place a pet pillow inside.
- Use it as a canvass for your artistic expression while creating a one-of-a-kind clothing armoire! Cover it in a colourful design made with small tile pieces or sequins or other shiny art supplies and paint. Take out the shelves and the trays, and install a pole to hang all your garb. Now it’s a unique, personalized armoire for your bedroom.
- Place it on its side on the patio, affix cedar planks to its sides and the door, and it can function as either a storage bench, or an ice chest.
- Take off the door, and take out the trays and shelves. Fill it up with dense foam, cover the top with weather resistant material or just buy a lounge cushion and place it on top. Now it’s a patio bench.
- How about turning the old fridge into a pond in your backyard? With a bit of plumbing know-how, it’s easily done. Remove all the doors, trays and shelves and all the innards that might be toxic. Dig a hole in the ground to snugly fit the fridge in, and plumb it. Throw in some exotic fish, and your fridge-pond is a relaxing and distinctive feature in your garden.
- Empty the fridge, remove the door, and turn in on its side. Fill it up with dirt and plant some flowers. Now you have a raised flower bed without any expense. To make it more attractive, frame it in cedar planks, or just paint it your favourite colour.
- Detach the plastic shelving from the inside of the fridge door. It has a variety of ledges, brackets and racks that can hold and store a plethora of small household items, such as your herbs in the pantry or meds in your bathroom, or painting supplies in the study. Don’t throw out the door – placed on a couple of towers or legs, it can be used as a table!
- Now, this idea may take a bit of time to realize, but it’s worth the effort! You’ll end up with a truly one-of-a-kind type of seating, perfect for a man cave: a fridge couch. You’ll need to make a few adjustments to the frame of the fridge, such as attaching four short legs to its back, and a couple of sturdy planks on its sides as armrests. The bigger challenge is to find seating to fit in the opening of the fridge, but a junkyard shopping expedition should prove fruitful, look for old car leather seating or even an old love seat!
Still, if you’ve hated your fridge for a while now and are keen to get rid of it as soon as possible, call your local junk removal company to help you part with it forever! These professionals will remove and recycle this heavy and bulky appliance —that has been the bane of your kitchen existence—in a responsible and eco-friendly way.