Turn An Old Refrigerator Into A Fun Outdoor Party Cooler And Bar

Do you have an old fridge that you’ve been thinking about throwing out? Before you do, check out this great idea from Instructables on how to repurpose it and turn it into a sweet outdoor cooler and party bar.

The idea was created by Matt2 Silver. And the great thing about the project is that it’s super cheap to create. He said it will cost about $40 in addition to the old refrigerator. You basically just need to get the following items:

  • Old pallets (you can likely get for free)
  • Spray paint
  • Caulk
  • Plumbing fittings
  • Two 2″ X 4″s
  • Casters

It took him about two days to build, but the effort is well worth it. When the project is completed, you’ll have a unique cooler that will hold a ton of drinks, a prep area and lots of storage space.

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An Important Tip For The Pallets

Breaking down the pallets proved to be one of the more difficult parts of the project, according to Matt2 Silver. After all, they are designed to carry some pretty heavy objects!

Photo by psd
Photo by psd

“The method that seems to work the best or me is to cut through the deck boards where they attach to the side stringer boards of the pallet,” he wrote. “This leaves only the middle stringer and the deck boards attached and with a bit of leverage and some hammering you can easily separate the deck boards for use in your project.”

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Finding The Perfect Refrigerator

Even if you don’t have an old fridge, you can likely get one for almost nothing by searching Craigslist. It doesn’t have to work, and most of the time people will give it to you for free if you come and pick it up.

Yard sales are also a great spot to score a refrigerator at a discounted price.


Go here for the full instructions on how to make the cooler.

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Discover Your Next Project

Once you’ve wrapped up that project, it might be time to make some other fun additions to your backyard area. Perhaps, you’ve always wanted, say, a backyard pergola. Well, you might want to check out these DIY instructions from an Alabama couple who said the ambitious project took them about two weeks — and $1,300 — to complete.


Of course, if a pergola feels like too much of an undertaking, then you can also consider a smaller project, like these polka dot paper lanterns. Simple materials, like paper towel rolls, white spray paint, colorful tissue, floral wire and white lights make the project a cinch.

Because who wouldn’t want to add these (adorable) lights to their backyard for some ambiance?