Friday, January 20, 2012

Building the Refrigerator Enclosure

After looking through so many pictures of beautiful kitchens I decided to enclose that big monster in order to make it look a bit smaller and to make the overall space look more professional.  
My picture perfect kitchen was a traditional in style with moldings (I love them!), but with a modern feel.
This is the way I wanted it to look but doing it myself:
I began by removing the cabinet that was on top of the refrigerator, it was only 12” deep and I needed a 24” deep instead. 
The most affordable and quick solution was to buy a cabinet from Ikea to fit above it, then a sheet of ¾” plywood (the dimensions for these sheets are 8’x4’), was cut in half / lengthwise at the home center to create the side panels, since the edges are rough, a ¾”x ½” wood molding (Parting Bead), was glued to the edges of the panels, driving some brad nails to better secure this small molding.
Here you can see the parting bead at the edge of the plywood

When the sides were ready, they were attached to the top cabinet with screws.  We did it off site, working on the floor and it was kind of difficult for me and hub to make it stand up, and bring it to its place just 5 feet away. 
The next step was to attach it to the left cabinet and to the back studs on the wall, making sure it was level.  It looked like a big cabinet with wobbly legs!  The left leg was attached to the base cabinet on the left with screws front and back, and the right leg was attached to the wall behind, and to the floor with L brackets. 

Finally, a small piece of wood was positioned at the bottom of the top cabinet just to the top of the refrigerator to close up this gap and make the whole structure sturdier.

Again, after caulking, sanding and paint this is the final result:



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26 comments:

At The Picket Fence said...

Amazing! I've been wanting to do this myself, and have pinned a lot of ideas on pinterest but couldn't find anyone who had actually DIYed it! Thank you for sharing your ideas. Found you through our friend Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. :)

Heather

Kimbo Bimbo said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Katie Sue said...

Amazing! I found you through French Country Cottage. I have Oak cabinets that I have come to hate.
Katie

Anonymous said...

beautiful job! Which IKEA cabinet did you use that match the existing doors so well?! What is the cabinet paint color and did you paint the ikea refig cabinet doors too? I am sur eto have more questions soon, as we are doing a very similar redo:)

Cristina Garay said...

I bought a plain cabinet for around $60. The doors were about $130. sorry, I don't remember the style. I tried to match what I have. Is not a perfect match! but yes, I did paint them (the doors) the same color as the cabinets to blend them in.

table top fridge said...

Wow, this is wonderful!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Grweat job...as usual! I am addicted to Ikea...but we live far enough (4+hours away) :)

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That looks fantastic. I was wondering how you matched the doors too, but I saw your answer above.

ChRiS said...

love this look what a great job u have done!!

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

Beautiful!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Awesome! That looks wonderful! An entirely different price range of kitchen!
-Trish

Sarah @ 20 State said...

Love it! I need to do this to 'finish' off my kitchen. The fridge just looks wierd with no overhead cabinet, thank you for the inspiration and great tutorial.

Micki Sellers said...

this is SO smart! I'm pinning this for our future kitchen plans. I'd also love for you to share this at my link party http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/08/pin-inspiration-47.html I'm a new linky follower :D

Olive Cooper said...

Brilliant, beautiful, and frugal. Love it.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I see you're back from Colombia sweet friend. You must be sad to have left your family, but happy you spent some time with them too. I need to do just this as soon as we change our fridge for one like yours, lol..I love the freezer in the buttom, the European way. Our top cupboard is going to have to come off, to be cut shorter and placed in the top again, so I'm very inspired!!
Hugs from Home Sweet Home,
FABBY

Michelle said...

Wow! You have so many great posts (I've spent the past 30 minutes just flipping from one thing to another in your blog)! I love that it is something simple, but makes a huge impact.

Monika said...

wow this is awesome! you are an inspiration! Where did you get the doors from? Seems like they are bigger than the old cabinet, no?

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Monika! the doors are also from Ikea, as stated before, they're not a perfect match, but they do belong to the new over the fridge cabinet.

Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful; thanks for sharing. I've saved this for my own kitchen re-do.

I'm wondering how you screwed the unit to the existing bottom cabinet, as the countertop extends farther than the cabinet, does it not?

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Anonymous! This cabinet was built before installing new countertops. It was screwed flush to the base cabinet to the left, then the new counters were installed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Cristina!

Orlando Designs said...

So creative... this will be on my to do list when a chance! Thanks for the idea!

Patrick Huffman said...

I LOVE this blog!! There are so many of your projects that I want to do to my house, the first of which was painting our cabinets. I have been wanting to fill in the space above them but hadn't seen such a great way to do it until your post. We are starting this weekend. I have a couple of questions, but I will ask them as we go as to not bombard you! Also, I don't know if you have a personal email that you would prefer me to ask, but if so let me know! Okay, about the refrigerator cabinet. Did you remove the floor trim so that the long pieces could be flush with the wall?

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Patrick! Yes, the baseboard was removed from the wall but it was saved and used on the side panel later on.

Patrick Huffman said...

Great! Thanks! We are just about to finish the moulding at the bottom of the cabinets and I was wondering if you took it around the side that the refrigerator goes against? I am assuming no since the enclosure would butt up against it...

Cristina Garay said...

That's correct, NO! You can write to me at remodelandolacasa@gmail dot com

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