Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Cool! ... made a Mini fridge!

B, handy husband and excellent side-kick, has been working away making a fridge for the Swedish   House. We did admire the look of the SMED (we call it SMUG) curved-top fridges but

I mentioned previously that I found a bamboo napkin holder for $3 at a Dollar Store.  I used wood from it for the kitchen counters and the wood also worked in scale for the fridge/freezer doors.

Below the picture shows the basswood box finished.  The doors cut to fit before beginning to paint, sand and repaint with light coatings of gloss spray paint.
Note: Carrie asked what type of paint we used. It is Rustoleum White high gloss. Two coats, allow to cure then sand. Then three more coats - drying and sanding with 400 grit sand paper.

The shape is correct - freezer on the bottom .... there are lots of illustrations with dimensions on the Internet of European styled fridges.

Painting ...

The handles are made with brushed brass pipe that has been drilled to take nails that will connect it to the box. The nails were glued with epoxy.

Positioning the handles.


The fridge is almost ready. There are feet at the base to hold it above the floor and small metal   pieces on the edge of the doors to represent hinges.


You can do it too!


  1. That bamboo napkin holder was a VERY good investment!

  2. What type of paint did you use? It has such a nice finish.

  3. You've been really busy lately and in each post there is more new amazing work. Your fridge is great and the paint perfect, it gives the look of a real fridge.

  4. What a team! Excellent fridge which is going to look so smart in the kitchen!

  5. The paint finish is fabulous! It's going to be great in the kitchen!

  6. Wow Janine! You guys did an amazing job on the fridge! And good fridges are hard to get. Love it!!

  7. Fridge is terrific - just like the makers - the terrific twosome!

  8. That is a cool way to make a modern fridge. I love the result.

  9. Excellent - a great addition to your kitchen.

    Apologies for the lack of blog comments - I too have been very lax with this task but am enjoying catching up with all the wonderful ideas.