Great frugal way to make shelves and chest for outside use

United States
February 23, 2007 2:51pm CST
A few years ago, our freezer tore up. It broke at the worst possible time for us and we lost everything in it. What a mess it was in our garage. Blood all over the floor. I had been wanting to purchase a large chest for our front porch to keep those outside pillows and outdoor games in. We have a problem with the neighbors cat gettting on our cushions at night. We thought that this upright freezer would work perfectly. Now before you say "that is so unsafe for kids" read the rest of the discussion. I think we all have one room in the house that we just dont want anyone to see. Well for me, that room is my washroom. I am desparate need of some cabinets in it to store my cleaning supplies that are all sitting in the floor. Now back to the freezer story. My husband the wonderful clever man that he is decided that the freezer would be great for the porch. It was white, the same color of our home and it was large enough to hold the outdoor games and the cushions. We took the latch off the freezer so it will no loger be unable to open from the inside. It is totally airtight so no mice can get it but also no air to keep things smelling fresh. So we put fabric softener sheets in it alog with some charcoal in a bag. We laid the freezer down so the door is on top. Great solution. It looks wonderful and is large enough for everything. We put some potted plants on top to help in the risk of kids getting in but if they do get in, they can easily get out by pushing open the door. Now the shelves in the freezer were put in with those shelf things that have holes so you can move the shelves up and down. My husband took them out of the freezer and nailed them to my washroom wall. he then took the shelves and put on the brackets. Now I have shelves on my wall that look great and are adjustable. Two problems solved with a freezer that would cost us to have it picked up and taken to the dump.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
25 Feb 07
That is a great way to reuse that so that way you solved your problems without spending a fortune to do it. It's not always easy to do I know but that worked out great for you. Sometimes finding different uses for things can really make a difference in the pocket book, the house and the landfills. Great job with that :)
• United States
25 Feb 07
It really looks good both the shelves and the porch container. I am amazed. It does not look junky in any way.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
24 Feb 07
What a mess it was in our garage. Blood all over the floor That is a good opener!! This is a creative use of something that normally would head to the landfill. Am so glad that you have a handy man that you are married to. Thanks for the motivating story. There is usually a use for something if given half a chance. Thanks for sharing it here.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
LOL I try to get attentio with the first few lines of any article that I write. I know if you dont get attention immediately, they wont be interested enough to read it. So did my opening lines work with you??
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@GardenGerty (99255)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Recycling is the name of the game. If it has any copper tubing left, you might pull that and sell it for scrap. The rubber gasket from the door is full of magnets, as well. handy for craft projects.
• United States
24 Feb 07
We did sell the copper tubing and pulled out the motor and sold it but the gasket was left intact to prevent mice from entering.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
24 Feb 07
What a great idea. LOL one time I remodeled my bathroom and ended up with an old bathtub they wanted $50 to haul to the dump - I took a saw, cut the outside edge off, dug a hole, sunk the tub in it, filled with water, and had my own "pond" complete with a waterfall I made out of rocks and a cheap pump.
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• United States
24 Feb 07
What a wonderful idea. It is truely amazing what frugal things we can come up with when we have to.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
23 Feb 07
wow I think you could send your husband over here and come up woth some good ideas for me, maybe you could rent him out.......sounds great...:)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I was amazed at how good it looked. I thought they would both look junky but they look really nice.
@peavey (16587)
• United States
24 Feb 07
How creative! I was going to post something about killing two birds with one stone, but you killed three birds with one stone! Storage for the porch, shelves for the laundry and no refrigerator to get rid of. Can't beat that. :)
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• United States
24 Feb 07
Wow Anne!! Once again, a very creative solution from you!! What an excellent idea! I love how you're always thinking "out of the box"! You Rock! :)
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• Canada
24 Feb 07
Sunshine and Shadows  -  This is a quilt that I made about 6 years ago . We use it as an extra blanket on our bed . I love quilts not only because they look nice , but because they are so warm .
Wow ,very creative way to use an old appliance. Especially the dual use .The shell for a chest and the shelves in your laundry room .
@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Sounds great and how clever!
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
24 Feb 07
We did something similar with an old refrigerator. We took the door completely off. Then we used magnets to hold a pretty curtain up so you couldn't see that it was a fridge. We joked about it and called it our "redneck shelves" but it served its purpose and we really didn't care what anybody else thought about it. We used it in the kitchen to store stuff that had no other place to go.
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@pookie92 (1714)
• United States
23 Feb 07
you must be the recycle QUEEN! I am so proud of you, you can put anything to use, can't you!
@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
26 Feb 07
I have a broken fridge. I had wondered how I was going to get rid of it. I think this a wonderful idea. I have heard of people drilling holes in them to keep them safe, but I think a padlock would be safer still. I'd hate to hit a line and have all the polution get into the air.
• United States
26 Feb 07
We took the motor and copper line out and sold them for a few bucks. We used a freezer and the shelves had that thing that makes them adjustable. Does your fridge have that? Good luck. It works great.
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@tammyr (5956)
• Etowah, Tennessee
28 Feb 07
I got a new fridge today and left the old one on the kitchen. I will use it as a cabinet and will not have to worry about kids climbing in it, as my daughter will not and it will be full of stuff, so no one will fit in. I think I will love the added storage and it looks no worse than having a freezer and fridge in there. Thank for the tip about taking out the copper and motor, copper is so high, I may do that.