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Topic: A 1950's Fridge gets restored to provide weather and dust proof storage outdoors  (Read 9779 times)
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« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2008 11:52:35 AM »

That is BRILLIANT!  Wonderful job.
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2008 09:21:40 AM »

I am so happy to see that people are repurposing things. They look so cool, and they stay out of the landfills! Great job!
I'm curious. Did you or someone else drain the freon out of it first?
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« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2008 12:45:40 AM »

Wow, the only alternate use I've seen for these old iceboxes is as a beer fridge.  I had one of these about 10 years ago that was actually used as a food fridge until the ex "defrosted" it with a knife and all the freon hissed out.  Wish I would have thought to use it as a storage cabinet!

A question though.  I know most places have ordinances against fridges of this type sitting anywhere outside with the doors intact due to the risk of suffocation from kids playing hide and seek in them.  Do you not have those ordinances or is the fridge in a inaccessible area?  Or is it one that doesn't actually latch?
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2008 05:31:03 AM »

I am so happy to see that people are repurposing things. They look so cool, and they stay out of the landfills! Great job!
I'm curious. Did you or someone else drain the freon out of it first?

Thanks so much. We removed the motor and the freon was taken care of by a friend of ours who is in the appliance business so everything was done with the proper respect for the environment. The motor was also recycled.
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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2008 05:40:39 AM »

Wow, the only alternate use I've seen for these old iceboxes is as a beer fridge.  I had one of these about 10 years ago that was actually used as a food fridge until the ex "defrosted" it with a knife and all the freon hissed out.  Wish I would have thought to use it as a storage cabinet!

A question though.  I know most places have ordinances against fridges of this type sitting anywhere outside with the doors intact due to the risk of suffocation from kids playing hide and seek in them.  Do you not have those ordinances or is the fridge in a inaccessible area?  Or is it one that doesn't actually latch?

If the seals are bad you can't use it outside. One of the best features of this find is that all of the seals and the latch were in near-perfect condition so it is dust and weather tight. It's been tested over the course of 3 summers. No worries of mildew whatsoever.

The ordinance that you're referring to pertains to fridges left out on the curb for trash pickup. Kids were able to crawl inside because a lot of times the drawers and shelves were removed. People would also prop the doors open. Thus the danger.

This fridge is full. All of the drawers and shelves are in place and it is loaded with tableware and linens. For a child to get inside they would have to open the door - not an easy reach. They would then have to remove the all of the dishes and the at least on of the shelves, along with the drawers before they could even think about fitting into it. Plus: It is not sitting out in plain view. It is behind our garage which is not at all visible from the street. That being said, I don't see a safety issue here.
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2008 08:02:30 AM »

great job you guys! We have our first nice patio here at our new house and slowly working to make it a much nicer place to hang out.

I noticed in your diary that you painted the floor of the patio. How cool is that! gives me ideas!

thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2008 11:14:52 AM »

great job you guys! We have our first nice patio here at our new house and slowly working to make it a much nicer place to hang out.

I noticed in your diary that you painted the floor of the patio. How cool is that! gives me ideas!

thanks for sharing!

Congrats on the new house. I hope you'll consider showing photos of your new place once you've had a chance to make your mark on it!

As for painting the patio...
Yes, I did. My husband wanted to make it a flat slate grey and my response was, "Why???" I then set about painting it to somewhat resemble a vintage rug. This was done by masking off the interior section, painting that, letting it dry, and then going on to the edging. Once the edging was dry I sat myself down in the center of the space and started painting the vines and leaves as you see them there. It took a good 8 hours to finish but the result was worth it.
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« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2008 12:15:34 PM »

An incredible fridge restoration as well as a fantastic patio.  Everything looks great and such a wonderful peaceful place to enjoy an evenin'.
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tomico
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2008 06:06:35 PM »

An ex boyfriend of mine had one of these old fridges and he pained it bright pink and put on it the band name " The Cramps" in bleeding red. Later, he painted it black and had his daughter put foot prints of white to make it look like she walked over top of it. I liked the look but it was just so inefficient. I'm glad you were able to find a sensible use for it. lol.

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mirrorandmoon
« Reply #29 on: January 03, 2009 11:04:54 PM »

I love that idea! I would have never thought of that Smiley
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