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Project by Wolfdrool posted 09-29-2014 05:18 PM 1146 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this wood apron to cover part of a refrigerator that stuck out too far (Picture 5) from the original cabinets.

Before buying the new fridge, I took the necessary measurements. Width? Check! Height? Check! Depth? What?

I forgot to measure the depth. The new fridge sticks out 6 inches too far. Send it back for a smaller fridge or keep it? We decided to keep it but to fix the eyesore with this apron.

The apron covers the part that sticks out and makes the new fridge look built in again. The apron mounts to the new fridge with magnets. The apron is not mounted in any way to the original cabinets. So, if we ever get a new fridge again that has less depth, the apron can be removed and the original cabinets are untouched. The apron is easy to remove. See Picture 4.

Two sides are joined to the top by dovetails. A trim piece is added to the top to create a transition to the original cabinets. Magnets are mounted inside the side pieces.

The original cabinets are cherry The apron is made from poplar. I used gel stain to match the original stain pretty closely. This was topped with 3 coats of oil-based polyurethane as water-based did not get a close enough color match. I bought 4 tiny cans of gel stain and mixed up batches until the color matched. I wish I had recorded what worked.

Easy project to fix a potential eyesore. The hardest part was matching the stain.





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akamai22

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 06:57 PM

What a great idea. The magnets are especially clever. And your cabinets look a lot like mine, so your post is like a preview.
We are facing a similar problem as our built-in Subzero is nearing the end of its life. And quite honestly, the 24” depth of the Subzero is kind of impractical, so a “stick out” replacement is likely.
One question: are you concerned about air circulation around the outside of the refer, or is the Samsung OK as long as the bottom is open?

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Wolfdrool

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 07:29 PM

Your question about airflow is a good one. The magnets in their holders are about 1/4 inch thick. This provides a 1/4 inch gap on each side. The bottom has feet that hold the bottom 3 inches off the floor. There is heat at the bottom. I don’t feel heat anywhere on the sides or at the top. I figured that if the refrigerator can be placed into a built in, then adding this apron, with its 1/4 gap should be okay, too. Online, I saw that the fridge and similar designs were installed in cabinets much tighter than our cabinet and the apron. See http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/12545103/list/get-the-look-of-a-built-in-fridge-for-less. See also http://www.contractortalk.com/f25/arden-kitchen-remodel-indianapolis-combining-stock-custom-65953/ and http://www.houzz.com/photos/4158619/Sparkling-Water-Fridge-contemporary-kitchen-other-metro

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Wolfdrool

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 07:31 PM

One additional comment. Before buying a deeper fridge, make sure that there is enough space in front of the cabinet to get the fridge into position. We have a center island directly across from the fridge spot. I was lucky that we had about 1 inch of space to spare, but we had to take the handles off.

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Thewoodman2000

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 01:22 PM

Great fix, looks wonderful & nice job!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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gbear

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#5 posted 10-06-2014 10:23 PM

Clever idea…looks great!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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