Store your compact appliances in this mini refrigerator storage cabinet. This piece is perfect for your office, guest room, basement, or anywhere you want easy access to food but don’t want the space to look like a kitchen!
Close the door and nobody has to know what’s even in there!! What do you think? I’m pretty much obsessed and super excited to put this in my office.
And the best news is that I was able to build it with only ONE SHEET OF PLYWOOD! This my official entry to Kreg’s one-sheet contest. I’m hoping to win some awesome tools from one of my favorite brands. But even if I don’t win, this piece of furniture has been one of my most fun builds and I’m happy to bring you the tutorial along with free plans!
DIY Mini Refrigerator Storage Cabinet
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I built this cabinet to fit my .7 cu. ft. mini microwave and my 1.7 cu. ft. mini fridge
Below is a list of cuts. You will want to download the plans to see just how you should cut the sheet of plywood so you can use every inch! And believe me, you will!!
Step 1: Make decorative cuts on side pieces (optional)
The idea is for the casters to be only on the front allowing you to move the cabinet easier, and hey they look pretty, too!
Step 2: Attach the sides to the bottom
Using a Kreg Jig , drill pocket holes on the top of the side pieces (to attach the top later). You will also want to drill pocket holes on both ends of the bottom piece. Be sure and put the pocket holes on the ugly side. The pocket holes on the bottom piece will face the floor. Make sure you download the plans for better pictures of this! Then attach the sides to the bottom with Pocket Screws . Attach the casters at this point.
Oops: Did you notice that I forgot to drill the pocket holes on the side pieces? Yeah, good thing the kreg jig works OK upside down.
Step 3: Attach Microwave Shelf to Midpiece
Screw the microwave shelf to the midpiece as shown. Don’t forget to drill all the pocket holes first on the top and bottom of the larger piece.
Step 4: Attach Midpiece
Note: The top is not attached yet, its just sitting pretty on top, in this terrible picture 🙂
Step 5: Prep and Paint
I also applied three coats of GF High Performance Top Coat for a smooth, durable finish. I love this paint.
Step 6: Attach Top
Once all the painting was done, I turned the piece upside down to attach the top with pocket screws and wood glue. Attach flush with the back with an approximate ½” overhang on each side.
Step 7: Build and Attach The Door (Optional)
This piece would look great without the door. But, just in case you like the look of the door as much as I do, here’s how I built it.
Build the door by attaching the door panels using pocket holes/screws. Placing coins in the seams will keep a small gap between the pieces. I used quarters for mine. The door will be a little flimsy since the pocket screws won’t be in all the way.
Use a couple of plywood scraps to screw in the back. I used 1- 1/4″ wood screws for the support pieces. If you don’t use coins and you screw the pocket screws in all the way, you will not need the support pieces. I probably could have skipped the pocket holes and screws and just use the back pieces. Hindsight…
Now you are ready attach the door with any hinges you choose. The door should cover the entire opening. These are the door hinges I used.
Here are a few pics of the finished cabinet! Not bad for one sheet of plywood, eh?
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!