Utilize Wasted Space.

Robert D. Hart III
by Robert D. Hart III
Kitchen design did not make use of the space in the corner where the cabinets are joined. Instead of modifying and adding a lazy Susan, we came in from the other side of the wall and put in a wine cooler.
First we rough cut the opening. Then removed the studs and framed in the opening. We added a new plug inside the opening to power the fridge. It was also necessary to reroute the existing electrical.
Instead of removing the tile or continuing the tile into the opening, we chose to change the tile to a darker color and create a transition. Then we finished the opening to mimic the existing doorways in the home.
Fridge placed.
Next we added recessed shelves. Similar process of framing and routing electrical.
Roughly framed.
Built an oak shelf and decided on chrome rail to match fridge and cabinet hardware.
Finished project. Still deciding on stain color and if we should paint the trim white to match existing.
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  • Stephanie Rountree Stephanie Rountree on Jan 24, 2016
    Smart design! I agree that the shelves would look best painted white. How deep is the cooler?

  • Cheryl Biermann Cheryl Biermann on Jan 24, 2017
    What did the cooler run? We are always short on space for drinks and I've dreamed about an extra cooler for just plain old sodas, ect. Not even wine, because when you have kids...I already have electric in my island and the storage is always overwhelmed with junk eventually. I would love to have it put to practical storate!

  • Eduardo Sonny Mendoza Eduardo Sonny Mendoza on Jun 01, 2017
    I installed something similar but the fridge heats up so bad that I had to turn it off. it heats up everything around it. How is the rear of ridge vented?

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  • Gerri Dumas Domicolo Gerri Dumas Domicolo on Jan 26, 2017
    Best idea I have ever seen on here!!! Already sent the link to hubby!! Thank you!!!!

  • Marilyn Marilyn on Feb 12, 2017
    Great idea ! Wine storage is not the best idea . For your red wines you never store them upright unless you will be drinking them within the month.Reds must be stored with their heavy end elevated so you keep your cork "wet" That is why you see wines stored that way for collectors.