Are you looking to recycle an old wine fridge? While many wine enthusiasts will keep their bulky wine cellars around, others may want to find a new use for their old, large-sized refrigerator. Maybe it’s just not the right size for your living space, or maybe you no longer have need of it after your kids have grown up and moved out on their own. Whatever the reason may be, it’s always good to know how to recycle something properly, so you don’t cause unnecessary waste in our landfills.
Step 1 – Remove Everything from the Inside
Now, you could go ahead and throw out that old wine fridge, but if you’re looking for a less wasteful alternative you could always recycle it. By removing everything from inside (we won’t judge!), you can either donate to Goodwill or simply toss your existing refrigerator in an eco-friendly manner. Note: If your fridge was previously used as a wine cooler (it’s not actually designed to be one) please see our FAQ below for tips on how to remove all of that red wine smell!
Step 2 – Get Rid of the Electrical Parts
If you have an old wine refrigerator that’s still usable as a wine cooler, you can take out all of its electrical parts. The controls should be easy to remove, though they might be hard to get to depending on your model. Remember: it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to electricity! If any wires are connected, disconnect them first. Next, unplug and detach any other parts such as shelving, doors or handles. Some appliances come with their own unique tools that can be used for things like screw removal; otherwise you may need a set of pliers or a wrench.
Step 3 – Fix What Needs to be Fixed
If your wine fridge is still in working condition, great! All you’ll need to do is give it a good cleaning before you donate or sell it. But if it’s not working, don’t worry – recycling it is still an option. You’ll just need to take a few extra steps.
First, you’ll need to figure out what’s wrong with the fridge. Is the compressor broken? Is there a leak? Once you know what the problem is, you can research how to fix it. Often, the parts needed to fix a wine fridge are readily available online. So even if you’re not handy with tools, finding and ordering replacement parts shouldn’t be too difficult.
Step 4 – Disassemble the Parts: Now that you have all of the information on what needs to be fixed, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Start by removing any shelves from inside the fridge and taking off any doors that might be hanging off of their hinges.
Step 5 – Remove Any Broken Pieces: It’s likely that some pieces will break during this process, so make sure you keep track of all of them so they can be recycled separately from other materials like glass and metal once everything has been removed from the fridge.
Step 4 – Give it a Paint Job
You can give your old wine fridge a new lease on life by giving it a fresh coat of paint. This is a great way to personalize the fridge and make it your own. Plus, it’ll help protect the fridge from scratches and other wear and tear. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Choose a color or design that you love.
2. Clean the surface of the fridge with soapy water and a sponge.
3. sand down any rough spots and then wipe away any dust with a damp cloth.
4. Apply a primer to the fridge (this will help the paint adhere better).
5. Once the primer is dry, start painting!
Step 5 – Build a Cool Bar in Front
A great way to upcycle your old wine fridge is by building a cool bar in front. This will add some extra storage and prep space to your home, and it’ll be a great conversation starter for your next party. Here’s how you can do it:
1. Start by measuring the width of your fridge and cutting a piece of plywood to size.
2. Next, use a jigsaw to cut out a hole in the plywood that’s the same width as your fridge.
3. Once the hole is cut, sand down the edges of the plywood and paint or stain it to your liking.
4. Now it’s time to attach the plywood to the front of your fridge. If you want to put any shelves on top of the fridge, now would be the time to drill holes into it before attaching it. 5. The last step is attaching the plywood to your refrigerator with drywall screws; make sure they’re no more than an inch from each other so that everything stays sturdy!
Step 6 – Designate a Place for Wine Storage (Bonus Tips)
There are many options when it comes to storing wine, so take a look at your kitchen or bar and think about where you could store bottles. Remember that in most cases, you can’t freeze or refrigerate opened bottles of wine—but there are some tricks you can use to extend their life. If you have a cellar, do as much as possible to keep them out of direct sunlight and extreme heat. Likewise, if you’re storing in your kitchen or under your counter, make sure they aren’t getting too hot from things like ovens and coffee makers. Some people recommend keeping opened wines on their sides, which keeps corks moist. Finally, resist temptation!
Step 7 – Put It Back Together Again
If you’re fortunate enough to find a local business that recycles wine fridges, they may be able to use certain components of your fridge to complete another job. If not, you may want to take some time and see if there are any spare parts you can donate or sell. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to talk with your local recycling center about what your options are. At least one business on Craigslist also sells recycled wine fridges in case you have space for storage and want to flip them later on. Finally, if all else fails and you can’t find someone who needs your old fridge, then look into a donation center near you like Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Step 8 – Consider Putting Seating and Shelves on the Inside
Most people who have a wine fridge also have a love for wine. This means that they are likely to have wine glasses, corkscrews, and other items that go along with enjoying a glass of wine. Adding shelves and seating on the inside of the fridge can give them a place to store these items and enjoy their wine at the same time.
Step 9 – Get an Appropriate Sticker for the Outside
If you want to make sure your wine fridge is properly recycled, you’ll need to get an appropriate sticker for the outside. This will ensure that the recycling center knows what to do with your appliance. Here are a few tips for getting the right sticker:
– Make sure the sticker is big enough to be easily seen by the recycling center staff.
– Make sure the sticker is placed in a visible spot on the fridge.
– Make sure the sticker clearly says wine fridge or something similar.
– If possible, include a recycling symbol on the sticker.
By following these tips, you can be confident that your wine fridge will be properly recycled!
Step 10 – Position it Wherever You Want!
It’s amazing how much better a piece of furniture looks when it’s positioned in its final location, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter if you have a small space or not; positioning your old wine fridge wherever you want to see it can make all of your hard work worth it. Even if you think you don’t have enough room to place one in your house, find out if there are other areas where you could place something like an appliance—maybe a kitchen countertop? As long as they are somewhat stable, they will still do their job just fine. Placing appliances on shelves will not cause any damage to them, so don’t worry about that!
There are plenty of reasons why you may want to recycle your old wine fridge. Maybe it doesn’t fit in with your new interior design. Maybe you don’t have room for it anymore. Whatever your reason, there are ways to recycle it and make sure that a good appliance does not go to waste.