Last spring I was joking with some students that if they did good enough work I'd put it up on my fridge. That's when I got this idea. I wanted to take an old fridge with a latch handle and use it as shelving for my class. I told another teacher in the school who used to run the drama dept (which is no longer active, sadly). She said I could have the old drama fridge. Thus the project began.
Step 1: Supplies
Sheet Metal Screws
Spray Paint and Primer
Step 2: Find a Fridge
If all else fails put a wanted ad on Craig's List. You'll never know where you'll find what you're looking for.
Don't worry about how ugly the fridge is. The uglier it is the more likely you'll get it for free. You're going to want to repaint it anyways.
Step 3: Clean the Fridge
Mine had splattered paint all over it which was hard to get off. Don't worry about it too much. You just need it to be clean and smooth.
After you scrub the fridge inside and out run sand paper over the outside to rough it up a bit. This helps the spray paint adhere to the surface better.
Step 4: Measure by Measure
Once you figure out your dimensions cut down the angle aluminum to fit around the sides using your hacksaw. I overlapped my angle aluminum for added rigidity.
Next cut down your plexi glass to size. I actually just had the guy at Lowes cut mine before I left the store. I used quarter inch thick plexi glass. Lighter than that was too floppy.
Step 5: Drill Baby Drill
I prefer to attach the aluminum as I go with screws. I then drilled extra holes in the shelving once everything was in place.
Step 6: Go Paint
Make sure you're not going to make a mess.
I used spray paint to get a nice even color on the fridge. Start by using primer. I ended up needing two cans of primer and three cans of the paint.
Spray paint works best if you put down the second coat either shortly after the first or a few days after the first coat. It's your coat. I was on a timeline so I painted mine in about one hour.
Make sure you keep the can sufficiently away from the surface to avoid splotchy painting. Don't worry about getting it smooth on the first coat. That's what the second coat is for.
Step 7: Take It Back Inside and Put in Your Shelves
You might find that you need extra rigidity to keep the shelves from falling down. If so you can buy pieces of aluminum to run under the the plexi glass.
If so just lay those pieces across the shelves you made and put the glass down.
If you need more support run an extra piece of angle aluminum across the front of your glass and make your extra support run from back to front. Usually that will be a shorter distance.