Chalkboard Keg Fridge DIY

by Jacey on March 31, 2014

For Gavin’s birthday a couple years ago I made him a keg fridge. Pretty unreal right? Hard to say who was more excited to use it, him or me. I’d only been dreaming of owning one since I started University. Thinking back I’m not sure why I didn’t make one earlier. It’s soooo easy. Think of all the money I could have saved. Or lost. Who can really be sure.

You can buy kits online that can turn any fridge into a keg fridge. So I bought a fridge off kijiji and got Calder to help me. It’s suppppperrr simple. We just used a hole saw to drill through the door and hooked up all the hoses. Then screwed in the drip tray. Easy peasy.

So this is what I started out with. Your basic plain white fridge. Its apartment sized but fits a full keg, and that’s what’s really important here you know. I’ve seen some fridges painted with chalkboard paint in my time spent slinking around the internet and I thought that would be a good way for people to know what was on tap.

I gave the fridge a light sanding to make sure the paint would stick with my trusty orbital sander. Then I just used a foam roller to coat the fridge and a brush to brush it into any hard to reach places. And this is what she looked like when she was all coated up twice. A beautiful chalkboard keg fridge.

Then I just had to figure out what I wanted to write. I wanted something that had some cool typography. I’m into that shit. So I fiddled around in Adobe InDesign for a while with a couple fonts and placements. Gavin always jokes that our basement is The Enniskerry Beer store because of how well stocked it is. We live near Enniskerry, but it basically consists of a stop sign. So that’s how I came up with the words. I just fiddled around with a couple fonts and placements but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Then it was time to make use of the overhead projector which I had also purchased off of kijiji. ( Well aware of the pattern that is forming there.)

I just used chalk to trace around the outline and filled it in. I think it looks bad ass myself. And if we get bored of the design no biggie. That’s the beauty of chalkboard paint. I can change up the design whenever I feel like it.

I left a space to write in whatever is on tap. Lately that’s Pabst or Pilsner. I’m just going to go ahead and call this Chalkboard Keg Fridge a success.

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