How to Hide a Refrigerator With a Hutch

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How to Hide a Refrigerator With a Hutch
A china hutch can be the solution to an eyesore refrigerator. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Refrigerators can jut into a kitchen and stand out like a sore thumb. The first solution to hiding your fridge is to purchase a counter-depth fridge. This brings your fridge in line with other counters and cabinets along its face. The second solution is to hide the side of the fridge by making it appear to be something else. The most common solution is to build a thin wall to hide the fridge. But usually this looks like a wall jutting into the room. By fitting cabinets to the side the fridge will visually disappear. This can be as easy as using a dining room hutch to transform the refrigerator wall.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • MDF (Medium density fiberboard)
  • Paint
  • Foam roller
  • Paintbrush
  • Crown moulding
  • Mitre saw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Wood clamps
  • 1-inch trim moulding
  • Dining hutch
  • Drill
  • Tapered screws
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the depth of the refrigerator. Most are 36 inches. Add 1 inch.

  2. 2

    Cut medium density fiberboard (mdf) so that it is 8 feet tall and the measurement in Step 1. Sand along the cut edge to make it smooth. Paint both sides of the mdf the same colour as your kitchen walls. Allow the paint to dry for 4 hours.

  3. 3

    Cut crown moulding to fit around the top edge of the mdf on both sides and both ends. Attach the crown moulding with construction adhesive. Hold the moulding together with clamps until the glue dries. Measure from the bottom of the crown moulding to the bottom edge of the mdf. Cut a second piece of 1-inch wide flat trim moulding to this length. If the exposed side of the refrigerator is on your right side when you are facing the fridge, the moulding should be mounted on the right side of the mdf. If the exposed side is on the left, then the moulding should be on the left.

  4. 4

    Glue the 1-inch trim moulding overhanging the right or left side of the mdf the same amount as the crown moulding overhangs. The 1-inch side should butt up against the bottom edge of the crown moulding. Typically the overhang is about 1/4 inch. Allow the glue to dry for 4 hours. Paint the trims a crisp, semi-glossy white paint. Allow the paint to dry for 4 hours.

  5. 5

    Turn a 36-inch-wide china hutch so that you have access to the back side. Position the mdf with the extra trim piece facing the back of the hutch. Center the hutch on the mdf. Drill through the hutch side and through the mdf.

  6. 6

    Screw tapered wood screws through the mdf and into the wood hutch in at least 8 locations so that the two pieces are secured together.

  7. 7

    Position the mdf-backed hutch so that the side trim board on the mdf covers the corner of the wall behind the refrigerator. The mdf should create the illusion of a wall existing between the hutch and the refrigerator. The entire side of the refrigerator should be hidden. The crown moulding should create the illusion that the ''wall'' is attached to the ceiling.

Tips and warnings

  • Some people may need to remove small sections of baseboard to make the wall fit snug. Baseboard can also be added around the bottom of the mdf in areas where the hutch is not touching the board. This design allows you to hide an ugly refrigerator side in an apartment or rental without damaging the existing walls.

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