This post has been sponsored by NewAir. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. I shared my excitement a few weeks ago in adding New Air Wine Coolers to each unit in the North House. Besides being useful and looking great, they add resale value and help increase rental value which is always a good thing! I’d hinted that I was planning something special with one of my new wine refrigerators and today I’m sharing how to make a DIY built in wine cooler.
DIYing a built in wine refrigerator wasn’t that hard, I didn’t have to cut any cabinets or do major changes in the kitchen. I simply tweaked the size of my new countertop when I ordered it.
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How to DIY a Built In Wine Cooler / Wine Refrigerator
The perfect opportunity came up for a DIY built in wine cooler when I decided to replace the red-brown formica countertop in the North House kitchen with granite. This is a great way to get the built in look of a wine refrigerator without changing any kitchen cabinets.
I picked a spot that was out of the way and had access to an electrical outlet. There was already an overhang of counter where a few stools were placed. This is what the kitchen looked like when I first arrived in early November. The blue arrow points to the spot where I planned to put my new built in wine cooler.
My New Air Wine Cooler was shipped right to my doorstep. The picture below is the 29 bottle unit which I put in the other kitchen unit. The one I used on this side was the 19 bottle unit.
When the granite company came to measure for the new granite countertops I had them add enough overhang to be sure the wine refrigerator fit perfectly underneath with enough extra counter on the side to match the rest of the counter overhang in the kitchen. At only 12 inches wide, 23 inches deep and 34″ tall this wine cooler fits perfectly under the counter.
This house was built somewhere between 1850 and 1900 and there are lots of quirks like uneven floors. The New Air wine coolers have adjustable feet that helped a lot with the uneven floor.
Which will be just fine in most normal homes. We had to shim the left side even more to for the built in wine cooler to sit straight against the existing cabinet. We cut the shims so they wouldn’t be visible after fitting them.
To make the DIY built in wine cooler stable and not slide out of place as people open and shut the door, we braced the underside of the granite. We attached a piece of right angle aluminum with silicone. You can find this at a hardware store and easily cut it with a hacksaw or jigsaw. Clamps were used to hold it in place for 24 hours to dry. Note that we used scrap wood to protect the granite on top and to help get good pressure on the metal piece underneath the granite while it was clamped.
This will prevent the wine refrigerator from moving around as it’s used. The bracket is also removable if we ever need to remove it. It’s also not visible unless you’re stooped down and looking under the granite 🙂
The wine cooler is set in enough to look built in and still have enough room to open the door freely. Keep in mind you can switch the side the door opens to with the extra hardware that is included with the New Air Wine Cooler.
I’m loving the features, the wood shelves and the digital thermostat. Plus, like I mentioned in my post Wine Cooler Shopping and Installing Tips whether you’re planning on DIYing a built in wine cooler or have a place to put it already, it’s important to have a front vented unit.
The wine cooler fits in well with the new stainless appliances I added. Yes, I’ve done some painting and a few more projects in here as well 😉 I’ll share them soon.
This DIY built in wine cooler was a huge step forward in giving this basic kitchen some pizzazz and style. Doing this was easy and it didn’t take a lot of heavy lifting or major remodeling know-how.
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Lindsay @ The DIY Mommy says
Very creative and awesome!! I love how you just stuck the wine cooler in and fits right in with the rest of your kitchen
Hi Lindsay & thank you! It was a simple DIY since I was ordering a new counter. The angled metal piece keeps in it place when people open the door so it doesn’t move around. Thanks so much for your visit:)
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
You’ve worked your tail feather’s off since the Fall at the North house. The wine fridge looks like it was always there. I can’t wait to see the entire kitchen makeover. Judging from the sneak peeks you’d never know that house was as old as it is. Happy New Year my friend and looking forward to what you have in store for us in 2017!
Hi Marie! I did and definitely came home tired. Yes, the wine cooler turned out amazing! It really does look as if it’s been there the whole time. I’m excited to share more projects and photos soon! Thanks so much for your visit and Happy New Year to you as well!
OMG Wendi that looks fantastic. You really did a great job,
Happy New Year to you and your fmily.
Hi Patty! Thank you. It turned out really well. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be, but it was SO easy I’d do it again in a heartbeat! Happy New Year to you and your family too!
Christina in FL says
Wendi, your wine frig looks great! Love the aluminum angle idea. 🙂 It blends in and your counter tops are gorgeous! 🙂 Congratulations on a wonderful new and beautiful wine frig! 🙂
(I hope Catherine gets one for her birthday next month! 🙂
Hi Christina! Thank you so much! It turned out really well and made a big difference in the kitchen. I love the new counter tops too. It was no small feat getting them way out there and then before the holidays. Plus they measured wrong and had to recut the entire counter and come back before I left! Whew, glad that stress is over! The wine cooler is really well made, I’m super happy to have it. Yes, I hope Catherine gets one too! Thanks for your visit & Happy New Year to you!
Christina in FL says
WOW!! That was a lot Wendi!! Happiest New Year to you also neighbor! May all your renovations be fun and thoroughly enjoyable!
Very cool project! Looks like it was ALWAYS there!
I really should buy a wine fridge too~maybe for my b-day next month! ; D
Hi Catherine! Thanks so much. Adding a wine cooler to a kitchen is a great idea, built in or not! We’ve had one for the last several years and I don’t think I’d do without it. I hope you DO get one for your birthday! Happy New Year and thanks so much for your note!