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Some homeowners don’t like the look of their chest freezers. Thankfully, you can hide the appliance from plain sight. So how do you hide a chest freezer in places like your kitchen, dining room, and even your bedroom? We researched the methods to hide your chest freezer so you don’t have to do it.
You can use different DIY techniques to hide a chest freezer. For instance, you can hide the appliance in your kitchen by putting a skirt over it. If you want to proceed with this project, you’ll need to do the following steps:
- Measure the freezer’s dimensions and the surrounding area.
- Create a ruffle and use hot glue to attach it to your primary fabric.
- Attach Velcro tapes to the chest freezer and the skirt.
- Dress the freezer in the skirt by connecting the two Velcro tape pieces.
It might look simple, but one wrong move can ruin the whole setup. Don’t worry because we’ve provided a detailed guide on how to hide your chest freezer in the kitchen and other areas in your home.
How to Hide a Chest Freezer in the Kitchen
You can hide a chest freezer in the kitchen without spending a significant amount of money by draping a skirt over it. Gather the necessary materials for this project, and follow the step-by-step guide below to avoid costly mistakes.
What You’ll Need:
- 5 yards of lightweight fabric (e.g., chiffon, silk, and linen)
- Fabric trim
- Measuring tape
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Flat Iron
- Needle and thread
- Several pins
Step-by-Step Guide in Making a Skirt for a Chest Freezer
- Measure the freezer’s front, sides, and height. You don’t need to measure the back. Add an extra 2 or 3 inches as allowances. Cut a long, continuous piece of your preferred lightweight fabric to the measurements.
- Subtract 2 inches from the fabric. Cut the long piece of fabric with the new measurement. This new part will be the ruffle.
- Create the ruffle by threading your needle with thread into the newly cut fabric. Use straight stitches and make a knot at the end. The ruffles will form as soon as you pull the thread tightly.
- Use your glue gun to put a hot glue stick onto the ruffle. Attach the ruffle to the other piece of fabric to create the skirt.
- Cut a long piece of Velcro tape. Attach one end of the tape to the skirt and the other to the freezer.
- Connect the 2 pieces of Velcro tape to hide the chest freezer.
Notice that you still have the freezer's lid to cover. You now have the option to use the extra fabric to create a cover for the lid. Otherwise, you can use the lid as an extra countertop, even if it doesn’t have a cover.
How to Disguise a Chest Freezer to Blend into The Dining Room?
If you have a chest freezer that’s flush against the wall of your dining area, you can paint the appliance’s exteriors to blend it into the room’s theme.
What You’ll Need:
- Old newspapers or drop cloths
- Putty knife
- Sandpaper or sanding block
- Soapy water
- Clean towels
- Spray paint(s)
- Painter’s tape
Step-by-Step Guide to Paint a Chest Freezer for the Dining Room
- Disconnect the power source. Move the chest freezer away from the dining room to avoid paint spills.
- Lay down the old newspapers or drop cloths on the floor around the freezer.
- Remove the appliance’s handle with the appropriate screwdriver.
- If your chest freezer is fairly old, paint chips might be visible from the previous paint job. If so, use your putty knife to remove the excess paint.
- Use a medium grit sandpaper or sanding block to remove the last bits of excess paint that the putty knife couldn’t remove.
- Clean the device with soapy water and dry it with towels. Take note that paint won't adhere to surfaces if they're dirty.
- Put painter's tape on certain areas of the appliance that you don't want to be painted.
- Apply a primer before applying the first coat of paint. It’s also best that you use a rust-resistant primer to improve the freezer’s longevity.
- Wait for the primer to dry completely. Then, apply your first coat of paint. Let that layer dry before applying a second coat.
- Wait for about a day for all the paint to dry completely. Remove the painter’s tape and return the appliance to its original location.
How to Hide a Chest Freezer in the Bedroom?
Although it’s unlikely to have a chest freezer in the bedroom, studio-type apartments and condominiums will have no choice but to put the appliance in that single room. You can paint the appliance to help it blend with the rest of the room. You can even become creative by using chalkboard paint so that you now have a freezer-slash-chalkboard in your room. Otherwise, you may put a skirt or drapery over it if you don’t like painting.
Can You Enclose a Chest Freezer?
You can enclose a chest freezer, but you need to make sure that it has proper airflow. Otherwise, it’s going to overheat, which can lead to dreaded house fires. Although the risks of a freezer catching fire are reasonably low, it's not an impossible occurrence. In 2006, Consumer Reports Magazine mentioned a disaster wherein a house in Floresville, Texas, caught fire because of faulty electrical wiring.
To reduce the risks of these tragedies significantly, create a 2-inch allowance in the storage area that should suffice in providing adequate airflow. Also, make sure that the electrical wirings are intact. Don’t forget to add the allowance underneath the appliance for cold air to flow inside.
How Do You Cover a Deep Freezer?
You can cover a deep freezer by creating a DIY skirt for the appliance. On the other hand, you can also use old curtains if you don’t have the time or skill in sewing a freezer skirt. You only need to cut the curtain to the appropriate dimensions and add Velcro tape to the fabric and the appliance.
How Do You Store a Chest Freezer When Not in Use?
Proper storage is important for a chest freezer that you won’t use for an extended period. Messily storing the freezer can invite issues like mold and mildew, which land on wet surfaces as per the EPA. You can follow these reasonably straightforward measures below to ensure the freezer stays functional despite being in storage:
- Turn off the freezer and disconnect it from the wall outlet.
- Defrost the appliance and drain the meltwater.
- Remove the freezer from its original location and place it in the storage area.
- Clean the interior and exterior with a mix of dishwashing liquid and water. Also, consider using a baking soda and white vinegar solution if the appliance has mold.
- Use appliance or car wax on the freezer to protect its metal parts.
Where Should a Chest Freezer be Placed?
You can install a chest freezer in almost any room in the house. These locations include your kitchen, basement, garage, and utility room. You may also put it in a guest room or outdoor shed if your home has limited space. However, avoid putting it in damp rooms, such as the bathroom or laundry room.
You can hide your chest freezer in different areas in the house, such as your kitchen, bedroom, or dining room. Additionally, you can administer different techniques, such as creating a skirt or painting the device, to blend the appliance with your home’s theme.