Welcome to This Old Kegerator. This page will show you how to build a kegerator as well as our progress in building ours, with pictures, techniques, and the necessary equipment.
Let's face it, everyone enjoys a good beer on the weekend. Well, maybe more than "a" beer, but you catch our drift. After constantly running out of beer entirely too early every weekend...
Our 84 can 3D Beeramid
...we decided it was time for a change. A little research and we found that it would be quite easy, not to mention incredibly convenient (read "cool"), to build our very own kegerator. What an idea! Fresh beer on tap, rarely run out of beer, throw great parties, etc. The benefits clearly outweigh the cost that we would incur. Having said this we invite you to join us as we construct our kegerator, showing you what is possible with a little time, effort, and money.
Step 1 - Acquisition
The first thing you need is a refrigerator. We reccomend getting the cheapest operational one that you can find. There are a few requirements as far as size go. To fit a full size keg in your refrigerator you'll need a minimum of 28" interior height and 17" interior width and depth. Beverage Factory has an excellent FAQ on this matter located here. We obtained the best kind of refrigerator, a free one! It may not look the best, but we'll take care of that in the next step.
Here is what our refrigerator looked like when we first got it.
Step 2 - Refurbish
Time to clean up our newly accquired refrigerator. A quick trip to WalMart and we were ready to go. We decided on making our soon to be kegerator a nice metallic silver color. First stop was the hardware section to pick up three cans of Plasti-Kote Silver Metallic Spray paint. While we were in the hardware section we picked up a sanding block and some 60 grain sandpaper to strip off the old paint and some of the rust and whatever else might be lurking on the outside. Next stop was the cleaning section to pick up something to kill whatever was on the inside of the fridge. Lord knows we wouldn't want anything that might hurt our bodies getting in with our beer. We picked up some Lime-A-Way for this job as well as the value pack of three rolls of paper towels for $1.50. Isn't WalMart great?
Time to start making the refrigerator more habitable. We doused the inside with tons of Lime-A-Way and let it sit overnight so it could soak in and get rid of all the nasty things inside. Next step was to sand down the whole fridge to give our spray paint a good surface to stick to. We decided to only use the 60 grain sandpaper to keep a nice scratched look on the walls to give it some texture (read "lazy"). If you wanted a smoother look more sanding would be required with a higher grain sandpaper. Once this was done we started spraypainting. We applied two coats just because we went a little overkill when we bought the spray paint.
When we got all this done, and the inside looking MUCH better, we decided that even though metallic silver was cool, we still needed something to liven it up a bit. We had some Tamiya Mica Blue model paint around the house so we painted the handles and the emblem with that.