How to Make Grace’s Bakery Refrigerator

Posted on Jan 16 2015 – 9:00am
by Rudy

How to make Grace’s Bakery Refrigerator

I have been working like crazy trying to get Grace’s Bakery Replica done.  Between doing that, working, kids, and everyday crafts (yes, we have a daily craft as a family) it is taking a bit longer than I wanted it to take.  That’s okay though, because I feel that it is coming along and it’s looking amazing!!!  Some of the pieces that I am making for the bakery, like this mini fridge, I am waiting to share my final picture until the bakery grand reveal.  However, I still want to share the plans with you in case you are making a bakery replica too!  Sharing is caring ?

Also, I know that you can make this cute mini fridge with a shoebox, or foam board, or cardboard.  That is great and would also be a fun craft, but my plans are to help you make something that can last long term and endure child’s play.  I have tried the cardboard crafts, and they don’t work for me yet just because my kids are younger and still like to actively play with my sets/scenes.  Once I make scenes just enjoy, I might be able to do the simple crafts again.  Until then, I just wanted you to know why I do more building versus cardboard crafts.

Shopping list:

1 – 1/4’’ plywood @ 2’ x 4’

Wood Glue

1 – 3/8’’ Nails for 18 Gauge Nailer

1 – Hinge Packets (2 per pack) Trim screws so they do not poke through the wall.

1 – Handle for the door

1 – 5/8’’ wooden dowel

1 – 1/8’’ sheet Plexiglass

Cut List:

4 – 5/8’’ dowel @ 3/4’’

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 4’’ x 3 1/8’’ – Refrigerator Bottom

2 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 8 3/8’’ x 3 3/8’’ – Refrigerator Sides

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 8 3/8’’ x 4’’ – Back of Refrigerator

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 3 5/8’’ – Top of Refrigerator

2 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 4’’ x 2 15/16’’ – Shelves

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 4’’ x 3 3/8’’ – Top of legs board

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 4 1/2’’ x 3/4’’ – Front Skirt

2 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 3 3/8’’ x 3/4’’ – Side Skirts

1 – 1/4’’ Plywood @ 8 1/4’’ x 4 1/2’’ – Refrigerator Door

1 – 1/8’’ Plywood @ 6 1/2’’ x 3 1/2’’ – Plexiglass


18 Gauge Nailer

Tape Measure

Jig Saw

Miter Saw

Table Saw

Hearing Protection

Safety Glasses


Sanding Block


Optional – Scroll Saw

Step 1:

Attach the sides to the fridge bottom by using wood glue and nailing into place.



Step 2:

Once the sides are attached to the fridge bottom, insert the back.  Put glue on the sides before you slide down.  Once into place, secure with nails.


Step 3:

Attache the top piece of the fridge by glue and nails.  The front should hang off but the sides and back should be flush.


Step 4:

Insert the upper shelf into the fridge.  Use wood glue on the side and then nail from the outside of the fridge.


Step 5:

Insert the lower shelf and repeat step 4.


Step 6:

Take the ‘top of legs board’ and place the legs where you want them.  Nail through the top of the board to secure legs.  You can also use wood glue for extra security.


Step 7:

Attach the legs board to the bottom of the fridge.


Step 8:

Attach the front skirt to cover the front legs.  *Optional, you can leave it a rectangle or you can use a scroll saw and add the curve*


Step 9:

Add the left and right side skirts.


Step 10:

This is the front door.  You can leave it a solid piece or you can cut out the center to add the plexiglass window.


Step 11:

If you cut out the front door, now you need to add the plexiglass window.  Pre-drill four tiny holes on each corner of the plexiglass.  Then place over the door and screw into place.


Step 12:

Screw hinges into place as shown below.


Step 13:

When you attach the door you need to leave a 1/16″ gap on the top and bottom.


Step 14:

For the handle you can find one at a hardware store store.  It needs to be around 2″ long.


Links to all of Grace’s Bakery Plans
How to Make Grace’s Bakery Refrigerator was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

39 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Grace R.
    December 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm –

    Dose it actually keep food cold? I’m thinking about making a treehouse

  2. Olivia
    May 25, 2015 at 11:45 am –

    I love this so much. Im 16 with 4 dolls and ive made a cafe out of a box using “my froggy stuff” I needed i place to put all the food. This is perfect and im going to go buy some wood to make this!!

  3. judy
    March 28, 2015 at 10:39 am –

    Looks wonderful. When we finish the bathroom remodel . I am so going to do this. I have a chair from hobby lobby for the history set. I got the last one at our hobby lobby. Am looking for a second one so Caroline can have company. Thanks for ideas and for willingness to share.

  4. Lexi
    March 25, 2015 at 7:20 am –

    I can do way better than that

    • Rudy
      March 25, 2015 at 8:17 am –

      Feel free to share your version with us.

  5. judy
    February 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm –

    Thank you for sharing. I just got the last chair at hobby lobby for the history set. I can’t wait to make it. I’m not too tech savvy but I’m gonna learn to make the printable. THANKS AGAIN.

  6. Sheila Sparks
    January 31, 2015 at 11:16 am –

    Thank you so much!!! With the ideas on American Girl Ideas our bistro is almost complete!! Thank you for sharing!!

  7. jenny herrington
    January 30, 2015 at 7:13 am –

    So love to look at your new creations! I am also a seamstress/designer and like to re-create dresses/accessories! Thank you so much for sharing your efforts and all the hard work!

  8. Nicole
    January 30, 2015 at 6:56 am –

    WOW this is awesome. Fabulous post. My daughter would flip if we could make this.

  9. Kate
    January 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm –

    love this! Can’t wait to see more!

  10. Doll Daydreams
    January 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm –


  11. angelica
    January 22, 2015 at 9:07 am –

    Very cool! Looking at the pictures right before you put the little door on, it looks like you could also make this into a tiny book shelf for doll too. Or maybe even a tiny display cabinet with the door. ?

  12. Christy Harp
    January 21, 2015 at 7:36 pm –

    Great project!

  13. Kristin Ramirez
    January 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm –

    This another project I will enlist my dad to do. Thank you for all the great ideas!

  14. Kristie G.
    January 20, 2015 at 7:03 am –

    This is so neat. I can’t wait to see a picture of the finished fridge. I need to show my husband and see if he could try to make one of these. Thanks for the great instructions!

  15. jeannette
    January 19, 2015 at 6:18 pm –

    I love it! I can’t wait to see the whole bakery. Are you going to show how to make or where to find cheaper version of all the amazing little accessories?

  16. Jacqueline
    January 19, 2015 at 8:54 am –

    Oh this is exciting. I am really getting truly motivated! Thanks again for sharing your ideas. You are a truly amazing crafter! I definitely going to check in regularly cause I am now really convinced…. I am doing this as a big Spring project!

  17. Michelle Cyr
    January 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm –

    It sounds like you are a very crafty family!!

  18. Eric Moffitt
    January 17, 2015 at 5:53 pm –

    Thanks for the breakdown on how to make this for my daughter

    • Rudy
      January 17, 2015 at 8:54 pm –

      You’re welcome!

  19. Aurelia
    January 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm –

    Very cool!!! Love the bakery what a fun thing this would be to play with!

  20. Sunny Slone
    January 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm –

    That is so inventive! I could definitely get my husband to make that!

  21. Sue D
    January 17, 2015 at 1:29 pm –

    wow-what great plans.

  22. Debbie
    January 17, 2015 at 8:11 am –

    This is so awesome! Wish I had your skills! Can’t wait to see it all together. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Amanda
    January 17, 2015 at 7:04 am –

    I really like the fact that you create replicas that are sturdy- not always just cardboard covered in paper! I always wanted to learn woodworking as a girl, wish I had so that now I would have the skill and tools required to make them. Thanks for so generously sharing your plans for these projects with all of us!

    • Rudy
      January 17, 2015 at 8:07 am –

      You can still learn! If you don’t have the tools, you can look up local public wood shops. They are like a library of books, but with tools! And, a lot of times they have people that are more than willing to help you with a project.

  24. Michelle Cyr
    January 17, 2015 at 5:06 am –

    We can’t wait to see everything together!!!

    • Rudy
      January 17, 2015 at 8:08 am –

      I know! As every piece gets done I get more and more excited to share!

  25. Gretchen
    January 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm –

    Wow! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  26. Jessica S.
    January 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm –

    This is so cool. I love it.

  27. Jennifer Suire
    January 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm –

    Your detail is amazing!!! Thanks for sharing all of your hard work!!

  28. Cara
    January 16, 2015 at 12:34 pm –

    I can’t wait to see a photo or video of the finished project!

  29. rebecca
    January 16, 2015 at 10:42 am –

    I have a question. If I make It out of a shoebox, how could i make it so the door has a sort of “hinge”??? I know some shoe boxes have a built in lid, but i don’t know if i have any of that kind.

    • Rudy
      January 17, 2015 at 11:02 am –

      I would a duct tape on the inside and outside for a hinge.

  30. Connie Clements
    January 16, 2015 at 10:15 am –

    So amazing! Wish I had your building skills

  31. Alexys
    January 16, 2015 at 9:55 am –

    Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  32. Carolyn
    January 16, 2015 at 9:21 am –

    Can’t wait to see it all done!