Even though the days are getting shorter and colder, if your favorite season is summer then it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re getting ready for next year. Some of my best memories are in the summer time, sitting on a porch with friends and playing some music, grilling some food and of course, enjoying some cold beverages from the cooler.
Sadly, the standard cooler is an ugly, clunky hunk of plastic that usually sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest of your lovely surroundings, but it’s a small price to pay ultimately for the convenience they offer at an affordable price. Brooke Norsworthy of Killer B. Design would beg to differ though. Where most people just say “oh well,” she decided to put in a little elbow grease and got her old cooler looking like it belongs in a Martha Stewart catalog.
You COULD buy a fancy decorative cooler but that’ll cost you upwards of $100. Brook said “no thanks” to that noise and put her old cooler to use instead.
With a comparatively small investment of around $30 on some scrap wood, nails, pipe coupling, spigot, handles and a bottle opener, she was ready to go to town.
First, they constructed a frame around the cooler and put 30 inch legs on it so it was counter height.
It’s important that the frame fit the cooler snugly. For more information and specifics, visit Brooke’s blog here.
After the framing was done, she cut some wood for the siding and attached it with nails.
The siding overhangs the frame slightly to hide the 2x2s.
For the sides, they started with the center board and made a hole for the spigot.
They also added some trim because for a project like this, it’s the little details that really elevate it to that next level.
Next, the lid for the cooler underwent its own framing/siding/trimming process.
Hinges allow the new wooden lid to lift the same way it used to in its former, plastic life.
A bottle opener and spigot were attached to add some more cute details.
The finished product!
To think, all it took was abut $30 in materials and a few hours of work. This would definitely be a conversation piece at any party.
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