Rustic Western Cooler

7-DSCN5605Rustic Western Cooler

2-DSCN5591Another treasure from the barn. This was a score I had picked up a few years ago at a yard sale for $1. From the condition it looked like it had sat outside. The structure was good, but the outside surface was pretty rough and weathered.

1-DSCN5587Since the cooler inside looked like it had never been used I was sure it could be restyled into something special.

4-DSCN5593I painted the outside a light powder blue. I didn’t paint the inside lip or the bottom of the lid. Our summers are pretty humid, and I figure with the moisture that would be present from the cooler, any paint on the inside would most likely peel or cause the lid to stick.

Over the blue I randomly wiped on petroleum jelly.

5-DSCN5601A top coat of barn red was added. When it dried I wiped off the paint over the jelly. It wasn’t quite rustic enough for me yet, so I sanded over everything.

6-DSCN5602I found a medallion die on one of my Cricut cartridges. I cut it out as a stencil at 10 inches on a sheet of sticky backed vinyl. The stencil was painted with the same powder blue as the base coat.

7-DSCN5605Hmm…I don’t think I’m done. I’m not a big fan of the brass hardware (handles, hinges, etc). They need to come off and get their own transformation with some black paint.


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