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Rustic Western Cooler

April 4, 2013

Rustic Western Cooler

Another 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.

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

I 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.

A 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.

I 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.

Hmm…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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  1. You did a great job! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Busy Bee’s party! We appreciate your input. It made our party so much better! Have a wonderful day!
    Joye & Myrna
    The Busy Bee’s

  2. What a neat piece for $1! Black handles would look great! Thank you for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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