Friday, September 14, 2012

New Life for a Chippy Old Cooler

How did I forget about this rusty and chippy old cooler?  In a pathetic attempt to keep my junking finds somewhat organized, I vaguely remember bringing it home and then stashing it away with the thought of cleaning it up and doing something with it when I had more time.

repurposed vintage cooler turned into a garden planter
I've been spending time out in the garage sorting, cleaning, and pricing some of the things I'll be bringing to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show this weekend.

vintage cooler transformation
There it was in the middle of "the pile" looking just as tattered and beat up as it did when I brought it home. 

repurposed vintage cooler
I couldn't figure out why it felt so heavy until I opened it up and discovered two more forgotten treasures inside.  I know I bought that carved box a long time ago.....I really need to change this "buy and stash" routine.  

use a vintage cooler as a garden planter
I needed a quick way to dress it up after giving it a good cleaning.  The plants alone just didn't seem like enough, so I turned to my Silhouette Cameo for a little help; the letters are black vinyl in the David font.  I'm still a novice at using the Silhouette and really should spend more time getting better acquainted. 

repurposed vintage cooler
It's still tattered and beat up, but at least it's clean and cute!

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