Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blooming Ice Chest

This is the camera shy vintage ice chest I posted about last week.  I discovered it hiding under a table in one of those booths where everything looks like it came directly out of a storage locker.   No organization, no price tags, no pretty table cloths, but loads of great junk.

I'm sure a few of the dents and scratches are from the two times it fell off my flea market cart.  It adds to the character, right?

repurpose a vintage ice chest to use as a garden planter
All dressed up with some geraniums and a stencil from Maison de Stencils.  I used white acrylic paint for the stencil, then sprayed the entire side with two coats of semi-gloss acrylic sealer.

vintage ice chest with red lid
Before:  A little blah and tired looking don't you think? 
I thought about waxing the faded red top to brighten it up, but when I started cleaning it with a Mr. Clean magic eraser, it was like......magic.  

vintage King Kold cooler
It magically brightened up after giving it a good rub down.  I always test painted surfaces before going at them with a magic eraser just to make sure the paint doesn't come off.

repurposed vintage King Kold cooler
All the fabulous rust was left behind along with the original King Kold Cooler label.  

vintage cooler garden planter
Three in one!
A flower box, a cooler that doesn't leak, and maybe the lid could be used as a towel holder.

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