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.

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.

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

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.  

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. 

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


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39 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Betsy it is very cute!! When is the antique sale? I know you are working like crazy to get ready! Hugs, Linda

marie said...

It's perfect! Now I need to find myself an old cooler.
I love people with vision!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

LOVE it, Betsy! What a great find that cooler is - glad you don't have it hidden away now.
Blessings,
~Angie

Gypsea said...

Super cute and sure to sell quickly!

Diane Higdon said...

Looks great....I am wanting to buy a Silhouette, just not sure if I would use it enough, or figure it out. What do you think of it? Like or is there another one that is better. Just thought I would ask.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Betsy!!!!

Have fun tomorrow!!!! I'll miss you!!

xoxo

cynthia lee designs said...

What a great old cooler...love it!!

Cindy

Kathy said...

I like your buy-and-stash. You get to walk out into your own garage and go junking all over again and now it's free! 8+)

stefanie said...

oh!!! this is the best!!!!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

It's fabulous! Jealous of your cameo....I know you'll do great this weekend, good luck!

Loretta said...

Hi Betsy, It has been some time since I've seen a cooler like this. What a lovely way to display flowers!
As always, that creative eye is busy busy! Great post...love it!
Have a lovely weekend...Loretta

Michelle L. said...

The power of a word! It's so cool - well, it was already cool, but now it's really an object of desire!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The stenciled Flowers on it was just what it needed - you did good.
Have a great sale and sell it all.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Sometimes we find the best things in our own garage and we're thrilled all over again! "Flowers" was the perfect touch for the old cooler. I'm sure it will sell quickly. Have a great show!

Faye said...

It turned out great! I do the same thing...often...buy it, stash it and forget about it! At least then it's sort of a surprise when I find it again. Have a great weekend!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

You gave me a chuckle with finding forgotten treasures hiding inside. I do the same thing! All the time. But it's so fun to discover them again. I often discover the same things over and over, year after year. LOL

I love the lettering on the front of the box. I've got a new Cameo and still a novice, too. I've done a couple of things, but just haven't had time to play as much as I'd like. But isn't it great?

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Betsy, I love it! I do that all the time, store stuff inside other things and then wa la .....A surprise inside when I am cleaning...That will be a great seller

Carol

Connie Mercer said...

awesome, love it!!

Sharing Shadymont said...

Fabulous! You did a wonderful job with the cooler. Love it!

Faire Notions said...

Very cute!
Think of finding those lost treasures as shopping for free!
Lisa

Honey at 2805 said...

It's adorable, Betsy!

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Peggy said...

It must have been like Christmas morning finding those "lost" treasures! I love the cooler tattered and beat up. The lettering adds just the right touch. Love it!

Michele Alger said...

I LOVE it! Tattered and cute. Perfect for flowers! I love the writing on it. I'm a stash and store too, so I know your pain. I just found a few treasures myself! Best of luck to ya. ;)

Audrey said...

Great look ... will be on the look-for old cooler boxes. Love finding lost treasures too. I do that pretty often. Like ... where/when did I buy that?
Blessings,
Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com
Timeless Treasures

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love it Betsy!!

Claire said...

I LOVE your blog!!! I love this and will definitely be a follower!!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

I really like your results!! So fun too. :)

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love this idea. Your flower box came out so cute! I love using old things in new ways.

xo
Danielle

Annmarie Pipa said...

wonderful idea. looks perfect!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

It's perfect all tayered, and I love it, I so wish i lived closer cause I would buy it. Love how you added the letters, really set it off. A great old cooler in the best chippy color - great find! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

Beth said...

I have the same organizational characteristics that you possess. I see it doesn't work well for you either-LOL!

I would love to discover this kind of cooler at a sale or in my own stash as well ;) It looks adorable with the flowers and the "Flowers" text on the front.

Fishtail Cottage said...

love this!!! it's perfect...xoox, tracie

Town and Country Gals said...

Betsy,
that's the perfect touch! the letters look great on the chippy paint. Good luck at your sale!
Rebecca

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

It's so pretty and happy! Love it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 1929 Charmer. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Bobi Jensen said...

I love it!

Bobi
http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

Infuse With Liz said...

That turned out great! Adding the word "Flowers" really gave it personality!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I like this cooler transformation a lot, Betsy. I like the pink color of the cooler.

Karen Bates said...

Adorable! And so simple. I will be checking out that website for sure.

I don't know why I have been missing your posts but will be checking in more regularly.