Everyone has stuff that’s just taking up space around the house. If we were going to clean out all that junk, we would need a massive dumpster. But instead of throwing things away, there are those whose creative abilities allow them to beautifully repurpose old stuff, turning it into amazing ‘new’ items through the magic of upcycling.
When Brooke Norsworthy found an old, beaten-up cooler in her garage, she could have thrown it away. But instead, she saw potential. And just wait until you see what she did with it!
Looking at the old cooler, it would be hard to resist just throwing it in the trash…
But that wasn’t the case for Brooke and her friends. They saw something all the rest of us are missing.
She wanted to prove that she could make this old cooler into something truly special for less than $50.
Using scrap wood, she cut and built a frame that would bring the cooler up to counter height, at 30”.
It’s important that the cooler fits snugly into the frame and doesn’t have a lot of room to move around. You’ll see why soon!
Brooke and her friends used beautiful reclaimed wood panels to cover the exterior.
She made sure the panels were slightly longer than they needed to be in order to cover the frame.
When she got to the side slats, Brooke drilled a hole that lined up with the cooler’s built-in spigot.
She used more of the reclaimed wood to create a stylish trim.
Details are everything!
There are only a few steps left. First, it was time to remove the cooler’s lid and replace it with a custom version…
Then, use the remaining trim-wood to cover up the legs on the frame for a uniform look.
The new lid is affixed to the base using two simple hinges.
Both lids fit perfectly together.
The hole in the side provides a place for a stylish spigot fixture. Brooke even added a bottle opener.
Check out the finished product!
It’s incredible that Brooke was able to do this for under $30. She’ll enjoy this unique creation in the backyard for many summers to come!
We can barely believe she made something so awesome for so little money. That’s one of the coolest DIY project we’ve seen!
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