DIY Drink Cooler – Perfect for a Tailgating Party!

I spent most of my childhood at the baseball fields and at many football games. I am the oldest of six kids. I have two brothers and both of them where very big into sports. My uncle Brian played in the Major League in baseball and my brother Stetson, who is just 18 months younger than me, was all around MVP at our high school for baseball and football. He was later drafted by the Dodgers and he played in the minor league until he got injured and decided to stay at home after his first child was born. So when I say my childhood was spent going to many sports events I was not kidding.

Tailgating and sports go hand and hand. When I think about tailgating I think about hanging out, hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cold sodas.

I found a brown Drink Cooler with black legs on wheels and I knew I wanted it for sports events and to also use at other parties too. I did not love the color but I knew that would be an easy fix.

DIY Cooler

I used Krylon® Chalky Finish spray paint in Scarlet to make over this brownish colored Drink Cooler into something way more fun. 

DIY Cooler

How fun is that?!?!? I love the color!

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 Now, let me tell you how I transformed this dull cooler into a show stopper. I choose to use this Chalky Finish spray paint for the cooler because it has more of a matte finish and I liked that it felt a bit more vintage. 

DIY Cooler

Then, I taped off all the parts of the cooler that I did not want to get spray painted including  the handles,

DIY Cooler

and also some of the inside.

DIY Cooler

I sprayed a nice light and even coat of spray paint then I let that dry and I painted a second coat. Be sure to always read the product label for proper application and safety instructions.

DIY Cooler

I love the coverage of the Krylon chalky finish spray paint. I only used about a can and half for this large Drink Cooler and it was a very quick project!

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Once the paint was fully cured, I added a vinyl decal that said Ice Cold Drinks for a little bit of added personality.

DIY Cooler

DIY Cooler

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Now I am already for game day. I am excited about this little cooler. It’s the perfect color and it stands out way more then the brown color. It’s perfect for all kinds of sporting events and even outdoor parties. Nothing like a good makeover that can be done in one afternoon. Now the question is, are you ready for some football?

We are excited to be working with Krylon for this project.  Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by us.

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  • Reply
    September 1, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Love this, especially the older style cooler. May I ask where you found it? Also, where did you find your label?

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      Mallory & Savannah
      September 1, 2016 at 8:21 am

      I found the cooler off of Craigslist, but they got it at Home Depot. The decal I just made myself using the silhouette cutting machine.

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      daryl farahi
      November 6, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Best article forever, i like it

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    daryl farahi
    October 20, 2016 at 6:11 am

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    Edweard Rose
    February 14, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Well, it is a great concept for best beer coolers. I love this post. Thanks for sharing your views and experience and wonderful ideas….

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