I love rust, but this old cooler was a bit too rusty for my taste. I decided to give it a fun makeover and stencil it like an American flag.
I picked up this old cooler at a yard sale a couple years ago. It was pretty rustic then, but after being outside it was in dire need of a makeover!
I painted the entire top white with some leftover latex paint. Then I taped it off with some 1 1/2 " wide painters tape.
I chose to stencil it because I knew it would be faster. I did go over it twice. Remove the tape as soon as you are done stenciling. That way, if any paint leaked underneath it can be removed before it dries.
When stenciling I always blot my brush onto paper towels. That keeps it drier and eliminates leakage.
Last of all I sanded it lightly so that it looked time worn. I started to brush it with a water base varnish for protection, but the red paint began to smear. I decided that I needed to let it dry better.
Material I used for this project:
- Old cooler, paint, stencil brush, painters tape, star punch (Yard Sale)