I was in love with the look of a rustic cooler for our patio, but was turned off by the high prices. So my husband and I took an old cooler apart and built our own! The base is held by a 2x2 frame, covered in reclaimed fence posts found by the curb. We attached a spigot to the drain hole in the cooler for drainage, used an antler shed for the handle, and added a bottle opener for decoration. It was so easy, and only $30 in supplies (since we had the cooler and fence wood on hand). You can check out the full step-by-step tutorial on my blog ( http://www.killerbdesigns.com/rustic-cooler-a-how-to/ ) to see how to make your own! It's a great addition to our back porch, and was so easy to make.
Rustic "Cowboy Cooler" made from furring strips and reclaimed fencing
2x2 furring strip frame. A piece of threaded PVC extends the drain for the spigot.
Inside shot of the cooler.
Attaching the facing and the pre-drilled spigot piece.