Cool Cooler

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We had an old sewing cabinet that had the sewing machine removed from the cabinet. We have seen coolers made from these before and decided to try it out. It was a fairly easy project to undertake. We hope you like it!

So here it is! Not in bad shape, but needed a little livening up.

It had a drawer that was a little fun hidden spot.

In order to fit an enamel pan that we acquired in the opening, we had to make a few cuts.

Here it is from the underneath side. We attached 4 pieces of wood on the underside of the opening to hold the pan. The pan can be removed easily from the top.

After we painted it this great aqua color, it was time to distress it! Then, we sealed it with a polyacrylic so it could be outside.

Distressing done. Don’t you love it!

We spray painted the pulls white and added a towel bar and bottle opener ( not shown here).

Here is is open.

And here it is all ready for a party!

And a side view with the bottle opener. Isn’t this a fun piece! Hope you like it as much as we do.🙋🏻

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3 of 4 questions
  • Foxy grandma
    on Mar 10, 2019

    Oh yes, a wonderful idea, & I have an old sew-machine cabinet. Question: where in the world will I find a basin to fit so well?

    • Joanie
      on Apr 9, 2019

      There are sizes of anything you want in coolers and colors.. Styrofoam and name brands.....Colemans, .......they're out there.

  • Sam
    on Mar 14, 2019

    I would like to know where I can get that towel, I love it.

    • Mary Lou
      on Mar 17, 2019

      NY friend with an embroidery machine . FB me 15.00

  • Lavonna McJunkins
    on Mar 17, 2019

    How do you drain the water from ice melting?

    • Joanie
      on Apr 9, 2019

      Coolers would work out better, since they have a draining plug. They have ALL kinds of coolers out there now. Sizes, colors, styrofoam.......surely you could find something. Good Luck!! Get shoppin'.

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  • Dori Souter
    on Mar 23, 2019

    I added a wire basket for underneath for extra snacks

  • Barbara Anne
    on Mar 26, 2019

    LOVE this! I saw an old sewing machine cabinet turned into a flower cabinet on Pinterest.

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