Painted Cooler

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I am always looking for ways to stay inspired and express my creativity. My most recent project was in the form of- you guessed it- a painted cooler! I painted this cooler for my boyfriend’s formal in Saratoga Springs, NY this weekend! I was able to get all the materials from Walmart for the shocking low price of $54! When I researched how to paint a cooler, I read posts about girls who spent nearly $300 on the cooler, but I was determined to paint an awesome cooler on a budget. Below is a list of things you need and a quick list of steps for painting a cooler.

What you need:

– a cooler (I bought a $20 Igloo cooler at Walmart!)

– sandpaper and sanding block

– primer

– paints! (I bought paints for 50 cents each at Walmart and they worked fine!)

– mod podge

– paint pens

– sealer

Steps:

  1. Sand your cooler! I sanded the cooler three times with rough sandpaper and then once with smooth sandpaper. When the surface feels rough, the paint will stick easier.
  2. Prime your cooler!
  3. Paint your background colors and then mod podge over this.
  4. Paint your details and images! If you want to trace something, put tissue paper over an image on a computer screen and trace the image onto the tissue paper with pencil. Then, put the tissue paper on the cooler and use a Sharpie to trace the image in pencil onto the cooler. The Sharpie will bleed through the tissue paper and then you will have an outline of the image on the cooler!
  5. Paint 2-3 layers of mod podge.
  6. Seal your cooler with two layers of polycrylic and then a thin layer of polyurethane to make the cooler waterproof!

I hope this was helpful! Happy crafting!

xx, Laina

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Dorm Room Details

The summer before I came to Syracuse University, I spent hours searching for dorm room decor ideas on Pinterest. Some were a little unrealistic for me to do by myself, such as making a headboard out of wood and fabric, or too expensive (matching duvet, pillows, and bed skirt?!) However, I was able to achieve my dream of a white-washed room with pastel accents for a low cost by searching the shelves of T.J.Maxx, Target, and Home Goods.

The Bed

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{Target tissue paper garland and curtains, T.J.Maxx duvet cover and faux fur pillows, Society6 decorative pillows}

The most important part of any dorm room. College is a busy time, and it is essential to have a comfortable bed to fall into when you get back to your dorm after a long day of class, club meetings, and activities.Your college will supply you with a bed frame and a small mattress, and most students purchase a foam mattress topper for optimal comfort. I kept it simple with white blankets and pillows, and a few colorful accents. This tissue paper garland was only $6 at Target, and Society6 has the trendiest throw pillows.

Decor

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Spruce up your dresser with dainty details, such as a vase with flowers (these are fake) and a dish to hold small jewelry. I found glass bowls at T.J.Maxx for $2 to hold my bracelets and necklaces. I made the inspiration board with random craft supplies I found around my house and cut up pages from last year’s Lilly Pulitzer planner. The other various crafts such as the colorful canvas, lipstick watercolor painting, and clothespin photo line were done with supplies purchased at Michael’s craft store.

I hope you enjoyed my dorm room tour!

xx, Laina