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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