She Almost Tossed Her Old Cooler. Instead She Spent $30 To Make Something Incredible!

My idea of a perfect night is gathering with some friends on the back porch in the summer, listening to some music, talking, playing games, and enjoying ice cold beers or other beverages as we watch the sunset.

A must have for any gathering such as this is a cooler or ice chest for keeping all of the drinks cold.

Most people have one of those standard plastic coolers that you can buy fairly inexpensively at the supermarket — and why not? They’re convenient and durable.

But when you want to take the time and care to make your backyard, porch, or patio a personalized space, those hunks of plastic might seem…unsightly.

Brooke Norsworthy runs a blog called Killer B. Design where she creates different DIY, crafting, and home improvement projects and teaches readers how to do the same.

One project includes how to turn a plain, old ice chest into a gorgeous piece of rustic furniture. She was gracious enough to give us permission to share some of the photos so that you might become inspired to do something similar.

See how she does it in the photos below, and please SHARE if you love how household things can be transformed into stunning creations!

She had seen beautiful, rustic coolers at stores like Cabela’s, but they all retailed for over $100. She decided to put her old cooler to use rather than spend that money.
Luckily, she didn’t have to spend that much. She was able to spend only $30 on scrap wood, screws, nails, and pipe coupling — plus a spigot, handles, and a bottle opener.
They measured the frame around the cooler, then made the legs 30 inches tall so it was counter height.
The frame should fit the cooler snugly. Visit Brooke’s blog for more detailed information on their own measurements.
Once the frame was in place, she cut the siding and attached it with nails.
They let the siding overhang the frame to hide the 2x2s.
For the side slats, they started with the center board and ensured that there was a hole for the spigot.
They also added a trim. Attention to detail on projects like this can really make a huge difference.
Next, they took the lid of the cooler and built its own frame with trimming. The cooler lid also fits snugly within its frame.
Hinges allow the new wooden lid to lift in the same way as the plastic one.
They also added a bottle opener and attached a spigot for more cute details.
And here’s the finished product!
Only $30 and a couple hours of work created a truly unique, beautiful addition to the backyard that will definitely get guests talking at the next party.
Please SHARE if you love DIY projects like this!



  1. Jene Wertz says:

    Love these! Are any for sale?

  2. Michelle says:

    Breathtaking! Love ❤ So very beautiful!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    in Michigan goes across the sky horizontally not vertically.

  4. Andrea says:

    Amazing photos.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love how your click image is form #cosmos on Fox and you didn’t even bother to hide the watermark you used to make it look like the probe took the photos from IN the Jupiter atmosphere.

    • Cleo Cat says:

      yep, thought the same thing. pretty obvious, but still the article did surprisingly have some interesting details.

  6. Mark Bracken says:


  7. Marilyn Kinsella says:

    Learn something new everyday. Never heard of these – fascinating, beautiful, inspiring and downright awesome.

  8. Halina Biernacki says:

    Yes, these are stunning pic’s …. however, due to the development “doctoring” technology … how much of this is real?

  9. Lill ashakara says:

    Amazing, beautiful. Thank you, it made my day.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Miles Hebert for such amazing photos and making my day just a little more enriched. I have not seen these mice before, learn something new every day! Thanks, Miles!

  11. Angie says:

    Hi I have seen a photo of a field mouse sleeping in a purple tulip b,4 on FB. So cute I love these photos of these little miceys. It must be a lovely experience for you to see nature at its finest. And to capture such an event. With your eyes through your camera. Envy. From Angie ☺

  12. scott says:

    Beautiful. Who painted them?

  13. Wanda says:

    Churning storms make it look like the tie dye planet

  14. Anonymous says:

    and were not united with universe hahaha

  15. Anonymous says:

    That’s some beautiful fake bullshit right there.

  16. Lyn Hoffmann says:

    Yhese are NOT fake – we see clouds just like these in Australia – just because some people haven’t aactually seen them, does not mean they are fake, becaue they are NOT!

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