Tailgate Tips: DIY Painted Cooler Tutorial

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(We're deep into football season and that means weekends tailgating at the stadium or arena - whether or not you have an actual tailgate. Jessi, a Razorbacks fan (Go Hogs), has added a crafty twist to the festivities. ~js)

Photo courtesy of Jessi Makes Things

This probably comes as no surprise, but here in the South, tailgating is kind of a big deal. Everything from dresses to cupcakes are adorned with team logos. That includes, you guessed it, coolers. I had seen some really great painted coolers on game days over the years and a few weeks ago, I finally decided to make my own.

 

Materials Needed:
Ice Chest/Cooler
Spray Paint Primer made for plastic (I used Rustoleum Fushion for Plastic)
Acrylic Paint (the cheap bottles you can buy at Walmart or any craft store) and Paint Pens
Sandpaper (optional)
Mod Podge
Polyurethane

I did some research and the general method seemed to be the same. Sand, prime, paint, seal and seal again.

Well, being the rule-breaker that I am (read: lazy) I decided to skip the sanding and went straight to priming an extra cooler that we had laying around in the garage. Are we the only people who have somehow mysteriously collected a million ice chests over the years?

Read more from Tailgate Tuesday at Jessi Makes Things

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