After my blog post about the patio bar cart cooler Jerry made for us, he received an email from a friend. It would be the perfect birthday gift for her husband. Yep, finding great gifts gets more and more difficult, because really, no one needs or wants just another shirt or baseball hat.
This time around, the hardest part of the project was finding the cooler (well, of course we wanted a cooler from the thrift store). I don’t have any instructions for you on how he’s able to make these things; he just builds the frame out around the cooler, and starts putting the puzzle together.
BUT I do have one great tip on staining. Tina wanted the patio bar cart cooler to be finished in cherry stain. At first, I was skeptical thinking of over glossed cherry finished furniture, but the color turned out so great! To stain the patio bar cart cooler, Jerry put the stain in an old spray bottle, sprayed it down, and then used an old towel to remove the extra, and even out the stain. A couple days prior I had stained a couple wood crates….it took me for-EVER to brush on the stain. Jerry stained this piece in half the time it took me to stain one tiny little crate.
My pictures don’t show the hardware all attached, but across the front of the finished piece is a copper towel bar attached with bell hangers, a bottle opener, and then a couple hook to hang BBQ tools or a bar towel. To match the copper towel bar, I spray painted the other hardware pieces copper.
If you want to build your own cooler bar cart, our original blog post (link above) has more pictures of the beginning stages and frame. Jerry’s had requests to make more, but after making two he’s over it and ready to build something different. Hmmm….maybe I’ll cruise AH Pinterest for some ideas.
Last thought….Look how green Picmonkey made our grass. We are in the middle of a drought and I have a bulldog that repeatedly goes in the same spots over and over. No way is our grass that green! I heart Picmonkey!
xxoo – Kris